At Sweetheart City Living, I love helping people buy and sell homes in Northern Colorado. But my base city is right here in Loveland, Colorado—the Sweetheart City! It’s my goal to be a resource to anyone out there looking to live in Loveland. So whether it’s my weekly local events email, or my blog with local focuses, you’ll find lots of information about what it’s like to live in Loveland. And on this page, I break down everything you need to know about living in the Sweetheart City.
1) Loveland, Colorado Has a Rich History
Loveland was established in 1877 and named after the founder of the town—William A.H. Loveland. But another historical figure that predates Loveland is Mariano Medina. He was a trapper from New Mexico who formed homesteads in the Big Thompson Valley. Along with trapping, some of the early industries that helped Loveland thrive were mining, sugar-beet farming, and cherry farming. Later on, Loveland housed the headquarters of HP and is a hot spot for international artists, especially sculptors.
2) Loveland Has a Wide Variety of Real Estate
Like many towns, Loveland has a historic downtown area, and the surrounding neighborhoods spiral out from there. Historic Downtown is the best place to buy a bungalow home. Snatch up one that’s already been renovated or hunt for a fixer-upper. If you’re looking for lake living, we’ve got that too! Whether you’re on the west side of town off of Boedecker Reservoir or on the east side of town off Boyd Lake, there are plenty of opportunities for luxury lake living. And, if it’s wide open space you want, you can get beautiful homes on acreages all over south and southwest Loveland.
3) Loveland is the Gateway to the Rockies
In some regards, Loveland serves as a stop for tourists because of its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. People come from all over the world to visit this stunning national park, hike some incredible trails, and hear the elk bugle in the fall. For visitors, Loveland is an excellent home base for Rocky Mountain adventures. And for locals, a world-class hike is just a day trip away.
4) Loveland Has a Happening Art Scene
Loveland is home to two sculpture parks—Benson Sculpture Garden and Chapungu Sculpture Park. They each have very different flavors and both worth seeing! Here in Loveland, we have several foundries where people come from all over to have their sculptures cast in bronze. In addition to the sculptures, Loveland has the Loveland Creatorspace for co-working and creating, and the Loveland Museum always has impressive traveling galleries.
5) Loveland, Colorado Has So Many Festivals!
One thing about Loveland that gives it its small-town feel are all the festivals, many of which are in or near downtown. Some of the staples are the Loveland Loves BBQ and the Corn Roast Festival. Others, like the Winter Wonderlights, feature light shows with special events all through the holiday season.
6) Small Town Feel with Big City Amenities
Speaking of the festivals, one thing people love about Loveland is that it feels like a small town, even though the population has flourished to over 70,000 people. The main drag on 4th Street houses staples like art galleries, restaurants, flea markets, and coffee shops. But Loveland is also home to the best shopping in the Northern Colorado region at the Promenade Shops at Centerra. And while you certainly can go to Denver to see the big names in music and entertainment, our own Budweiser Events Center gets our fair share of amazing tours, from Disney on Ice to Cirque du Soliel.
7) Loveland Loves Craft Beer
Speaking of Budweiser, while you can visit the Budweiser Brewing Experience in North Fort Collins, Loveland has plenty of popular microbreweries the locals love. Verboten, Loveland Aleworks, and Grimm Brothers Brewing are perhaps the most well-known. Each of those breweries has a taproom where people can enjoy a variety of drinks, and in some cases play board games or come for trivia night. Loveland has a lot of pride for its local brews and you can find them served at many of the local restaurants too.
8) Loveland, Colorado Offers Easy Commuting
Depending on where you live in Loveland, you can situate yourself close to wherever you need to be. For easy north/south commuting on I-25, whether that’s to Fort Collins or Denver, living on the east side of town puts you in a great position. Further west into town, there are several quick ways to get into Fort Collins as well. And as I already mentioned, Loveland offers easy commuting on Highway 34 to Estes Park. Or take that same highway east and find yourself in Greeley, home to the University of Northern Colorado and various industries that provide many local jobs.
9) Loveland is Close to Fort Collins
Some might even consider Fort Collins and Loveland to be sister cities. Indeed, many people in Loveland enjoy the nightlife, wide variety of restaurants, breweries, and other activities in Fort Collins. Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University, so Rams football and basketball games are a popular and exciting pastime, especially for the many local alumni!
10) Loveland is Great for Kids
Living in Loveland offers a variety of options for schools. The school district, Thompson R2-J, has several high schools and middle schools, plus numerous neighborhood elementary schools. No matter where you live in Loveland, you’re not far from an elementary school. There are also several charter schools and private options for schooling as well.
Besides the great schools in Loveland, Colorado, there are so many opportunities for kids. The Chilson Center, the city’s recreation center, offers a wide variety of programming. And, there are numerous private dance schools, karate studios, sports leagues, theater groups, and more where you can help your children find what lights them up!
11) Loveland is Perfect for Active People
I already mentioned how close we are to Estes Park and the Rockies. But there is plenty of hiking and trails without even leaving town. The Devil’s Backbone and Coyote Ridge Natural Area are two local hikes that always have a packed trailhead. Also, there is a vast trail system in Loveland, and in many places, it connects to the trail system in Fort Collins, so bikers, runners, walkers, and even horseback riders have places to spread out.
12) Loveland, Colorado is the Sweetheart City
It’s just plain fun to live in a city with such a unique claim to fame. Of course, Loveland has the Valentine remailing program. This program involves people mailing their Valentines to the City of Loveland to get restamped with a special Loveland stamp and then sent on to their loved ones. There is also always a festival over Valentine’s Day weekend, although it’s looked different over the years.
You can’t miss the heart-shaped sculptures all over the city, created by various artists. Plus, the newer additions to the sweetheart legacy are the love lock sculptures. These massive sculptures allow couples to place a lock on it, sealing their love. One sculpture is located at Loveland Visitor Center, and the other is on the east side of Lake Loveland. Living in Loveland, you get to participate in all the innovative, sweetheart-related events the city and Chamber of Commerce put on. And, you have plenty of fun things to show your out-of-town guests.
I could probably continue to go on about Loveland, Colorado because this is my home and there truly is so much to love. But perhaps we should save the rest of the conversation for when we’re looking at houses together! Or please feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me with any questions!
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