Welcome to Boulder County!
Louisville is an attractive city. New shopping malls, high tech jobs and other factors have brought growth without really spoiling this longtime fixture of the area. Louisville, with its small town charm, has many qualities apart from its neighbor, the bustling city of Boulder. The restaurant scene is getting better all the time as Louisville awaits a prosperous future. Louisville was home to a company called Storage Technology, which was absorbed into Sun. Sun left. Now the campus is planned to become a research center for Conoco-Phillips. The last word on that front is the facility will become part of the Phillips 66 company with the companies are split.
Boulder County represents a great opportunity for people starting out because it offers a wide range of home prices and attractive locations. The cities here tend to be very family oriented, too. I'm going to write, too, about the legacy here.
What you need to know as someone starting out is that Boulder and Louisville are slow-growth cities. That means real estate prices will be higher than surrounding areas that do not have ceilings for the number of building permits they issue annually. This fact translates to a stable real estate market. The large number of government and university jobs also add to the stability of the economy of Boulder County. There were an additional 1,500 jobs added to the city of Boulder last year. Other communities in the area also had net job growth, despite losses of some longtime businesses, including the recently announced closure of Butterball in Longmont.
It's hard to take those job losses, and it will be hard for Boulder County to keep its agricultural heritage - but it is trying. The county and cities also buy open space as well as trails and parks. The longterm strategy is to keep cities from blurring into one another as well as enhance the overall attractiveness of the area. If you have time, pull up the open space and park planning for Boulder County at the county's web site.
It may seem like I am selling to someone who is already sold. But, keep in mind that others will follow you here to Boulder County and these amenities help sell real estate here. I mention stability because this area has avoided other recessions, though it has not been immune. When real estate overheated elsewhere in the West, prices here remained calm.
When you buy here in Boulder County, you are buying a legacy. This is a great place because of what came before. If you're the type who likes to take a coffee on a not-too-busy street while sitting and enjoying breathtaking views of mountains and grassy hills, we have that.
If you are an entrepreneur, you are in good company.
Buying an affordable home is less of a challenge these days with record low mortgage rates.
What does all this mean? Taking out my broad brush (because you haven't indicated a price range), I think this is how the county stacks up in terms of affordability with the most expensive first:
Lafayette, Erie, Longmont
Lyons, Hygiene and Mead (though Mead is in another county)
Note, Broomfield is in the area, too.
The third group is an excellent place for starting out. There are excellent schools throughout the area. If it's lifestyle that brings you this way, there are recreation opportunities that are unparalleled here.
All of these communities have good stories, too. Erie, which is strategically located near two major highways, is expected to grow a lot. Lafayette and Longmont are likely to see a healthy amount of growth, though none of these cities are seeing that now.
I don't believe I left much out. If you need more information, please call 720.810.0683.
of Longmont, CO