HeatherS

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  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"28th Street is the "main drag" of Boulder"

28th Street is the closest thing to "Main Street" that Boulder has. 28th is HW 36 when traveling between Estes Park and Denver. There are some homes on 28th along the northern portion of town but for the most part 28th is where the grocery stores, Target and lots of business and restaurants occur. This is THE busiest and most high traffic road in Boulder.

A new Trader Joe's for example just went in on 28th at the 29th Street Mall area. 28th has a lot of RTD buses for local passengers and riders going through Boulder.
HeatherS
HeatherS alot of west coast people are familiar and love trader joes, it is way cheaper than Whole Foods & it offers specialty foods and ideas and gluten free options etc and produce--something different and more reasonably priced is the allure I think
2yrs+
HeatherS
HeatherS so we went to Trader Joe's and to be honest I was not impressed, seemed like a little generic Vitamin Cottage? Yes prices were good and products were fine but not the trendy little unique worldy grocer I thought it would be. Whole Foods blows it out of the water! Even Sprouts is better:(
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"North 63rd is country livin' in Boulder County"

If you stay on 63rd St. going north crossing HW 119 (Diagonal Highway) heading away from Gunbarrel you really start getting in the country. The scattered homes and farms along 63rd are isolated yet really close to Boulder, Longmont, Gunbarrel and even Lyons.

There are alot of horses and open pastures in the area and for someone wanting country living but to be close to the city this is ideal. The views of the mountains just a few miles to the west are spectacular. The cost of living is very reasonable but the cost of land is still BOulder County prices but not as high as the city of course.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Monte Vista is for the birds:)"

Monte Vista is a small town desert town of about 5,000 people. It is just about 10 miles or so west of Alamosa along HW 160 in the heart of the San Luis Valley. The town is surrounded by agriculture and mountains on the horizons.

The average household income is about $28,000, below Colorado's average. This is a nice little town but it is not "in the mountains" and can be super hot, dry and windy in the summer and desolate and cold in the winter. Monte Vista is pretty especially during the spring and fall and is also famous for the sand crane migration. There is the annual Monte Vista Crane Festival each during the first week of March.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
KristinB
KristinB Interesting! For some reason I thought Monte Vista was in the mountains - probably because of the name. :)
2yrs+
LoganMntMan
LoganMntMan "mountain view" but pretty flat and agricultural really
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"Red Cliff is a tiny mountain town between Vail and Leadville"

Red Cliff is a tiny town of about 300 people in Eagle County south of Vail along HW 24 on the way to Leadville. This is a pretty valley along the Eagle River and named after the red quartzite cliffs.

The town was a silver mining community early days. This is an amazing valley area with lots of property for the adventurous souls looking for mountain property or land for horses. Average household income is about $50,000.
Pros
  • remote
  • beautiful
Cons
  • no amenities
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Estes Park is stronger than ever..."

Estes Park is one of the most touristy places in Colorado due to Rocky Mountain National Park...however it is also a great town and I have several friends who live there and really love it.

Estes Park is great for nature lovers and those who want to take advantage of the world class hiking trails (but that by no means is only found here, that is throughout most of the mountainous part of the entire state!)

Thinking about buying real estate in Estes? The price of property is especially high though there are some areas that have "normal" neighborhoods and high but not extraordinarily high prices considering it is "Estes". The National Park really gives Estes Park a unique market and the tourism in summer is rediculous.

There are many pros and cons of Estes, but if you are a people person, a mountain person and want to buy property in an up and coming town that will only get stronger check out Estes. As of late 2013 the flood in the area really threw the town for a loop and destoyed a lot of property but the community has bounced back and seems to be back to normal for the most part, the community got stronger!
Pros
  • beautiful area
  • wildlife all around
  • Miles and miles of hiking trails
  • Rocky Mountain National Park access
Cons
  • a lot of tourists in some months
  • not a lot of quality restaurant choices
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
HeatherS
HeatherS The biggest impact for Estes was the destruction and closure of HW 36 and HW 7, the canyons really got nailed also Big Thompson canyon around Glen Haven area was seriously destroyed. In Estes the town I think it was okay. Heres a quote about Rocky Mountain National as of Dec 9th:
"Due to flooding in September, closures still remain in some areas on the east side of the park. The National Park Service is continuing to conduct damage assessments in the closed areas. Some of these areas will remain closed for the long-term, while others will reopen as quickly as possible."
2yrs+
HeatherS
HeatherS I had some friends that didnt come down from Estes for over 4 weeks
2yrs+
HeatherS
HeatherS There home not far from downtown Estes was fine actually, just that the roads were closed from all sides for quite awhile
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Drake - little town on the Big Thompson River"

Drake has a population of about 1,000 folks. For most Drake is the little summer town about half way between Loveland and Estes Park along the Big Thompson River road--HW 34.

There is a campground along the river appropriately named, Riverbend Campground close to town. If you take HW 43 just west of Drake there are some county roads and homes up the North Fork of the Big Thompson and eventually you get to the little town of Glen Haven. This whole area was seriously flooded during the recent 2013 floods.

North out of Drake there is Storm Mountain Road and a set of roads where there are beautiful properties and homes. This is pretty area and would be a great spot to buy land or build a cabin, not far from Estes nor Loveland really if you did not have to commute on a regular basis. There are a lot of tourists in the area sight seeing and camping in the summer months mostly because of the proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The area has plenty of hiking trails and whitewater rafting/kayaking and fishing spots.
Pros
  • beautiful canyons
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Boulder County, arguably the best overall county in Colorado"

Boulder County off course includes Boulder, the town, at its heart right at the junction of where the mountain change to plains. The county is not one of Colorado's largest but it has a lot of diversity as far as landscapes and resources. Boulder County is one of the top school districts in the state if not the entire region. It also has one of the most expensive rental and real estate prices, especially in Boulder city limits.

The western boundary of the county is the continental divide up along the Indian Peaks. There are no roads that cross the continental divide, only hiking trails anymore. Then there is Nederland, Ward and the mountain towns...down the many canyons along the border of the foothills you find Boulder the city or tiny Eldorado Canyon the town.

Out away from the mountains to the east the county has some great little towns with amazing "old towns" such as Longmont, Louisville and Lafayette. The county as a whole is also famous for some crazy inventive and progressive legislature. The "green belt" environmental laws that were passed decades ago protects Boulder town from growing and becoming a constant suburb all the way east, this gives the town some of its real estate power. Do not underestimate the cost of land and property in Boulder county especially in the city and up in the foothills around Boulder. This is beautiful and unique country and people.
Pros
  • property value extremely high
  • mnt peaks to praire
  • jobs
Cons
  • property value extremely high
  • traffic congestion
  • high taxation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
HeatherS
HeatherS to be honest I do not know how much higher property tax is in Boulder the city compared to the surrounding countryside or smaller towns in Boulder County, I know it is significantly lower though. And the sales tax in Boulder is higher than average in Colorado too...
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"Salt Creek is a neighborhood/region west of Pueblo & south of HW 50"

Salt Creek is a neighborhood west of Pueblo that is primarily Hispanic. The average income is about $30,000 a year and the area's properties are affordable and many are big homes with extra ranch buildings and large lots. Somewhat of a ranchette place out in the flat plains west of Pueblo, but there are creeks and highways in and around the area. Highway 50 marks the northern boundary of the Salt Creek area.
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
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"Gypsum offers more affordable livign than Vail and Glenwood Springs but just as beautiful"

Gypsum is a small town right along I-70 just west of Eagle, basically Gypsum is between Vail and Glenwood Springs on the south side of the interstate.

Gypsum Creek Golf Club is a notable landmark when you are driving through and the area is also know for the Gypsum drywall plant and mine. Gypsum the mineral is calcium sulfate dihydrate, known in its clear form in a rock shop as selenite, in sculpting as alabaster and simply gypsum in building materials and mining--it is also known as plaster of Paris. It is also used as a fertilizer as a source of sulfur for crops.

The town is near both Glenwood Springs and Vail and has economically done well because of the vicinity. There is beautiful land and existing properties that anyone looking to live in the mountains but have access to the ski resorts or larger towns would enjoy. Gypsum is more affordable than nearby Glenwood or Vail but the area is just as nice, just not as many amenities. The average household income in Gypsum is about $60,000.
Pros
  • beautiful homes
  • friendly townspeople
  • scenic
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
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"Glen Haven in along the North Fork of The Big Thompson River"

Glen Haven is a tiny town with only a few handful of people who live in the town, there are residents around the town. There is the famous Bed and Breakfast Inn with a restaurant room and Victorian style rooms. The Inn has been called "One of the Most Romantic Places Ever".

This little sleepy mountain town north of Estes Park is along the North Fork of the Big Thompson River. In September 2013 a "1000 year flood" rages through Glen Haven on its way down the North Fork as it made its way to the The Big Thompson River just about 10 miles down stream to the east. The Big Thompson River was the famous site that also historically flooded in 1976. The 2011 flood all but destroyed the businesses and homes of the town and as of a month or so after the flood everything is in the process of being repaired and rebuilt.

Not to deter the hardy mountain folk and for anyone looking for a pretty mountain spot to live that is not far from the front range towns of Fort COllins/Loveland, Glen Haven may be a perfect place, especially now, to invest in land and property. Considering the devestation from the flood there may even be some folk who are selling their properties in order to avoid future flood events.
Pros
  • commutable to Fort Collins
  • friendly people
  • gorgeous scenery
  • small town atmosphere
Cons
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"Franktown, small town commute south of Denver"

Just 10 minutes east of Castle Rock is Franktown, this is a very small town of only about 400 people. The average household income in town is high relative to the average for Colorado, it is about $60,000 in Franktown.

The little town has an historic cemetary and is really a fairly short commute to the Denver area to its north, especially for those commutting into the tech center of south Denver. There are some businesses in town but there are some really amazing homes (big properties) outside of town. This would be a great place to invest in land/property if you needed to be near Denver but wanted a country feel and view of the mountains.
Pros
  • good schools
  • not much traffic
  • pretty area
Cons
  • high home prices
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
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"Steamboat Mountain Ski Area"

There are many many resorts of course, but also some condos and nice homes up on the hills around the ski area. This place is great in the summer and also in the winter if you can take the tourists you will love it.
Pros
  • Good Public Transportation
  • Proximity to Ski Hill
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Conifer was originally a stage coach stop on way to South Park"

Conifer is a small unincorporated town not far west of Denver along HW 285. This is a beautiful area that is commutable to and from Denver if need be. It is close enough to Denver but is still deep enough in and through the foothills to feel like the mountains. Many people who have dreamed of living in the mnts but still work in the front range live in Conifer. The price of land and homes is more reasonable than many other comparable places.

The area has some ranches and cattle range still in the southern realms and there are many homes and neigborhoods that are still growing. There are minimal but adequate amenities such as groceries, services and restaurants. Firefighter? Conifer might be a great place to get a job, or if you are in the construction industry too. Schools have a great reputation too.

Highway 285 can get kind of crazy due to tourism traffic especially in the summer but the roads are great and well maintained in the Conifer area.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Louviers is a tiny town not far from Castle Rock or Denver"

Louviers is a very small town SW of the Denver metro area right along the foothills area. The town is along HW 85 south of Highlands Park and Chatfield State Park before HW 85 reaches I-25 at Castle Rock.

The population of Louviers is only about 250 people and the average media income is $40,000 or so. This is a pretty area but more of a wayfar for travelers, luckily the nice little town is just west of HW 85 on the other side of Plum Creek so it is protected from the traffic. There is a park with a nice baseball diamond and the neighborhoods have trees and are rather pretty. And if you work in Denver this area is not a bad place to checkout for country lovers, the commute wouldnt be too bad at all.
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Rollins Drive is in the neighborhood NE of Valmont & Foothills Highway"

The neighborhood around Rollins Drive is more affordable by far than any other neigborhoods in Boulder. This is the area and neighborhoods NE from the major intersection of Valmont?Foothills Highway in east Boulder. This is known as a more affordable option for folks who really want to live in Boulder but can't afford to do it west of 28th Street where the real estate climbs significantly steeper as you move west towards Pearl Street pedestrian area. Rollins Drive is one of many small courrts and streets that fishes through the area. Check it out, there are great schools and bike paths all around to get into town and to explore the countryside that is just to the north and east of the neighborhood.
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  • Families with kids
HeatherS
HeatherS It is part of "north" Boulder in a way, even though it is a but east, so that would be Boulder High
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"A little "neighborhood" just north of Boulder towards Lyons"

Rifle Ct. has a few homes/ranches just off HW 36 north of where 36 starts heading towards Lyons and gets out of town. Longhorn Road describes the area even better (Rifle Ct. is off Longhorn). This is a great area if you want to live a bit in the country but be close to Boulder for shopping, schools etc... It is not cheap in this area but not as expensive as many areas in BOulder. You can buy larger acreage for about the same price of much much smaller plots of land in or nearer to Boulder proper.
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
HeatherS
HeatherS We take "country" pleasure cruises through this area a lot and there are properties for sale, dont know the going rates...
2yrs+
HeatherS
HeatherS most of the lots seem 10 plus acres and many are much bigger, there are some sweet ranches and some really old houses too, not far to the north in the area there is an old wooden 200+ year old abandoned house, this is a unique area
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
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"Cokedale was an old mining community"

Cokedale is a small town of about 100 people, it lies just west of Trinidad in the far southern realm of central Colorado (about 10 miles west of Trinidad on HW 12). Cokedale lies just a mile or so west of Trinidad Lake and Trinidad State Park.

The town is a former coal mining town and today the average household income is below the Colorado average, in town it is about $25,000. The area is really pretty and is in kind of a scrubby, foothill area, if you keep going west of town it gets more mountainous. There are mining ruins around Cokedale and places to hike and explore.
Pros
  • incredible cost of living
  • lots of outdoor activities
  • pretty area
Cons
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Marine St. is THE student housing street in Boulder"

Marine Street in Boulder reaches almost from the foot of the foothills through campus all the way to eastern Boulder. But...there is one thing that Marine St has in common as it makes its way from west to east, it is all (literally all) about the university! Marine St apartment on the hill is packed with students as you east then Marine St. is where you find Marine Family Housing for CU then Marine St east of campus is still more student dominated housing. For anyone moving to Boulder looking into real estate on Marine st means either you are a student or you are wanting to rent to students.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
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"Simla is isolated in Colorado's eastern plains"

Simla is a small town way out in the Colorado eastern plains on HW 24 well east of Colorado Springs and not too far from where HW 24 and I-70 meet before continuing east to Kansas. Simla became a town in 1912 and continues to be a hub of the potato farmers in the area today.

