HomeSnacks uses data and analytics to provide information about U.S. cities. They named Greeley as one of the 10 best places to raise a family in Colorado for 2019. They also ranked it No. 11 in the list of the best cities for singles in Colorado. It looks like Greeley is a great place for almost anyone to live. Greeley might not get the same visibility as Denver or Colorado Springs, but you shouldn’t underestimate it! Here’s why.
History of the City of Greeley
Greeley is the county seat of Weld County. It is located about 50 miles northeast of Denver. Nathan Meeker established the town in 1869. Meeker named the town for his boss, Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune. Greeley started as an agricultural center. The city exploded in the 1950s.
In 1960, Greeley-Capitol Pack opened a meat-processing center in Greeley. The odor from the plant plagued the residents and gave Greeley a bad reputation. But, the city no longer has that problem. With concerted local efforts and new zoning laws, meatpacking industry issues no longer define Greeley.
· Big city amenities in a small town atmosphere
· Lots of things to do
· Affordable cost of living
· Beautiful scenery
· A foodie wonderland
Homes in Greeley
One of the things that attract people to Greely is that there’s a wide variety of affordable homes in the area. There’s a home for every taste since building has been going on throughout Greeley’s history.
You’ll see lovingly maintained farm-style and bungalow homes built in the late 1800s. Those looking for a tree-lined street in a turn of the century neighborhood might want to look in the Glenmere/Cranford area.
If you want mid-century design, there are many ranches and two-story homes from that period for sale in Greeley. Neighborhoods such as Kelly Farm offer mid-size homes built in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Urban living is active in the downtown area – there’s an agreeable mix of old and new. For example, modern lofts coexist with historic homes.
Downtown Greeley and the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Northern Colorado are called The Creative District. If you’re looking for an active and dynamic place to live, work and play, you need to consider downtown Greeley.
If you’re looking for luxury homes, you won’t be disappointed. You can find newer homes, some built in the early to mid -2000s, that boast 5- 10,000 square feet of interior space, and offer every amenity you can think of.
The Many Sides of Greeley
Greeley has so much to do, it’s impossible to list them all here. But, whether you’re looking for a fun family activity or a place to take a date on Saturday night, you won’t be disappointed.
The museums in Greeley are both fun and educational. Here are just two examples.
· Centennial Village Museum: You’ll never get tired of wandering through this living history museum. You can step back in time while visiting over 35 historical buildings. Learn about the early life in Greeley from costumed interpreters, visit the heritage farm, and see how the cowboys lived.
· Greeley History Museum: Want to fill in your family tree? Visit the lower level of the museum where you can access historical records. You’ll also relive Weld County’s history when visiting both permanent and temporary exhibits.
The Greeley Stampede
No Greeley resident can go for long without visiting the Greeley Stampede. This non-profit organization supports the Greeley and Northern Colorado western heritage by hosting events that range from concerts to PRCA rodeos to demolition derbys. You can see an American bull fight, or watch your kids compete in the Kid’s Rodeo. The 4th of July festivities are legendary.
Greeley Blues Jam
On the second weekend in June, the Greeley Blues Jam rocks the town with a two-day celebration. Locals say it “ain’t nothin’ but a party” from Friday evening until Saturday night. But, there’s also a family atmosphere that lets everyone explore the Blues.
The town isn’t all about cowboys and music. You can also enjoy the Greeley Philharmonic, Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, and live theater.
Many Greeley residents are outdoor lovers, and they never run out of things to do. Runners, walkers, cyclists, and roller-blade enthusiasts love the Poudre River Trail. It runs for 21 miles as a paved pathway where all are welcome. Cyclists also appreciate the 85 miles of bike lanes that run throughout the city. And, if you want to commune with nature, just cruise over to one of the many city parks.
Where to Eat, Drink and Be Merry
It’s difficult to create a list of the best dining in Greeley – there are too many choices. You can find Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and Sushi restaurants. Here are just some of the best choices.
· Bulldog Deli: Build your own sandwich or salad with fresh ingredients in a deli-style atmosphere. Or, if you’re looking for a place to watch live sports, drop in to The Pub.
· Café Panache: This is a casual restaurant serving French cuisine in a very eclectic setting. You can stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample their specialty, gourmet crepes.
· Greeley Chophouse: When you’re looking for elegant dining, this is the place. They serve locally sourced meats and fresh seafood in a charming downtown location.
· Fat Alberts: This restaurant is a Greeley institution. They’re famous for sandwiches, homemade soups, salads and daily specials. If you’re really hungry, there are also dinner entrees that include dishes such as Baked Salmon, Chicken Continental, and Sirloin steak.
Greeley is also becoming known for its craft brewing. There are seven breweries in the city. They not only brew the beer, but host pubs serving their best products and sometimes even live music.
The Key Largo Lounge is one of the popular spots for singing karaoke or dancing the night away to live bands. Other locations to check out include Patrick’s Irish Pub, or The Dugout Sports Bar and Grill. For a different approach to entertainment, try the 1908 Speakeasy. It will take you back to the 1920s, especially since you must use tunnels under the city to reach the tavern.
Thinking of Making a Move in Greeley?
Whether you already live there and you’re moving across town, or you’re new to the city, the number of choices can be overwhelming. When you want professional and personal service from experienced local real estate experts, we’d love it if you considered the Peak Properties Group. Feel free to call us at 720.515.7713, or send an email.