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7 Reasons Why Erie Won’t be a Secret Much Longer

7 Reasons Why Erie Won't Be a Secret Much Longer

If you’ve traveled to Lafayette along Route 7 without stopping in Erie, you’ve missed a hidden gem straddling the eastern edge of Boulder County. It’s time to get a taste of this friendly town – complete with excellent schools, livestock, farm fresh eggs and a delectable historic district.

Erie is just outside Lafayette, an easy destination off Route 7 (Baseline Road). To get to Erie, simply head north on E. County Line Road (just east of I-25). You’ll find yourself in a relatively flat area of former and working farmland that’s home to a spectacular annual balloon festival on May 21.

WATCH COLORFUL hot air balloons takE off IN ERIE.

Facts About Living in the Town of Erie, Colorado
Today, Erie is a peaceful and bucolic bedroom community with rich roots and it’s growing at a breakneck pace. Quality schools and easy access to healthcare and employment centers make it an ideal place for first-time homebuyers looking for a safe, fun place to raise a family.

1. Education Comes First

More than 56 percent of students from Erie obtain a Bachelor’s Degree (compared to 37 percent across Colorado). Access to post-high school education is easy – the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University, the University of Colorado Campuses and the University of Northern Colorado are well within reach.

Erie boasts three high schools (including one charter school), a bilingual school, private schools, four elementary schools and two middle schools in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts. Need a place to study? Hole up in the brand new Erie Community Library on Powers Street to focus on the best marks possible.

2. Erie is Affluent, Quiet and Gorgeous

Erie boasts 800 acres of open space, more than 7,300 homes and a $48 million annual budget, which it spends on community centers, nature trails, public buildings and police and fire safety. The population there has more than doubled since 2000 – today Erie is home to 22,000 residents. The median age is just over 36 years. That means it’s an area primed for hip development, quaint nightlife, vibrant community events and quality amenities.

Is your curiosity piqued? If so, Erie is a fun day-trip destination that’s sure to please.

3. The Historic District is Vibrant - and Growing!

Head over to Erie’s Historic District to get your bearings. Briggs Street (named after the area’s original coal mine) is home to a complimentary assortment of local eateries and breweries to satisfy hunger pangs any time of day.

Sweets Ice Cream and Coffee has a satisfying and diverse assortment of caffeinated beverages, gelato and early- to mid-day snacks. It shares a space with the Old Mine Cidery and Brewpub in the former Erie Mercantile building (check out the amazing historical photographs inside). Lunch at The Old Mine is economical and mouthwatering – so you may have to stand in line, but, rest assured, it’s worth the wait.

Arriving in Erie for brunch or dinner? Settle down for a seasonal meal at 24 Carrot, an American-style, farm-to-table bistro entering its first full year of business (check out their rave Yelp reviews).

From Briggs Street you can take a quick cruise to the Erie Community Center and Park, the Erie Municipal Airport or the Boulder Valley Velodrome.

4. Staying Fit is Easy

The Town of Erie has invested in an expansive recreational Erie is home to a brand-new community centercomplex. It offers extremely affordable resident and non-resident rates to attend its myriad of wellness and fitness courses throughout the year. Drop in with a day pass or get a membership – it’ll be worth your while to scale the climbing wall, bounce a racquetball, play tennis or use the many swim, cardio or gym facilities.

By the way, we believe Erie put itself on the map when Boulder Valley Velodrome arrived. This high-speed road bike racing facility opened in 2014. Got a spare Thursday night? Bring a picnic to the velodrome for the Thursday Night Race Series, starting May 21. Spectator admission is free and you can experience a whirlwind of fast-track excitement as bikers pedal their “fixies” around you and your family! It’s a true Olympic experience.

5. There’s Easy Access to Employment

Erie is 15 miles from major job centers in Broomfield, 17 miles from Boulder and 14 miles to McCaslin Boulevard in Louisville. If you’ve traveled from Denver to Fort Collins on I-25, you could have driven past Erie without even knowing. Heading to Denver? Erie is a 25-minute drive from Colorado’s capital.

Looking to reduce your time in the car? RTD makes it easy for Erie residents to sit back and relax while someone else takes the wheel. RTD’s JUMP line connects residents to downtown Boulder via Lafayette, with stops along the way to connect to additional job centers.

6. The New Homebuyer Incentives are Awesome

From the town’s free tree program to an efficiency washing machine rebate and a three-month pass to the Erie Community Center, the perks of moving to Erie are tangible – as in, $3,000 tangible! All you’d have to do is fill out the Homebuyer’s Incentive Package to potentially receive free golf memberships, a free aerial tour of town from Vector Air, plus more!

Residents moving into Erie today have the advantage of locking in scenic mountain views, excellent public school education and opportunities to help a once-tiny town take its place among the growing suburbs of the Front Range.

Downtown Historic Erie is lined with quaint mom and pop shops and restaurants.It’s clear that Erie is a community in transition. Its roots are deep and hail from the mining era circa 1850s. And yes, its name was inspired by fellow coal-mining town Erie, Pa., adjacent to Lake Erie. Picturesque downtown businesses thrive in 100-year-old buildings, while diverse and affluent residential developments sprout along E. County Line Road. When you visit, you won’t be sorry you basked in the pure Colorado sun shining across stunning Rocky Mountains and steady, open plains.


7. Farm Living is Right Here

If you thought you had to give up convenience and brand-new construction for farm fresh eggs and a slower pace of life, take a look at this charming little town. Erie’s farmland soothes the senses and combines a booming community that still retains the charm of an 1870s mining town.

Step into Erie Living

Need some direction on where to shop for homes in Erie? Check out Porchfront Homes’ new colorful and custom neighborhood, Erie Village.

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