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Main Street in Louisville, CO

I finally had a chance to get to the recent edition of Money Magazine which ranks the top 100 places to live in America.  Louisville, Colorado (sounds like “Lewis-ville”; don’t pronounce it Lou-ee-ville…that’s in Kentucky) is the #1 place to live the nation.  Money wrote,  “Here’s a cheerful mail carrier buying lemonade from a kid’s sidewalk stand; there’s a throng of 10-year-olds making a pit stop at the ice cream parlor; everywhere neighbors are waving.” What is this town? Pleasantville?

I had to find out more. To delve a little deeper into the town, I spoke with Dan Johnson the managing broker of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s office in nearby Boulder which serves Louisville.

“We’ve always know that Louisville is an amazing place,” he said of the old mining town.  “It is a pretty city with beautiful views and a beautiful golf course.  What makes it unique is that the main street does not go through downtown, so the shops and restaurants are a bit secluded.  Downtown also has a great mix of long-established family-owned businesses with newer chains, but neither overwhelms the other.

“The high school is annually ranked among the tops in the state and there is so much to do.  Boulder is seven minutes down the road and Denver is 20 minutes away.  The town always has fairs and activities going on.  It is a very vibrant town.”

And when it comes to housing, Louisville is bucking some national trends.

“We are seeing slight home appreciation today,” Dan said.  “That’s happening because we have very low inventory right now and there isn’t a lot of new construction happening.  Homes that are priced well and in good condition are getting multiple bids.”

Head over to to take a look at the types of homes you can get in Louisville.  And if you move there, tell your agent they owe me a referral…

Photo courtesy of City of Louisville, CO