Houses For Sale In Fort Collins, CO

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What’s All The News About Buying A House In Fort Collins, Colorado?

Fort Collins is ranked as one of the best places to live in the US for more than a decade. Not only does it have a thriving art and cultural scene, but there are plenty of employment opportunities in education and tech. Plus, Fort Collins offers some of the best outdoor amenities in the country.

In this article, we’ll look at the best neighborhoods to find a Fort Collins, Colorado house for sale. We’ll also look at some of the things which make the city stand out from others, plus consider the geography, demographics, and other areas of interest.

History

Until the early 1800s, the region around what would later become Fort Collins was the territory of the Northern Arapaho people. These people initially welcomed settlers of European descent, however, they were later pushed out by force in the 1860s. Fort Collins, as an outpost of the US Army, was intended to protect settlers and the mail route into the area. In 1867, the fort itself was decommissioned but a small town had already risen up around it. The town of Fort Collins was incorporated in 1873. In 1879, classes began at the Fort Collins Agricultural College, and by the 1900s the local economy grew based on stone quarrying, beet farming, sugar processing and livestock rearing.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Fort Collins is one of the country’s craft beer capitals. As such, you can tour the Anheuser-Busch, New Belgium and Odell Brewing Company breweries to learn all about this industry. After a tour, you can check out the Washington music venue.

One of the main reasons to buy a house in Fort Collins is due to the number of things you can do in and around the city. There are plenty of hiking and bike trails, horseback riding, golfing and canoeing. For those wishing to camp, they can do this at Horsetooth Reservoir or the Cache La Poudre River Canyon. Those interested in a colorful day out can explore the Botanic Garden on Spring Creek.


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Location

Fort Collins is built on both sides of the Cache La Poudre River, near the Colorado Front range of mountains. Just 56 miles north of Denver, the state’s capital city, Fort Collins is also 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Horsetooth Mountain dominates the city’s skyline and on a clear day you can see Longs Peak. Fort Collins takes up a space of 37,423 acres, of which more than 800 acres are surface water. Before you start looking for houses in Fort Collins, Colorado, take a moment to understand the kind of neighborhood you want to live in. Would you prefer a city center location with an easy walk into work, or would you prefer to live in a suburban neighborhood with a longer commute? Each neighborhood in Fort Collins has something different to offer. Fort Collins Neighborhoods Lexington Green The Lexington Green neighborhood is a great place to look for a house in Aurora. Although housing prices are high with a median home value of $300,000, they are lower than the neighborhoods of Miramont and Parkwood. However, housing prices are on their way up in Lexington Green, with annual appreciation figures of around 13%. Lexington Green has a very safe, suburban feel, and there are plenty of single-family homes to choose from. Miramont If you are considering buying a house in Fort Collins and have a slightly higher budget, then try the neighborhood of Miramont. Median home prices were around $600,000 as of 2020, and they have only continued to go up, by nearly 19% in the past few years to be precise. Miramont is a smaller neighborhood with a bit of a commute to the city center, but it is a lovely place to live and may offer you the house of your dreams. Parkwood Parkwood is another great neighborhood to look for houses in Fort Collins, Colorado. The neighborhood has been described as “very Fort Collins,” displaying all the virtues the city is best known for. Both East and West Parkwood have seen house prices rise by nearly 14% in the past few years, and median home prices as of 2020 were in the $515,000 range. Registry Ridge Housing prices in the neighborhood of Registry Ridge are moderate for Fort Collins, with median values around the $475,000 price tag. Home prices are rising in this neighborhood as well, but not as sharply as other neighborhoods in Fort Collins. Here in Registry Ridge, house prices are increasing at only 8-9% per year. There is a great mix of architectural styles and dwellings in this neighborhood so if you are looking for choice, here you have it. The neighborhood is tree lined and has a laid-back suburban feel, so if you have a decent budget and want to get in before prices get too hot, now is the time. University Acres Housing prices are high in University Acres, but not nearly as high or rising as quickly as in many parts of the city. Here, the median home value in University Acres was just under $545,000 as of 2020. Appreciation was not high, though, with annual price increases coming in at under 8%.

Fort Collins demographics

As of the 2020 census, Fort Collins’ population was 169,810. This is a decent jump from its 2010 population figure of 143,968. With the population growing so rapidly, buying a house in Fort Collins now seems to be the right time.

Almost all of Fort Collins residents over the age of 25 have high school diplomas, but only 56% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income was $70,528 in 2020, and the median value of owner-occupied properties in the same period was just under $400,000.

Arts in Fort Collins

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You may think Fort Collins houses are a bit on the pricey side, and you are right, but this is because the city has many things going for it. Not just the high paying tech industry, but also the city’s thriving art and cultural scene. Fort Collins is a college town at heart, and its student population keeps the city busy with its many fairs, festivals and music and performance venues. Local performers and chefs are regularly featured in city and regional fairs like Bohemian Nights and NatWestFest. There is also a vibrant microbrew industry in the city and New Belgium Brewery’s annual Tour de Fat sees more than 20,000 costumed cyclists ride through the city.

Other local cultural favorites include the Bas Bleu Theater Company, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Art, the University Center for the Arts and the Arts Incubator of the Rockies/College Crafts Program.

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Schools in Fort Collins

Fort Collins’ schools are top notch and there are many excellent examples including Rocky Mountain High School, Rivendell School, St. Joseph's Catholic School and the Polaris School for Expeditionary Learning. When it comes to higher education, Fort Collins has another list of excellent institutions, including Colorado State University, The Institute of Business & Medical Careers, The Center for Advanced Technology, The Colorado Water Resource Research Institute, The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere and The Institute for Scientific Computing.

Why Fort Collins?

Fort Collins is a beautiful, prosperous city with so much going for it. From rugged terrain with plenty to explore to fantastic employment prospects to excellent education for the young and old, Fort Collins shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Maybe you should consider a visit to Fort Collins and see for yourself?


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