Fort Collins Hidden Neighborhoods

Here’s one of the best kept secret in the area.  North East Fort Collins, East of I-25 is a special area.  I frequently have buyers say, “I don’t want to live East of I-25.”  Here are some great neighborhoods that they are missing out on by saying that, Clydesdale Park and Estates, Serratoga Falls, Vista Bonita and Trails at Vista Bonita.  These neighborhoods are located East of I-25 just off Highway 14.   The location makes for easy commuting.  It also makes it quick and easy to get to almost anywhere in Fort Collins using I-25 as your main street. Each one of these neighborhoods is unique and special in their own way. 

Vista Bonita is the oldest neighborhood with homes first being built there in the mid 1970’s. The neighborhood was finally built out in the mid 2000’s with the last section being named “Trails at Vista Bonita.”  Vista Bonita and the Trails are special because they share Baker Lake.  This lake is 13 acres, in the center of the neighborhood.  Residence use the lake for swimming, fishing, and non-motorized boats.  The neighborhood is also known for their amazing Fourth of July celebration, highlighted by a great fireworks display. People love the neighborhood because it is quiet, close to everything and love the wildlife and the feeling of being away from it all.  Walking trails are also a big part of the neighborhood. 

Just across Highway 14 from Vista Bonita is Clydesdale Park and Clydesdale Estates. This neighborhood was developed by Stoner in the early 2000’s. The unique style of the exterior elevations of the homes makes them have a “Colorado Style.”  The estates section of the neighborhood has large lots the Park section is known for the walking paths through the neighborhood and the small ponds that attract ducks and geese.  Views can be amazing from this neighborhood.  The undeveloped lots went to the bank during the financial crisis and the final lots were built out by Journey Homes and Richmond.  

Serratoga Falls was intended to be a high end neighborhood when it was developed.  Home prices in 2007-2008 were to start in the $700,000’s and go up from there. Then the down turn in the housing market occurred and homes in that price range were not being built and people were not building custom homes. Today the neighborhood has a nice mix of homes and is delightful with extensive landscaping and open space throughout.  The mountain views from the neighborhood can be breathtaking. 

No matter what you have in mind when you say HOME….there is something to meet your needs in North East Fort Collins.  Go explore and you just might find HOME!

10 Things To Do In Fort Collins This Summer

Fort Collins is an award winning place to live. As things begin to reopen, here is a list of 10 fun things to enjoy this summer.  

  • Catch a movie at the Holiday Twin Drive-In.  Nestled near the foothills of Fort Collins for almost 50 years, the Holiday Twin is one of Americas few remaining drive in movie theaters. Bring a blanket or camp chairs and head down out for that double feature.
  • Ride the Tolley.  Ride back in time on Birney Car 21, a restored 1919 street car that has been running its summer route from City Park up Mountain Ave. for 32 years.  Car 21 is owned by the city and operate by the volunteers of the Fort Collins Municipal Railway. Take a ride Noon to 5pm weekends from May through September.
  • Take a Dip.  Gather the kids for a day at the pool.  The city operate on outdoor pool.  City Park Pool, offers daily admission $7 for adults and $6 for children age 2 to 17 years of age. City Park Pool is not just a pool it also include water slides for fun. 
  • Want so more water fun?  Head to Horsetooth Reservoir.  There is no place quite like it.  Head to Inlet Bay Marina at 4314 Shoreline Drive to rent a boat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard or hydrobike.
     
  • Do I even have to say it?  Go on a brewery tour,  Call head to schedule your tour of New Belgium to secure a spot or make a reservation 24 hours in advance for Odell’s tour.  We have a whopping 21 breweries so even it some don’t offer tours they are likely to have a patio for a relaxing spot for a beer. 
  • Tube the Poudre.  Why head to a water parks lazy river when we have one of our very own. From Mid-July through August dust off the tube stashed in the garage and drop it in the river for a cooling trip down the Poudre.  Know the dangers and tube at your own risk.  Note I did say Mid-July through August.  Earlier may have the river too high and moving too fast.
  • Bike to work. Every month is bike month in Fort Collins but June is actually Bike Month in Colorado.  To celebrate pedal yourself to work and enjoy all that our bike trails have to offer.  Find out more at the Bike to Work Website.
  • Go Put Putting!  Have some fun and play mini golf.  Fort Fun is located at 1513 E, Mulberry is just waiting for you with one of the most fun mini golf courses in the area.  They also offer go karts, bumper cars, giant slide and an arcade.  You do not have to be a kid to have fun here.
  • Play a painted piano in Old Town. Pianos about town, brings locally painted pianos to our city’s nooks, crannies and alleys.  Thirteen donated pianos are all about town.  Sit down and show the world what you can do on a piano.  Is your song a simple one?
  • Catch a concert. Try out the Lagoon Summer Concert Series at Colorado State University. They are making a comeback after 2020 series being canceled.  This year they have two scheduled.  One on July 9th and the other on July 31.  Go to LagoonSeries.com for more information. Grab your lawn chair and a blanket and get ready to enjoy some live music. 

All About the Bucking Horse Neighborhood in Fort Collins

Fort Collins is made up of many unique neighborhoods.  Over the course of the next few months, we will be featuring different Fort Collins neighborhoods so that you can learn about them.  Bucking Horse is a midtown neighborhood that is wonderful for many reasons.  The neighborhood is located East of Timberline between Drake and the railroad tracks near Prospect.  It is made of varied housing options, offering everything from apartments, condos, townhomes, patio homes and single family homes from 2,500 square feet to nearly 6,000 square feet. Construction is not complete.  It is still possible to purchase one the last remaining lots and have a new home in the neighborhood.  

Did you know that Bucking Horse neighborhood was not always called Bucking Horse?  The neighborhood began development during 2005 and 2006 with the condo project on the corner of Drake and Timberline, followed by the colorful, two story, single family Bungalows that were built just north and east of the condos.  A local builder Bartan built single family homes along Drake Rd. After that construction and the development of the neighborhood slowed to a standstill. Later the development name was changed to Bucking Horse and Bellisimo Construction, a local construction company, continued the development.  Jessup Farm came to fruition as a part of the neighborhood.  The farm includes restaurants, ice cream shop, coffee shop, brewery and boutique. Chickens, onsite,  provide eggs for the restaurants. The plan was to have additional farm animals and a working farm as a part of the neighborhood. This idea was later abandoned. 

The midtown location of Bucking Horse puts it close to shopping and many other restaurants. The neighborhood  is also close to the Power trail and only one mile from both the Spring Creek Trail and the Poudre River Trail. This makes it a nice location to take off and enjoy a dog walk, bike ride or a run.  The core of the neighborhood is the pool, club house and park. It is the gathering spot for activities including movie night and all sorts of fun.  Many of the homes offer front porches which become great evening sitting spots.  The friendly neighborhood means you will be greeted with waves and hellos, as you pass by. Why not make Bucking Horse your neighborhood?