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Although the City of Brighton resides in two counties (Adams and Weld), it is actually the county seat of Adams County and home to just about 43,000 residents. The city was originally named Hughes Station after it was settled by pioneers in the early 1870’s as a railroad depot and farming community. The name was changed to Brighton after Brighton Beach in New York. It was incorporated in 1887. Brighton has maintained its small-town atmosphere with easy access to the big city attractions Denver has to offer. Brighton is a dynamic, diverse, and rapidly growing suburb just about 20 minutes from downtown Denver and 15 minutes to Denver International Airport. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to head out to Barr Lake State Park. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, along with trails for walking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. The park is also home to the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Magers Reservoir, Higgins Lake and Benedict Park are also popular destinations. With more than 300 species, Barr Lake is definitely a birder’s paradise. Brighton also has a quaint downtown area with galleries, shops, breweries and restaurants. Brighton is growing because the surplus of land around the city has made it a destination for multiple new homes builders over the last 10 years. It’s attractive housing costs remain among some of the lowest in the metro area. The median home price for homes that closed in the last quarter of 2021 was $499,500, up 14.3% year-over-year. Learn more about Brighton here.

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