One of Colorado’s best-kept secrets is the town of Greeley, located about 50 miles northeast of Denver. It’s also home to the University of Northern Colorado. With a population of around 100,000, you’ll have plenty of elbow room to connect with nature. Some of the most popular outdoor activities include horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. And for those who prefer arts and culture, head over to the Global Village Museum in Fort Collins or Greeley’s Centennial Village Museum. Ready to make a move to a quiet slice of paradise? Take a look at these popular master planned communities near Greeley.
Roughly 30 miles southwest of Greeley, Silverstone boasts ample amenities in the small town of Frederick. Historical charm abounds in the heart of the community with a local farmer’s market and homegrown restaurants. From lounging at the community pool or biking the trails, you will find many adventures to keep you busy on Silverstone’s 500 acres. Education is a priority in Silverstone and students attend the acclaimed St. Vrain Valley school district. Builders such as Century Homes offer several floorplans with prices starting in the mid-$300s. To fan the adrenaline flame, hop on I-25 and head to the Colorado National Speedway in nearby Dacono.
Located in the former coal mining town of Erie, Colliers Hill is just a 25-minute drive north from downtown Denver. Residents can take advantage of The Overlook at Colliers Hills, a 6,500-square foot amenity center that features large-screen TVs, a fireplace with seating, an exercise studio and an outdoor pool complete with a waterfall. Three builders, including Richmond American Homes, offer more than a dozen floorplans starting in the $400s. Colliers Hill students attend the St. Vrain Valley School District, one of Colorado’s highest-ranking districts with 78 percent of its schools being accredited with Distinction or Performance.
Firestone, about 30 miles north of Denver, is home to Barefoot Lakes. Five premier builders including Lennar are offering more than 25 plans starting in the low $400s. Three neighborhoods converge to make this waterfront community irresistible. Take a stroll around the twin lakes or swim laps in the pool at The Cove, while the kids enjoy the splash pad. Imagine spending your evenings making memories by the fire pits while roasting s’mores.
Located in Frederick, Wyndham Hill is a master planned community 30 miles southwest of Greeley. Residents have their pick of entertainment options including a pool, several parks, a play area and a community clubhouse. Kids can enjoy biking the tree-lined streets or playing soccer on the many wide-open green spaces. Prestigious, upscale builder Richmond Homes offers three plans, including ranch style and two-story homes, from the $400s. Easily accessible I-25 will take you straight to downtown Denver for some retail therapy and nightlife fun.
Less than 20 miles southwest of Greeley, Centennial Crossing offers majestic scenery of nearby Wildcat Mound. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy fly fishing or kayaking on the South Platte River, while drinking in nature’s beauty. Distinguished builder Windmill Homes is offering more than 15 plans starting in the mid-$300s. Residents can spend weekends on the tennis courts at the Milliken Athletic Complex, jogging the trails in Centennial Park or relaxing at Milliken Pool. If golf is your game, check out the Mad Russian Golf Course. Beware: Its tight fairways, water hazards and bunkers will test your skills.
Water Valley is a master planned community about 15 miles northwest of Greeley in the small town of Windsor. Five builders including Sheffield Homes are offering a variety of floorplans starting in the mid-$300s. Custom building is also an option if you have envisioned your own unique dream home. The community’s name was inspired by its surroundings: Water Valley is adorned by five lakes and several private beaches. Take a jog through the interlaced trails or spend the afternoon practicing your swing at one of the two challenging golf courses. Feeling adventurous? Take on the white water of the Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins.
RainDance is another Windsor community just 15 miles northwest of Greeley. Eight builders, including distinguished D.R. Horton, offer more than 50 floorplans starting in the mid-$300s. Vacation-style living awaits you at the RainDance River Resort, featuring a 1.5-acre water park. Enjoy the day with family and friends on the lazy river, waterslide and splash pad. If you want to see what’s on tap, check out nearby Mighty River Brewing.
Heather Allen is a freelance writer who began her career 20 years ago at a small Texas NBC affiliate, while attending SFASU. She’s written blogs on a diverse range of topics.