If you are looking to buy a home in the Denver area you should consider looking at some of the more rural areas located just up in the foothills. They are growing in popularity for families or couples looking to retire. There is often more privacy and space for the kids to play outside and enjoy nature. Depending on where you buy you may be able to get more bang for your buck in these rural areas.
Evergreen Colorado is a very desirable foothill mountain community that is considered rural. Homes for sale in Evergreen CO are going to be one of the more expensive areas on our list but definitely worth looking at. Evergreen is located just 15 minutes West of Denver and has a population of approximately 41,000 people. It has a strong public and private school community as well as a variety of homeschool options. If nature is what you crave then Evergreen delivers strong on this category. Evergreen is abundant in open space parks like Elk Meadow Park, O’fallon Park, Alderfer Three Sisters Park to name a few. You can hike, mountain bike, picnic and horseback ride in many of these parks. Evergreen Lake is situated adjacent to downtown and is the hub of many outdoor activities like fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding, as well as ice skating and ice hockey in the Winter. The Summer Concert series is hosted there at the park and is always a lot of fun. For less expensive Evergreen CO real estate options check out Kittredge.
Genesee which is part of Golden is located on I-70 but is adjacent to Evergreen. Genesee is popular with professionals who commute to Denver for work but want to live in a rural, mountain area. The homes there are part of a HOA and offer amenities such as a community pool, tennis courts and clubhouse. Most homes here are on city water and utilities.
Conifer is also a very popular rural foothill mountain community. Homes for sale in Conifer CO are more affordable and thus you can get a larger and nicer home for less money than Evergreen. Visit this site http://denvermountainhomes.com/communities/conifer-homes-for-sale/ to see Conifer homes for sale. Conifer is located about 25 minutes West of Denver off of highway 285. Many homes here are located on tall mountains and have amazing views of Pikes Peak.
Bailey is a little further out but can be a great place to buy if you want land at a reasonable price. Bailey is located about 35 minutes West of Denver on highway 285 as is just West of Conifer. Bailey is popular for horse ranches and ranch land. Bailey is going to be the most rural of the mountain communities that I have listed.
If you are looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and buy a home in the mountains these are some great choices. I encourage you to visit them as they can be a great alternative to the city. Some other advantages to them is it is cooler in the Summer months while Denver is in the 90’s, you can enjoy mid 70’s to low 80’s in the Mountains. Many properties in this rural areas also qualify for 100% financing through a loan called USDA.