What is the overall atmosphere of Castle Rock?
Do the outlets make it more of a tourist attraction, or is it a nice family town in its own right?The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of StreetAdvisor. Report
Corbin Wagoner PRO 2yrs+
Castle Rock and Castle Pines are wonderful family oriented neighborhoods. With numerous hiking and biking trails, shopping, restaurants and nearby mountain access, Castle Rock and Castle Pines really has a lot to offer. The climate in Castle Rock is very similar to Denver with perhaps a bit more snow. But as we know in Colorado it can snow one day and the sun can melt the snow away the next day. The outlet malls are in a business district so the impact on residential communities is practically nonexistent. Castle Rock consistently ranks high in quality of life surveys and I frequently help people move to Castle Rock from out of state because of the many attractive features of the area. The Douglas County schools are top performing schools and Colorado Springs is only an hour away. Many of my clients live in Castle Rock and commute to their jobs in Denver and surrounding areas.
Corbin Wagoner PRO 2yrs+
If Mark Twain were alive today I think he might live in Castle Rock. The pioneer spirit is still alive and well in Castle Rock. People are friendly in Castle Rock and yet Castle Rock is a modern town with shopping, access to recreation and great schools. Castle Rock is the county seat of Douglas County. In 2010 Castle Rock had a population of approximately 48,000 people. The city is named after the iconic "Rock" or butte in the center of town. Douglas County Schools are highly regarded. Here is a website with school information: http://www.greatschools.org/colorado/castle-rock/. I recently represented a family who moved to Castle Rock from Canada. Even in Canada people have heard about Castle Rock, Colorado.
Matthew Frey PRO 2yrs+
Castle Rock's overall feeling is one of small town living with the conveniences of Denver very close. I have always enjoyed Castle Rock and everyone I have met in Douglas County. Everyone has always been friendly and outgoing.
Gina Frunzi 2yrs+
Castle Rock has kept it's small town feel even though it has grown over the years. We have the best of both worlds living here... Small town feel, but a short commute to Denver or Colorado Springs. As with any area that has had an influx, Meadows Pkwy (the exit that the Outlet Mall is on), can get a little congested at times. Mostly after 5 and the weekend. Castle Rock is well worth the commute if you live here and work in Denver or Colorado Springs.
I grew up in Douglas County and it's crazy how much Castle Rock has changed in the last 20-30 years. It used to be very small and quiet with not much to do. There was a rodeo every year which was a big draw, and although you can still see remnants of the past, it has certainly gone modern. The outlet mall is in it's own area with a few restaurants but there's no housing right there, so tourists/shoppers don't have much of an impact on the area, other than economically speaking. I lived not to far from the outlets about 15 years ago and I never really had to deal with anything negative there. There are a couple of subdivisions that use the same exit as the outlets, and during peak times (Christmas shopping, etc.) it can get a little backed up with traffic. Overall, I would say that Castle Rock is a great place to raise a family. There are some really pretty views, nice homes, and plenty of shopping and dining. It's also convenient to both Denver and Colorado Springs for commuters, although the drives can be tricky in bad winter weather. The schools are good and it is a family oriented place. There are two great state parks for hiking/nature walks nearby, one to the northwest and one to the southeast. There is also a great rec center in town that has a lap pool and a fun indoor water park for kids (and adults who play like kids) that has water slides and a lazy river.