urban lofts and downtown high-rise buildings to horse properties and rural acreage.
There is a Denver-area property suitable for
any lifestyle: it all depends on your unique
preferences for your new home, as well as
your priority amenities.
One example is Jefferson County. Located
in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains,
Jeffco offers several mountain communities,
including Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer,
Aspen Park, Kittredge and Bergen Park.
The charming mountain town of Evergreen,
located just 30 miles west of Denver, is at
about 7,500 feet elevation and encompasses
about 130 square miles of pine and aspen-laden hills. It’s close enough to Denver that
many people commute daily. Evergreen
sprawls from the 14,260- foot Mount Evans
on the west, to the edge of the high plains
on the east, Conifer and Aspen Park on the
south, and Genesee and Lookout Mountain
on the north. Many Evergreen residents
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. Nederland residents are also luck 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