Denver, Colorado, USA. A great place to live and a fabulous opportunity for anyone moving here.
The 80’s band The Clash sang about London Calling. I may have danced to that song in college, but I danced in Denver. Denver is a marvelous place to live and work, and now is a great time for buying a home in here.
In Denver, property values are lower than London. A lot lower! We may not have Big Ben or the Changing of the Guard, but we do have Red Rocks and the Denver Mint. I’ve lived here for 28 years and can count on one hand how many foggy days I’ve seen.
Moving to Metro Denver?
There are a few things you’ll need to know before you arrive:
1. We’re obsessed with the weather report. Growing up in SoCal, we never paid attention to the weather forecast. Tomorrow would pretty much be like today, maybe a little rain thrown in during the Spring. In Denver, we check the weather multiple times a day.
2. People like to exercise. Skiing and snowboarding don’t count as exercise. That’s a hobby. Walking the dog can be counted as exercise (I count it, unless I’m at the dog park standing around.)
3. Everyone has a dog. Except for the few people on the fringes who have cats. Some have fish too. Fish ponds are big, so you may get one in your new house.
4. The Denver Botanic Gardens is a great place to see a concert. Unless it’s the monsoon and you get soaked. It’s still fun when it rains, but the picnic gets pretty wet.
5. We don’t like to drive far. When I lived in California, we would drive an hour to try a good restaurant, go to the theater or a museum. In Denver, we think 15 minutes is really far.
6. The light rail is high on cool factor and people don’t mind going further than 15 minutes away when they take light rail.
7. In the Spring, potholes grow so large they can swallow small cars. That’s why everyone drives an SUV here. It can snow in June and you could conceivably get a tan in January.
8. We don’t need to tent our houses, and rarely find a termite. Most people wouldn’t even know what a termite is. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, or that you shouldn’t listen to your inspector if he sees signs of termites. It means that it’s a rare enough occurrence that every third house on your block won’t look like a circus tent.
9. Denver has a lot of parks. We even have a group here called “The Park People.”
10. You need to layer. Goes back to the obsessed with weather comment.
The most amazing thing about Denver? We have a mountain view from everywhere. Maybe not from every back yard, but drive anywhere, and you’ll be gazing at the mountains as the little photo radar van snaps your picture. Yeah, we have that too. Photo radar tickets, but we have an excuse.
Search for your next Denver home at www.GretchenRosenberg.com. Gretchen Rosenberg is a local real estate broker with over 16 years experience in listing and selling homes throughout the Metro Denver area.