Simla really is in the middle of nowhere Colorado and feels like Kansas at that point that far east, you can no longer see the mountains in the west and would have to drive for a couple hours to get to the front range.

The average household income in Simla is about $30,000 a year, below the Colorado average. If you are a farmer looking for land there are possibilities here otherwise the schools are not very strong and you would be very far away from mountains and amenitites.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
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"Sherrelwood is a neighborhood area north of Denver"

Sherrelwood is an area of Denver with a population of nearly 20,000 people packed in between Federal Heights and Westminster. Sherrelwood is basically the neighborhoods along the east of HW 36 and the west of I-25 just before the two highways meet each other just north of Denver. This is a great location for getting to most places in the Denver area including DIA.

The average household median income in the Sherrelwood neighborhoods is above $40,000. Funny but the area of Sherrelwood is not really a known word outide of the northern Denver area, the area is better known as part of Westminster or even the southern tail of Federal Heights, this area of Denver is very congested and there are no lack of restaurants, shopping venues, malls, theatres and things to do. Not a bad place if you want to live close to Denver and do not mind being so surrounded by highways.
Pros
  • close to many things
  • lower cost of living
Cons
  • lots of traffic in this area
  • poor school performance
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
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"Haswell is a small dusty town well east of Pueblo"

Haswell is a very small Colorado town of less than 100 people out on the dusty plains far east of Pueblo, It takes about an hour to get to Pureblo to the west and in Haswell you are just a little too far east to even see the mountains. It is kind of like you are already in Kansas or Oklahoma.

There are no major interstates, HW 96 runs through the little town and that is about it. There are not many amentities and work is hard to come by. The financial hardtimes of the early part of this century has taken a toll on Haswell, it is already pretty isolated and low income is a norm there. If you are looking to purchase land or farm for drought resistant crops this may be a good place if you want peace and quiet and affordable land and home prices. This however is not the best place to raise kids due to the schools being very isolated and under funded.
Cons
  • no amenities
  • remote
  • very run down in some spots
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  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
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"Masonville is close to Ft Collins with a real rustic feel in the mountains"

Masonville is a very small area in the mountains just west of Fort Collins, all shopping and amenities etc are in Ft Collins for residents but they seem to prefer that! There is a general store but besides that not much besides land and country roads. If you love Fort Collins but want to be a little ways out of the city check out the land and homes for sale up around Masonville. It is a pretty tite little community, I had some friends that rented a home pretty close to Horsetooth and he loved to fish and she loved the country but they both worked in Ft Collins so renting in Masonville was a great compromise.
Pros
  • very pretty area
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  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Mineral Road=HW 52 just outside of Boulder towards Longmont"

Mineral Road to me is better known as HW 52 which heads east from the Diagonal Hway out into the plains. HW 52 runs all the way east past I-25 and beyond. The part called Mineral Road near Boulder is directly across from the IBM facilities on Diagonal Hwy. There are some homes and farms on Mineral Road and for being so close to Boulder (5 minutes) it really does feel like the country. If you find a ranch or home along Mineral or its side roads and you like the country this would be a great place to live.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"South Boulder Road is the connect between Lafayette/Louisville & Boulder"

South Boulder Road is a wide straight east route from south Boulder up the hill and out of the valley and into Louisville then Lafayette. I take the road 4x a week from Boulder to Lafayette, sometimes taking alternate routes but it is the quickest. There really are not a lot of homes near the Boulder section until you climb the hill to Louisville then there are the best (in my opinion) neighborhoods on both sides of S Boulder Road in Louisville. Any street coming off South Boulder Road is worth checking out for real estate!
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Habitat Drive goes to Habitat Apartments"

Habitat Dr is the turn off the main road 63rd, that goes into the Habitat apartments in Gunbarrel. This is a pretty complex and the nearby homes are very nice. There are bike/walking trails all around and off Habitat and the Twin Lakes are just across 63rd just to the east of Habitat.
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  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Ophir -a mountain town famous for gold and alternating current"

This little mountain town of only about 100 people has amazing views and a high standard of living, the average household income is above Colorado's average at about $60,000. The town sits in a pretty valley at nearly 10,000 feet.The town sits in a valley a mountain from Telluride to the north. This is a truly beautiful place to visit and explore and there are great forest access roads (winter only) that cut between HW 550 to the east and HW 145 to the west of town.

Named after the gold rich Arabian city, Ophir did have a goldrush of its own thus lending the name. Ophir was also the site of the world's first commercial system to generate and transmit alternating current electricity.
Pros
  • beautiful setting
  • tons of outdoor activities
Cons
  • no amenities
  • very remote
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Manzanola is a small dusty highway town along the Arkansas River"

Manzanola is a town of about 500 that lies about 30 minutes drive from Pueblo. Manzanola is east of Pueblo along the Arkansas River Valley where HW 50 heads along the highway. The town was originated around the railroad and there is still a lot of history and railroad memorabliai to be had in Manzanola. About 1/3 of the population is considered below the poverty line and the average household income is well below Colorado's average. The average in Manzanola is $20,000. There is some shopping in Manzanola but most residents travel west to Pueblo for restaurants, shopping and cultural events and trips to the mountains. Denver is a good 3 hours plus from Manzanola.
Pros
  • quiet
Cons
  • high poverty rate
  • no amenities
  • no jobs
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  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Central City is a unique gambling town"

Central City is in Clear Creek and Gilpin counties about an hour or so from Denver and Boulder area. Central City/Blackhawk are two sister cities that started off as mining towns and now are full fledged gambling towns, decked out with saloon style casinos and full hotel, modern casinos (buffets and all)

The population of Central City is only about 500 but it is visited by thousands and thousands of tourists every year. This is not really a place to raise a family. Back during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in the 1860s Central City was known as the “richest square mile on Earth”

In the early days of the town there were many Chinese workers. The gold rush of course died off and the hunt for gold and the city’s population eventually dropped way down to about where it is today in the 1950s. Ironically, the median household income today is only about $30,000 well well below Colorado average.

The Gilpin county school district is pretty good actually and there are some surrounding properties and homes up in the hills surrounding the town worth checking out. It is an interesting place to visit. There is also an historic opera house that is amazing anytime of year.
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Mead is a town of about 3500 just north of Longmont"

Mead is a relatively new booming"neighborhood" as far as Front Range living goes, yes it has been farmland since pioneer times but not until the last couple decades have the homes been really popping up out of the plains that used to be fields. Established back in the first decade of the 1900's Mead has history, still to this day however it is small--there are no traffic lights in Mead so far.

There are about 3500 residents that call Mead home and growing. Right now the issue of oil and gas regulation and fracking is a big deal in Weld County where Mead resides. There is even talk of the eastern plain counties including Weld to become a new state, separating from Colorado and being called something like NoCo. Sounds crazy but the political issues of the plains and the way (in my opinion) the folks there are more than willing to make a quick buck off the last at the expense of their water and air supply, when really the corporation are the ones that will make a quick buck. Enough said (I'm from Boulder afterall)

Mead is more conservative than most Colorado communities but that is not unusually or even noticable, it is a quiet, beautiful area of Colorado north of Longmont and not too far from Loveland and Fort Collins to its northwest.
Pros
  • close to Longmont
  • great views of mountains to west
Cons
  • fairly far from Denver for commuting
  • flat
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Leadville North is less than 1 mile north of Leadville proper"

Leadville "North" refers to an area north of the established, mining town of Leadville in central Colorado. Leadville North is commonly known as the West Park subdivision too. "Leadville North" is literally just north of town less than 1 mile from downtown. The area is quite, harsh but beautiful winters and perfectly warm and mild summers surrounded by ski resort not far to the north and south and wilderness/hiking/climbing all around. The Collegiate Range is just to the west and there are reserviors and lakes in the area for fishing and woods for hunting in National Forest land all around. Not a bad place to call home and schools are fair.

The population is about 2,000 and growing. The average household income is about $40,000 and the homes and land are nice and spreadout for the most part.
Pros
  • hiking/climbing
  • skiing resorts nearby
Cons
  • far from Front Range
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Lake City is surrounded by nature and high mountains"

Lake City Colorado is a small town deep in the heart of Colorado's mountain country, surrounded by wilderness and some of the highest peaks in the state. This is a great place for adventurers with RVs, rafters, climbers and hikers and campfire enthusiasts --although with this fire season maybe skip that last one;(

Lake City sits up at almost 9,000 feet and has a population of about 400. This little town still has over 200 historic structures, a testament to the old mining boom days in the 19th century. The little town has faithful residents, nature and history lovers--the average household income in about $40,000 and there is one school.

At this elevation and placement in Colorado the July temperatures reach into the low 80s in the day and February hovers around zero degrees F for many days at a time. This is a surprisingly livable place offering wildlife, solitude, clean air and fair real estate prices.

As HInsdale County's county seat, this little town is isolated from surrounding communitites. Grand Junction far to the north and Durango far to the south. The Front Range is about 6 hours drive away to the east.
Pros
  • fascinating history
  • gorgeous views
Cons
  • a bit remote
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Johnstown is a good mix of rural and urban living in northern Colorado"

Johnstown is a small rural town of about 10,000 people out away from the Front Range southeast of the Loveland/Fort Collins metro area. The population in the last 10 years has doubled in Johnstown and it is no longer the small farming community it used to be. You could say it is a bedroom community of Loveland/Fort Collins. Just 40 miles north of downtown Denver, Johnstown for some is a bedroom community for folks who drive to work all up and down the Front Range cities of Colorado. The cost of living makes Johnstown a little more affordable than the cities and a lot quieter and slower living.

Johnstown has two school districts and a good reputation as far as education goes. The average household income is about $50,000, a little above Colorado's average. Sitting just east of I-25 Johnstown is tucked away in its own little world.Yet close enough to still have a great view of the mountains to the west! This would be a great community to check out for a family just moving to Colorado who want to live and work along the northern Front Range and who want a rural feel but close to the action of the Front Range and its cities and easy access to the canyons and mnts.
Pros
  • close to Loveland and Front Range
  • close to mountain
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Take a Sunday drive to Deckers from Denver..."

In June 2002 the big Colorado forest fire known as the Hayman Fire put the Deckers area on the national map, news wise. Deckers is an unincorporated mountain/Front Range area/community between Denver and Colorado Springs. This really is a pretty area and close enough to the Front Range communities and accessible to DIA to be doable for retirees or business people that travel. This would be a great place for a summer (or winter) home or investment property in Colorado. There are areas that are burnt but they are now safer from future fires and you would be surprised how growth in just a year or so can rehabilitate the landscape after even a major scorcher.

Another name for the area is Dafodill or Deckers depending on who you talk to. The area is remote and close to the city at the same time, a unique area to check out for real estate or a Sunday drive.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Manassa is a unique, old community in Southern Colorado"

Manassa is a small town that is layed out exactly as a square mile, if you check it out on satellite image/map it truly is square. Only 10 miles north of the New Mexico border, Manassa has about 1,000 residents. The closest town is Alamosa to its north, about 20 minutes drive. This is where folks from Manassa get their groceries and visit restaurants. There really are not any cities close, maybe Pueblo to the east or Durango further west but both are significant many hours drives away.

Especially to the west of town there is a lot of agriculture and there are ranches all around. The average household income of Manassa is about $25,000 a year. Other notable things about Manassa is that is was founded and still occupied by many Mormans and there are also descendents of Spanish immigrants that settled there as far back as the 1600's.

Today there is one elementary in town and older students travel about ten miles out of town for Middle and HIgh School. There seems to be a strong sense of community and a good school district in Manassa. The yearly Mansassa festival is the weekend around the end of July each year and is one of the oldest in Colorado.
Pros
  • very green
Cons
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Cottonwood is a nice quiet little southern suburb of Denver"

Cottonwood is a little community just east of Centennial and north of Parker--basically a south Denver suburb. The population is about 1,000 and the average household income is well above the Colorado average at almost $65,000 a year. There are very nice homes in Cottonwood and would be a great place to look for real estate if new to the Denver area and looking for a nice, safe but close to the city location to settle with a family. This is not really a mountain town by any means, it is the city but on the outskirts. There are plenty of places to eat and shop and it is easy to commute to the tech center or downtown. There are some nice parks and the homes/neighborhoods are laid out in a nice way.
Pros
  • close to the tollway
  • good schools
  • right by a great bike path
Cons
  • homes close together
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Crook is basically a Nebraska feeling place..."

Crook is a little NW Colorado town of about 150 people about 10 miles from the border with Nebraska. The town lies just north of I-70 and is not far west of where I-70 & I-80 meet in Nebraska. The trucking industry and agriculture is strong in the area, this is a remote area and people do not commute to any area cities, the Front Range communities of Colorado are hours away. The closest town is Sterling to the west on I-70.

The household income is about $30,000, a bit below Colorado average. The people are nice and the the area has a true country feel, more like the midwest than western really. But you will find your far share of cowboys.
Pros
  • very low cost of living
Cons
  • dirt roads
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Bald Eagles and more at Orvis;)"

Ridgway (yes w/o an "e") is home to only about 700 souls, it was a railroad town founded along the Uncompaghre River in the northern San Juan Mountains. The town has the only stop light in Ouray County, at HW 550 and HW 62. This is a seriously amazing area of SW Colorado at around 7,000 feet it is surrounded by steep cliffs, water/lakes/creeks/rivers, cool nights and clear skies. The area is famous for its wildlife especially bald eagles.

A funny trivial fact about Ridgway is that the phonograph Grammy Award trophy is made and has been made exclusively in Ridgway by a little company is town.

