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Is Louisville Colorado the best place to live in America?

Louisville Colorado used to be a bit of a best-kept secret. Home town locals knew that the downtown area was filled with one-of-a-kind shops and the annual calendar included fairs and festivals that brought everyone out to share in the fun. It’s long been the sort of town where parents take an active role in the schools and the community; where everyone feels like they’re a part of something precious. Just knowing that it’s called Loo-ISS-ville and not LOOEY-ville was like knowing the secret password to a magical place.

Then slowly, but surely, the secret leaked out.

Money Magazine ranked Louisville, Colorado, No. 1 on its list of Best Places to Live in 2011, thanks to low crime, excellent schools, good weather, and proximity to essential and cultural services. (This year Louisville ranked second. We’re still thinking about asking for a recount!)

Family Circle named Louisville one of the 10 Best Towns for Families in 2012, pointing to things like the annual Winter Slam basketball tournament at the Louisville Middle School, where the 8th graders face the adults in a game of hoops and everyone in attendance is asked to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to kids in need.

Rankings like these have made people take notice.

Louisville Colorado Real Estate Market

The local population has been rising fairly steadily, although it tops out at around 20,000, which still qualifies as “small town” for people used to living in Denver or Boulder. The median price of single-family homes has risen steadily as well—a sign of a strong, desirable real estate market. And even with median list prices hovering around $449,000 as of this writing, Louisville remains a cost-effective alternative to nearby Boulder.

Rentals in Louisville Co are also in high demand. Once seen as a more affordable option for renters spilling over from Boulder, now the Louisville rental market stands on it’s own with average rents hovering in the $1200 to $1500 fro one bedroom apartments.  Homes for rent in Louisville can easily fetch $2500 to upwards of $3000 per month in rent.

 

Craftsman Style Home in Downtown Louisville Colorado

Craftsman Style Home in Downtown Louisville Colorado

Downtown Louisville Colorado

Along with their commitment to keeping their community vibrant and strong, residents have a strong respect for Louisville’s heritage. Its roots go back to 1882 when it was a mining community, and you’ll still see quite a few buildings that date back nearly as far—including some that still harbor secret tunnels that the miners used to sneak from saloon to saloon.

Popular eateries are springing up offering a new vibe to downtown Louisville.  Try a slice of extraordinary unique pizza at Lucky Pie with a local brew from the dozens offered on tap, then top it off with home made almond joy ice cream at Sweet Cow next door.  Stop in at The Huckleberry for lunch or afternoon tea and they’ll tell you all about it. The Louisville Rex, another local favorite, occupies a building from 1908 that began life as a billiard hall and later became Louisville’s premier movie theater.

In a Norman Rockwell like setting downtown Louisville is also home to Winter Skate and Horse Drawn Carriage rides.  Located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville, WinterSkate is an old-fashioned ice skating rink complete with skate rental, concessions and traditional holiday music.  Celebrating its thirteenth year as the original outdoor ice skating rink in the community, WinterSkate presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the winter season in a beautiful small-town setting.

If you want to dig deep into Louisville history, the Louisville Library, or the Louisville Chamber of Commerce is the place to go for information.   If you want to dig deeper into the Louisville Real Estate Market give us a call and we’ll show you why Louisville, Colorado, is an easy place—maybe even the best place in America—to call home.

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