As the spring homebuying season approaches, you might already be exploring neighborhoods and browsing online listings. Part of what makes Denver such a desirable place to live is that it’s ideal for just about any buyer, from young professionals to retirees. In this article, we take a closer look at the family-friendliness of the Mile High City.
The following Denver suburbs are worth considering if you plan on growing your family in 2021.
For higher-income households, Castle Pines tops the list. This suburb is located between Denver and Colorado Springs and has an estimated population of 11,000. The median home value in Castle Pines is well over $700,000 and continues to rise.
Of course, there’s more to Castle Pines than high property values. Let’s start with the fact that the Douglas County School District consistently ranks as one of the top districts in the region. Soon-to-be parents will also appreciate the suburb’s low crime rate.
Hoping for a relatively easy commute to your office in LoDo? Centennial is about a 20-minute drive to downtown Denver. If you work in the Tech Center, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to bike to your office — at least until you’re on carpool duty in a few years.
Centennial has been ranked as one of the safest cities in Colorado and the U.S. Additionally, you can rest easy knowing your kids will get a great education in the Cherry Creek School District. Just keep in mind that Centennial may seem crowded at times with nearly 112,000 residents.
Another suburb south of Denver, Highlands Ranch has a median home value of $628,000. Approximately 106,000 people make Highlands Ranch their home. Niche labels the suburb as the best place to live in Douglas County.
Perhaps you’re eyeing the northwest part of the Denver metro area for your next home. Superior, a town in Boulder County, has a lot to offer young families, including top public schools and countless outdoor activities. Niche ranks it as the third-best suburb to live in Colorado.
In terms of home values, Superior compares to Castle Pines. Zillow notes that the median home value in the town is over $700,000. We should also mention that few Denver-area suburbs have a higher cost of living than Superior.
Jobs, housing, safety, amenities, education — Parker has it all. With a population of 61,000 and counting, it’s safe to say the southern Denver suburb is no longer a secret. We recommend starting your home search sooner than later, as the city’s cost of living is expected to rise.
The one downside of residing in Parker is your daily commute. If you work downtown, you’ll have to get used to a 45-minute drive or longer, depending on the traffic.
We can’t say enough good things about Littleton. If you want to enjoy everything Denver has to offer without actually living in Denver, this suburb is the place to be. Whether you work in LoDo or the Tech Center, RTD light rail provides stress-free transportation.
Then there’s the quality of schools in Littleton. Not only was the city’s school district accredited with distinction by Colorado’s Department of Education, but its high schools are also recognized as some of the best in the country by several major outlets.
If you’re new to Colorado, you’re probably asking yourself, “Where’s Erie?” In short, it’s about 15 miles northeast of Boulder and 25 miles north of Denver. The suburb’s affordability makes it an attractive spot for first-time homebuyers and those who don’t mind being further away from downtown.
Niche ranks Erie as the best place to live and raise a family in Weld County. Be mindful, though, that the city’s median household income was nearly $120,000 last year. Expect Erie’s population of 30,000 to increase significantly over the next few years.
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More affordable options for Denver-area families
Not sure how you’re going to afford to reside in one of the locales above? There are numerous spots in the Front Range with a lower cost of living. Here are a few to put on your list to research.
Just north of downtown Denver, Federal Heights allows you to be close to the Mile High City without breaking the bank. As of May 2021, you can still find homes in the city for less than $350,000! That won’t be the case forever, though, so families need to move quickly if they want to find their dream home in Federal Heights.
Almost three in four Fort Lupton residents own their home. On top of that, you shouldn’t have an issue finding a home under $400,000. It’s only a matter of time until the town of Fort Lupton becomes another bustling community in the metro area.
There’s a lot to like about Brighton — it’s minutes from the airport and downtown. The countless housing developments make it evident that people are taking note of this growing suburb. Brighton’s median home price is closing in on $450,000.
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