Longmont is a perfect combination of small town charm and suburban convenience. Located less than 40 miles from Denver in the St. Vrain Valley, Longmont has evolved from an agricultural center to a high tech manufacturer’s dream. It is the second largest city in Boulder County and provides it's residents with incredible mountain views, easy access to local attractions, and cultural enrichment through local arts and entertainment. Longmont was voted one of the best places to live in both 2006 and 2008 by Money Magazine and “All-American City” in 2006 by the National Civic League. Longmont is a quiet residential community with limitless potential. If you are looking for a safe and friendly neighborhood, Longmont is an ideal location. With a population of over 78,000 and climbing, new possibilities lie around every corner. Longmont is considered one of the best educational areas near Denver, with a student body consistently exceeding the national averages in both the ACT and SAT exams. Nearby universities such as the University of Colorado and Colorado State University provide higher learning to Longmont’s collegiate population. Longmont is a great home for everyone, from outdoor enthusiasts, to families seeking safe and quiet neighborhoods. View all the enticing homes for sale and learn more about the Longmont Real Estate market.  

Learn More About the Longmont Community

Longmont is named for the Explorer who first visited the area, Stephen H. Long, and the French word for mountain “Mont”. Founded in 1871 by a group of Chicagoans, the Chicago-Colorado Colony was a town built on 60,000 acres purchased entirely by membership donations. It is the first planned community in Boulder County, and was considered an agricultural center as the Colorado Railroad built lines into the town in 1877.

In this dry and fertile environment, the original settlers built large river-fed irrigation ditches to bring water to Longmont’s growing agricultural community. The town, designed by the colony planners to look like most American small towns was set in a one square mile grid, with a new industrial complex lining the railroad and the saint Vrain River. Within the first years of the town’s growth, a beet sugar factory, a flour mill, and a number of immigrants from European countries helped to solidify the roots of this already growing agricultural center.

By the 1950’s the agricultural economy of this growing town began to decline, and a new technology based economy was growing all along the Rocky Mountain Front range. In 1962, the U.S. Government installed an air traffic control center in Longmont, and was quickly followed by an IBM manufacturing Facility. At this time the city’s boundaries doubled twice – once between 1960 and 1970, and again between 1970 to 1980 – bringing a huge boon to the population by the early 1990’s of 50,093 citizens.
 

 

 

 

Longmont High School

The city’s original, established in 1901, Longmont High School is rich in tradition and pride. The school’s main focus is on academics, with more than 60% of its students enrolled in Advanced Placement and Honors coursework. The school offers eighteen AP and fifteen Honors courses across core curriculum as well as in elective areas. The school also participates in the CU Gold Program that allows it’s students to take college courses that will earn both high school and college credit through the University of Colorado at Denver. Home of the Trojans, Longmont High School offers a variety of athletics including football, basketball, volleyball and swimming. The school also offers a variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs, as well as many electives in arts and sciences.


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Skyline High School

Longmont’s Skyline High School was built in 1978 to support the city’s growing population. The school’s main focus is the academic success of its students and while striving to create curriculum that is relevant and career-based. With the support of the St. Vrain Valley School District, Skyline High School has created specialized academies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, as well as Visual Performing Arts. The school has a unique partnership with Front Range Community College that allows students to attend college-level classes at the high school and earn high school and college credit simultaneously, free of charge. Skyline High School offers an extensive literacy and ELL program as well as programs in athletics, arts and music.


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Altona Middle School

Altona Middle School main goal is to prepare students for high school by instilling learning skills at the middle school level. The school uses a standards-based approach to education with clear, measurable proficiencies in each standard. Altona Middle School was nationally recognized for high performance in 2010 at the National School to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C. The school strives to offer the latest in technology-based education with three computer labs throughout the school as well as four computers in each classroom. After school activities include clubs as well as athletics.


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Heritage Middle School

High-level academic achievement is the priority at Heritage Middle School in Longmont. To encourage academic achievement, the school offers a Jump Start program for those who need concentrated help in math, reading and writing as well as additional support for English Language Learners. Elective programs include advanced technology, world languages and visual and performing arts.  It is the only middle school in the district to be a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Before and after school activities are extensive and include student council, intramural competitive sports, MESA for students interested in math, science and engineering, as well as a variety of clubs.

 


Longs Peak Middle School

With its doors opening in 1969, Longs Peak Middle School is rich in tradition and history and strives to prepare students for advanced academics in high school. Longs Peak Middle School offers pre-Advanced Placement SpringBoard curriculum, an academically rigorous program created to challenge students with a broad study of literature as well as an intensive writing program. The school also offers honors-level coursework in all core classes as well as many electives including Spanish, drama, choir, orchestra and jazz band. After school activities include multiple clubs and other activities such as Chess Club and student council, as well as a variety of athletics including lacrosse.

 


Sunset Middle School

Sunset Middle School is a high-performing school with goals of achieving student success by setting high expectations and standards for all students. Teachers work together to integrate standards across the curriculum to engage students. Accelerated courses are offered in math, science, language arts and social studies. Electives include performing and fine arts, technology, Spanish, physical education, and health education. Students are encouraged to participate in a music program (band, jazz band, orchestra, or choir) and have access to many after-school clubs and activities as well as athletics.


