Best Place to Live? Fort Collins, Colorado

by Osman Parvez

Hmm... A few months ago, Louisville, CO was rated as the Best Place in America to Raise a Family. Now, Fort Collins, Colorado is ranked the Best Place to Live according to CNN and Money magazine. Well, I guess it's not a secret that the Front Range as a whole is one of the most attractive, enjoyable place to live in the country. The accolades just keep rolling in.

According to the CNN's Money Magazine,

Great schools, low crime, good jobs in a high-tech economy and a fantastic outdoor life make Fort Collins No. 1. Situated 5,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, the city offers restaurants, night life and culture, plus natural attractions like nearby Horsetooth Reservoir for boating and swimming. There are 60 miles of hiking and biking trails, and most major roads have bicycle lanes. The place took off in the '90s as companies moved from high-priced California.

Pros: Outdoors lovers' paradise; good schools; very little stress
Cons: Tech-dependent economy

As it happens, this past weekend I was helping clients who are relocating from Virginia learn about luxury homes and golf course neighborhoods in Fort Collins. At the moment, their preference is for the Fort Collins Country Club and having seen the facilities and the neighborhood, I understand why.

On that note, I should take a moment to thank Linda Hopkins and her colleagues at The Group Real Estate for being so helpful in arranging showings on short notice, entertaining my clients, and confirming key neighborhood information in Fort Collins. Their professionalism was outstanding and I look forward to working with them.

I discussed the article this morning and it was agreed that if we weren't so in love with Boulder, Fort Collins would be a strong second choice. It's a great place to live.

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