Colorado is one of the best places to live! From its natural beauty, to the wholesome people that live here! Velocity Real Estate & Investments serves all of Northern Colorado, Boulder, Denver and Summit & Eagle Counties in the High Country. We feel privileged to live in such a wonderful state and truly enjoy helping people move to our great state. Please find some helpful links, and literature, on the various cities we serve. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact one of our agents and we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Summit County Website
Summit County is located among the high peaks of the Colorado Rockies, just on the west side of the Continental Divide. Perhaps the county’s most majestic characteristic is its towering altitude, from a low of 7,947 feet above sea level at Green Mountain Reservoir to a sky-scraping 14,270 feet at Gray’s Peak. This high and dry climate blesses the region with powdery white snow in the winter and pleasantly warm, sunny days in the summer. Several mountain ranges converge in the county, including portions of the Gore Range, the Tenmile Range, and the Front Range.
The county is centrally located in Colorado, being only an hour’s drive from the Denver metropolitan area. Interstate 70 (I-70), the state’s main east-west transportation corridor, bisects the county and enhances the proximity of the county to Denver / Front Range communities. This proximity to a large metropolitan area has contributed greatly to the county’s popularity as a mountain recreational area.
Included within the county are six municipalities (Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma, and Silverthorne), four major ski resorts (Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Keystone), significant national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands, and two congressionally designated wilderness areas (Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Peak). Roughly 80% of the land in the county is public land managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Among Summit’s impressive features is the beautiful Blue River, generating three times the flow of any other river contributing to the Colorado River Basin. In the early 1960s, the Denver Water Board took advantage of this river’s peak water flow and dammed the Blue River to create the 2,790-acre Dillon Reservoir. Green Mountain Reservoir, just north of Silverthorne, also utilizes the Blue River to generate power and provide irrigation to nearby ranchlands. The Blue River and its primary tributaries, the Snake River and the Tenmile Creek, define the county’s contours, cutting deep valleys into the area’s mountainous terrain.
Fort Collins is a vibrant community of 125,740 nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver .
As a regional center for employment, shopping, and healthcare, Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort Collins experiences pleasant weather year-round. There is always something happening in this community. From musical concerts and powerful plays, to food and beer tasting extravaganzas this place has it all. Indoor and outdoor activities are enjoyable in every season. Fort Collins was ranked No. 8 among medium-sized cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002 which is easily seen when in Fort Collins for it is a welcoming and flourishing community. Learn more about Fort Collins – click here for a list of links to area organizations.
The population of Fort Collins is estimated at 125,740 including over 24,000 students at Colorado State University . Over the last ten years, the population has grown an average of three percent annually and is expected to continue at this rate well into the future. Fort Collins ' population is well educated, and, with an average median family income of $54,000, it is easy to enjoy the best of what Fort Collins has to offer. Click here for more information on demographics.
Climate and Proximity
Fort Collins, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, low humidity, and moderate winters, enjoys a mild climate year-round. The area receives approximately 18 inches of rain and 55 inches of snow per year. The average high temperature during the summer months is 85 degrees. In the winter months, it is 42 degrees.
Fort Collins sits on the plains, located at the base of the Rocky Mountains . Just a few miles to the west are the beautiful Foothills that offer spectacular views of the city. Click here to view the current weather in Fort Collins.
Fort Collins began as an army camp along the banks of the Poudre River . In 1867, the camp was dismantled, and the army moved out of the area. Although the military was gone, a settlement remained. In 1873, the city of Fort Collins was founded. Over the years, Fort Collins has grown and changed, but you can still see reminders of the past in the Historic Old Town District and many other sites around the area. Click here to learn more about Fort Collins’ colorful history.
On September 28, 2004, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce officially turned 100! The Chamber celebrated with events, programs and opportunities especially in recognition of this monumental milestone. Click here to learn more about the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce’s history.
Fort Collins offers one of the best educational environments available in the United States . Poudre School District students exceeded the state average by 9 to 19 percentage points in the proficient and advanced categories for reading, writing, math, and science on the rigorous CSAP tests and scored above the state on the 11th-grade ACT assessment. There has been 11 new schools built since 1986 providing excellent learning environments for our youth.
Colorado State University gives students a tremendous range of educational opportunities from undergraduate to graduate and professional programs. Colorado State University was founded in 1870 as the state's only land grant institution. Today, over 70 undergraduate programs are offered in a curriculum that ranges from liberal arts to veterinary sciences. A variety of private schools located throughout Fort Collins allow for additional educational options.
CSU has over 24,000 students that come from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In addition to being our largest employer, CSU adds a recreational and cultural flavor to Fort Collins that many communities twice our size cannot replicate. World-renown speakers, sporting events, and cultural celebrations all help to give Fort Collins a personality you will love.