The average household income in Ridgway is $40,000 bout average for CO. The town brings in a lot of tourists especially due to the popular clothing optional Orvis Hot Springs. This is a sweet little town worth the drive to check out this remote mountainous area of Colorado.
Recommended for
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  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Won't be Lonely in the bustling city of Lone Tree"

Lone Tree is a community just south of Centennial, so its also a southern Denver suburb. There are about 10,000 people who call Lone Tree home. With Parker and Castle Rock to the southish, Lone Tree is a great location to commute into Denver/Tech Center but not be in the heart of Denver.

The average household income is about 100,000 so this is a wealthy community with amazing well layed out neighborhoods, great schools and abundant shopping and restaurants. A real downfall is that it truly is still the city, not the mountains of Colorado or countryside further east, I-25 & 470 cross the heart of Lone Tree making this a serious commerically active and traffic heavy, sometimes congested area. For those who like to be close to Denver this is great but going just a bit south to Castle Rock gets you more into the classic Colorado vibe and much more affordable housing/living.
Pros
  • big variety of shops and restaurants
  • lots to do
Cons
  • expensive home prices
  • lots of traffic
Recommended for
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Black Forest is more than an intriguing exit sign off I-25"

Black Forest is a community north of Colorado Springs that is by proxi part of the Springs ad Air Force Academy area. Black Forest is a nice community that has a population of about 13,000 people who chose NOT to incorporate the area, there are amazing homes among the ponderosa pines that the area is named for. The average household income is $77,000 and the properties reflect that above average level.

This is a sought after spot in the Springs and while still along I-25 has a remote area for being so close to the city and the interstate. This would be an ideal place for a family or retiree to look for an investment home that is close to the Springs but within a short drive that has a remote mountain feel with often great views of the Pike Peak range.
Pros
  • beautiful
  • peace & quiet
  • wildlife
Cons
  • home prices
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Basalt is a sort of "suburb" of Aspen"

There are about 4,000 people who live in Basalt. Situated mid-way between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, Basalt is a bedroom communitity and affordable place for people who live, work and play in Aspen and its resorts and mountains.

Basalt is a highway community and there are some mobile home parks and small scattered homes in neghborhoods along the highway, there are also some homes and properties up in the county roads mostly off roads leading north out of town. It is a pretty valley where Fryingpan River and Roaring Fork River converge, it is green and has pretty views and really is much more affordable than Aspen and Glenwood. The views are amazing but the downfall is the transient, touristy nature of HW 82 that flies by most of the time. Its named for basalt rock formations in town. There is an indy and interesting subculture in Basalt that is more real and more rough than polished flitzy Aspen feel. The average household income however is not low it is well above the average in Colorado @$67,000 a year.
Pros
  • Activities: Great Outdoors, Yoga, Fishing, Art, Culture
  • Welcoming
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Romeo is not far from New Mexico"

Romeo is a very small dusty town in SW Colorado not far north of the Colorado/New Mexico border. This is a poor community and as you drive through you have missed it! Alamosa to the north is where those from Romeo can shop and visit a restaurant. Most of the residents work in the area and there are ranches and some farming in the area.
Cons
  • high poverty rate
  • no amenities
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Princhett is a dry dusty small town in SE Colorado"

Pritchett is a two horse town about 30 miles from Oklahoma and Kansas. This is the dusty plains of southeast Colorado. The town is directly east of Trinidad, the closest Front Range town to the west. There are farms and ranches out in the grassy farmland country around Pritchett.

The average household income is about $20,000, far below the average in Colorado, there are only about 150 people who call the area home and it is a quiet spot away from any major interstates or even big highways except HW 160. New Mex is no far to the south and a bit of the rodeo/southwest flare is found in Pritchett. Land is cheap but the summers are hot, dusty and dry and the winters are no better.
Pros
  • peace and quiet
Cons
  • no amenities
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Up on Cripple Creek"

Cripple Creek Colorado is just on the back side of Pikes Peak from Colorado Springs, a crow could fly direct in less then 10 miles but humans have to trek up and around the 14er on highways and it takes over a half hour usually. This little historic town was a booming gold town back in the late 1800's and now it is a gambling town and tourist spot.

There are about 1,000 people who call Cripple Creek home and much of those folk are part of the tourism industry or are retired. The average median household income in town is about $40,000 and there are beautiful pieces of land for sale, some with mining rights. The area is gorgeous for its views and cool mountain air, a great getaway close to the Front Range in the summer months.
Pros
  • fun place to visit
  • outdoor adventure
Cons
  • gambling
  • tourists
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Montrose is a tucked away gem in Colorado"

Montrose rocks! There are a lot of rocks, canyons, a desert and high country mountain feel that combines with the quiet and remoteness of the SW and found in abundance in this neck of Colorado. Uncompagre National Forest to the west and Gunnison to the east this is a unique spot in Colorado and definitely in North America.

Montrose offers amazing land and culture, views and shopping options for half the cost of higher end ritzier (and busier) mountain communities in Colorado. This is no Aspen but the views are just as spectacular and the people are down to earth and friendly. There is no much land and county roads to explore. Ranches and some farm land abound, and lots of tucked away mountain properties for the rugged.

There are about 15,000 people who call Montrose home and the average household income is about $33,000. this is a chill mountain community that you should check out if you want to live in the heart of Colorado, with a bit of the southwest flare that comes with the area.
Pros
  • friendly community
  • nice shopping
  • surrounded by country
Cons
  • small town
Recommended for
  • Tourists
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Las Animas is a ranching/farming community along the Arkansas River Valley"

Located about 65 miles east of Pueblo, Las Animas is along the Arkansas River valley along HW 50. Out along the lush river valley there are farms and ranches, but as soon as you go north or south of the river the land gets semi-arid and hot and dry in the summer, cold and even dusty in the winter. Lying only 50 miles from the New Mexican/Colorado border this area of Colorado has a desert like feel even along the greened land enlivened by the river.

About 2,500 people call Las Animas home. The average household income is about $25,000. Many work in the agricultural/ranching business, many also work for the county, city and school district. Some make their long hour plus trek to Pueblo to work.
Pros
  • interesting history
Cons
  • few amenities
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Fountain does not flow..."

Fountain is Colorado Springs southern "suburb" housing about $25,000 people. When you cruise through Colorado Springs on I-25 Fountain is the southern realm of the Springs and in some ways -at least in my mind- is still part of the city. Just east of Fort Carson the army base there is a lot of military influence and the vibe is conservative and kinda bored and stiff. There are much prettier and more fun places in the Springs than Fountain.

The town is named for Fountain Creek that flows through and the spot was a railroad stops and farming and ranching hub back in the late 1800's when it was getting established. The average household income is about $40,000 and average is a good way to explain this place in general. It is ironic that Fountain is in a legal battle to take water from a Custer County ranch down south, I guess Fountain is a dry fountain in more than one way.
Pros
  • good views of the mountains
Cons
  • ultra conservative
  • some run down areas
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Padroni is a small farm town not far from Sterling in NE Colorado"

Padroni is only about 5 miles from North Sterling reservior and surrounded by big ag fields and cattle ranches. The town of Sterling is about 10 miles to the south and I-76. There is not too much happening in Padroni and only about 100 people life there.

Padroni is too far from the Front Range to really commute, especially on a regular basis and DIA the airport is a haul away as well. Out in this are of NW Colorado you can not see the mountains to the west and it feels more like nearby Nebraska than what many think of as Colorado. The dry hot summer wind blows and the cold dry winter wind as well. This is a farming community and also has some truckers that live there due to the trucking industry along I-76. The average household income is about $25,000 a year, well below Colorado's average.
Cons
  • hot summers/windy cold winters
  • no amenities
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Elizabeth is east of Castle Rock"

Elizabeth is a small town of about 1,500 people less than 20 minutes east of Castle Rock. Elizabeth feels isolated because there are no major interstates but really it is within 30 minutes of most of Denver and not really that far from Colorado Springs to the south and DIA up to the northeast.

The average household income of Elizabeth is $50,000 a year, so above the Colorado average. It is a nice and quiet community and many who live there have been there since the 1960's when a large influx of residents took root. There are some interesting shops and restuarants and most who live there commute to Denver.
Pros
  • beautiful country
  • friendly people
  • laid back atmosphere
Cons
  • a long commute for some
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Dillon is a pretty mountain town and gateway to ski resorts"

Dillon is a cool town adjacent and pretty much connected to Silverthorne just to its west. Dillon Reservoir is a big lake as far a Colorado goes and it is popular for sailboats and speedboats, it usually freezes in the winter and it a landmark when traveling west into the mountains from Denver, once you see the lake you have gotten through the Eisenhower Tunnel pass on I-70 and you are on your way farther west to Utah or making your turn towards Breckenridge or onto the Vail Valley and Aspen. This is a great community to live in too for ski bums or business minded people who want to take advantage of the tourists and live in a great place. This would be a nice place for a family to check out real estate or invest in a vacation property.

There are about a thousand people who live in Dillon and the average household income is about $50,000/year.
Pros
  • close to ski resorts
  • great restaurants
  • great views
Cons
  • along I-70
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Foxfield in a little known southern Denver suburb"

Foxfield is a nice little community south of Denver just east of Centennial and south of Cherry Creek Reservior. There are only about 800 people who call Foxfield home, it is an area only about 1 square mile straddled between Arapahoe and South Parker Road. However, there are seriously nice homes and big properties in Foxfield. The average household income is just over $100,000 and the homes go for around 1 million. This is a great area if you work in Denver and have the means to invest in a gorgeous big home. The schools are great and everything in the Front Range is within a short drive including the mountains to the west:) There is also a lot of recreational possibilities such as lakes to hike and boat in and golf courses all around Foxfield.
Pros
  • mountain views
  • open spaces
Cons
  • high home prices
Recommended for
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Crested Butte is just gorgeous and great"

Crested Butte is a town of about 1,500 people and before the white folk settled East River Valley the Utes used the area in the summer months. This beautiful valley was settled by trappers, then coal and silver miners then ranchers. Today the real estate is more fairly priced than other ski towns and the beauty and views are unique and isolated even for Colorado.

The ski resort is great and there is also a lot of backcountry skiiing in the area. The town has chill character and there are festivals and fun things to do year round. There are so many trails, hikes, camping and mountain biking possibilities in the area. The average income is about $40,000 so around the Colorado average.
Pros
  • great schools
  • incredible scenery
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Carbondale is a sweet mountain town as the foot of Mt. Sopris"

Carbondale is in site of the lovely Mt. Sopris and just about 20 miles from Aspen. Carbondale is just south of Glenwood Springs on the way to Aspen. There are about 6,500 people who call Carbondale home and the average household income is about $52,000 which is less than Aspen's $60,000. This is a bedroom and more affordable community than living in Aspen. There are so many beautiful properties around Carbondale and there is affordable homes and apartments in the town.

The town was names after Carbondale, Pennsylvania where some of the early Colorado settlers came from. Many of the early settlers were part of the silver boom in Aspen and many early settlers also farmed the pretty wet valley. Until the 1980's Carbondale was in the coal business from mines mostly up in the nearby coal Crystal River Valley. There are natural hotsprings up in that regions not far from Carbondale. There are also many trails and county roads and amazing places to explore in the area.
Pros
  • beautiful and scenic
  • lots of outdoor activities
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Campion is a nice little Front Range community south of Loveland"

Campion is in an isolated pocket of the northern Front Range of Colorado right by the foothills, the town is surrounded by Loveland to the north and Longmont far to its south. Few people visit Campion because it is not along a major interstate or highway and it is just far enough south of Loveland that most do not venture down there.

Campion is a town of about 2,000 people. Carter Res is not far to the west and the area that the town resides in is really pretty and close to the mountains. There are lots of farms and ranches in and around Campion and the sugar beet capital of Colorado. The average household income in Campion is about $50,000 a bit above Colorado average. This really is a nice community and well worth checking out to by land or raise a family in.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Byers is a small town commutable to Denver"

Byers is a small town of just over a thousand people out east of Denver along I-70. The average household income is about average for Colorado and higher than most other eastern plain communities of Colorado. The average is about $45,000 a year. The town primarily lies on the southern side of the interstate.

Byers is close enough to Denver to commute, it is about 40 miles from downtown abd about a half hour to Aurora and the Denver airport (DIA). The town is surrounded by big agricultural fields and ranches. There are a couple restaurants and the trucking industry and industrial/construction business near the interstate.
Pros
  • peaceful and quiet
  • small town friendly feel
Cons
  • limited shopping options
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Burlington is just about Kansas"

Burlington is only 10 miles within the Colorado border and the first town you hit when coming from the east into Colorado along I-70. The country seat of Kit Carson County, Burlington is surrounded by big irrigation circles, ranches and the trucking industry. There are about 4,000 people who call the town home. Summers are Kansas dry and hot and windy and winters are dry and freezing and windy, but the sun does shine most days and the people are decent.

The average household income in Burlington is reported to be about $34,000 a year, less than the Colorado average but not far off the mark. You can not see the mountains from here, not for another hour or two drive but it is Colorado even though it just feels like Kansas:)
Pros
  • low home prices
Cons
  • remote
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Brighton is close to the airport suburban rural area north of Denver"

Brighton has about 33,000 people and is a rural but city like area well north of Denver. Brighton has several large, new subdivisions that are relatively cheaper than the other Denver suburbs such as Thornton or Westminster nearby to the west.

Brighton is north of Commerce City but feels well away from the industrial stink of the interstates and industry of that area. Brighton was founded in the 1870s as a stage/railroad depot and farming community and continues to have that open crossroads feel. I personally would not want to live in Brighton, the new homes are cheap yes but they are cookie cutter for the most part and great if you need to be close to DIA or to commute to north Denver. I would much more prefer to live in a different Denver area or better yet up near Boulder or west towards Golden.
Pros
  • country feel
Cons
  • close enough to the big city if you need to go
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Boone is a small town out on the plains from Pueblo"

Boone is a very small community of only 300 or so people. Situated along the HW 50 & HW 96 corridor out east of Pueblo. The town is about 15 miles east of Pueblo. The town was originally named Booneville after Daniel Boone's grandson Albert Gallatin Boone who was the postmaster and indian agent for a bit.

