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Louisville got its start when the first coal mine in Boulder Couty, the Welch Mine, opened in 1877. The town is named after one of the first landowners in the area, Louis Nawatny. Louisville now has over 21,000 residents. Residents enjoy more than 1,800 acres of open space, 32 miles of trails and almost 30 neighborhoods and city parks. Being just about 10 minutes from Boulder, residents are living right near the base of the foothills with quick access to the ski areas and mountain towns to the west. Louisville hasn’t escaped the attention of the national media. In the last few years its accolades include being named the #2 Best Places to Live by CNN Money and finding itself on Money Magazine’s list of Best Places to Live, Family Circle Magazine’s 10 Best Towns for Families in the US, and Elite Personal Finance’s list for Safest Places to Live. Louisville is another metro area city with a special, historic downtown area that serves as the heart of the community. Here, residents and visitors come together for farmers markets, concerts and other events year-round. Visitors will find 100-year-old wooden buildings linking Main, Front and Pine Streets and busy retail and dining scene with more than 100 shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars. The museum, City Hall, and the public library are also found downtown. Summer is hard to beat in this small town with weekly events that include food trucks, beer gardens, live music and more. Louisville is in the boundary of the desirable Boulder Valley School District. Just as are all cities in the area, Louisville’s home values are rising. However, what is notable is that, although it sits so close to Lafayette that the two towns are often confused as one, larger city, Louisville’s home values are noticeably higher than those of its neighbor. The median home price for homes that closed in in 2021 was $775,000, up from 13.1% year-over-year. Learn more about Louisville here.

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