Thinking About Moving to Thornton?

Meet 8z Real Estate.  The Denver Metro area is a huge and sprawling place. When you’re looking for that perfect community to call home, the choices can be overwhelming. There are so many communities, neighborhoods, and towns that it can be hard to discover which area is best for you. That’s why 8z Real Estate is keeping its finger on the pulse of Denver, doing the footwork and research for you, so you can find exactly the right home-base for you. Here’s our comprehensive guide to living in Thornton, Colorado.

Saturday Afternoon - Heading South Into Denver on I-25
By Joe Wolf

What’s it like to live in Thornton?

You might be wondering what makes Thornton stand out from all the other towns in the Denver Metro region. Thornton is like that cozy and comfortable place where you can feel like you live away from it all but still have all the amenities of downtown Denver only 10 miles away. The mountains and abundant outdoor recreation of the Front Range is also only a short drive in any direction. All of the great perks to living in this area are so close by, yet Thornton still has large fields of farmland and acreage of area to give you that serene, safe feeling of living away from it all.


What types of homes are in Thornton?

Thornton is home to the first planned development community in the Denver Metro region. Farmland in this area was first divided up into plats of land that made up this first community of homes. So other than a few outlying farmhouses that predate the 1950s, most homes in Thornton are recently built and modern.

There are numerous great neighborhoods in the Thornton area and abundant choices when it comes to contemporary architecture, design, and features. Thornton has grown greatly in recent years so new developments and homes that are only a few years old are everywhere.

Most home communities have great neighborhood amenities like built-in playground areas, walking trails, and proximity to schools, shopping, businesses, and recreation, with most neighborhoods having a high walkability score.

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What’s unique about Thornton?

Thornton is unique in the Denver Metro area for a couple of reasons. One, it is one of the few areas that is so close to downtown Denver, being only 10 miles northeast of city center, that still has so much open space and a semi-rural feel in places. Despite this safe and serene setting, there is still close proximity to shopping and recreation. The wide open spaces mean that there are parks just about everywhere and over 80 miles of trails for your running, jogging, biking, or strolling enjoyment.

The other really cool and unique thing about Thornton is all the city-sponsored activities year round for its residents. Some of these include the Paws For a Dip community swim where you can bring your dog to cool off during the “dog days of summer” at one of Thornton’s city pools, the Twist & Shout Summer Concert Series, Thornton’s WinterFest, Santa’s Calling, Fourth of July celebration, and much, much more. There are all kinds of great, fun activities for families, dog lovers, and everybody else that happen year round in Thornton.


Where are the good schools in Thornton?

Thornton offers a lot of choices when it comes to education. Three school districts serve the area including Adams County School District 12, Mapleton Public Schools, and Brighton 27J School District. This gives Thornton four high schools, five middle schools, and fourteen elementary schools to choose from for public school, and a handful of charter school options and private schools as well. The public high schools offer International Baccalaureate programs and there is great choice and flexibility in the area schools. Some of the top-rated area schools include:


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By Jay@MorphoLA

What are the best things to do in Thornton?

You know by now that Thornton is unique for its numerous trails and parks, and of course like everywhere in the Denver Metro region, outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant. With Thornton’s close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Colorado State Parks, and Thornton’s own local city parks, you’ll never run out of things to do. If trail running and playing in the parks gets old, there are always places like Lakeside Amusement Park, Paul Derda Recreation Center, and the Butterfly Pavillion all within fifteen to twenty minutes driving distance.


Is Thornton right for me?

If you love the idea of being within easy driving distance of everything that Denver and the Front Range has to offer while living in a clean, modern community that feels tucked away from it all, then the answer is “Yes!” Thornton offers so much for everyone, from active, young families to active, young professionals, and everyone else.

Outdoor recreation, big city buzz, and a serene setting give Thornton a definite advantage in the Denver Metro area. Consult one of our knowledgeable and professional real estate agents to find out exactly which neighborhood in Thornton is just right for you.


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