The average household income is about $25,000, lower than average for Colorado. Many people who live in Boone work in Pueblo or work for the county or school district. Many people also work in agriculture/ranching and in the trucking industry.
Pros
  • inexpensive housing
  • low crime rate
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Beulah Valley is a great place to land in the SW region of Colorado"

Beulah Valley has about 500 people who call the area home. Beulah Valley is not a town (there is the very small town of Beulah in the valley) but the area is more a spreadout mountain area to the west of Pueblo than a town. The area is truly beautiful and not as remote as it feels when you are there. It takes about a half hour to get into Pueblo West for shopping and really not that far, maybe an hour from Colorado Springs.

The famous "one man castle" Bishops Castle is in Beulah Valley and Mission Wolf is there as well. Not far just to the northwest is the great little mountain town of Westcliffe/Silvercliff. For those who want to live in the mountains, clean air and water but be relatively close to a city for shopping and going to a couple times a week purchasing property in Beulah Valley would be ideal. The weather changes quickly, typical of Colorado yes, but the elevation in the valley gets you away from the beating summer heat of the Front Range.

Reportedly, the average household income in Beulah Valley is about $50,000, most people are either independently wealthy or are those who own companies in the valley or are independent contractors. There are also established homesteads that go back many many generations. This is an interesting area not too too far from the New Mexico border. It is a nice mix of Colorado and the deeper SW feel of the region.
Pros
  • privacy
  • very pretty area
Cons
  • too remote for some or to commute
  • only one restaurant
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Bethune is a small town with an agricultural feel close ot Kansas"

Bethune is out in the far eastern border of Colorado, just 20 miles from Kansas. The average household income is about $29,000/year in Bethune and there are about 300 people who call the little agricultural community home. Since it is along I-70 there is a lot of trucking industry related jobs. Bethune is way too far to commute on a regular basis to the front range cities of Colorado.
Pros
  • quiet
Cons
  • far from Front Range
  • far from shopping options
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Berthoud offers good prices and great views"

Berthoud is a town of about 5,000 situated just east of the Front Range between Fort Collins and Denver along the Little Thompson River. This is an old agricultural town and becoming more and more a bedroom community of Front Range towns to Berthoud's west.

There is a pretty view from Berthoud and this small town. The average household income is $70,000, a high average for Colorado, even for the Front Range. There is a farmer's market each week and a nice community feel to this community and a great place for kids to go to school. Berthoud offers great country living that is close to the major centers of the Front Range and easy access to the mountains. Berthoud is a spot to check out to find a nice new home at a reasonable cost with a big yard and a great view of the mountains to the west.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Berkley is a little known suburb of northern Denver"

Berkley, Colorado is a little known suburb not far from downtown Denver along I-76. Berkley is just east of Denver and south of Westminster. This area is kind of an interstate no mans land and is usually referred to as just Denver because even most local Front Range folks havn't heard of Berkley. Westminster High School and Hidden Lake are the northern boundary Berkley.

About 11,000 people officially reside in Berkley and the average median income per year is about $35,000. Real estate is priced relatively low in Berkley, there are single family homes for $200,000 whereas in nearby suburbs the price would be significantly higher. This is not really a pretty part of Colorado being that the interstate and highways are all around and industry is thick and close by.
Pros
  • easy commute to Denver
Cons
  • industry is close by
  • Interstate 76
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Crowley is east of Pueblo out in the plains"

Crowley is a small town of about 200 people east of Pueblo, about 30 miles away. Many who live in Crowley are part of the agricultural industry or cattle/ranching. Many also work in Pueblo or even in the Springs. This is a dry hot place in the summer months and cold and windy in the winter, the sum shines most days however and in the spring and fall this is a pretty place. The average household income is about $30,000, less than the Colorado average. This is good for home and land prices, real estate can be very cheap near Crowley.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"New Castle is close to Glenwood Springs along the I-70 corridor"

Less than 10 miles west of Glenwood Springs the pretty location of New Castle is an agricultural area in the Colorado River valley on the way towards Grand Junction. There are about 2,000 people who make New Castle their home.

Most of the town of New Castle lies to the north of I-70. Lakota Canyon Golf Course is a pretty area north of town and the course is fairly long. Shopping is not great in town but Glenwood is close, the schools are also great and associated with Glenwood. The average income per household is reported at $55,000, above the average of Colorado.
Pros
  • beautiful
  • quiet
Cons
  • I-70
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Silt is a tiny town off western I-70"

Silt is about 50 miles east of Grand Junction and only about 10 west of Glenwood Springs. Silt is in the pretty river valley of where the Colorado River is broad and full of green meadows in the summer months. Although Silt is right off Interstate 70 it still has a quaint feel and not a highway feel.

There are less than 2,000 people that call Silt home and there are some great county roads and beautiful homes and large acreage mountain land up and around Silt mostly to the north of I-70. Up to the north there is the pretty Grass Valley Reservoir and more farmland. The Silt area has a lot of farmland and interesting crops, not just traditional monoculture, pesticide ridden farming methods.
Pros
  • great scenic views
  • lots of outdoor recreation
  • small town feel
Cons
  • far from major cities
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Genessee is a great mountain getaway from Denver/Front Range"

Genesee is a community that sits just south of I-70 as you go up into the mountains leaving the city lights of Denver behind. There is the Village of Genessee just off the interstate and then homes (many large homes with big acreage) to the south of the interstate on paved and unpaved county roads. This is a pretty place and a great real estate scouting location for those looking to invest in a beautiful mountain home that is still close enough to the Front Range to commute or visit easily--Genessee has pretty views of the city in some places and the mountains to the west. In the summer it is warm up in Genessee but you can beat the pounding heat of Denver's hot summers. Denver can easily reach 100+ degrees in the summer!

The population of Genesee is about 3,500 people and the average household income is over $125,000/year. This is a wealthy community that is made up of vacation/summer(winter in Colorado's case) homes, full time retirees, families that are independent or commute to and from Denver and also government and county employees and those who work in conjunction with the many industries of I-70.
Pros
  • attractive homes
  • lots of wildlife
  • scenic beauty
Cons
  • I-70 traffic
  • high home prices
Recommended for
  • Professionals
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Hillrose is a very small agricultural town in SE Colorado"

Hillrose is a very small agriculturally centered town in NE Colorado that lies between Fort Morgan and Sterling. Hillrose also sits between I-76 and the Poudre River. The population is only about 250 people and most are employed in the surrounding towns, in agricultural or ranching or part of the trucking industry along I-76 and the Denver area.

The average household income is about $30,000 and there is a mix of minimal living, ranch properties and some new homes. The area is pretty but hot in the summer and windy, dry and cold in the winters. About 10% of the town is considered below the poverty line.
Cons
  • dirt roads
  • no amenities
  • no jobs
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Center is in the center of the San Luis Valley"

Situated pretty much dead center in the middle of the expansive San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, the town if center is also surrounded by circles, irrigation pivots that is. This is an agriculturally "centered" area to say the least.

About 2500 people live in or around Center. Alamosa is about 25 miles to the south and the private airport known as Leach Airport is close to town. The average household income is about $25,000 a year and as mentioned most is ag related, county or city of Alamosa employees or school district employees.

To the east are the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains and to the west are the massive San Juans and San Juan National Forest. This is a pretty valley surrounded by amazing mountains and forests. The Great Sand Dunes are also to the east at the foot of the Sangres.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Hugo is a farm and ranch town east of Colorado Springs"

There are about 700 people who live in the little town of Hugo, Colorado. The town in about 60 miles east of Colorado Springs and is only about 10 miles south of I-70. This little agricultural community mostly employs farm/cattle industry and trucking industry as well as the local city government positions and the public school district folks. The school district is the Genoa-Hugo School District as there is one elementary, middle school and high school that serves the town.

The average household income per year in Hugo is about $30,000. One of the notable things about Hugo is its vintage swimming pool from the 1930's, this is a favorite spot for town folk in the summer months. The facility also offers a picnic area, playgrounds, volleyball court and basketball court. The area is pretty and the parks in town are as well.
Cons
  • remote
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Holyoke is a small NE Colorado High Plains town"

Holyoke is just 10 miles from Nebraska and about 10 miles south of I-76, truly in the middle of nowhere high plains NE Colorado. There are about 2,300 souls that call Holyoke home and amazing this is the most populated town of Phillips County, Colorado.

The average household income is about $32,000/year and most of the jobs come from the trucking industry, county and city government work and agriculturally related work. There is one runway in Holyoke for private planes just southeast of town.
Pros
  • low crime rate
  • peaceful and quiet
Cons
  • few amenities
  • remote
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Bennett is a little farming town east of Denver"

Bennett is 30 minutes from the eastern suburbs of Denver pretty much directly east of Aurora. This little farming community is a nice haven from Denver but close enough to commute. There are only about 2,500 people in Bennett and there is a mix of commuters, local government workers in the school district and town and agriculatural or trucking industry jobs.

The average household income in Bennett is about $47,000 which is about the average of Colorado. This is a good and small farming community that is so close to Denver but does not seem close to the city.
Pros
  • peaceful and quiet
  • variety of home prices
Cons
  • some areas really look run down
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Arriba is a little town near Kansas off I-70"

Only 60 miles from the Kansas border along I-70, the little town of Arriba is a hot dusty town in summer and cold and dry in winter as well. The high plains are not the most forgiving place but there are spring and fall days and starry winter and summer nights that makes this a great and peaceful place out in the country.

Arriba is way to far from the Front Range and Denver to commute so most people who live in Arriba are involved in the local government or school district, in the trucking industry or agriculture. There are only about 200 people there and the average yearly income is only about 25,000, this is a humble little high plains interstate town.

There is also a clown museum in Arriba:)
Pros
  • low housing costs
Cons
  • few jobs
  • high poverty rate
  • some old neglected buildings
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Atwood is a little dusty interstate town in NE Colorado"

Atwood is only about 5 miles from Sterling that is a bit to the east down I-76. Atwood is based on agriculture, livestock and the trucking industry because of the interstate. The average household income is actually fairly high at $45,000/year and this is not because people are commuting to the Front Range. It is a very long commute to Denver.

There are only about 200 people and they are scattered through the area in ranches and farms primarily. There is a little town as well but there are very few places to shop or eat. Most Atwood residents go into Sterling for most services.
Pros
  • cheap housing
  • quiet
Cons
  • no amenities
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Ault is a traditional farmtown not far from the Front Range"

Ault is about 20 miles due east of Fort Collins, a little farm town in the high plains of Colorado but not too far away so that you lose the amazing mountain views. There are only about 1,400 people that call Ault home.

Incorporated in 1904, the history of Ault has a lot to do with the railroad and farming. There is the Ault Fall Festival that still celebrates the the agricultural history of this sweet little village. You will find ranches, cowboys, applepie, a railroad and ag museum and good food and company. The average yearly income in Ault is about $35,000, about average for Colorado. When you put this average income together with the simple live, reasonably priced land and real estate in general and not too many places to spend your money--Ault makes an affordable place to live.
Pros
  • lower cost of living
  • quiet
Cons
  • typically must commute for work
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Rockvale is a very small town between Canyon City & Pueblo"

Only about 400 people live in Rockvale and it is a dusty hot place in the summer and cold and dry in the winter as well--they get some snow but most of the snow falls a range away over near Westcliffe.

Rockvale is not that far from Canyon City, less than 25 minutes away to the west along HW 115, Florence is a tiny town between Canyon City and Rockvale. The average yearly income is about $30,000 in Rockvale which is lower than the Colorado average. There are not many jobs in the area, the nearby high security prison closer to Florence is a major exployee as well as the grocery stores and Wal Mart in Canyon or even all the way in Pueblo that is not that far away to the east.
Pros
  • inexpensive housing
Cons
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Strasburg used to be known as Comanche Crossing"

Strasburg is about 25 miles east of Aurora and the Denver area along the I-70 corridor. It is a tiny community mostly involved in agriculture and the trucking industry and all things interstate that come with being along a main roadway from the great plains and the eastern states into Colorado.

Strasburg prides itself on sports and its schools have good spirit, a fall football game is a big community deal in the town. There are about 1,500 people that call the place home. Strasburg historically was known as Comacnche Crossing and was the location of the "joining of the rails", the real last link in the coast-to-coast railroad finished there in Strasburg in August 1870. It completed the Denver extension of the Kansas Pacific Railway. In town to this day you can check our the The Comanche Crossing Museum and learn about the history of the railway through this last part of the high plains before the journey into the Denver Basin and eventually into the great Rockies.

The average media household income in Strasburg is about $50,000, this is a nice middle class agriculturally centered community.
Pros
  • close enough to Denver to commute
  • very laid back feel
Cons
  • Interstate 70
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Stratmoor is a typical Colorado Springs area along I-25"

Stratmoor is a town of about 7,000 folks in El Paso, County, Colorado a southern suburb of Colorado Springs. The Stratmoor area is close to Kit Carson Army base and there are a lot of military folks in and around the area. The town straddles I -25 having neighborhoods on both sides of the interstate. The neighborhoods are typical conservative middle class Colorado Springs vibe. The average household income is about $40,000 a year.
Pros
  • somewhat affordable homes
  • close to Kit Carson for personnel
Cons
  • along the Interstate
  • very conservative
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Stratton is a little country town not far from the Kansas border along I-70"

Stratton is a small agricultural community about 25 miles from the Kansas line. The town has about 650 folks who for the most part work on the surrounding farms, ranches, for the city and school district or are part of the trucking industry along the I-70 corridor that is the towns lifeline.

The average median household income in Stratton is about $32,000 a year. It is very affordable to live and buy a home and property in this area of Colorado. Many of the homes I was able to view for sale online were nice, average homes in town for less than $100,000--try getting that in any suburb in Denver! The downfall is that your basically in Kansas, no view of the mnts and hot dry summers and cold windswept winters, spring and fall however can be quite pretty and the stars shine bright well away from the bussle and lights of the Front Range far to the west.
Pros
  • country living
Cons
  • still too far to commute to Front Range
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Sugar City is an agricultural community east of Pueblo"

Less than 50 miles east of Pueblo along HW 50 and the Arkansas River way is a small town of about 300 people known as Sugar City.

The average household brings in about $25,000 a year making it poor in material wealth in some eyes but rich in beautiful and community. It is a sweet place with a history of sugar production, founded by the National Sugar Company in 1891 the town grew up around this identity.

