Is it possible to purchase a home in Colorado’s high country near Denver at a price considered fairly mainstream by middle class America?  In Evergreen, which has been one of the state’s best kept secrets for decades, the median price of homes sold in June, 2011, was a remarkably low $357,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Surprised?  You’re probably not alone.  There has been an ongoing misconception about the affordability of mountain real estate, due primarily to media coverage of multi-million-dollar estate homes listed or sold in such resort communities as Aspen, Vail, Telluride and other ski destinations.  Leading real estate agents in Evergreen and surrounding areas have always worked diligently to dispel the myth about high country real estate being much too expensive for the masses. 

“Housing choices in Evergreen span the entire spectrum,” said David Kittrell, managing broker for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the foothills town.  “There are luxury homes in exclusive, gated golf club communities, and affordable homes on beautiful mountain homesites.  You can find charming cabins providing magnificent views of snow-capped peaks, mainstream four-bedroom homes, and much more.  There’s virtually something for everyone, but not everyone takes the time to explore the housing opportunities because of the high country ‘affordability’ myth.”

The MLS reported a total of 437 active listings in the Evergreen area for June 2011, including a total of 95 new listings.  The average price per-square-foot was a remarkably low $167.  According to the Mountain Metro Association of Realtors, the average price for a home sold recently in Evergreen is lower than 2004, and average asking prices are down nine percent from last year. 

“Evergreen offers the perfect combination of true mountain living with quick access to the world-class city of Denver and Colorado’s ski resorts,” said Kittrell.  “Residents enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the year, including fishing in local streams and lakes, mountain biking and hiking on hundreds of acres of open space and parks, in addition to cross-country and downhill skiing.  Evergreen’s quaint downtown, which encircles Evergreen Lake, offers a variety of restaurants, shops and galleries.  It’s simply a great place to live, and prospective buyers should take a look at housing availability this summer.”

Residents of Evergreen also enjoy a variety of schools, including highly regarded schools from the Jefferson County School District, in addition to private schools, such as Evergreen Academy.  Major retailers include Walmart, Home Depot, Walgreens, plus grocery stores, the Bergen Village shopping center, and a variety of specialty shops and boutiques. 

Evergreen is a place where city and mountain living come together…a place where elk and deer roam and friendly people compliment the pristine environment.  Beautiful mountain vistas, thick pine forests, azure blue skies, and much more all serve to make Evergreen one of the truly great places to live in the country.

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Evergreen is located at 30810 Stagecoach Boulevard, Suite 101, and can be reached at 303.674.6667.  Kittrell may be reached directly at 303.679.5656 or via e-mail at david.kittrell@coloradohomes.com.

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