choose to live here to take advantage of
numerous recreational activities.
Another enviably located mountain town is
Morrison. The small town is located along
U.S. 285 and has only about 500 residents.
Tourism is the town’s major industry. Visitors stop by on their way back from Red
Rocks to enjoy its restaurants, outdoor recreation and rock concerts. Nearby attractions
include Bandimere Speedway, a multi-use
speedway, and Dinosaur Ridge, a world-renowned outdoor paleontology museum.
Another scenic mountain community is the
City of Boulder in Boulder County, located
in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Boulder is sometimes humorously described
as “the city nestled between the mountains
and reality.” Boulder’s elevation reaches
5,430 feet and has acres of vast open space
for residents to play in. Its location, 35 miles
northwest of downtown Denver, makes it
a good place for business but with outdoor
amenities Coloradans love. Boulder is one of
Colorado’s centers of commerce, education,
research and recreation, and home to the
University of Colorado. The pedestrian-only
Pearl Street Mall features sidewalk cafes,
galleries, boutiques and street performers,
attracting visitors and locals alike.
Another enjoyable mountain town is
Nederland, located 17 miles west and an
impressive 3,000 feet above Boulder. It is the
largest town along the Peak-to-Peak Scenic
Byway that runs more than 55 miles from
Black Hawk/Central City to Estes Park—
one of the most scenic drives in the state,
and perhaps the country. Those who take
the route will pass ghost towns, the Golden
Gate Canyon State Park, the Indian Peaks
Wilderness Area, Longs Peak ( 14,255 feet)
and Rocky Mountain National Park. Neder-
land residents are also lucky enough to be
able to cross-country ski or snowshoe in
the backcountry—or ski and snowboard at
nearby Eldora Mountain Resort.
New housing options are plentiful in metro
Denver, from executive housing to entry-level homes. If you are willing to look,
you’ll likely find what you’re looking for
in the metro Denver region. Many Denver
area employers have programs to assist their
employees with the home buying process.
You might also ask if your employer
provides any home buying assistance as
part of a relocation package. A number
of community organizations in the metro
Denver region also provide assistance, from
help with down payments to community
advocacy programs to increase the availability of affordably priced homes. For
example, the Home Ownership Transformation (HOT) Initiative provides counseling
and access to low down-payment mortgages.
DESIGNING YOUR OWN
DENVER CUSTOM HOME
Another possibility is building your own
custom home—but where to start? Most
people today start by doing research on the
Internet. The Home Builders Association of
Metro Denver ( www.hbadenver.com) is an
excellent local resource. After you conduct
your initial research, take a field trip to some
possible build sites, and call a realtor who
specializes in the sale of new homes.
New housing options are plentiful
in metro Denver, from executive
housing to entry-level homes. If you
are willing to look, you’ll likely find
what you’re looking for in the metro