The town is famous for its pretty churches and parks. There is also abundant fishing, hunting, hiking and places to picnic and lounge in this quiet little oasis, especially in the spring and fall it is a really pleasant place to visit. Many residents make the commute to Pueblo which is less than an hours drive to the west. After looking online at real estate in Sugar City I quickly found some standard, small but nice homes in the town for less than $100,000. This would be a great place to getaway and buy a home if you were self-employed or looking for a small ranch or place to raise animals (or kids:)
Pros
  • peaceful small town
  • very affordable real estate
  • community involvement
Cons
  • few amenities
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Superior is basically Flatirons Crossing Mall & opposite Louisville along HW 36"

Superior is a community of neighborhoods consisting of about 13,000 people. It is along the western border of HW 36 less than 10 miles from Boulder, basically before you go over the hill on HW 36 and drop into the Boulder Valley.

The Flatirons Crossing Mall and all the new apartment complexes and neighborhoods that have been built around it in the last decade make up the bulk of Superior as well as the McCaslin exit, it Superior on the west of HW 36 and Louisville on the other side.

The history of the area is about coal mining, first discovered in 1894 and Superior the town was founded just a few years after that first discovery. It is named for the "superior" quality of the coal that was taken from the area. The industrial mining there continued until closed down in 1945. The town became very small after that mostly consisting of farmers and ranchers until the development that exploded along the Front Range, especially along the Boulder/Denver corridor in the last parts of last century.

The average household income in Superior is about $80,000 and many of the homes while nice and fancy are over priced and on small lots in a cookie cutter fashion, for your buck you'd be better off in the mountains or else where along the front range. The character of the neighborhoods has been compromised by too quick of building and pushing through instead of looking at lasting character and space as assets.
Pros
  • near Boulder and Denver
Cons
  • neighborhoods are cookie-cutter
  • not many trees on properties
  • soil issues / settling
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Swink is a pretty little town along the Arkansas River"

Located about 50 miles east of Pueblo along HW 50, Swink is a small farming community between the towns of Rocky Ford and La Junta. The highway makes it way along the Arkansas River where the towns sit in the pretty green valley giving the life blood/water to the farms and its communities. Swink has only 700 residents and is a modest place with few stores or restaurants. The average household income is about $35,000 per year.

Some make the hour commute west to Pueblo or even the Springs to work but most are employed in the agricultural industry, the nearby cities or public school systems. There are traditional irrigated farm crops as well as cattle and sheep ranches.
Pros
  • close enough to Pueblo to commute
  • clean and quiet
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Tabernash is a nice community to call home at a fair place"

Tabernash is a little community of about 150 people between Granby and Winterpark on HW 40. Over the last couple decades there have been a lot of new homes built on open, fairly large but barren lots. Many people that work in Winterpark live in Tabernash. There is sort of a rough characteristic here but the people are friendly and hard working. The cost of living is reasonable here and the average median household income is about average at $40,000/year. There are some great deals on nice and fairly new homes that go for around $250,000-$350,000 for big mountain homes with nice land acreage.
Pros
  • not too far from Front Range
  • peaceful and quiet
Cons
  • Berthoud Pass in the winter
  • tourist traffic
  • barren, treeless and windy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Telluride is the place for well to do ski bums:)"

Telluride is a unique and beautiful ski town in southern Colorado. There is the famous Telluride music festival and the ski hills, but there is also a vibrant town with neighborhoods with character--even though the cost of living is prohibitive to most unfortunately.

While the first gold claims were made in the area in 1875, Telluride ultimately became famous as a silver camp and a lot of the town's old time mining history can still be witnessed and seen if you poke around a bit in the surrounding hills. The San Miguel River flows through town against the beautiful western San Juan Mountains that surround the small tucked away community of Telluride and its little neighbor Pandora. In the surrounding mountains there are crystal clear blue lakes and amazing hiking and fishing as well as hunting opportunities.

While many many tourists come and go year round the town only has a standing population of about 2,000 people in the little box canyon at 8,750 feet elevation. The town's airport is the highest commercial airport in the US. The average household median income in Telluride is a bit over $50,000/year, this is not a cheap place to live nor visit but it well worth checking out for a ski trip or summer getaway. There is a lot of great camping and forest roads in the area as well to explore and experience Telluride in a more rustic, real and less expensive way than staying downtown.

There are also some famous people that make Telluride their home, or at least did or do for some of the year. Most notably Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and Ralph Lauren. You can guess that property is spectacular in both price and look and feel. When I started looking around online about real estate in Telluride there were many many website and most of the featured properties had amazing lots and large homes and went for around 3 million! I looked at land for sale without structures and found a 1.3 acre lot for 1.3 million, then a 0.1 acre lot for $225,000, wow this place makes downtown San Fran look like the suburbs of Sacramento.
Pros
  • remote and beautiful
Cons
  • far from Front Range
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"The Pinery is a well to do community south of Denver"

The Pinery is a community in Douglas County tucked away just 5 miles east of I-25 just north of the Castle Rock area. While it is only about 5 miles from the interstate you wouldnt even know it was there. It is just south of Parker and accessible to downtown Denver giving an easy commute or access to restaurants and shopping in the south Denver metro area.

The Pinery Country Club is a large, open golf course with a nice reservoir and community buildings. The neighborhoods of Pinery are for the most part situated with open large properties as well and there are a lot of pine trees:)

The population is about 7,000 people and the average median income for a household is over $100,000. This is obviously an affluent area and a relatively new creation as far as communities in Colorado go.
Pros
  • golf
  • beautiful
  • peaceful
Cons
  • not much character
  • plastic feeling and exclusive to the wealthy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Thornton is a popular place to by a home for a family near Denver"

Thornton is a large suburb north of Denver that straddles Adams and Weld counties. The population is about 120,000 making it one of Denver's largest nearby cities, Denver is only 10 mile to Thornton's south. In fact it is the 6th most populated city in the state of Colorado.

There are plenty of neighborhoods, shopping options and restaurants in Thornton and lots of schools and things to do. The mountains are only a 20 minute drive to the west and lots of recreational and outdoor activities abound.

The population of Thornton was only about 20,000 in 2000 and now is way over 100,000 in that short of time. Growth came fast to Thornton and there are lots of new buildings and neighborhoods as well as apartment complexes that have sprang up to accommodate all the population growth.

There are many major highways and interstates that transect and pass beside the city. The schools have a good solid reputation and the neighborhoods are safe. The average household income is about $50,000 a year. Homes in Thornton range in cost from $200,000 to into the millions. It is a pretty diverse place as far as lifestyle and income levels.
Pros
  • close to many things
  • lower cost of living
Cons
  • over populated
  • strip mall type of community
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Todd Creek is a hidden treasure for the wealthy"

A small community north of Denver in Adams County. There are about 1300 folks who call Todd Creek their home. This is a little known place often mistaken as part of Brighton which is just to the east or Henderson just to Todd Creek's south.

Todd Creek has pretty neighborhoods and homes and is known as an affluent well off suburb of Denver. The median household income of about $111,000 per year is well over Colorado's average. It is a place popular for retirees and families.

Downtown Denver makes an easy commute just to its south and getting to Boulder or Thornton is easy as well. The area is known for its amazing golf courses and pretty landscapes. There are some amazing homes that average about $500,000 and up.
Pros
  • spacious and pretty neighborhoods
  • close to the creek/river
  • close to downtown
Cons
  • expensive real estate
  • not mountain living
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"The capital of the Ute Reservation--Towaoc"

Towaoc is a small town of about 1,000 people on the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation not far from the four corners in SW Colorado. Just 15 miles or so south of Cortez and some 60 miles west of Durango Towaoc is in the desert but surrounded by mountains to the west & north.

Black Mountain and Ute Peak dominate the desert landscape to the west of town. The influence of the Ute Indians is still felt in the names of the landmarks and the art and culture still practiced in the reservation. As the capital of the reservation, Towaoc is the center of commerce and shopping and healthcare facilities for the reservation. Old Towaoc sits closer to the foot of Ute Mountain.

There is a casino, hotels and a travel center there for tourists as well as campgrounds. Amazingly the median income for a household was only $1,400! This has a lot to do with government subsidies. This is an interesting a beautiful landscape but the history of diglect of native american culture is still felt and can be experienced here today.
Pros
  • mountains and desert feel
Cons
  • poverty
  • depressed
  • lack of shopping
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Did they just say two butts? Should be called two blocks!"

Two Buttes is a very small town of less than 100 people in SE Colorado, less than 20 miles from the Kansas line and not that much further from Oklahoma. There are not really traditional neighborhoods here per se more like spreadout ranches and small homes. The median household income is about $25,000 well below the Colorado average.

There is some farming in the surrounding fields but this place, like many fields in the plains, relies heavily on pivot irrigation and NOT on rainwater. This dry dusty plain is not meant for agriculture or at least not sustainable viable ag.
Cons
  • rough
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Vail is an expensive tourist town"

Vail is a town and a ski resort in central Colorado along I-70. Vail is the biggest and arguably most prestiges ski resort in Colorado. The slopes first opened in 1962. As far as size Vail boasts the largest ski mountain terrain in North America second only to Whistler Blackcomb. Interestingly, the ski resort of Vail was started by the 10th Mountain Division after returning home from WWII. The resort section of town has many many fine restaurants and coffee houses, bars, clothing and sports gear stores.

The towns itself leaves a bit to be desired because it is such a touristy, ritzy and often fake place plus the real estate makes Boulder look cheap! The mountainous area itself is amazing, the big mountains are really dense in this heart of Colorado. The White River National Forest sits just across the interstate to the south of town and go deep deep into undeveloped land and forest roads leaving behind the glamour of Vail and getting to reality quickly.

The actual residencial population is about 5,000 people. There are some amazing and super expensive properties in and around Vail. Unless you have a passion for skiing and are really wealthy or want to invest in tourist property I do not see much reason to live in the crowded, somewhat plastic world of the I-70 corridor. There are just as beautiful sport, near ski areas, with less traffic and tourism and at a much better price than Vail. It is good to visit but not all its cracked up to be.
Pros
  • beautiful ski bowls
Cons
  • I-70
  • fake
  • super expensive real estate, not worth it
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Vilas, a small town not far from Kansas in SE corner of Colorado"

Vilas is a town of only about 100 people. Situated along HW 160 way out east in the SE corner of Colorado only about 20 miles from either Kansas or Oklahoma. The dusty town has developed around agriculture. Comanche National Grassland is not far to the south and offers a wild place for bird watchers, hunters and hikers. The mountains can not be seen in the distance to the west but if you drive a bit over 100 west you get to Trinidad and hit the front range.

The average household income is about $35,000 a year. The commute to the front range would be brutal so most are either local construction or ag workers or work for the school district or Baca County offices.
Pros
  • peaceful and quiet
Cons
  • no amenities
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Vona is farm country on the high plains near Kansas"

Vona is a very small town of only 100 people just north of I-70 about 30 miles from the Kansas border. This is a farming community surrounded by big monoculture fields and not much else, you can not see the mountains and it feels like Kansas.

Hot and dusty in the summer and cold and windy in the winter this is a rough area and not what many think of when they think of Colorado. But the air is clean and the sky is big like the open high plains that it sits on.

The commute to the Denver area would be brutal, most residents are part of the agricultural community in the area or the trucking industry that uses the I-70 corridor. The average median income in Vona is about $30,000. I took a peek at the real estate and farm land, there is a 710 acre plot with a home and other structures for $749,000 for example.
Pros
  • very affordable land/homes
  • farming land
Cons
  • very remote
  • hot summers/windy cold winters
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Walden is a sweet Northern Colorado town"

Walden is centered in the green headwaters of the North Platte River valley that gently flows through North Park. There is the famous South Park in southern Colorado but there is also Central and North Park. Walden is the center of North Park, the large open space "park".

In Walden there is the the Walden -Jackson County Airport as well as Walden Reservoir just west of town. Just 20 miles south of the Wyoming border, Walden is a true and unique northern Colorado mountain town. Routt National Forest and wilderness areas surround Walden.

There are beautiful properties and views all around Walden, farms, ranches and neighborhood homes are available. There are country roads and remote, huge beautiful homes also.
Pros
  • pretty open spaces and views
  • close to fishing and water sports
Cons
  • remote
  • very limited shopping
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Walsh is a little town in SE Colorado out in the plains"

Walsh is along HW 160 way out east not far from Kansas and Oklahoma. This is a small small town in the dusty plains of SE Colorado. With a population of less than 1000 people, Walsh is pretty much a farm town. It is too far to commute to the front range and about 80 miles from Trinidad along I-25 to the west. This is Oklahoma you can not see or feel the mountains.
Pros
  • extremely low crime rate
Cons
  • not much shopping options
  • few jobs
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"oh Ward you funky little dog"

Ward is a "Home Rule Municipality" up at 9,450 feet in the high country of Boulder County. Tucked up near Peak to Peak HW 72 between Nederland and Estes Park-Ward has about 150 wild folks that call it home.

There are bikes, shacks, old trucks, fireworks, cabins, chainsaws and art and dogs, dogs, dogs in Ward.

Ward was established as a gold mining town back in 1860. The town of Gold Hill is a neighbor to Ward just a bit to the northish. Ward is near the top of Left Hand Canyon a canyon and road that heads west out of downtown Boulder. Silver was just as big as gold in Ward's boom history.

Ward's population is interesting and has fluctuated from the gold boom to where in WWII the population dropped to only 4 people. Then the hippies of the 1960's and so on grew the population quickly to 100plus. There is a restaurant, little store and a coffee shop "downtown". It is a funky little republic of its own and famous for being its "own country".
Pros
  • unique
  • radical
Cons
  • pretty funky
  • somewhat closed community
  • radical
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Welby is an interstate town"

Welby is a little known suburb north of Denver, just north of Commerce City and south of Thornton. Welby sits near the intersection of I-25, I-270 & I-76. This is a highway town and has a lot of industrial and trucking industry influence.

There is a central park called Rotella Park otherwise there is not much recreational areas. But the towns nearby do have great recreation and the mountains are only 20 minutes to the best along I-70.

The town is relatively dense and full of middle class neighborhoods. There are about 13,000 people that live in Welby even though it is only about 3.8 square miles. The average income per household in Welby is about $40,000, fairly average for Colorado.