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Trail Ridge Middle School

The newest middle school in Longmont, Trail Ridge was founded on a philosophy of high expectations for academic and behavioral standards for all students. The school offers honors courses in all core areas and has a focus in international study across the curriculum. Common classroom expectations are carried throughout the grade levels for consistency. Trail Ridge offers an intramural sports program in a broad range of athletics as well as many other after school activities and clubs.


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Westview Middle School

Westview Middle School is rated as a high-performing school and works towards increased performance in core areas while encouraging students to participate in a variety of interests. The schedule includes an extra elective period to give struggling students a chance to take Academic Labs to enhance skills while students who are in need of enrichment can take Challenge classes and other students take courses to explore areas of interest. The school has three computer labs for instructional purposes. Westview also offers and advisor/advisee program to support students academically, socially and emotionally. The wetlands adjacent to the school are nationally protected and are a resource for hands-on study. Eighth graders have the opportunity to participate in a backpacking trip or to travel to Washington, D.C. annually. The school offers a variety of after school activities including athletics, student council and many clubs.


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Longmont Museum and Cultural Center

Located in South Longmont, the museum features local and national artists in four galleries. The museum also features the Longs Peak Room Tower with fantastic views of the Front Range. Admission is free to the public.


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Boulder County Fair

The oldest fair in the state of Colorado, the Boulder County Fair has celebrated the rich diversity of the Boulder County community since 1869. The events are agriculturally-based and showcase 4-H and FFA youth projects. The fair is family-friendly with a petting zoo, carnival rides and hands-on activities for kids. Gate admission, parking and concerts are free to the public.
 

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Longmont Lights

Witness the beauty of millions of lights as historic downtown is illuminated during the Longmont Lights festivities in early December. Throughout the week, enjoy family-friendly activities such as caroling, give-aways, performers, and live music. The festivities continue with a parade of lights with more than 60 themed floats followed by a fantastic fireworks show. Sponsored by Wright Kingdom Real Estate, all events are free to the public.


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Historic Downtown Shops

The classic buildings that make up Longmont’s historic downtown house over 300 businesses. The downtown area offers unique, locally-owned shopping and art galleries as well as a variety of restaurants to satisfy any craving.

 


Breweries

Longmont is home to three local breweries that also offer fantastic food: Left Hand Brewing Company, Pumphouse Brewery and Restaurant, and Oskar Blues Brewery.


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Sky Diving

Departing from the Vance Brand Municipal Airport, the Mile Hi Skydiving Center takes sky divers to 17,500 feet to free fall with fantastic views of the Front Range.


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Rhythm on the River

This Longmont festival celebrates the community, the environment, art and music on the second Saturday of July each year. Held at Roger’s Grove, the event includes a hot air balloon launch, world market with sustainable goods, local artists, music and more!


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Callahan House

In 1938, Thomas and Alice Callahan gave this historically-designated Victorian home to the City of Longmont. The elegant home and magnificent garden now host special events from dinner parties to weddings.


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Union Reservoir

Longmont’s Union Reservoir is a natural lake with a beautiful mountain backdrop located east of the city. The reservoir is a hot spot for outdoor recreational activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, camping, picnicking and wind surfing.


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St. Vrain Greenway

Stretching five miles along St. Vrain Creek, the St. Vrain Greenway’s trails link to numerous city parks. It is also a part of the Front Range Trail system that will eventually run from Wyoming, through Colorado, to New Mexico.


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Golden Ponds

The Golden Ponds in Longmont feature four serene ponds with panoramic views of Longs Peak and the Rocky Mountain Front Range. This park is also home to the St. Vrain Greenway trailhead.


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Art Walk

A free summer event in Longmont’s historic downtown, the Art Walk promotes cultural arts by transforming downtown businesses into art galleries. The events take place the third Friday of May, July and September of each year and feature art exhibits, live theatre, dance and activities for children.


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Longmont is a perfect combination of small town charm and suburban convenience. Located less than 40 miles from Denver in the St. Vrain Valley, Longmont has evolved from an agricultural center to a high tech manufacturer’s dream. It is the second largest city in Boulder County and provides it's residents with incredible mountain views, easy access to local attractions, and cultural enrichment through local arts and entertainment. Longmont was voted one of the best places to live in both 2006 and 2008 by Money Magazine and “All-American City” in 2006 by the National Civic League. Longmont is a quiet residential community with limitless potential. If you are looking for a safe and friendly neighborhood, Longmont is an ideal location. With a population of over 78,000 and climbing, new possibilities lie around every corner. Longmont is considered one of the best educational areas near Denver, with a student body consistently exceeding the national averages in both the ACT and SAT exams. Nearby universities such as the University of Colorado and Colorado State University provide higher learning to Longmont’s collegiate population. Longmont is a great home for everyone, from outdoor enthusiasts, to families seeking safe and quiet neighborhoods. View all the enticing homes for sale and learn more about the Longmont Real Estate market.  

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