5 Reasons I Love Living in Northern Colorado

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

I love living in Northern Colorado, but I have so many reasons that narrowing it down to only five requires that this post have a theme. I've picked one that Colorado is justifiably famous for - the outdoors.


The View


It's beautiful here, particularly if you're a fan of blue skies and wrinkled geography. I never get tired of looking at the mountains or being in them - their presence off to the west is a constant visual anchor in our daily lives. The scenery is breathtaking, no matter the season, offering blazes of gold from the aspens turning in the fall, snow capped peaks in the winter, and welcome shades of green in the spring and summer.




Along with the beauty of the mountains comes easy access to the outdoors, also very much a part of our lives. I lived for a while in a bleak midwestern city which shall be nameless, whose only access to the "outdoors" was a metropark of 3 whole acres featuring a 1/4 mile "walking path", or you could go stand out in a cornfield. Here, the real outdoors is minutes away, whether it be the civilized miles of bike/hike paths, parks and reservoirs or slightly more remote pristine trout streams, hiking trails and true wilderness areas. 56% of Larimer County, in which Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park are located, is permanent open space, consisting of municipal, county, state and national forests and parks and recreation areas.




And if that weren't enough, the climate acts as a multiplier, providing four different versions of the outdoors. We have four distinct seasons in Colorado, and I find all of them to be immensely enjoyable (even if, on occasion, they all occur within the span of a single day - I've skied in June, and golfed or hiked in the mountains in January many times). Because of a couple of unfortunate snow storms during nationally televised Denver Doncos Monday Night Football games, we have a reputation of having hard winters. Nothing could be further from the truth - we enjoy well over 300 days of sunshine a year, and when it does snow, it usually melts within a day or two. I've shoveled my driveway exactly 4 times in the last 3 years - sure, I could have shoveled more if I wanted to, but the climate encourages that particular brand of lazy procrastination.


Red Tailed Hawk


Along with the outdoors comes a real bonus - wildlife. Mary and I are fortunate to live just a little bit out of town, kind of out in the country but still only 10 minutes from Old Town Fort Collins, so we share our neighborhood with an amazing assortment of birds and beasts. Our lake is a stop on the semi-annual waterfowl migration - we usually have a half dozen different species of ducks as regular visitors, hundreds of them, along with the occasional rarity like Trumpeter Swans - and our seasonal and permanent residents include Canadian Geese, herons, pelicans, gulls, ospreys, hawks, eagles and cormorants. We also regularly see deer, fox, coyotes, muskrats, a huge assortment of birds and a troop of particularly obnoxious raccoons, and are enjoying a rabbit infestation, awaiting the inevitable bad news for them as we work through the predator/prey cycle. And that's just our neighborhood. A couple of minutes travel into the mountains and we have a great chance of seeing bear, mountain lion, bighorn sheep and elk.


Wet Grover


I especially like how easy it is to include our dogs in our outdoor activities. With the exception of Rocky Mountain National Park, which is flat-out dog-hostile, the doggies are a welcome part of our hikes, and can go swimming pretty much anytime our lake isn't frozen. They have a large fenced lot to run around on, even if they prefer hanging out in the house with us (or more accurately, where the treat jar is located). And they live in a community that is about as dog-friendly as possible. When the dogs are happy, we're happy.


I've lived in Colorado for 34 years, I love it, and you couldn't get me out of here even with dynamite.

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Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Gary Mellott
PIC Internet - Phoenix, AZ
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Born and raised in CO. Now live in AZ. Every time I take a trip back to visit family I'm amazed at how much the front range has changed. I remember Pueblo, CO Springs, Denver, Fort Collins being actual individual cities. Nowdays it seems they are all one huge megagopolis that starts from Pueblo and stretches all the way up to Cheyenne.

Where I live here in AZ, within a few hours drive I can either be snow skiing in Flagstaff, or the White Mountains, or I can be at the beach in Rocky Point or San Diego. A short 1/2 hour drive from my house puts me out in the middle of gold country with nary a soul all day long. I miss CO, but I have come to love AZ even more. We're not as crowded.

