Castle Rock Is No 4 Best Place To Live According To Money
Castle Rock Is No 4 Best Place To Live According To Money
Check it out! Castle Rock is the number 4 Best Place to live for 2014! To read the whole article, look for the link at the bottom.
Best Places to Live 2014 by Money
4. Castle Rock, Colo.
Sept. 17, 2014
Census Region: West
Median Family Income: $105,811
Median Home Price: $305,000
Average Property Taxes: $2,214
Projected Job Growth: 11.5%
Castle Rock has come a long way from its quarry-town roots. The
city is growing at a rapid clip, with a population that has more than
tripled in the past 15 years. Diane McKinna, now 52, moved here with
her husband, Scott, and daughter, Katie, back in 2009. At the time,
their home was surrounded by bare lots, and they had to go closer to
Denver to run many errands. No more. These days the family has plenty of
neighbors, plus in-town options for everything from dog grooming to
orthodontists. Now a town center is being constructed in their housing
development. “I’m thrilled,” says Diane.
Perhaps the biggest recent addition is the Castle Rock Adventist
Hospital, which opened a year ago, bringing specialists and nearly 500
jobs to town. This fall the city will unveil a new indoor athletic
complex, taking some pressure off the lone recreation center. And
there’s more to come, with plans underway for a new mixed-use
development. All the building has created congestion, but residents hope
that a new two-mile road and freeway on-ramp will ease traffic when
it’s finished in 2016.
There are some aspects of Castle Rock that haven’t changed. The
downtown remains the heart of the city, lined with locally owned
restaurants and specialty stores. The area also hosts community events,
including a holiday Starlighting festival, when a giant star is lit on
the town’s namesake rock formation.
The school district here is one of the best in the state, and the two
charter schools garner rave reviews from parents. Residents are also
pleased by the home prices; a three-bedroom starts around $250,000.
Many people commute 19 miles to the Denver Tech Center, but there are
businesses in town, and groups like the Castle Rock Economic Gardeners
are trying to help small firms grow.
Then there’s Colorado’s big selling point: the great outdoors. Castle
Rock has 5,000-plus acres of open space, and the Rockies are nearby. As
Virginia transplant Debra Markert puts it, “When the sun’s out,
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