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Colorado areas

Deciding where to live in Colorado is a hard decision - not just because it's a large one but because Colorado is home to so many amazing spaces. Your unique story, lifestyle, goals, and interests are the determining factor in which area is right for you. Take our Colorado Profile Quiz below and learn about the different areas of Colorado - Urban, Suburban, Mountains, and Rural - and more specifics on all they have to offer.

Below you have a curated breakdown of the Top 3 Locations in each Colorado area, comparable across the board by everything from cost of living to population density and snow level - always supported by the experienced voice of Tiffany Hughes, the CO Mortgage Gal.

Colorado Profile Quiz

Colorado Profile Quiz


Downtown Denver is unique with its own Urban Adventures, from Kayaking on the Platte to riding the many trails through downtown and into the Cherry Creek Area.

From the Art District to the many different museums, there is something for everyone in Downtown Denver.

Denver has everything from old to new single family residence to high rise condominiums and lofts. 

What is your desired lifestyle in Denver? Is it the nightlife, the arts or just being in the hustle bustle of a downtown atmosphere with easy access to the beautiful Colorado Rocky mountains? Find your perfect home within walking distance of everything you love about urban life.


Lower Downtown, also called LODO, is the oldest neighborhood in Denver and consists of a 23 block radius.  It has been renovated and updated with all kinds of shopping, entertainment and restaurants.  


The Stapleton neighborhood is fairly new to Denver, CO.  It was part of the Stapleton redevelopment project that took place when the old Stapleton Airport was replaced with the newer state of the art Denver International Airport in 1995.


Cherry Creek is an affluent neighborhood in the heart of Denver that is well known for its upscale shops in Cherry Creek North and Cherry Creek shopping mall. It is located about 4 miles south of Downtown Denver and just a short bike ride, 1.5 miles, to the Denver Botanic Gardens. 



Denver has been growing exponentially in the last 10 years in every direction. For the family that wants to move to a more family -centric location, the suburbs might be the ideal location. Depending on job location and cost of homes, you can find the pefect community that fits your growing family lifestyle or just a more laid back lifestyle. There are suburban communities with historical backgrounds and new communities that offer newer homes and planned communities.

The CO Mortgage Gal's Top Suburban Areas to Consider are:

Green Valley
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Highlands ranch

Highlands Ranch is a large neighborhood community South of Denver, known for its open spaces and many miles of trails.  With 4 recreation centers, 70 miles of trails, 26 parks and over 2600 acres of open space, it is the ideal place to raise a family.  


castle rock

Located 24 miles South of Denver, this little town has grown up so much in the last 20 years. The town of Castle Rock has the small town western feel, but still boasts all the modern conveniences of day to day living with great shopping and planned communities.


green valley

Green Valley Ranch is a suburban planned community that boast nearly 10 miles of trails, a Golf Club, planned open space and recreation center with a huge state of the art Natatorium (indoor pool) set to open spring 2023.

These are the Top 3 picks, but there are so many great suburban areas in Colorado.
Check out a few more:
  • Parker


Have you ever dreamed of living in the mountains? Denver is such close proximity to the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, that many residents have found it easy to live in the foothills and commute to Denver for work. Or own a second home in Summit County, Eagle, Vail or Grand County, all within a two hour commute to get away for the weekend on a Friday afternoon.


Evergreen is a small city in the mountains where each house looks completely different and has more than plenty of space between neighbors. Evergreen has 248 average days of sunshine.



Silverthorne’s greatest strength is the proximity to world-renowned ski resorts like Breckenridge, Vail, and Keystone. There is no shortage of amazing food options, of course, with multiple bakeries nearby in addition to some amazing local food.


estes park

Estes Park is located about 90 miles West of Denver and is situated at the East Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, surrounded by mountain peaks and abundant with wildlife year round. 

The CO Mortgage Gal's Top Suburban Areas to Consider are:
Outside Denver Metro

outside denver metro

With increase in metropolitan home prices and the ability to telecommute, more and more families are moving to less known and less expensive towns around the state.  North and South of Denver along the I-25 Corridor, there are several small towns that offer big benefits to living outside Metropolitan Denver as well as East in more rural communities, and South in the four corners region of the state.  I have lived in just about every region of the state at one time or another and have travelled to and through these areas as well.  They are all, unique in their own special way and have a lot to offer based on your preferred lifestyle. Many of which have made the Top 150 Best Places to live in the U.S. 2021-2022, According to US News and World Report. Keep checking back, as we will add new areas and towns regularly to help you make the best decision about where you would like to live when you decide to make the move and relocate to Colorado.   
The CO Mortgage Gal's Top Areas Outside Denver Metro to Consider are:
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