Jun 24, 2015 04:00 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 After reading this blog post I'm about ready to move to Northern Colorado Dick Greenberg!

Jun 24, 2015 04:06 AM #3
Green Forest Properties
Golden, CO
Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional

We are soooo blessed to live in such a beautiful state! 

Jun 24, 2015 04:18 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dick-- it suits you well.  I can see why you've called Colorado home for so many years.  You have the freedom to enjoy as much of the outdoors as you wish!  I've only seen Denver (briefly) and Colorado Springs bu I see that another trip is caled for. 

Jun 24, 2015 04:20 AM #5
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Amen to ALL of that Dick!!! This place is AWESOME and I am in agreement with all the great things you wrote. Now the dynamite???? I "might" be able to be persuaded to live on a beach someday but that may be the only thing I would ever leave for and even then it would likely be split between there and here!

Jun 24, 2015 04:48 AM #7
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Dick, your description and photos make me want to pack the truck and head on out there right away.


Jun 24, 2015 05:38 AM #8
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Great photos Dick. I love Colorado and did not need you to convince me but you have defiantly pointed out even more reasons why anyone would want to live in a place where why have mountains all over.

Jun 24, 2015 05:43 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Colorado is defnitely one of the places I would consider relocating, because like you, I am fan of "wrinkled geography."

Jun 24, 2015 05:43 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beautiful post, and I feel your passion for Colorado.  Where you and Mary live is heavenly, and has a wonderful relaxed feeling of living your life!  Like you we love the great outdoors, and the white stuff we like on the Utah Mountains during ski season...Your picture of the hawk is superb!  A

Jun 24, 2015 07:35 AM #11
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You would have to blast me out, too. I love it. Doing a theme for this contest was a stroke of genius. I'll be working on my report for this contest soon. Nice work on yours. 

Jun 24, 2015 08:34 AM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick I have never been to Colorado, but after following you and Joan Cox on ActiveRain and ready blogs like this from the two of you, Colorado has become a must go to location for me.

Jun 24, 2015 10:05 AM #13
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It sounds absolutely beautiful, I hope to be able to come visit one day. Have a great evening.

Jun 24, 2015 10:34 AM #14
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is beautiful there. I was able to see it in the fall a few years ago and the mountains were golden with the aspens.

Jun 24, 2015 12:42 PM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Dick --- your love and appreciation of Northern Colorado is readily apparent in your well-written post.   Great photos!

Jun 24, 2015 11:28 PM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Ha! I can feel the passion for your area in every word. I have to agree with you, it's a pretty special place. As for Rocky National Park - they are dog hostile. Lol. Kelsea and I had to leave Spud ( her dog) at home when we went hiking - I thought that was crazy. :)

Jun 25, 2015 02:48 AM #17
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


You've just described what I imagine is Heaven on earth. You painted beautiful images in my mind and your photography is outstanding! I can now understand why so many people from all different parts of the United States and the globe choose your part of the world with all its gorgeous views.

Jun 25, 2015 04:41 AM #18
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

OH, Dick, what a MARVELOUS post--one of your all time BEST! I could eat this up with a massive Colorado SPOON. You, Mary, the dogs and my Larry, me and OUR dogs are so very very lucky to have heaven here on earth to wake up to every single day. Pinch us, right?

The photos--WOW--I don't honestly know which one is my favorite. 

Now, one question: have the "Broncos" become "Doncos" for some reason that I don't know about??

Jun 25, 2015 06:02 AM #19
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

How funny. I just wrote a post on why I love my city. I completely forgot there was a contest. Must have been rattling around in my brain. I love how much we love where we choose to hang our hat... Granted, your pictures rock over mine!

Jun 25, 2015 08:45 AM #20
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Dick Greenberg,

I hope this post is featured! I can see why no one could get you out of Colorado even with a stick of dynamite! Absolutely love your photos..you have outdone yourself on this one!

Jun 25, 2015 09:08 PM #21
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Beautiful post. You have done Northern Colorado proud.

Jun 29, 2015 06:54 AM #22
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