Colorado cities have topped numerous “Best of” lists in the past few years. Money ranked Castle Rock, Colorado, fourth best place to live in America in 2014. In 2013, Business Insider ranked Denver the ninth best city for young adults. The AARP put Grand Junction, Colorado, on their list of 10 Sunny Places to Retire in 2012.
Working for a Colorado real estate firm, COListings real estate agents do quite a bit of traveling around, and we came up with our own short list—four family-friendly communities we think are worth checking out.
The Newcomer: Reunion, Colorado
Ok, so Reunion isn’t truly a city; it’s a master-planned community in Commerce City, Colorado, developed by Shea Builders beginning in 2001. Nearly 15 years later, Reunion, Colorado, is home to over 1,500 families.
If you’re a fan of the shiny and new, the perfectly planned and the aesthetically pleasing, you might find yourself right at home here. Reunion places a premium on fostering a sense of community among its residents with plenty of public spaces and planned activities throughout the year.
Its amenities and affordability make it a great place for young families and first-time homebuyers, as well as empty nesters looking for a safe, affordable spot to retire.
If you dig that old school, neighborhood vibe but prefer construction on the newer side, you should ask us about homes for sale in Reunion, Colorado.
Reunion is located along 104th Avenue near E-470 in the northeast Denver Metro area. The 2,500-acre community is 15 minutes from Denver International Airport and close to I-76, and US-2 and US-85.
- A recreation center
- A 52-acre central park
- An outdoor pool with interactive water features
- Buffalo Run Golf Course
- 10 miles of trails and 8 acres of lakes
Reunion is in the Brighton 27J School District. Currently, children in Reunion attend Turnberry Elementary, Stuart Middle School and Prairie View High School. There is also a no-cost charter school, Landmark Academy at Reunion, for grades K-8.
- AVERAGE LIST PRICE: $369,257
- AVERAGE SALE PRICE: $325,692
- AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET: 31
- NUMBER HOMES ON MARKET: 10
The Comeback Kid: Westminster, Colorado
Westminster, Colorado, has been attracting incomers since the discovery of gold on Little Dry Creek in 1858. In fact, the city saw such a population surge in the late 1980s and early 1990s, that the City Council created a Land Use Plan that placed a moratorium on new building projects. An effort to prevent the population from exceeding the city’s ability to provide services, the moratorium also caused some areas of Westminster to fall into decline.
Well, the plan was revised in 2012 with an emphasis on sprucing things up a bit. The city is in the process of revitalizing major thoroughfares and developing a new urban center.
In anticipation of the FasTracks 41-mile diesel commuter rail that will have a station in Westminster, the city has also started constructing new housing, enhancing shopping districts and updating streetscapes—breathing life into a once languishing area.
Basically, this town is making a comeback, so there’s no time like the present to take a look at homes for sale in Westminster, Colorado.
Westminster is a 32.9-acre northwest suburb of Denver spread across Adams and Jefferson counties. The city is located about nine miles from downtown Denver, divided by I-270 and close to I-25 and I-76.
- An extensive trail network and open space system
- Standley Lake Regional Park
- Westminster City Park
- City Park Recreation Center
- Several golf courses
Westminster has 38 primary and secondary schools. One of the best is Ryan Elementary School, which has a rating of 9 out of 10. The public schools in Westminster are part of Adams 12 Five Star Schools.
- AVERAGE LIST PRICE: $343,117
- AVERAGE SALE PRICE: $279,959
- AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET: 24
- NUMBER OF HOMES ON MARKET: 82
The Hidden Gem: Arvada Colorado
With a population of 108,530, Arvada, Colorado, isn’t exactly hidden. However, the city is often thought of as just another Denver suburb and its charm overlooked.
Arvada has a colorful history that began with settlers who came for gold but stayed to develop farms and establish homes. Its historic downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one reason the city has a small town ambiance, even as it continues to grow.
The Gold Line, an 11.2-mile electric commuter rail transit line, is scheduled to open in mid-2016. The Gold Line will connect Denver Union Station to Wheat Ridge, passing through Arvada and is spurring the renewal and expansion of Olde Town Arvada.
If you like small-town charm with big city amenities, let’s talk about finding you homes for sale in Arvada, Colorado.
Arvada covers nearly 23,000 acres. I-70 and US Route 6 are nearby, making travel from Arvada to Denver, Denver International Airport or up to the ski resorts all relatively quick and convenient.
- Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
- City of Arvada Festivals Commission
- More than 140 parks and 125 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails
Arvada has 43 K-12 schools, including 37 public schools and six private schools. Arvada public schools belong to three districts—Charter School Institute School District, Jefferson County School District NO. R-1 and Westminster School District NO. 50—and received an overall rating of 7 out of 10.
- AVERAGE LIST PRICE: $338,748
- AVERAGE SALE PRICE: $317,389
- AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET: 34
- NUMBER OF HOMES ON MARKET: 150
The Sleeper: Brighton, Colorado
Brighton, Colorado, probably isn’t the first city that comes to mind when you think about the sustainability movement. But, sustainability is actually a top priority for Brighton’s municipal government. The Brighton Sustainable movement was designed to define what sustainability means for this city and be a catalyst for positive change.
Brighton’s tree program that encourages tree planting, species diversity and water conservation and Random Acts of Kindness week are just a couple examples of how Brighton stands apart from other Colorado cities.
If you have dreamed of living in a community that actively works to improve quality of life for its residents, let us show you some homes for sale in Brighton, Colorado.
Accessible by I-76, E-470 and US-85, Brighton is about 30 miles east of Boulder, 20 miles northeast of Denver and a short 20-minute drive from Denver International Airport.
- Cultural Arts Commission
- The Armory Performing Arts Center
- Brighton Oasis Aquatic Park
- A Recreation Center
- Over 100 parks and recreational facilities
Brighton has 19 schools. One of the best schools is Foundations Academy, which is rated 6 out of 10. The public schools in Brighton are in Brighton School District No. 27J.
- AVERAGE LIST PRICE: $298,858
- AVERAGE SALE PRICE: $282,176
- AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET: 41
- NUMBER OF HOMES ON MARKET: 81
No two Colorado cities are alike, which is why we think there is something here for everyone. Give us a call, so we can help you find homes for sale in your favorite Colorado city.
Resources: MLS, GreatSchools.org