Nearby Commerce City and the interstates does make Welby one of the less desireable places to live in the Denver area. But getting just a bit north away from Commerce City and going towards Thornton is not that bad.
Pros
  • fair real estate prices
Cons
  • interstates all around
  • trucking industry
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Delta is a crossroads town in the remote center of Colorado"

Delta is the town where HW 50 meets the mountain HW 133. This is a gorgeous town of about 9,000 people. The town is literally surrounded by national forest including Uncompahgre, Grand Mesa and Gunnison National Forests.

The Delta area is a green mountain valley carved out by where Gunnison River and Uncompahgre River intersect. The Uta Indians also used this as a crossroad and meeting area, it has been a highway of sorts for a long long time.

Because it is remote there are a lot of independently wealthy or self-emplyed people in the valley. There are two private airports for pilot to come in one and this area would be ideal for a pilot who wants a remote, mountainous, hunting or camping property to someday retire on and build upon slowly. The land is amazing!
Pros
  • Amazingly beautiful views
  • green and water from river
Cons
  • too remote for some
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Battlement Mesa is as unique and cool as it sounds..."

Battlement Mesa is a small town near Parachute, Colorado along the western portion of Colorado I-70 corridor. The community sits to the south of the interstate about 30 miles east of Grand Junction, Colorado. There are about 5,000 people who call Battlement Mesa home and most of the community is subdivision neighborhoods established in the last few decades of last century.

The town of Parachute is the older community in the area, Battlement Mesa was created more recently and is named for the basalt topped mesa that sits south of town. The town is only 8 square miles and really caters to retirees and families. The average household income for this remote, beautiful area is only $36,000 a year so this is not an exclusive or overly wealthy place. There is a fine mix of people and lifestyles.

Grand Mesa National Forest is directly to the south of Battlement and Colorado National Monument is not far to the southwest. The town actually sits pretty much exactly between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction so there are lots of shopping options either way in town or in either city that is about 30 minutes away.

The community has really nice schools and a community center/gym. The area truly is lovely. There is a golf course and of course the Colorado River runs through.
Pros
  • close to Grand Junction & Glenwood Springs
  • great valley/mountains
  • outdoor recreation all around
Cons
  • I-70
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Downtown Grand Junction is worth checking out..."

The old downtown (and new downtown) of Grand Junction is nice because it is south enough of I-70 so that it does not feel so much like an interstate town. The Colorado River and the Gunnison River meet along the southern edge of the downtown area and this convergence gave the town its name. Back when the town was founded the Colorado River was known as the Grand River, but confusion with the Rio Grande motivated the change to Colorado River. You can walk where the two rivers meet at the 5th Street Bridge and the Colorado River Front Trail.

Where the downtown is now was just dirt and sage besides the trees that naturally grew along the river. Settlers used the Colorado to create irrigation ditches to grow corn, wheat, peaches, apples, hay, sugar beets, tomatoes, potatoes and lettuce. They also raised cattle, pigs and chickens. The desert environment made and makes it hard to grow some of these crops but today the fruit orchards are particularly successful.

There is a lot of history and beautiful mountain/desert land in and around the downtown, it is a place worth checking out. It would be a great place to move to open a small business downtown or to buy one of the historic homes.

The Utes where the residents of the area before the white folk pushed them to Utah. There are still a lot of evidence and landmarks named after the Utes. Colorado National Monument, the big red mountains to the south are amazing and a backyard playground for GJ.
Pros
  • history
  • close to the rivers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Wellington is where they found a Wooly Mammoth"

Wellington is along I-25 north of Fort Collins in northern Colorado. Considering the town is along an interstate it is still a pretty place, with lakes and farms especially to the west of the interstate. The many Poudre River Reservoirs lie to the west and the mountain views give Wellington a feeling of the country even though the city is only 10 minutes away to the south.

The cost of living is significantly less in Wellington compared to Fort Collins and it is a great place to get away from the city but still be close to the action. There are about 6,000 people who call Wellington home and the average median income is about $47,000, a bit higher than the average in Colorado.

Interestingly in 2000, a woolly mammoth was unearthed when a construction crew was digging home foundations. Nearby CSU analyzed the find but the tusks and much of the body was shattered or disintegrated before they could study it.
Pros
  • close to mountains
  • affordable bedroom community of Fort Collins
Cons
  • rural
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"West Pleasant View --wedged between Golden and Denver West"

West Pleasant View is basically an extension of Golden geographically. Colorado's largest school district, the Jefferson County Public Schools, has its headquarters in West Pleasant View. Denver West and all the jobs and activity that it holds is just to the neighborhoods eastern door.

The average median household income is about $40,000, pretty average for Colorado and the Denver/Front Range area. Many of the homes for sale in the neighborhood are between $250,000-$500,000.

There are some interesting properties in West Pleasant View, some ranchettes with more land than others. There are also what many would consider to be traditional middle class neighborhoods. Golden is close by and all the restaurants and shops along the I-70 corridor that lines its southern boundary.
Pros
  • near Golden and Denver
Cons
  • I-70
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
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"The Academy is top-notch"

The Air Force Academy is gorgeous and while it is a community with homes and barracks, you have to be part of the Air Force to reside here. The mountains snug up against the academy and it is a cool place.

There is a junior Air Force Academy for those who are not accepted into the Academy at first after high school. Of all the military bases I have witnessed this place seems top notch and intelligent. The sciences and skills that can be learned here seem better than other branches of the military. I guess I'm an Air Force kinda gal:)
Pros
  • neat and clean
  • scenic
Cons
  • only for the military
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Deer Trail --World's first rodeo 1869"

Deer Trail is a town of about 600 people right along I-70, 55 miles east of Denver. When you are traveling to Colorado from the east you know you are getting close to the good stuff (Mountains!) when you reach Deer Trail, your not in Kansas anymore:)

Kansas Pacific Railway built a train depot there in 1870 marking the founding of the town. The town has gone through booms and busts over the last century plus and a major flood in 1965 being the most recent. Deer Trail is famous for being the home of the world's first rodeo on July 4th, 1869. There is competition from west Texas and other western towns for this honor it looks like Deer Trail was the first official cowboy competition.

The town's average household income is about $30,000 and many residents work in agriculture or the trucking industry, some commute into Denver. Actually, Deer Trail School District 26J is the largest employer in the community.
Pros
  • horses and cowboys
  • nice rural town
Cons
  • still too far to commute to Front Range
  • few amenities and businesses
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Silver Cliff (directly by Westcliffe) in the Wet Mountain Valley"

Silver Cliff is founded on silver mining from the late 1800's the town itself was founded in 1879. It is adjacent to the small town of Westcliffe and today it is really hard to even tell them part, one small community has blended into the other. The town of Rosita is near the eastern boundary of Silver Cliff and was the original county seat before Westcliffe in 1928.

The town part of Silver Cliff has some "city" blocks and what you might call neighborhoods, there are small homes, trailors and ranchettes. There is "The Dome" a white shaped dome bar where the cowboys grab a drink. There are alot of construction contractors and a few small businesses. To the east and south you get into the hills and the country roads around Rosita have some really nice properties. This would be a great place to buy mountain property.

Pueblo is about 40 minutes over the Hardscrabble pass to the east of town. Salida and Canyon City are also about 40 minutes to the north along HW 50, the river road that runs along the Arkansas River. Silver Cliff/Westcliffe is a great town though the economic hard times have hit pretty hard, there is not much work for many in the valley in the winter months. For those who do have some investment money this is the time to buy, some amazing properties that have became rundown in the last decade or so are amazing deals right now. It seems that everything is for sale in the valley right now.
Pros
  • nice community
  • amazing mountain views
Cons
  • far from shopping and hospital
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"San Luis is a sweet, sacred old town in southern Colorado"

San Luis is a small southern Colorado town of about 700 residents. It is the county seat of Costilla County and is only about 15 miles north of the New Mexican border. San Luis in many ways already seems like New Mexico and Taos is only about 50 miles away.

San Luis is the oldest town in Colorado and was settled by Hispanic settlers in 1851 when the area was still part of the Territory of New Mexico, when Colorado became a state is 1876 San Luis was the oldest established town in the state. The town is named after Saint Luis and the San Luis Valley as well.

The Culebra River runs through town and makes a nice green valley oasis from the arid lands around. There is some farming and lots of livestock ranching in the area thanks to the water. The town is relatively poor compared to other communities in Colorado, the average houshold income in only about $15,000.

A notable landmark of town in the Shrine of the Stations of the Cross, a church and statue area and walking trail to the top of the mesa above town. There is something ancient and sacred about San Luis each time I have driven through. The church is not the traditional American Christian church it is part of the hillside and beautiful, there is also a communal shared cattle grazing area near town known as La Vega that is unique and romantically antiquated. The bronze statues that rise up along the path to the mesa are a great place to experience san Luis and its friendly, quirt people. This is real Southern Colorado. The land areound the are is priced more reasonably than almost anywhere else in Colorado and it is gorgeous.
Pros
  • relatively cheap to live
  • desert meets mountains
  • traditional and history
Cons
  • not much job opportunity
  • small and remote for shopping
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Avondale is just east of Pueblo along the Arkansas River"

Avondale is a small farming community of less than 1000 people just east of Pueblo along the Arkansas River and HW 50. The river and the surrounding farmland make this a really pretty place, though it gets really hot in the summer and can be pretty desolate and cold/windy in the winter. The flat open valley is greener than the surrounding area and the birds and animals thrive along the Arkansas Valley.

The average annual income for a household is about $30,000 and most people either commute to Pueblo or work in the farming and ranching jobs of the area. There are ranches for sale in the area as well as homes and trailors. You can get a standard ranch home in town for about $250,000 or a trailor for about $60,000. The town is less than an hour to Pueblo where most people shop and gear up.
Pros
  • farming/ranching community
  • relatively inexpensive real estate
Cons
  • small
  • not much shopping options
  • very hot summers
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Cascade-Chipita Park is a nice neighborhood just out of Colorado Springs"

Cascade-Chipita Park is a small community of a few hundred people mostly settled along the foothills west of HW 24 north of Colorado Springs and not far from Woodland Park. There are some really nice homes and ranches and the neighborhood is pretty hugging the mountains. It is an easy commute to the Springs and a nice getaway place for families or retirees. The average household income is about $50,000 and real estate is not cheap but the location is gorgeous and most of the homes are top notch.
Pros
  • close enough to Colorado Springs to commute
Cons
  • very expensive real estate
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Collbran is a dream vacation spot in the woods"

Near the heart of Grand Mesa National Forest, Collbran has about 700 residents. The little mountain town is along Plateau Creek and in the Plateau Valley famous for cattle farming, and there is also a fair share of farms, hay mostly and horse farms as well. The average annual income for a given household is about $33,000. Many people are ranchers and some commute to Grand Junction which is a little under an hours drive to the west.

I saw a hunting property for 3 million dollars near Collbran with 1000 acres, there are many large properties in the area like this. It is a gorgeous location with mountains all around. Then there is a 5 acre lot with a classic Colorado log cabin in a great spot for $350,000. For those with dough this area is worth checking out, to live where most dream of vacationing in would be nice, huh...
Pros
  • great properties
  • great valley/mountains
Cons
  • not much shopping options
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Dacona is a little dusty plains town not far from I-25"

The little town of 3,000 is close to I-25 to the west and Frederick and Firestone to its north. To the east is Fort Lupton and probably the closest bet for shopping, food and entertainment. The neighborhoods of Dacona are a mix of ranches, traditional homes, trailers and industrial shops. The trucking industry because of the interstate is big here and there are a lot of truckers who live here. Coal and gas have a long history in the town and still dominate the work force and economy as well as agriculture. This little plains town is hot and dusty in the summer and desolate and cold in the winter. The mountains are barely visible to the west.

The town was settled in 1901 and most if not all of the first residents moved there to work in the coal mines. The median household income for Dacona was just under $40,000.
Pros
  • relatively inexpensive
Cons
  • kinda ran-down
  • remote
  • not much shopping options
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"El Jebel is a highway town out of Aspen"

El Jebel is adjacent to the highway town of Basalt and its between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. It is a community of about 4,000 on HW 82 in the Roaring Fork Valley. The area in general is gorgeous, but El Jebel is a scaled down bedroom community for Aspen and it is much more affordable. There are neighborhoods with middle class homes, ranches and trailor parks in the area. This is an affordable place to call home for a tighter budget in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Pros
  • friendly people
  • great views
Cons
  • a bit ran down
  • highway town
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Grand Granby"

So the parks and recreation for Granby gets a 5 star! Granby is the backdoor of Rocky Mountain National Park and the front door of beautiful Lake Granby. This area is spectacular and touristy. There are some homes that line the lake that are amazing and expensive. At about 8,000 feet in elevation this is a clean, cool change from Denver, especially lovely in the summer when the Front Range is so hot. This area would be a perfect investment property whose value is closely tied to the ever present and popular Rocky Mountain National.

The town of Granby started in 1904 along the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway. Earlier, the Homestead Act of 1862 gave individuals a chance to own land and the scattered homesteads eventually became centered around the town once the railroad came in. Today, the average median household income is about $45,000, a bit higher than the average for Colorado.
Pros
  • Lake Granby
  • Rocky Mountain National Forest
  • not too far from Front Range
Cons
  • very expensive real estate
  • tourists
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"East Pleasant View sits between Colorado Mills Mall & 6th Avenue"

East Pleasant View is a small community along 6th Avenue between Lakewood and Golden--west of Denver. The average household income is about $55,000 and the homes and neighborhood is pretty nice. The access to downtown, Golden and the mountains makes this a great spot for commuters or business travelers. The schools are known to be good and there is tons of shopping and restaurant choices nearby. The neighborhood literally sits in the backyard of Colorado Mills Mall.

The population is only about 350 and half of the small community is open fields due to big, established properties. This is a strange mix of new and old homes, fancy and farmlike properties. Not a bad area to check out for real estate!
Pros
  • close to downtown
  • shopping out front door almost
Cons
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Rico is rich in beauty"

Rico is a beautiful little town of about 200 along Colorado HW 145 north of Cortez. The town is an old mining community that struck it "rico" back in the Pioneer days. At nearly 9,000 feet the town is definitely in the mountains and surrounded by mountains and the San Juan National Forest.

