Gorgeous landscapes, unbeatable lifestyles and great communities are just a few reasons people are eager to buy a house in Colorado. And with work-from-home becoming the new normal at many companies, buyers are stretching their parameters beyond Denver proper in order to check off their priority list.  

If you’re one of those buyers, here are nine neighborhoods and towns that offer terrific value to homebuyers with different priorities.

Your Priority: Great Schools

If you’re working from home for the long-term, you want to make sure you have excellent neighborhood schools for your kids. And quality education is a big draw for these towns:

Aurora

Spanning Arapahoe and Adams counties, Aurora is Denver’s largest suburb, with 386,000 residents. It’s known for its great schools, with Aurora Quest K-8 ranked as the top-rated school in Colorado and the Cherry Creek School District coming in as one of the top performing school districts in the state.

Boulder

Of the 180 school districts in Colorado, the Boulder Valley School District comes in fifth, with Fairview High School ranked third in the state. Home of the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state’s largest university, the city also gets high marks for its art, health, well-being and quality of life options.

Northglenn

Another suburb of Denver but with fewer than 40,000 residents, Northglenn draws many families attracted to its relatively small size. The town’s Hulstrom Options K-8 School is a highly rated magnet school, where 84 percent and 88 percent of students are proficient in math and reading, respectively.

Your Priority: Affordable City Life

If you’re a young professional looking to be close to the action, check out homes that are near to downtown Denver. These neighborhoods offer a strong sense of community, diverse cultures and prices that are well below the city’s median list price:

Elyria/Swansea

This neighborhood, one of Denver’s oldest and home to some favorite landmarks, including the Denver Coliseum and the 13th Floor Haunted House, is expected to grow over the next 10 years with better transportation options, proximity to RiNo and the expansion of the National Western Complex.

Globeville

Once isolated by railroads and the South Platte River, Globeville is being drawn into the center of the action. Adjacent to RiNo, the World Trade Center campus, the Rock Drill development, the I-70 tunnel and the National Western Complex, Globeville is opening up to the rest of the city and to home buyers from all over.

West Barnum

With affordable 1950s-era housing, a solid community and a well-performing elementary school, West Barnum—named after the famed circus brother—offers great starter homes and close proximity to the West Rail RTD Line and 6th Avenue. Its Barnum Park includes a popular recreation center and a picturesque lake with a beautiful view of Denver.

Your Priority: Space for a Growing Family

Working from home when you have a growing family usually works best if you have a bit of extra room. Consider these family-friendly suburbs of Denver that offer lots of amenities for both parents and youngsters:

Highlands Ranch

One of the nation’s most successful planned communities, this suburb south of Denver consistently ranks among the best places to raise a family. It offers numerous residential communities, lots of open space, quality schools and a strong community spirit.

Parker

Prior to 2020, one of the few drawbacks to buying a home in this southern suburb of Denver would have been its 45-minute commute if you worked downtown. But if you’re now working remotely, you can enjoy all the benefits that earned the town its place as number two on Money magazine’s list of the best places to live in America in 2020, and at approximately half the price of homes in Denver.

Erie

Located 15 miles northeast of Boulder and 25 miles north of Denver, this affordable suburb is ideal for those who don’t need to be close to either city’s downtown. Erie attracts lots of young families eager to enjoy its easy lifestyle and small-town spirit.

Colorado is a wonderful state to call home and this is just a sampling of great places for new homebuyers. If you’re ready to make your move to the Centennial State, FirstBank would like to help you get settled. We have a wealth of helpful materials on homeownership, with tips on everything from raising cash for a down payment to securing the right home loan. Our mortgage offerings give you a variety of choices when it comes to financing your dream house.

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