With the West Rail Line up and running, construction complete on the East Line to the airport and plans for the North Line to be finished by 2018, the Front Range is becoming an ever more appealing place to buy a home—even outside the city of Denver. The new rail lines and associated transportation hubs are attracting residents and businesses to those cities and spurring revitalization efforts.
Framed by the Rocky Mountains, Denver has a handful of neighborhoods each with its own style, architecture, and abundance of innovative eateries, parks, and shops. With over 20 academic institutions in and around Denver, the city is a great place for anyone wanting to continue their education or just take a class or two.
Getting around Denver’s neighborhoods has never been easier. From Lower Highlands, pop over the Millennium Bridge to Union Station and ride the rails south to Washington Park or the Denver University area or east to Five Points.
Grab the 16th Street Mall shuttle and access all the city has to offer from Lower Downtown (LoDo) to the Denver Art Museum, History Colorado, Civic Center Park and the golden dome of the state capitol near Broadway.
An eclectic mix of subdivisions, multi-acre properties and even some horse farms, Lakewood has something for everyone. The pedestrian-friendly Belmar area has shops, restaurants, and a movie theater.
The city also prides itself on extensive cultural programming and recreation areas, including the Lakewood Cultural Center, the Lakewood Heritage Center, an outdoor amphitheater, and more than 80 maintained parks.
And now, the West Rail Line gives Lakewood residents easier access to the metro area than ever before with more than 12.1 miles of new light rail between Denver, Lakewood, and Golden.
Just east of Denver, Aurora, Colorado, ranks in the top ten cities for healthcare and is anchored by the award-winning Anschutz Medical Campus and the Children’s Hospital. The city is home to the Buckley Air Force Base and near three reservoirs and 10 golf courses.
Homes in Aurora are less expensive than comparable properties in Denver, but with the expanded East and Southeast Rail Lines scheduled to open soon, home prices will likely increase along with the city’s accessibility.
The I-225 line will provide key connections to the Aurora City Center, Anschutz/Fitzsimons Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Denver International Airport.
Thornton, Colorado, is just 10 miles north of downtown Denver and offers countless opportunities for outdoor recreation with numerous tennis courts, athletic fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, recreation centers and gymnasiums, plus over 1000 acres of land designated for parks and open space.
The North Metro Rail Line—an 18.5-mile long commuter line that will run from Union Station through Commerce City, Thornton and Northglenn to state Highway 7 in North Adams County—is scheduled to open in 2018 and will make the trip to Denver even more convenient for Thornton residents.
So, if you are thinking about buying a home in the metro area, we suggest you take a look at places along the new and expanded rail lines. Public transportation is sure to bring business to those areas, help property values appreciate and make commuting for work or recreation fast and simple.
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