There are some classic historic buildings in the "downtown" and the area is worth checking out. For those looking for land in a remote mountainous area with lots of forest access properties around Rico could be worth the visit.
Pros
  • remote
Cons
  • very remote
  • very limited shopping
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Wonderland Hill/Lake is truly wonderful!"

Wonderland Hill is a great great neighborhood that I would love to live in. Some good friends of ours live along the lake (lucky!) and we have been spending some time over there lately. The area seems so quiet and safe to me and the homes are an interesting mix of architecture, big and "normal" for Boulder.

I think home prices are pretty pricey but if I had the money I would invest there now while the buying is still relatively low. I also like the Hungry Toad restaurant and we all waked from a home on Wonderland Hill all the way there the other day and it was a blast. Downtown is a bus or bike ride away and Ideal Market and Lucky's MArket are really close too, so no need to drag into Safeway or busy Whole Foods.
Pros
  • Neighborhood pools, tennis courts and playgrounds.
  • Surrounded by amazing views of foothills and lake
  • Walk to Lucky Market and Lucky Bake shop and Creamery
Cons
  • expensive real estate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Mountain View -- a community/neighborhood just north of downtown Denver"

Mountain View has a population of about 500 people and is northwest of Denver. Average household income is a bit over the state average at about $40,000. There are only 12 blocks that make up the community/neighborhood known as Mountain View. Just southeast of where I-70 & I-76 and north of downtown Denver.

Mountain View is notorious for issuing traffic tickets, supposedly the police gave out 7,200 tickets in less than 3 years! There are lots of homes and townhomes in Mountain View and prices range form $200,000 to about $450,000. Denver is close by and obviously an easy commute, even though you still have to fish your way through Denver's often crowded roads and interstates. Public transportation is good and it is fairly close to DIA for those who travel. This would be a good place to check out when moving to Denver. All modern conveniences and shopping options, restaurants and medical facilities are close by. The recreational opportunities of biking and hiking trails abound in Denver and the mountains and all they have to offer are not far to the west.
Pros
  • easy commute around Denver
  • close to DIA
Cons
  • close to interstate
  • traffic and city congestion
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Timnath -- A small farming, bedroom community near Fort Collins"

Timnath is in north central Colorado near Fort Collins along the Cache de Poudre River. It is chiefly a farming and cattle raising community of about 220 people. Located on the plains but close to the foothills there are beautiful views of the mountains. The Poudre River is just west and the many recreational goodies that the mountains and river have to offer, this really is a pretty area.

The area was homesteaded in 1869 and has come all the way into the present and is now dominated by the Super WalMart:( Timnath is basically a bedroom community and shopping stop east of Fort Collins. Land without structures can go for only $100,000 ideal for farming and building. Homes in town can go for as little as $50,000, much more affordable than homes and land just to the west around Fort Collins. The good part of Timnath is the peaceful countryside feeling and how close it is to the Front Range, it is very commutable.
Pros
  • close to Front Range
  • good schools
Cons
  • small
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Peetz -- Farmland that is basically Nebraska"

Peetz is a tiny town of about 200 souls in far northeastern Colorado very very close to the Nebraska border. The large wind turbines of the Peetz Wind Farm are located on the Peetz Plateau.

The town is chiefly an agriculturally driven community, with one grain elevator. The town offers a good school district for its kids that is part of Logan County's public system. Simple but nice homes in town can go for $50,000, this is a very affordable community compared to the Front range and mountain living to the western (and the best) parts of Colorado. Peetz is close to Nebraska and it feels like Nebraska. The quiet and peace of the High Plains does give great sunsets and sunrises, but hot windy summers and cold windy winters, this is a rough place to live. There are really nice homes for $100,000, that is unheard of in other parts of Colorado!
Pros
  • established farmland
Cons
  • remote from Front Range
  • Nebraska
  • farming dependent on irrigation
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Granada -- Not the Alhambra"

Granada is a small irrigation farming and cattle town of only 600 people in the far southwest corner of Colorado less than 15 miles from the Kansas/Colorado border. The Arkansas River flows just north of town giving the community character and recreational fishing, camping and hiking. Pueblo is the closest major Front Range city 140 miles to the west. You can not see the mountains out this far east and it really feels like Oklahoma.

There is a weird history in the town because of the WWII Japanese Internment Camp in Granada. Japanese Americans with an little as 1/16 Japanese blood were sent to camps in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Colorado. Open from 1942-1945 the Amache Camp or "relocation center" at its peak was populated with over 7,000 prisoners.

Local farmers grow melons, onion and peppers among other crops. Peasant hunting is also a popular attraction to Granada. Average household income is about $25,000 a year. Homes and property costs are very low compared to most parts of Colorado especially the much more expensive (and beautiful) Front Range and mountain communities.
Pros
  • cheap
Cons
  • site of Japanese Prison Camps in WWII
  • Basically Kansas
  • run down
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Larkspur -- Front Range mountain living worth seeing!"

Larkspur is a nice little town of 200 people just south of Castlerock in Douglas County. Castlerock is were locals go for shopping, restaurants and work, though some commute to either Denver or Colorado Springs. Larkspur is in a pretty rolling hills area between the cities and offers really nice forested areas with great properties and ranches. I would love to live in the area.

Looking at land to buy in the area looks promising, while it is not the most affordable place in Colorado it is certainly not the most expensive either. You get what you pay for and a lot of the lots for sale are gorgeous, with outcropping rock, pine and piñon forests and amazing views of the nearby mountains and even glimpses of Denver lights on the far northern horizon. Some nice lots without structures go for around $250,000. A 35 acre lot I looked at with a really nice 5 bedroom home and landscaped lawn goes for $895,000. There are some other very interesting, big custom homes on fair sized land for $500,000. The area is well worth checking out for those who are willing to commute or are looking for investment/retirement property in Colorado's Front Range--but who still want to feel remote and in the mountains.

The Colorado Renaissance Festival is in Larkspur in a great forested setting not far from I-25, but once you are there is feels like a little medieval town:) The festival takes place throughout June and July each year and has been going strong for almost 38 years.
Pros
  • beautiful area surrounded by trees
  • quite and peaceful
  • wildlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Gilcrest -- Small farming & bedroom community of the Northern Front Range"

Gilcrest is south of Greeley and north of Fort Lupton on HW 85 in the plains of northern Colorado. The little town of 1,000 plus people mostly survive on agricultural and trucking industry jobs and many people commute into the surrounding towns or even into Fort Collins/Loveland or the Denver/Boulder area. This is a small farm based community that has evolved into a bedroom community for Front Range cities.

There are big pivot irrigation fields surrounding Gilcrest and some cattle and pig farms as well. There are little lots with small houses in town for as little as $69,000 and ranches and farms that are available for very reasonable prices for those who can take advantage of the lower prices.

Close by are the mountains, within a half hour drive and all the northern Front Range has to offer as far as recreation and city life. This would not be a bad place to live if you are looking for farmable land and mountain views.
Pros
  • close to Front Range
  • mountain views
Cons
  • stink of Greeley farms
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Limon -- Gateway into Colorado from the Great Plains/I-70"

Limon in the east central plains of Colorado is home to about 2,000 people. It is the town you finally get to when you make the long journey west across I-70 through Kansas. When you get to Limon you know that not long from then you will begin to see the Rockies poking up in the far distant horizon to the west. The town really is a crossroads, many highways meet and merge in the area. The trucking industry is strong in the area, a lot of jobs and businesses thrive with all the traffic through the area.

There are homes and ranches for sale in the area that are much bigger and cheaper than land closer to the Front Range plains area of Colorado to the west. The downfall about Limon is that you can not see the mountains, you still have to drive west for an hour or more to see them. There are homes and ranches for sale in the Limon area for about $150,000.

The town is on the north shores of the Big Sandy Creek that runs south into the Arkansas River. The weather in the summer is seriously hot, kind of like a hair dryer blasting across your feet when you step out of your car. Winter, they are also cold and windy. This is basically Kansas.
Cons
  • can not see mountains
  • far from big cities
  • prison located here
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Hotchkiss -- alternative mountain living off the land, off the grid?"

Hotchkiss is a town of about 1000 people in Delta County on the west slope of Colorado where the desert meets the mountain. The land where Hotchkiss sits is a green oasis in the surrounding desert because of the North Fork River. There is an alternative vibe to the town and the surrounding area and there are a lot of unique properties and ranches. There is a wide variety of people and incomes, it is an eclectic group! I have friends that have some fruit orchards in the area and love to grow things.

The little North Fork Airport is perfect for those who own a private plane. There is some shopping, a City Market and some local shops in town making it possible to hunker down and stay through the seasons in the little town without needing to leaver you can really get lost (in a good way) in this town surrounded by wilderness. Sister towns of Peonia and Delta are not far away, but to get to "the big city" you would have to drive for over about an hour NW to Grand Junction or Montrose to the SW a little closer.

There are ranches, farms, commercial properties and private residence properties for sale (it seems like) in abundance in the Hotchkiss area. For a someone looking for a beautiful mountain town, remote and affordable in western Colorado this would be a great place to grow traditionally (funny how traditional anymore means using chemicals and genetically modified terminator seeds!) or for someone wanting to go organic. Living off the land and off the grid is a popular idea in these parts, and old and new technologies seem to mesh well here. This is a small town but it is not boring! I saw a gorgeous big ranch for sale, big 4 bedroom home, shelters and barns and lots of land for 1.4 million. Also, a smaller ranch but nice for $400,000.
Pros
  • different, open town
  • good restaurants
  • local farms
Cons
  • too remote for some
  • hours drive or more to cities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Fleming -- another Nebraska/Kansas farm community in NE high plains"

Fleming is a town of 400 people in Logan County in the far northeastern Colorado near the Nebraska border, not far from I-76. Like most areas in the high plains of NE Colorado the summers are hot and the sun really beats down and the winters are windy and cold with some snow but not much compared to the Front Range or mountainous interior of colorful Colorado. Fleming feels more like Nebraska or Kansas and you are too far east to see the mountains to the west.

The average household income is about $25,000 and most are employed in the trucking industry or agriculture. The town of Sterling is not far to the west and acts as the place for residents to shop and go to restaurants and social events. The Front Range cities are a good hours drive away. There are properties in town that commonly go for less than $100,000 and large land plots and ranches go for very reasonable prices compared to Colorado overall.
Pros
  • low cost of living
Cons
  • can not see mountains
  • hot summers, cold windy winters
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Bonanza -- the tiny mountain town of south central Colorado"

Bonanza is the least populated town in Colorado, some say it is the second smallest town but I can't find information for which is the smallest so I guess Bonanza wins! Located at 9500 feet the tiny town of about 15 residents is in a remote area of south central Colorado, off the beaten path in the mountains north of the San Luis Valley. The area is gorgeous with high snowy mountains, thick pine forests and its far share of sun and snow combo. This would be a great place to look for remote properties or land. The closest town with supplies and shopping is probably Salida, about an hour or less away depending on the weather.

The average household income is reported at about $65,000, due to the fact that there really is no work in the area. Most homes are for those who are retired, independently wealthy or it is their vacation getaway home. Most of the town is an abandoned ghost town that boomed in pioneer times when it was a thriving silver mining town.
Pros
  • remote and small
  • beautiful mountain views
Cons
  • remote and small
  • cold snowy winters
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Victor -- all that glitters is not gold"

Victor is a small town off about 500 people just south of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Victor is known as the "City of Gold Mines" as it boomed in the 1890's. Nearby Cripple Creek had its heyday and its boom spilled over into the Victor, Cripple Creek was once known as the most productive gold mining district in the United States. There is so much interesting pioneer and gold boom time history in the area. Some of Victor's historic buildings still have the bullet holes to prove it.

Today there is a huge open pit gold mine called The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company created in 1976. If you look on google maps you can see the big white open mining area between Cripple Creek and Victor. While mining still persists in the area and gives it character there is also an annual arts festival now and the town is taking advantage of its beautiful scenery, history and the tourists that come to check it out.

The average median household income in Victor is about $30,000. There is a downtown and the neighborhood is small but pretty. People also live on larger properties in the surrounding mountain roads. I think it would be a bit strange to live in Victor, there are lots of other mountain towns that are just as pretty, still close to the Springs and not so touristy and most importantly there are other communities that have not pillaged the land so much in search of bling bling.
Pros
  • fairly close to Colorado Springs
Cons
  • environmental mining problems
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Bow Mar -- The pretty Denver suburban area around the lakes"

Bow Mar is a tiny community that is part of the Denver metro area in Jefferson County just west of Littleton. There are about 1000 people that call Bow Mar home and the most dominant feature of the area are the lakes. The area is named for the two lakes in the area Bowles Lake and Marston Lake named for two farmers who pioneered the land. The neighborhood homes were built in the 1940's and 50's and reflect ranch prairie-style architecture with big lots and wide streets. Today some for the homes are being replaced or seriously renovated.

Bow Mar Lake is a center for the community especially in the summer months when they have boat races. There are also trails popular for runners, hikers, bikers and strolling.

The average household income is over $100,000 so you could say this is a well to do neighborhood. The community is small, clean and offers great “little” schools. Bow Mar Public Schools are part of the Little Public Schools school district offering 15 elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 4 high schools in this relatively small district! There are also 2 charter schools in the area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Sedalia is less than 10 miles NW of Castlerock"

Sedalia is a little town of about 200 people. The Santa Fe railroad line goes through town and in its haydey it was a place for iron forging and coal shipping from the nearby town of Lehigh. Just 10 miles to the northwest of Castlerock, the town is close to the mountains but still on the flat and rolling hill area of the Front Range.

There are ranch properties scattered around and new communities have recently been built or are in the process of being built around town. The downtown of Sedalia follows the rail line and there are some restaurants an a corner bar popular to motorcyclists on scenic routes touring the area. On the hilltop is a castle known as Cherokee Ranch, an unmistakable structure that is a working ranch and holds an art collection featuring15th- and 16th-century European paintings.

