Loveland, Colorado, is a prosperous city with about 70,000 residents in Larimer County. The community is 45 miles north of the state capital of Denver. Loveland is just east of the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon. Lake Loveland is a reservoir and recreational destination within the city limits.
Loveland’s origins are closely linked to the construction of a rail line for the Colorado Central Railroad in the late 1870s. The community was subsequently named in honor of the president of the railroad at the time, William A.H. Loveland. In the early 20th century, the Loveland area became a prime agricultural area known for its sugar beets and cherries.
To process the beets, the Great Western Sugar Company operated a major factory here from 1901 to 1985. The Spring Glade orchard became the biggest cherry orchard west of the Mississippi in the 1920s. The area was transformed into a high-tech area in the 1960s with the arrival of companies like Teledyne and Hewlitt-Packard.
Parks and Recreation
Those with Loveland CO homes enjoy a wealth of recreational opportunities. Overall, there are 27 public parks that include more than 700 acres of land. Body Lake State Park in Loveland offers swimming, boating, water-skiing, fishing, cycling and wind surfing. Visitors also enjoy the use of volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and multiple boat launches. The 47-acre Flatiron Reservoir is repeatedly stocked with rainbow trout. It is a quiet lake where boating is prohibited.
Carter Lake is a 1,100-acre reservoir just southwest of the city. The lake is three miles long and as deep as 180 feet. Crater Lake is very popular among windsurfers, sailors, water skiers, swimmers and fishermen. The Carter Lake Marina offers comprehensive services to boaters. Hiking trails and equestrian trails meander around the reservoir.
Attractions and Activities
The Hatfield-Chilson Recreation Center offers those that invest in Loveland CO real estate a swimming pool, water slide, hot tubs, steam room and a complete fitness center. Residents also enjoy the use of both racquetball courts and basketball courts here.
Loveland’s Arise Music Festival is a multi-day event held every August at Sunrise Ranch. The secluded, red rock landscape is a perfect venue for over 100 music acts, yoga workshops and other co-creative experiences. The 400-seat domed theater features music, films, speakers and panel discussions.
Enlist the services of Rob Kittle to help you, a prospective Loveland home buyer, to sort through the hundreds of Loveland homes for sale. Choose from homes for sale in Loveland subdivisions. Many of these modern Loveland properties will feature the latest amenities like gourmet kitchens, multi-car garages, extra storage and custom landscaping. Rob Kittle can also show you rustic real estate in Loveland that is in scenic, rugged terrain.
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