State-supported Front Range Community College offers a college curriculum as well as programs in vocational and technical areas. Four thousand students attend the college in pursuit of the 22 associate of art degrees, 17 high school programs, and 25 occupational degrees. The Fort Collins campus is the second largest and most rapidly growing community college in the state. In 1997, Front Range completed a new library in conjunction with the city, a new student center, and a new classroom building. Furthermore, most classes offered at Front Range are designed to transfer to any university in the state. Click here for more information on education in Fort Collins.
Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents the very best of Colorado . Exciting recreation and sports activities, festivals, cultural activities, high-quality healthcare and great senior accommodations make Fort Collins a choice place to call home. Recently named Best Small Town in the West by Money Magazine, the community truly has something for everyone.
From activities for the extreme athlete to the leisurely weekend enthusiast, Fort Collins has it all. In town, residents take advantage of the nationally renowned park system with trails that offer scenic views of the Poudre River and the beautiful Rocky Mountains .
Golfers of all abilities love Fort Collins ' eight beautiful courses, and everyone will enjoy swimming, figure skating, or playing hockey at the popular EPIC Center . If you want to escape the city limits, your favorite ski resorts and cross-country trails are in your backyard, and summertime offers opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, and more. Trout fishing and whitewater rafting are popular activities on the nearby Cache la Poudre River .
There is no better place than Fort Collins for spectator sports. Colorado State University fans delight in watching the popular Ram football, basketball, and volleyball teams. A short drive to Denver puts you in the seats of a Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, or Denver Nuggets game. The annual Greeley Independence Stampede and Rodeo in Greeley and the nationally acclaimed Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming are popular summer day trips.
As a regional center for medicine, Fort Collins is home to thousands of general practitioners and specialists of every kind. Poudre Valley Heath System is Fort Collins ' full-service medical center. With 37 specialties, the hospital is able to provide the quality of care often found only in larger cities. Nearly 2000 health care professionals give patients personalized care using the most up-to-date technologies and procedures. Fort Collins supports a variety of specialized clinics for all types of patient needs including the Orthopaedic Center of the Rockies and the Family Medicine Center . Click here for more information on the Poudre Valley Health Care System.
Cultural events and festivals abound in Fort Collins . Local performing groups include Canyon Concert Ballet, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the OpenStage Theatre Company. In addition to local groups, nationally acclaimed shows and musicians often perform in Fort Collins . The Historic Old Town District is home to numerous events including the annual New West Fest in August and the free Concert Under the Stars summer series. Fort Collins supports several area museums as well. A favorite of tourists and locals alike is the Sweatsville Zoo, a sculpture park of over 100 pieces made entirely from scrap metal. Click here for a comprehensive community calendar.
Seniors will find excellent amenities designed to suit their specific needs in Fort Collins . Housing choices are numerous, and a variety of programs offer employment, volunteer, and educational opportunities. The City of Fort Collins runs numerous activities through its Senior Center . Programs include arts and crafts, fitness, computer training, and outdoor recreation. Day trips to popular destinations in Northern Colorado are also done through the Center. Click here to learn about the Fort Collins Senior Center.
Real Estate and Housing
The Fort Collins housing market is on fire! Fort Collins ranks as the 16th hottest housing market in the United States . The average selling price for a home in Fort Collins has increased an average of 8 percent each year over the past five years, making Fort Collins real estate a great investment. Residential Property taxes are some of the lowest in the country, and our mild climate reduces the number of both heating and cooling days. For renters, over 600 apartment units have been built in the past year. If you are buying or renting, Fort Collins is one of the best choices in terms of quality, variety, and return on investment. For more information on real estate click here, for new home information click here, or for apartment information click here.
Business and Employment
Fort Collins has a strong economy, and the community is anxious to make you a part of it. If you are starting a company or looking for a great job, odds are Fort Collins is the perfect choice for you.
In addition to career opportunities, the area offers exciting shopping and dining and has an excellent balance of unique local shops and prominent national chains. Fort Collins is regarded as the regional employment and retail center for Northern Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Western Nebraska . To access a national job database and Fort Collins’ top employers click here or to access the Chamber’s Membership Directory click here.
Fort Collins has several major employers help fuel our economic growth and stability. Colorado State University, Poudre School District, Hewlett Packard, Poudre Valley Health System, Eastman Kodak, Larimer County, Agilent Technologies, City of Fort Collins, Celestica Colorado, LSI Logic, Advanced Energy Industries, Anheuser Busch, Woodward Governor and Waterpik are some of the largest employers in the area.
A variety of choices make Fort Collins a great place to shop. The Foothills Fashion Mall, with over 100 nationwide retailers and local stores and a tempting food court, offers a variety of exciting shops. Historic downtown Fort Collins boasts local specialty stores and restaurants in an outdoor pedestrian mall. Several neighborhood centers are scattered throughout the town, making quick stops convenient wherever you may be. Click here to access the Chamber’s Membership Directory and search for retail outlets.
