Why you might want to consider putting down roots—now—in this tiny NoCo town.
For better or worse, market forces and a population boom in Northern Colorado have, in just a few short years, turned Berthoud, Colorado’s “Managed Growth” plan on its side. The town’s water plant is set to double its capacity, plans to widen county road 17 and to build a new rec center are also in the works. Walt Elish, Berthoud’s business development coordinator, is working hard to recruit more primary employers, as well as commercial and retail establishments. “What makes Berthoud attractive to a lot of people is that we’ve maintained the small town charm,” says Elish. “When you drive through town what most people will say is that it reminds them of the days when they were living in Nebraska, or when Fort Collins didn’t have a hundred and sixty thousand people.” In other words, get in while you can.
Average days on market: Ninety-five.
Average price: Depending on your source, it now sits at anywhere from $389k to about $434k. Zillow predicts a rise of another four percent in the coming year. Hot properties: Homes on the new TPC golf course at Heron Lakes.
People are asking for: In-fill properties. “It’s an eclectic version of houses, because the zoning is very flexible,” Lamperes says. “It allows you to put in a mother-in-law suite on most any property. So instead of creating a whole new lot, you can build a secondary dwelling on the same lot.”
Where you’ll hang out: Da Bean coffee shop. It’s not Starbucks, says Elish, but that’s kind of the point. “If you want to hang out and get the vibe for the community, Da Bean in the morning is the place to be.” He also points out proudly that the line for the breakfast burrito shop next door on Mountain Avenue, Mi Cosina, often spills out onto the street.
About the schools: Berthoud’s schools are part of the Thompson School District, and have earned the John Irwin Academic Excellence Award several times. Elish touts the high level of parental involvement.
You’ll love: Its proximity to many spots for water fun, all within a 30-minute drive. Pinewood Reservoir, Carter Lake, Flatiron Reservoir and Boyd Lake are all there for fishing, camping, hiking and boating—you’ll never have to dodge the Horsetooth crowd.
You’ll live with: Sorry, craft-beer nerds, but Berthoud’s home to only two microbreweries (compared with 19 in Fort Collins).
Bonus fact: Berthoud won the 2015 Safest City Award for Community Safety and Crime Prevention, has been a “Model Tree City” for 34 years.