Louisville was not always so hot
When I first entered real estate, way back in the Nineties, Louisville Colorado is where folks moved when they wanted a Boulder home, but couldn’t stomach the prices. Oh goodness, just writing that, I’m sure there a few folks wishing they had bought back in the day. But the fact is, in the 90’s Louisville was the next best thing to overpriced Boulder.
It wasn’t the hot spot. Schools were good, but not great like the ones in Boulder. That’s changed. Twenty years later, Louisville schools are hot, some of the most popular in the BVSD system.
Downtown used to be sleepy. You could roll up in your car, park anywhere, grab some takeout from the one option – Double Happy – and be on your way quickly. These days merchants are doubly happy at the booming business and lack of parking. People are flocking to downtown Louisville for events such as the farmers market and weekend street fairs. But, it wasn’t always like that.
Guess What L Town Is An Opportunity Today
If you guessed Longmont or Lafayette…ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. Today, home buyers seeking more value with a reasonable budget are looking to Lafayette and other close in communities. The schools are good – they are part of Boulder Valley School District. Are they the greatest schools ever? Nope. Truth is, in the mid 90’s, the best schools in BVSD were only in Boulder. That’s changed over time. And looking to the future, it is reasonable to believe time will change where the best schools are again.
Old Town Is Kind of Sleepy
But there are some great places to dine out. Community is a farm-to-table concept with a line on weekends. The Post has franchised their concept all across the metro area. Fried chicken and fresh local beer is a big time hit. Looking for the ultimate breakfast burrito? Check out the taco truck in front of El Mercado — what a gem. Be careful Gringo, that green Chile has a kick to it!
Lafayette is starting to do things, to spice things up. There is an art walk once a month. The oatmeal festival in the Fall and the Peach festival in the Spring. Some of the schools are actually very highly rated.
Get Out And Enjoy the Good Weather
There is plenty of outdoors opportunity in Lafayette Colorado. The Coal Creek Trail rivals any creek side trail around Boulder county. I like to ride it as often as possible. Then there is Wanaka Lake, a true gem. Rock Creek open space is accessed off the south side of town.
Playgrounds abound and a major renovation is planned for the community swimming pool.
What’s Not To Love About Lafayette?
Plenty of Shopping and Dining Options exist for residents of Lafayette. And we are starting to see consistent upgrading of homes. Plenty of contemporary houses, remodeled to reflect an era. When you live in Lafayette Co you can have that big yard, a beautiful view and plenty of square footage for your family. There is also a healthy dose of new construction. You can truly build your dream home from the ground up.
But sure, for now, it is the other el word. But I think that is already changing. For those willing to make the investment, the return looks good in Lafayette Colorado!