Posted On: October 28th, 2021 7:06PM
Are you thinking of moving to Castle Rock, Colorado, and want to know what it's like? In this episode of Own It!, I'm going to give you the pros and the cons of living in Castle Rock, Colorado. We’ll look at everything from location and the outdoors to public transportation so you know exactly what to expect.
The number one reason that people love living in Castle Rock is its location. This city is located between Denver and Colorado Springs, just 30 to 45 minutes to downtown Denver with access to shows, restaurants, bars, festivals, and live music. Colorado Springs is only 45 minutes away, depending on traffic, and features lots of outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and Garden of the Gods in Manitou Springs.
Another reason people love living in Castle Rock is that you can access the city life and the mountain life easily, as you’re kind of wedged right into the middle. This easy access to all the outdoor activities and outdoor lifestyle includes the most popular attraction here, Castle Rock. You can hike the 1.4 miles up Castle Rock, which can be a little bumpy and rocky. After about an hour’s hike, you can get a great view from the top with a view that goes for miles.
Additionally, the incline of Castle Rock is about 0.5 to 0.6 miles up to the top, or a few hundred steps. It's called The Challenge and only takes about 30 minutes. There are also many parks, trails, and all kinds of other hikes that you can do—including zip lining. This is what the lifestyle is like in Castle Rock.
One of the other really cool reasons people love living in Castle Rock is downtown Castle Rock and the outlet mall. While I’m not a big shopper, my girlfriends love the over 100 brand-name stores there. People come from all around the Denver Metro area to go to that outlet mall.
The downtown Castle Rock area also features lots of restaurants, bars, and little boutique shops. If you haven't been downtown, I would highly recommend it. There's been a lot of capital brought in to help with the infrastructure of the area, improving it and making it what it is today. It's a fun place to go hang out.
Now that we know about some of the pros to living in Castle Rock, Colorado, I want to tell you a couple of the cons. Like in any city, some things aren't so appealing. The very first con is that, even though downtown Castle Rock is a cool place to hang out, the parking sucks. If you're on a time crunch and are trying to get there for dinner reservations or a show, you're probably going to want to take an Uber or Lyft. Otherwise, you're going to be driving around forever looking for parking, and missing your dinner reservation is not a good start to a date.
The next con of living in Castle Rock, Colorado is that there's not much access to public transportation. You won’t find a light rail station down here, and there's no bus system. Sometimes you can't even get it Uber or Lyft in Castle Rock. To put this into context, the closest light rail station is in Lone Tree, which is probably about 7 miles away.
The third con to living in Castle Rock, Colorado—and the Denver Metro in general—is that the cost of living is going up. Over the past few years, a lot of people have been moving to Denver, Colorado. It’s because of this that the house prices are going up, including in Castle Rock. The demand for real estate is also going up, and there is not a lot of inventory. Houses on the market don't last very long.
I hope this gave you a good idea of the pros and cons of living in Castle Rock, Colorado. If you have any questions or want more information on real estate, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.
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