Evergreen combines the perks of small-town mountain living with easy access to city amenities.

“I get to enjoy seeing wildlife in my front yard while still being only 20 minutes from downtown Golden,” says David Bacon, an 8z real estate agent who lives in Evergreen.

Melanie Erdmann, a real estate agent with West+Main, agrees. “In Evergreen, you can get away from the rat race, take it slow, and enjoy life a little bit more.”

She says residents love experiencing wildlife encounters and cohabitate with elk herds, bobcats, mountain lions, bears, deer, and even the occasional moose.

What’s available?

Like other areas near Denver, Evergreen’s property prices skyrocketed in the past year.

“For the past few years, Evergreen didn’t see the acceleration in price that’s been happening in the metro or other resort areas,” Bacon says.

But in the past year, the median price for properties increased by 15.6 to 19.1 percent compared with price increases of 20 percent or more in the Denver metro.

Like other areas, Evergreen lacks abundant housing options. Active listings are down about 38 percent, and properties sell in five days or less.

“With fewer properties available, they sell even faster,” Bacon says.

Evergreen primarily offers homebuyers single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and duplexes.

Single-family homes include ranches with walkout basements and multi-level homes that sit on lots ranging from .25 acres to 3 or more acres. The area also offers properties that appeal to horse owners, Erdmann says.

Houses range in price from $900,000 to $1.3 million. Condos and townhomes cost from $500,000 to $800,000. The age and size of properties, plus the size of the lot, set the price. Bacon cautions that homes on the lower end of the price range typically need more work and sit on smaller lots.

Erdmann says that buyers seek homes in Evergreen because they want more space and privacy. “With the pandemic increasing the number of people who can work from home, they can live anywhere. So, why not Evergreen? People who live here can squeeze in a bike ride or hike, or fish on their lunch break without even having to get in their car.”

Who’s moving in?

Erdmann says most buyers who seek homes in Evergreen are outdoors enthusiasts who want to escape city life.

“They don’t want to be as remote as those deep in the mountains. They want to get a small-town mountain feel,” she says.

The homes are a mix of primary and second homes., with many Evergreen buyers retiring or nearing retirement. Although some first-time buyers move to Evergreen from the national tech hotbeds, few are young families.

Bacon says in his experience that two types of people typically choose Evergreen.

“You have people who live in the downtown or metro Denver area from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs who have the ability to work remotely and want to get out of the city. But they still need easy access to the city, so they choose Evergreen.”

The second type of buyer can work remotely and moves to Evergreen from out of state. “They want to be close to the Denver metro but don’t want to live in it,” Bacon says.

The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.

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