and low taxes, keeping the region’s cost of
living at or near the national average.
Home prices in Denver have fared better
than prices in many other metro areas, and
the real estate market is healthy. Home
prices in metro Denver have increased
modestly in the last two years, but overall
cost of living is much less than New York
City, Boston, San Francisco or Los Angeles.
Many employers in the area provide
programs to help residents buy homes, and
some communities and organizations offer
help to first-time homebuyers.
The mild climate, low humidity, plentiful
sunshine and casual but active lifestyle all
combine to make Denver an excellent place
for year-round recreation and an active lifestyle. In fact, you’ll find the largest public
park system in the United States in Denver,
with about 200 parks in the city limits—
not to mention 14,000 acres of city-owned
mountain parks and 2,500 acres of natural
areas, plus 60 miles of bicycle paths.
Residents will find nearly 400 parks and
pathways throughout the metro area. Forty
state parks and three national parks are
just a short drive from Denver, with prime
recreational opportunities for biking, hiking,
camping, fishing and skiing.
The stunning Rocky Mountains, located
within 100 miles of metro Denver, are
home to some 25 world-class ski resorts,
offering downhill and cross-country skiing,
snowboarding, inner-tubing fun and mountain climbing. No matter your skill level,
there is an outdoor activity you’ll likely
enjoy. Thousands of acres of open space
dot the area, giving citizens a huge outdoor
playground to hike, bike, ski, snowshoe and
more just steps from their homes.
The mountains are also excellent places
to recreate in the summer, at which time
the resorts are a spectacular background
for a variety of music and food festivals,
as well as outdoor activities like mountain
biking, river rafting and horseback riding.
Denver’s extensive trail system includes