There are many factors that impact the process of locating the right home for a buyer, but one of the most important is the simple reality of what types of homes exist in the area we’re searching and where. For example, it might make perfect sense for a family to want to find a home near Pearl Street Mall in Boulder or Main Street in Louisville, because they like the ambiance of these neighborhoods. But this family may also want a home built after 1978 when the use of lead based paint was prohibited in residential structures. Both criteria make a lot of sense, but there is a problem. There are almost no homes built in these areas post 1978. A buyer who prefers homes built since 2000 will run into the same kind of problem anywhere in Louisville, where only a few hundred new homes been built since 2000. In planning the search for your ideal home, it can be very helpful to know what kinds of homes actually exist in your target market.
We’ve pulled together the data in this section of the web site to help buyers gain some systematic perspective on these issues. To fully understand the information contained in these charts and maps, you’ll need to scroll down toward the bottom of this section and read our comments on the housing stock data.
The Housing Stock in Each Community
The maps in the Housing in Each Communitysection are based on the same data as these charts, but they display the data by location. By using these maps, if you decide that you’re interested in pre-1920 homes in Longmont, you can see where in town they are located see to what extent they are intermixed in these neighborhoods with homes of different ages and different sizes. In a very real sense, these maps literally provide a picture of the historical development of the various communities we cover as reflected in the construction of the housing in those communities
Comments on the Housing Stock Data
Our various size categories are based on the following square footage ranges. Again, these square footage counts do not include the square footage of basements or garages. On the maps, these categories are differentiated by using icons of different sizes.
- Smallest: Less than 900 square feet
- Small: 901-1600 square feet
- Medium: 1601-2300 square feet
- Large: 2301-3000 square feet
- Largest: More than 3000 square feet
Our age categories are fairly self explanatory, with the possible exception of the “<1919” and “2000+” labels we’ve used. The label “<1919” indicates homes that were built in the year 1919 or earlier. The label “2000+” indicates homes that were built in the year 2000 or later.
Houses and Condos are located on the maps using different icons, with size and age differentiated by the size and color of the icon. While thousands of properties were located on these maps — almost 40,000 in the case of Arvada for example– the size of the icons we’ve used and the scale of the maps do not allow the icons representing all of these properties to appear on the maps. Still, these maps provide a good guide to the size and age of most of the homes found in the various communities and neighborhoods represented.