With more restaurants per capita than most cities in the nation, Fort Collins offers a tantalizing selection of places to satisfy your appetite. From spicy Mexican to delicious Italian and exotic Vietnamese, you can try a different cuisine every day. And don't forget to try a great hamburger and a beer from one of the local microbreweries. Fort Collins ' local restaurants, combined with nationwide chains, provide endless choices of different styles of food to satisfy everyone's cravings. Click here to access the Chamber’s Membership Directory and search for dining establishments.
Welcome to Loveland , Gateway to the Rockies . Whether you are visiting, relocating, or, growing your business, we invite you to experience Loveland as you navigate through the pages of our website.
If Loveland is your vacation destination, you will learn about our abundant outdoor recreation opportunities including our three golf courses, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping. You will be in awe of our unique public art collection that totals more than 200 pieces, many visible throughout the city. Tour one of our bronze casting foundries that attracts sculptors from around the world.
If you are planning to relocate you will learn about our businesses, schools, health care, churches, economic climate, real estate, government, our many outdoor parks and athletic fields. You will see why we are billed the Arts & Hearts capital of Colorado, how Loveland was voted the number one place in the nation to "Revitalize your Life," by AARP Magazine, and rates among the top eight "Great Art Destinations" in the U.S. by U.S. art magazine, and The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.
You will also learn of the valuable benefits to becoming a member of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, and our dedication to remain Your Driving Force for Business.
Welcome to Greeley.
Great. From the Ground Up.
We think there’s no better place to call home than Greeley. We’re right in the center of all the exciting things that are happening in northern Colorado. Where else can you snow ski on Saturday and play golf on Sunday? We’re just an hour away from the grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park in one direction and an hour from the Mile High city life of Denver in another.
But you’ll find plenty to see and do right here in Greeley . You may choose to spend the afternoon playing in one of our many parks (Sports Illustrated Magazine selected Greeley as one of the best park/recreation programs in the nation), skating at the Ice Haus, or taking in an art show. We think we have the best of both worlds here in Greeley – we’re large enough to have many of the amenities of the city, but small enough to avoid the annoyances of traffic and congestion. Check us out!
The Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the unique quality of life we enjoy in Berthoud. It is a wonderful place to stroll and shop, to dine and do business, to visit and to live. Our local, and locally-owned, businesses make Berthoud a vibrant community, enjoying developing commerce, population growth and exciting changes each day.
Longmont is a vibrant and dynamic community of over 85,000 residents located along the Northern Front Range of Colorado . While the Rocky Mountains rise dramatically to the west of the city and its borders, the Great Plains and agricultural fields stretch endlessly to the east of the city. Longmont and the Front Range are known for a mild four season climate, 300 days of sunshine a year, beautiful views and an impressive array of outdoor recreation possibilities.
Longmont itself is the result of a vision shared by railroad investors in 1870 from Chicago , Illinois . These investors sold memberships in the Chicago Colorado Colony to adventurous pioneering families who headed west to find a new utopian society based largely on agriculture. In 1871, these pioneers renamed their small community Longmont in honor of Longs Peak , a 14,252 foot peak visible from anywhere in the city.
In 2006, Longmont was given the prestigious All American City Award and recently accredited in Money Magazine's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in 2008. Quality of life has always been an important goal for Longmont and these recognitions give credence to what the citizens of Longmont already know and enjoy.
Even today, Longmont is driven by an independent and pioneering spirit. While the local economy has shifted from an agricultural base to a more diversified 21st century model , Longmont has retained a classic American small town feel. The Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome newcomers and visitors to our city as it has for over 120 years.
Boulder is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just 35 miles northwest of Denver . Home of the University of Colorado's main campus and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder sits 5,430 feet above sea level and is surrounded by a greenbelt of city trails and open spaces. Boulder is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, natural product retailers and restaurants, outstanding transportation options, diverse businesses, and technological and academic resources.
One look and you will want to stay. Metro Denver has an enviable quality of life that makes it simply one of the best places in the United States to live and work.
Just step outside. Metro Denver offers a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains , the nation’s largest public park system, and 300 days of sunshine a year. As a result of these and other amenities, the metro area consistently tops the lists of most livable cities.
Recreation and an active lifestyle beckon. It’s no wonder that Metro Denver’s young, active residents are among the nation’s healthiest—in both mind and body. Area residents dabble in everything from skiing to hiking, mountain biking to river rafting. Perhaps that’s why the area is one of the fittest cities in the country.
When they’re not enjoying the region’s great outdoors, citizens take advantage of championship sports teams and cultural attractions, such as events at The Denver Performing Arts Complex—the largest such facility under one roof outside of New York City.