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Considering moving to Colorado from out of state? As a Denver realtor who helps residents confidently buy and sell their homes, I can definitely recommend it to you! While most people move to Colorado for it’s 300 days of sunshine and fresh powder snow days, there are several surprises you may not expect if you haven’t lived here before. Here are 5 surprising facts about living in Colorado.
If you talk to someone who’s lived in another cold climate, they will tell you it’s amazing how fast the show melts in Denver. It’s not uncommon for an overnight snowfall to be totally gone by 2 pm. Because of this, you probably will not need snow tires unless you plan on visiting the mountains regularly.
Sitting a mile above sea level doesn’t just mean the air is thinner. It also means we are closer to the sun! Many transplants from warm climates remark that the sun makes the heat feel much more intense. This is especially true when exploring in the mountains over summer. Don’t let the cooler temps fool you, you can get a sunburn very easily up there!
Water is a lot different here in Colorado than in other states. There’s not enough of it, so you do need to use it sparingly. If you like to swim in lakes, you’ll notice that our lake water is cold. Please be careful when playing in it. You won’t be able to play in the rivers; the water moves fast! Don’t expect to be able to partake in a lazy canoe stroll or tube without experience in our waters.
Homes built within the last 10 years are in special taxing districts known as Metro Districts. Metro Districts pass the cost of developing the community along to only those living within it. Where a home built in 2000 might have an annual tax bill of $3500, a home built in 2020 would probably pay more than $6000. This could be the difference of only $200 or more in your monthly payment.
69% of school districts have a 4 day school week. What kid won’t love that? While most of these are in rural areas, limited funding in developing suburban areas has brought the trend closer to the metro area in recent years. Specifically 27J in Brighton/Thornton/Commerce City.
If you’ve been thinking about moving here Colorado, I’m sure you’ll love it! These were just 5 surprising facts about living in Colorado, but there are so many more reasons to come. If you decide to take the leap to our beautiful state, I would love to help you find your dream home! You can fill out my contact form and I’ll be in touch to support you in the home buying process.