I recently visited friends in Colorado and traveled between Denver, Boulder and the Fort Collins area. I also did a jaunt over to Winter Park but that is a story for another day. What I learned is that distance and travel time in Colorado is somewhat deceiving. For those thinking of buying a home along the Front Range and in particular Fort Collins and Loveland area, there are a few things to consider.
It’s So Popular!
Colorado is a fantastic state to live in for so many reasons. All these reasons attract residents from all over the country and world. The natural beauty, abundant year round recreation, and the culture are just a few of the reasons to buy a home in Colorado. However, with all this popularity comes growing pains, especially with traffic and commute times.
When looking at a map of central and northern Colorado, it seems like it may be possible to commute from Fort Collins to Denver for work. It is doable, but there are a few key factors to take into consideration. How long do you actually want to spend in the car? I mean, the views will be fantastic, but let’s face it, what is your threshold of seat time? On average it can take around an hour to drive from Denver to Fort Collins. That is on a good day. On any other given day the commute can, high range, be over 2 hours.
Colorado is very proactive on the green scene. This is even true commuting. One thing that could help with your mental stability is commuting with someone or a few people. If you need to commute long distances alone, over a period of time, it can bring down your mental health. Living in such a beautiful state has so many benefits and only a handful of pitfalls. Make sure if you do have to commute you can do it in a way that keeps you healthy and happy.
Ask your Agent
Most of the friends that I have in Colorado talked in-depth with their Agents before they purchased homes. They wanted to make sure that they could commute to various parts of the state in relative ease. It is a fantastic state for ranching and working from home, when you don’t need to participate in the daily commute. However, if you have a 9-5 type of job, make sure you are fully aware of what you are buying into. Your Agent can help find a residence that will help balance out your work commute and home life, so don’t be bashful about asking the question,
“How long is the drive?”