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7 Pros and 5 Cons of Living in Castle Rock, Colorado in 2022

Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

Castle Rock is a mid-sized town in the state of Colorado in Douglas County. It is located about 30-45 minutes south of Denver and 30-45 minutes north of Colorado Springs. Over the last five years, Castle Rock has seen huge increases in new residents and is one of the fastest-growing cities in Colorado.

So, what’s there to like? Is Castle Rock the right fit for you and is it really worth all the buzz? In this article, we’ll help you answer those questions by helping you understand the pros and cons of living in Castle Rock, Colorado.

The Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock, Colorado

Pros of Living in Castle Rock

  1. Friendly Neighborhoods and Communities
  2. One-of-a-Kind Restaurants
  3. Four Seasons of Great Weather
  4. Revamped Downtown Area
  5. Top-Notch Educational System
  6. Consistent Town Gatherings and Events
  7. Parks, Trails, and Recreational Areas are Everywhere

Cons of Living in Castle Rock

  1. High Cost of Living
  2. Traffic is Getting Worse
  3. Low Humidity Level
  4. High Altitude
  5. Snowy and Icy Winters

Continue reading to dive deeper into each one of these pros and cons of living in Castle Rock. We’ll help you decide if this Denver suburb is a good fit for you!


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Landon graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management – Marketing from BYU-Idaho with a minor in Latin American Languages. He is a competitive pickleball player and loves strategic board games that last 3+ hours. Landon is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Pros of Living in Castle Rock

1. Friendly Neighborhoods and Communities

Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

As mentioned previously, Castle Rock’s population has been growing exponentially for well over a decade. To fill this demand, homebuilders are coming in hot to construct top-notch neighborhoods and communities. It is very easy to find amazing homes that are new builds and even semi-customizable.

The nice part about every Castle Rock neighborhood is that you can guarantee it will be surrounded by open areas, have quick access to many parks and trails, and will have a very clean and friendly look to it.

Here is a list of Castle Rock’s top neighborhoods:

NeighborhoodsMedian Home Price
1. The Meadows $585,000
2. The Terrain $625,000
3. Crystal Valley $600,000
4. Red Hawk $680,000
5. Plum Creek $505,000
6. Castlewood Ranch $510,000
7. Founders Village $480,000
8. Diamond Ridge $1,500,000
9. Sapphire Pointe $600,000
10. Montaine $750,000
11. Macanta $800,000
Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

If you are interested in more luxury-style homes, well Castle Rock has many options to choose from. Check out this list of the Top Luxury Castle Rock Neighborhoods:

Top Luxury Castle Rock Neighborhoods

2. One-of-a-Kind Restaurants

Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

Castle Rock isn’t just home to just about any fast-food chain that you could hope for from Panda Express, to Culvers and In-and-Out (coming soon), to Fuzzy’s Tacos. The town also has tons of local restaurants that are absolute gems and food trucks that are to die for.

Downtown Castle Rock has most of the local restaurants in the area. The Great Divide and the Union are a couple of the top places to go in the city. Fish and Company and Romo’s Tacos are two other restaurants that are absolutely incredible.

The Rockyard Brewing Company and Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Company are two of Castle Rock’s five breweries. There are also many different ice cream and dessert shops scattered throughout the city.

Perhaps the most unique restaurant in the whole town of Castle Rock is Manna. Manna is actually located in the city’s hospital. Due to it being part of a non-profit hospital and business, the food is insanely cheap. You can get an amazing and unique meal made by professional chefs for less than you’d pay if you went to Red Robin or Applebee’s. Oh, and did I mention that it is a 5-star restaurant and has the best Yelp reviews in all of Castle Rock?

3. Four Seasons of Great Weather

Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

Castle Rock, Colorado has four amazing seasons of good weather. That is not to say that it doesn’t snow or rain in this city, though. What this means is that the seasons never get too extreme.

During the summer it is typically between 80-90 degrees. Sometimes it’ll get into the 90s or 100s but that is pretty rare.

During the winter, sure, it’ll snow. but it won’t last long or stick to the ground very often. Colorado has more sunny days during the year than Florida, so that tends to soften the snow and ice up nicely.

The Fall and Spring in Castle Rock are just happy mediums of the Summer and Winter.

4. Revamped Downtown Area

The downtown Castle Rock area has seen a ton of improvements in the last few years. There are multiple top-notch restaurants and bars. Many businesses have been relocating their offices to the area as well.

The Riverwalk area is gorgeous and provides great walks and hikes along a calm creek. This is where the town holds a lot of its annual events, so this is one of the driving factors to renovating downtown Castle Rock.

The downtown area is continuing to grow and develop, so you can expect this community to have more and more things to do in the coming years.

5. Top-Notch Education System

By and large, the region’s schooling is solid, and it is highly ranked and statewide when contrasted with different urban communities. Castle Rock is located in Douglas County School District which is a very great district in Colorado. It is placed in the top 20 out of all of the districts in the state. These rankings consider public school graduation rates, enrolment rates, teacher-to-student ratios, and student-parent feedback. This information and results are based on a weighted average of the schools in the region.

6. Consistent Town Gatherings and Events

Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

There is always something going on in Castle Rock! The town does a fantastic job of scheduling events and activities to keep the community engaged.

The most famous of Castle Rock’s annual events is the Starlighting. Thousands of people gather around to watch the yearly lighting of the huge star atop Castle Rock. The ceremony, which has been a tradition since 1964, attracts around 25,000 people. Since it was installed in 1936 as a symbol of optimism during the Great Depression, the star has become as iconic as the rock itself. The chamber began lighting the star as a community celebration to begin the Christmas season. It remains lighted until the end of January when the annual National Western Stock Show in Denver concludes.