The average household income in Sedalia is about $37,000. There are many 35 acre lots with gorgeous homes that go for about $600,000 and up. There are some homes in town and trailers that are affordable.
Pros
  • close enough to Denver to commute
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Westcreek was a booming mining town in 1890's"

100 lucky souls call the community of Westcreek their home. Just less than an hours drive to Colorado Springs, Westcreek sits in a mountainous, wooded area above the Front Range at 7,500 feet elevation.

The Westcreek mining boom of the mid 1890's saw the flooding in off people laying mining claims. Once word got out that there was abundant gold in the local ore, it is said that so many people flocked to the area that the campsites with their tents resembled a forest. In February 1896 the many miners decided to unite and under the name of their mining district the town of Westcreek was born. Westcreek became the second incorporated town in Douglas County, second to Castlerock. It ended up that the ore of Westcreek yielded very little compared to the gold rich veins of Cripple Creek 40 miles to the south. But the town had its hayday and false reports of untold riches drew in investors in the late 1890's and there was such an in pouring of money and merchants that for a bit the town was the most economical growth of any town at that time in the United States. Shortly after when the hardrock mines continued to yield nothing the miners and merchants packed up their bags and left. Today you can still see some of the historic mining buildings and cabins that littered the area over a hundred years ago.

Today the area is rich in forest roads and access to camping, hiking, fishing and four-wheeling. The beauty of the area is a refuge for the residents. It is reported that about half of the residents commute 50 minutes or more to work, it must be worth it! About 20% of the residents rent. The average household income is about $70,000.
Pros
  • Amazingly beautiful views
  • close enough to commute to Front Range
  • close to mountains and forest access
Cons
  • remote
  • limited shopping
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Westminster -- a nice, middle class suburb of Denver"

Westminster is about half way between Boulder and Denver. The northwest suburb of Denver has over 100,000 residents and it is a big area with many neighborhoods, business areas, churches, shopping areas and schools.

The big red building known as the Westminster Castle is the historic Westminster University that was founded in the first few years of the 1900's. Today the beautiful building and campus houses Belleview Christian Schools. This building is visible from most of Westminster and the surrounding suburbs and highways. The Christian religion past of the area gives the suburb its name. Prior to the white folk, the Arapahoe indians inhabited the area now known as Westminster.

The average household income for Westminster is about $55,000. There is a huge range of homes and neighborhoods. There are trailer parks (some pretty nice) and many many apartment complexes in the city. There are super high end new and old properties and that vast majority of the neighborhoods are good old fashioned 1970 brick ranch style homes. The middle class is prominent in the city.

Looking at the school district there are no less than 8 high schools, not even including the many private schools. I can only imagine if there are 8 public high schools there must be dozens of elementary schools. The area is also famous for its many little lakes and the vast network of open space trails for walking and biking. The area has really really grown in the last couple decades and the public bus system and recreation has been well planned.

Typical homes, middle class homes in Westminster go for about $200--$400,000. This is a great place to live for families moving out to Colorado who need to me close to Denver or Boulder or DIA but do not want to pay to live in Boulder or be downtown.
Pros
  • close enough to denver to commute
  • Convenience
Cons
  • busy and congested traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Wheat Ridge -- a big western suburb of Denver"

Wheat Ridge is a major Denver suburb of about 30,000 people. A western suburb just 5 miles from downtown Denver, Wheat Ridge is a neighbor of Golden further to the west, Arvada to the north and Lakewood to the south.

Until the mid-20th century Wheat Ridge was farmland primarily and was also the world's largest producer of carnation flowers. Now the area is where I-70 and I-76 join and subdivisions and shopping centers carpet the land like farmland did just over 50 years ago.

Wheat Ridge is an afforable place to buy a home near Denver. I found a really beautiful home with gardens and a big yard online for $425,000. There are many ranch style brick homes that go for about $150,000--$300,000. There are also some high end neighborhoods in Wheat Ridge whose gorgeous homes and properties have great views and go for one to two million. The downfall of Wheat Ridge is the interstates and many highways, traffic can be rough but there are good schools and good neighborhoods.

This is a great place to live if you work in Denver and there are city jobs, industrial and technology companies all around the area as well as government jobs.
Pros
  • close access to mountains
Cons
  • lower cost of living
  • busy streets
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Gunbarrel Estates"

The first of the homes framed in Gunbarrel Estates was started in the subdivision in 1964. By the 1970’s, the neighborhood was well established and not just people who worked at IBM lived here. There is no more room for new buildings but the area is very near the Gunbarrel shopping center and not far from Boulder and Longmont.

Technically part of Boulder, the neighborhood is one of the more affordable housing divisions in Boulder, but it is not within walking distance of town like so much of Boulder. The county, high plains feel of Gunbarrel is more like Longmont than the mountain feel of Boulder.

Homes are nice with yards and a fair amount of privacy, most go for around $300,000--$350,000. There are also some apartments available in the area too.
Pros
  • close to Boulder
  • shopping close by
Cons
  • can't walk downtown
  • affordable rental rates
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5
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"Central Orchard Mesa is on the boundary of mountain and Colorado River Valley"

The community being called Central Orchard Mesa is a pretty area south of Grand Junction. It is on the boundary of where the green Colorado River valley turns to red rocks and climbs in to the mountain lands. The neighborhood is plotted out in big ranch blocks of crops and vineyards. Whitewater Hill Vineyards and Hermosa Vineyards in there as well as other small farms and churches and homes. Homes in the area go for about $250,000 unless they have large plots of land in that case costs will be higher.
Pros
  • close to town but country
Cons
  • hot hot summers
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Wiggins -- agricultural town along I-76 just west of Fort Morgan"

Wiggins is an agricultural community along the Platte River comprising about 800 residents. Wiggins is just west of Fort Morgan and in the heart of farm country along the river valley of northeastern Colorado. People here have a love for land, horses, cattle, hunting, fishing and farming. The town was originally founded as a railroad depot called Corona in 1882. Parts of the original buildings of Corona are still found on the north side of the existing railroad tracks in Wiggins.

With an average household income of $33,000 homes are surprisingly expensive. New homes are being built or have recently been built in town, nice 2 1/2 acre lots with 4 bedroom brick modern homes that go for about $425,000. There are a lot of homes in town, older structures that go for on average $125,000. Wiggins also has its far share of trailers and some of those structures and properties go for as little as $50,000.

The Wiggins School District has a good reputation and like most northeast Colorado farming communities sports in one of the main highlights of town. The team mascot is the Tiger. The public school system includes Wiggins Elementary School, Wiggins Middle School and Wiggins High School.

Fort Morgan is just a few miles to the east and provides Wiggin residents with a place for shopping and business. The town is just to the south of I-76 and there are a lot of residents involved with the trucking industry that goes hand in hand with the interstate.
Pros
  • about an hour from Denver
Cons
  • small town
  • limited shopping
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Ramah -- on the plains between Kansas and Colorado Springs"

Ramah is a very small agriculturally based community of a little more than 100 people in the central high plains of Colorado. Most people are farmers or in someway associated with farming or livestock. The average household income in the area is $29,000. There are ranch properties and single family homes that range from as low as $60,000 to $400,000 with many acres of arable land.

HW 24 out of the Springs is over an hour away and the Kansas border is about an hour east so Ramah really is in the middle of no-where. You are too far east to see the mountains of the Front Range, but there is rolling plains of farmland and creeks and country roads with wildlife and pretty sunrises and sunsets.
Pros
  • country living
  • quiet
Cons
  • far from Front Range
  • limited shopping
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Brookside -- along the Arkansas River east of Canon City"

Brookside is a community between Canon City and Florence along the Arkansas River. Brookside is home to about 200 people and most of the properties are ranches. Most people in the area are employed at the high security prison or in the Springs or Canon City or even Pueblo to the east.

The average household income is reported to be about $34,000. There are apartment complexes in Brookside most going for between $700-$900/month. Homes in the area go for about $200,000 on average.

Brookside is not far from the uranium contamination a bit closer to Lincoln Park towards Canon City. The area is not that bad but the summers are dry and dusty, the surrounding mountains to the west are beautiful and the Arkansas River Canyon just west of Canon City is within 30 minutes from Brookside.
Pros
  • lower cost of living
Cons
  • uranium contamination
  • prisons
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Iliff -- a small farm town near Wyoming in NE Colorado"

Iliff is a tiny farming town of about 200 people living north of the town of Sterling in the northeastern most region of Colorado. Just 20 miles from the Wyoming border and not too far from Nebraska to the east the town is just north of I-76. Besides agriculture the highway provides work for truckers and the industries that use the interstate to make a living.

North Sterling Reservoir is less than 10 miles to the west and along with North Sterling State Park offer the area recreation, fishing, riding and hunting lands. Sterling is where many go to shop otherwise Fort Morgan is well to the east and even Denver for serious shopping and specialty goods is about two hours southwest.

The town gets its name from John Wesley Iliff, a cowboy whose name was also given to the main road called Iliff in Aurora, Colorado just east of Denver. Homes in the area go for pretty good prices due to the economic downturn, you can get a 3 bedroom in town for less than $100,000.
Pros
  • lower cost of living
Cons
  • far from Front Range
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Indian Hills is a great mountain community close enough to Denver"

Indian Hills is a community in the Front Range county of Jefferson. Found southwest of Morrison and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre not far on HW 285 the area has about 1500 residents. The great town of Evergreen is also not far to the northwest. This puts the Indian Hills homes in a nice position along county roads less traveled and not too far from Denver. The community sits at about 7,000 feet and is true mountain living very close to the cities and all the amenities of the Front Range.

Named Indian Hills because the area was a summer camp frequented by the Ute Indians. Now you can find mountain homes with big properties, a holistic medical center, an equestrian center and a saloon. The main road is called Parmalee Gulch Road (Co Rd 120) that was a stagecoach road during the pioneer days.

There is an elementary school, churches and of course the Indian Hills Fire Protection District. This is a tight high elevation community where the average household income is about $60,000 well above Colorado's average. There is a lot of land still not built on that is for sale, there are amazing, wooded lots home to deer and wildlife is going for less than $100,000. Lots with great land and big beautiful homes go for about $750,000 plus. A saw a sweet, old wooden cabin with 1.3 acres on a great spot that has an asking price of $330,000. This is not a cheap area but it is also not one of the most expensive for what it is.
Cons
  • commuters get snowed in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Fairplay -- The real South Park"

Fairplay in the town in the north part of South Park and might be the closest thing to the "town" in the infamous TV show South Park. There are cows and snow capped mountains in the distance just like in the show but I personally have not seen any aliens or UFO's when I was:)

Fairplay is about 85 miles from both Denver and Colorado Springs but that makes it a bit too far to commute, at least on a regular basis. Historically, the area was frequented by the Ute Indians as a summer camp for hunting and later the French trappers during the fur trade. In the mid 1800's ranchers moved into South Park and founded Fairplay with their livestock. In 1959, gold was discovered in South Park and later the gold and silver rush fueled growth in the area and Fairplay.

There are a lot of forest roads around Fairplay and scattered properties and ranches in the park and mountains. Residents range from old established families to well off new comers that have purchased property as investment/second homes. The area really is gorgeous and offers hot springs to the west and the cities to the east. The trout fishing along the creeks is legendary and the hunting grounds for deer and elk draw in people from all over the country.

I researched some properties around Fairplay and found some pretty affordable properties such as the $130,00o 37 acre property with a trailer and extensive barns for a starter ranch. This property has solar panels and many small custom buildings, this is a good example of the eccentric-ness of the area. There are some pretty desolate off-the-grid properties and people are serious about mountain living. This may be one of the similarities with the show South Park.
Pros
  • Amazingly beautiful views
  • hot springs are less than an hour
Cons
  • too far to commute to Front Range
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Eaton is a small farming community east of Fort Collins"

Eaton is in the heart of northeast Colorado's farmland. Just 10 miles north of Greeley and due east of Fort Collins, Eaton is a town of about 2,500 people. The farming communities around Eaton and in the entire region depend on the irrigation systems engineered by the town's namesake, Benjamin Harrison Eaton, who was a leader in creating and implementing the irrigation system that transformed the dry high plains into arable land. Eaton, the man, was also the governor of Colorado from 1885-1887.

Eaton is on the Union Pacific Railroad and when the train blows is horn and you look around to see the free farmland and the Rocky Mountains in the distance this little town feels like a real country western town in the plains. Modern day recreation is found in the golf course north of town at the Eaton Country Club, the neighborhood just south of the course is one of the new and nicer neighborhoods in town.

There are ranches and farmhouses for miles surrounding the area. Looking online I saw quite a few foreclosure properties in town and in the surrounding countryside. Homes in town average around $200,000 some really cheap.
Pros
  • good schools
  • small town atmosphere
Cons
  • shopping limited
  • economic hard times
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Wiley -- a little cowboy, farming town out near Kansas"

Wiley is a very small agricultural community in southeast Colorado of about 500 people. Just north of city town Lamar, Wiley is only about 25 miles from Kansas. The city of Pueblo is due east about 90 miles and is the closest big towns for extensive shopping options for those who live in Wiley.

John Martin Reservoir State Park and Neenoshe Reservoir are two large bodies of water near Wiley for fishing, hiking and camping. The area agriculturally oriented but there is a lot of water in lakes, creeks and the Arkansas River flows south of town. Hunting and bird watching are also popular in the area and there is a wild west cowboy feel to the area.

Homes in town are affordable in the $50,000-$150,000 range. Average household income is about $30,000. The Wiley School District is home to the Wiley Panthers, sports in the public school system seem to be an important part of the town's identity and spirit.
Pros
  • nice community
Cons
  • very remote
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Winter Park is a ski resort not really a real town"

Winter Park is a town and a ski resort off HW 40 north of I-70 in central Colorado. The town's population is about 600 but many millions come through the town to ski and visit in the summer months. Tourism is the most important industry by far. The ski resort is owned by the city and county of Denver.

There is of course the downhill skiing resort but the area is also famous for its miles of cross country skiing trails and snowmobile trails that wind throughout the region. In the summer there is mountain biking on the resort mountain, concerts, hiking and fishing.

The town originated only in 1978 although other little communities had existed up past Berthoud Pass for decades. There are some homes and properties scattered around and up into the town of Frasier and other towns in Grand County. However, most of the housing in Winterpark is resort lodging or rentals for Winterpark and Mary Jane.