It’s no secret that the real estate market in the mile high city is hot right now as home prices continue to rise. If you’re on the hunt for a new home, you may be feeling disgruntled by the stiff competition you’re facing. In order to ease your concerns, we’ve created a list of more affordable towns near Denver that are worth taking a look at. Whether you’re looking for a town with great schools for young children, a town a little closer to the mountains, or a town that gets you a little closer to the nightlife of Denver, there’s a gem on this list for you!
We’ve broken the numbers down for you so you can see how they compare to each other and to Denver. We’ve gathered their populations, average closing price of homes, number of homes for sale, and livability scores.
Denver – Population: 682,545
Avg. Home Closing Price: $321,000
Livability Score: 72
Thornton – Population: 133,451
Avg. Home Closing Price: $295,000
Livability Score: 77
Homes for Sale: 355
Just North of Denver, Thornton is a great small town for families and offers an easy commute into Denver and escape into the Rockies. The town offers tons of family friendly events, like Saturday Night campfires at Bear Creek Lake Park, summer concert series at the Lakewood Heritage Center amphitheater, and the fall Cider Days festival.
Aurora – Population: 359,407
Avg. Home Closing Price: $278,000
Livability Score: 68
Homes for Sale: 981
Aurora is the largest town on the list, with a population of 359,407. The average home sale price is also the lowest at $273,300, and if you travel regularly, you’ll love how close it is to DIA. If you enjoy the outdoors, Aurora has the Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora Reservoir, and a number of golf courses. When you’re in the mood for some shopping, you also have Southlands Mall, and if you’re a beer fan, Aurora is also home to the Dry Dock Brewing Company.
Englewood – Population: 33,082
Avg. Home Closing Price: $358,000
Livability Score: 75
Homes for Sale: 306
Englewood is a small community that acts as a quiet oasis right outside the hustle and bustle of downtown Denver. Belleview Park and the Pirates Cove Aquatic Center are perfect attractions for families, and you’re only a short drive away from Chatfield Lake. If you’re a music lover, you’ll never get sick of the big name artists headlining at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater.
Westminster – Population: 113,130
Avg. Home Closing Price: $315,000
Livability Score: 79
Homes for Sale: 822
Westminster is perfect for anyone who wants to feel like they’re getting away from the city while still remaining close enough to take advantage of everything Denver has to offer. Living here will also get you close to the beautiful Rockies, so whether you want to escape for a weekend of skiing, camping, or hiking, you’ll only be a short drive away. Not to mention, Westminster is also right smack on Highway 36, making your commute into Denver or Boulder a breeze. You’ll also enjoy annual events like the Westminster Jazz and Arts Festival and Westy Fest, which are great for the entire family.
Brighton – Population: 37,585
Avg. Home Closing Price: $350,000
Livability Score: 76
Homes for Sale: 404
Brighton offers that hometown feel that many small families want. Like Aurora, it’s also a super quick drive to DIA. If you’re looking for a small town that offers local attractions that are great for the whole family, then Brighton might be for you. The Brighton Oasis Family Aquatic Park is sure to be a family favorite, and Barr Lake is there to fulfill your need for the outdoors.
Lakewood – Population: 152,597
Avg. Home Closing Price: $337,000
Livability Score: 77
Homes for Sale: 446
Lakewood gives you the best of both worlds. You’re close to the city and also right up against the mountains. In addition to easy access to some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the country, you also have Bear Creek Lake and Red Rocks right in your backyard. In addition to having family friendly activities and events, Lakewood is also a part of the Jefferson County School District and home to some top-notch schools like Dennison Elementary School.
Whether you’re looking for that small town feel to raise your family in or just need to escape downtown Denver after work each day, there are several towns that you might want to consider house hunting in. Each of these towns is close to the city, has tons of amenities, family-friendly activities, and more reasonable housing prices. The real estate market is booming in the Denver area right now, and if you are considering buying a home, don’t wait too long! If you’re unsure where to begin in your search, AIM Homes is here to help. Give us a call so you can find your perfect home soon!