Choosing the top 10 reasons to live anywhere in Northern Colorado is not an easy task. Since we have had the good fortune to live here for almost 20 years, we think we have a good idea about the best reasons why Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and the surrounding areas is so greatly appreciated. This is our best crack, and we welcome any comments or topics of discussion.
1. Fort Collins is home to some of the best microbreweries not only in the US, but in the world. Not only is New Belgium located in Fort Collins, but you can find Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins Brewery, and many other fantastic small craft breweries located in the city limits. For more info visit this brewery tour site.
2. The people .If you haven't visited Northern Colorado lately, one of the best parts of our region is the people. When you walk down the street in Loveland, you will be greeted with a smile from people who realize how great it is to live in Colorado. We are lucky to live in a state where people are genuinely happy.
3. The outdoors. We don't want to so broadly categorize this, but there's enough hiking to the west of Fort Collins and Loveland to keep you in the mountains for a while, bike trails that go for days, and a few lakes and reservoirs to enjoy boating on.
4. The grub. Fort Collins has more restaurants per capita than anywhere in the United States. Yeah, we have mentioned this before, but we feel it's worth saying again. From Old Town to south Fort Collins all the way to Loveland and Greeley, you can find some of the best food west of the Mississippi.
5. The foliage. Fort Collins has been previously called 'Tree City USA' by the Arbor Day Foundation. There's just a few trees lining such streets as Mountain Avenue, which brings us to the topic below.
6. Mountain Avenue. If you have never driven from Old town all the way west on Mountain Avenue, you're missing out on a spectacular drive. The tree lined street boasts spectacular homes, some built before 1900. If you're lucky enough, you can even ride the trolley from City Park to Old Town for some Walrus Ice Cream!
7. Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins. For all the former Rams (like me) who love CSU, you know how fantastic the university here is, and for those who have never been here, you might want to think about visiting!
8. The city of Loveland has been named one of the top 10 best cities to live in throughout the United States (Westword, 2015). Long known for it's proximity to Fort Collins, Loveland is becoming a destination for many to move to.
9. Breathtaking scenery. If you hike to the top of Horsetooth rock, you can see for miles in all directions, and looking over Fort Collins and down into Loveland never ceases to amaze us.
10. The climate. Visitors sometimes think of Colorado as a cold weather state because of the mountains, and the elevation. Truth be told, there are 4 distinct seasons, and although it might snow one day, you still might be able to run outside the very next day. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Northern Colorado is one of the best places to live because of the weather.
Now that we've rattled off our top ten reasons for living in CO, what are yours?
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I'm Brad, owner of Colorado Real Estate Pros. This blog will talk more about my day-to-day as a Fort Collins Realtor, and my life as well. Enjoy!