I-25 express lane, light rail connect Thornton with Denver

Located 10 miles northeast of Denver, Thornton offers the perfect blend of big-city amenities and suburban peacefulness.

Named in honor of former Governor Dan Thornton and founded in 1954, Thornton gives its residents quick access to Denver’s attractions without the traffic and congestion.

Despite Interstate 25’s notorious traffic jams, the new express lane makes travel faster and easier into downtown Denver. And RTD’s light rail allows you to ditch your car and connect with Denver and other nearby cities.

With home prices slightly lower than the metro average, “you get a good bang for your buck out here,” says Felecia Montoya, an 8z real estate agent who grew up in Thornton and still lives there.

Popular amenities include the Carpenter Recreation Center and the city’s park system, which includes Carpenter Park, Yorkborough Park, Trail Winds East & West, and Cherry Park. Thornton’s also home to Top Golf and golf courses in Springvale and Todd Creek Parks.

Denver Premium Outlets, with more than 20 stores, including Kate Spade New York, Le Creuset, Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger, is also located in Thornton along I-25.

What’s available?

After years of being known primarily for single-family homes, Thornton is transforming by adding more multi-family housing with new condos, apartments, and townhomes.

Montoya says that with lots of new construction, potential homebuyers have more options. The average new home is two stories with 2300 or more square feet and options for finished basements. Home prices range from $500,000 to $750,000.

With limited availability, homes typically sell in about 25 days.

“For almost two years, four days was the norm,” Montoya says. “Now it’s getting back to normal.”

Who’s moving in? 

Thornton is an excellent place for families to call home, Montoya says, and with land available, it offers options for families looking for space to spread out.

“It’s a great place to raise a family. If you’re looking for a yard with a place for a playset, you’ll find it here,” she says. “It’s a family community with plenty of room for kids and dogs.”

Thornton’s invested in its parks and trails to make the community appealing. Retail developments like the outlet mall and new restaurants make the city attractive.

“I love living in Thornton,” Montoya says. “It’s taking off. There’s a lot happening here.”

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