It’s regarded as one of the town’s most beloved customs. All midtown streets are shut down, and residents go through a few hours meandering in and out of town and chatting as they walk through the beautifully lit streets. There are also typically dozens of booths for people to shop and find fun things to do.

This isn’t the only event that goes on in the city though! Don’t be surprised if you’re driving through downtown Castle Rock and find that the main streets are closed off due to there being an event with dozens of food trucks going on.

7. Parks, Trails, and Recreational Areas are Everywhere

Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

When individuals talk about their affection for the town, they often mention parks and outdoor activities and the weather, landscape, and wildlife. Any neighborhood in Castle Rock is bound to be surrounded by open areas with all sorts of trails to explore.

The town’s newest park, Philip S. Miller Park, including the Miller Activity Complex (MAC), has an amphitheater, sports fields, a 200-step Incline Hill, and a privately run Epic Sky Trek challenge course, a zip line, ropes course, and beautiful ponds and fields to picnic at.

There are also quite a few dog parks scattered throughout the city.


Cons of Living in Castle Rock

1. High Cost of living

The cost of living in Castle Rock, Colorado, is 13% higher than the national average. The cost of living in any given region varies depending on various factors such as your profession, the average wage in that area, and the real estate market. When starting your investigation to figure out how much it will cost you to relocate, PayScale’s Cost of Living Calculator may help you learn more about how your particular requirements will weigh in.

The housing costs in Castle Rock are 31% more than the national average, but utility costs are 6% lower. For example, the current median price of homes here is $590,000. The cost of transportation, such as bus fares and gas, is 6% more than the national average.

Basically, Castle Rock is not a cheap place to live in and this is because of all of the pros listed above.

Cost of LivingCastle RockColoradoUSA
Overall137.2121.1100
Grocery102.2100.7100
Health91.495.8100
Housing202.1166.1100
Median Home Price$602,700$488,600$291,700
Utilities97.198.4100
Transportation118.9106.7100

2. Traffic is Getting Worse

Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

Due to the huge influx of residents over the last decade, Castle Rock’s traffic is getting progressively worse, especially around 5:00-7:00 pm on weekdays. The traffic is typically the worst around the I-25 exits but also gets pretty bad on Founders and Meadows Boulevards. You can also expect delays if you are driving through downtown Castle Rock or by the Outlets at Castle Rock.

The traffic, however, isn’t nearly as bad as it gets in Denver, but it is getting progressively more congested in Castle Rock.

3. Low Humidity level

Colorado has unusually low humidity, similar to that of a desert, and Castle Rock is no different than the rest of the state. So, you’ll need to drink twice as much water as you normally would. In fact, Colorado on average is drier than Pheonix. Arizona.

If you’re new to the area, you might consider decreasing your workout regimen in half until you’ve become used to it. For example, instead of running 6 miles every day, consider running 3 miles. Take it easy on drinking since the alcohol will hit you harder than it would at sea level. If you’re a golfer, you’ll notice that golf balls fly 10% farther in this environment, so you’ll want to fine-tune your swing.

4. High Altitude

Castle Rock is situated at the height of 6,224 feet above sea level. As a result, acclimating to the greater altitude is critical. This makes physical activities like hiking or going for runs much harder.

Adjusting to the altitude is a relatively simple task. Drink lots of extra water and don’t push yourself for a couple of weeks. It mainly just takes a little bit of time to get used to.

5. Snowy, Icy Winters

Pros and Cons of Living in Castle Rock

Castle Rock does see its fair share of snow, so if you are not a snow person, then think twice before moving here. As mentioned before, the sun usually takes care of the snow, but Castle Rock does see a handful of blizzards each year. Sometimes the sun works against you because it will melt a ton of snow during the day, but it won’t have time to dry before it freezes into ice at night. Be on the lookout for black ice, especially at night. It will seem as though the road is clear because black ice is hard to see, but if you drive over it you could spin out of control quickly.

Conclusion

Castle Rock is a fantastic location! It provides something for everyone, whether it’s a great shopping outlet mall, various outdoor activities, or delicious cuisine. Everything is within a fifteen-minute driving distance of one another. Another advantage is that several roads lead into the mountains, providing for rapid and convenient access. Everyone is always ready to provide a hand. In many respects, it’s an ice town, but it’s also a highly classist and socially conservative place. There were a lot of extremely nasty views here, which made me delighted to leave in search of greater variety and a more welcoming environment. Thanks for staying with us to the end.

This town undertakes many activities to bring the community together and cheer everyone up, such as launching fireworks from a high hill in the city for the Fourth of July and lighting up the Star for Christmas in December. Trail cleanups are my favorite thing to do at Castle Rock since I get to help out my community while also seeing everyone on the trails. I strongly encourage you to become active in this community!! You will not be sorry!

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Landon Bellum

Landon Bellum is a REALTOR® and the Marketing Manager at MODestate. He helps people buy, sell, and invest in real estate throughout the Greater Denver and Colorado Springs areas. He also helps people find exceptional realtors throughout the United States to assist them with their real estate needs no matter where they are. Landon graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management - Marketing from BYU-Idaho with a minor in Latin American Languages. He is a competitive pickleball player and loves strategic board games that last 3+ hours. Landon is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

2 Responses to “7 Pros and 5 Cons of Living in Castle Rock, Colorado in 2022”

  • Allison Kinkel
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    Hi there Landon, I just wanted to say thank you for all of your honest and awesome reviews. I’m sure they take a lot of hard work. They are all very well done and I appreciate them/you! 🙂


    • Thanks, Allison! Let me know if you ever have a request for a blog post. I’m also here anytime to help answer any Colorado Real Estate questions!


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