As a real estate professional, I work with thousands of people each year looking to move to Colorado from out of the state or country. As I’ve discussed before on my blog, there are lots of things people think they know about Colorado, lots of news stories that shape an outsider’s prospective of Colorado and with any location, many many rumors and stereotypes that go with Colorado.
I’ve briefly covered this topic before when I went “Beyond Colorado’s Resort Towns” and I also dispelled some myths about just how brutal, or lack there of, Colorado winters really area, but now, at the risk of catching heat from some Colorado residents that may not want these secrets shared, I want to give away a few more Colorado secrets in real estate.
Let’s start with Denver.
If you’re from a major metropolis and are flying into to DIA, you are going to be confused as to where Denver actually is. It’s there. It’s small. But it’s mighty. With just over 600,000 in the city of Denver, and a relatively small downtown area, Denver is further reaching than it seems.
Denver is growing at an astronomical rate. We constantly have There is a lot of new construction happening in Denver and is constantly named one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation.
In terms of affordable housing, Denver has some of the highest prices in the nation. Up and coming neighborhoods include The Highlands which is just North of downtown Denver, The City park neighborhood which is the area surrounding Denver's central park(just East of Denver), and the old Denver airport area, known as Stapleton which is making a huge recovery.
Don't think you'll get a deal in any of these areas though. As some of not only Denver's hottest spots for real estate, but the nation's as well, people are aware of the value of their homes and are holding on to them.
For deals, or in many of these cases, a diamond in the rough, you're going to want to check a few neighborhoods that don't hit the trendy news radar... yet. Sunnyside neighborhood is again just North of Denver and bit closer to . Average home price here is just over $450,000 for a modest home.
Finally, the RiNo district of Denver, short for River North, is a quick up and coming district in Denver and is quickly becoming the "it" place for artsy types.
Moving on to the foothills.
I focus my real estate business in the Colorado foothills which is just West of Denver and is just before you get to the I-70 corridor and the well-known Colorado ski towns and resorts.
Golden is the most well known for The Gateway to the Rockies but in reality, there are a few routes to the Rockies that give you easy access to Denver AND everything the Colorado mountains have to offer.
Downtown Golden could be named for the fortune you'll have to spend to find a place, but if you look a but further you can find some private area just up the hills a ways for an affordable price. Here's and example of gorgeous land for sale in Golden - 563 Bear Drive, Golden, CO -- for just $65,000.
Just past Golden on the main highway to the mountains is Evergreen. This is a gorgeous, charming, and very appointed community. As the name implies, it is well treed giving almost any property you buy there a secluded, mountain feel with access close to the main highway corridor so you're never more than 30 minutes from Denver.
In a private little community you will find the Grand Preserve at Saddleback Mountain. This is a new community which is still in development. The good news for you is that because of that, there are lots available for a relatively low price, all ready for new construction.
Here's the list of current properties for sale on Saddleback Ridge.
If you havent' bought land in Colorado, I've made a handy Guide to Buying Land in Colorado so you know what to look for, and what to avoid,
If you're looking to take the work our of it and enter into a pre-built home, this architectural prodigy built by acclaimed architect Sears Barrett is definitely worth looking at.
If you’re looking for all the mountain lifestyle for less price, you need to look off of the main path.
If you don’t know where Pine, Colorado is, you’re missing out. That's where you can find some real Colorado real estate deals.
Conifer, and Pine, Colorado are two of the closest mountain towns to everything Denver has to offer and don’t share same tourism traffic and grief as the other Colorado towns.
Check out this Pine home for under 300k with all the mountain lifestyle living you could ever hope for.
Looking to be atop your own mountain with endless views, The Belle Maison is for you.
The hidden gems in each of these areas is endless. Don't be afraid to push the boudnaries and take the time to find the perfect home in teh perfect place. Afterall, a house is only home if you make it that way.