Historic Westside Longmont has a rich history. In the late 1800’s, a group of prominent Chicago businessmen decided that they wanted to build a town in Colorado. They started the Chicago-Colorado Colony, sold shares, and used the money to buy land for a town and surrounding farms. They named the town Longmont because of its proximity to Longs Peak, the beautiful 14,000 foot peak that is visible from around town.
The Historic Westside Longmont neighborhood was settled more than a hundred years ago by the same pioneers. The homes and neighborhoods reflect their mid-western values and aesthetics. The homes are unique, the neighborhoods are mature, and there are fantastic parks in the area. You will see home styles such as Craftsman, Queen Anne, Four Square, and Farmhouse.
Schools in the Neighborhood
Longmont YMCA Early Years- Located at 950 Lashley Street, this preschool accepts children 2 to 5 years old.
Longmont Christian School- This is a private, Christian affiliated school with grades PK-12. It has around 400 students.
Central Elementary School- This school serves PK through 5 grades. It is located at 1020 4th Avenue and has around 450 students.
Historical Westside Longmont is convenient for its central location. Residents enjoy being close to Main Street, a major Longmont thoroughfare. Shops and businesses are close by downtown. Many people commute to Boulder from this area because the public transportation to Boulder is convenient and single family homes are more affordable in this area.
The modern day boundaries of Historic Westside Longmont are from the west side of Main St. to the east side of Bowen St., and from the north side of 3rd Ave to the south side of 9th Ave.
A large number of the homes date from the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, and many have been carefully restored. Laid out by the original town planners in 1871, the neighborhoods feature wide streets, large lots, and mature trees. One of the main characteristics of the Historic Eastside and Westside neighborhoods is their small town feel. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the historic homes and the proximity to downtown shops.
Homes range from around $200,000 to $400,000. The median home price is $250,000. Homes in this area have sold for 96% of their list price in the last six months.
Because of its proximity to downtown, Historic Westside Longmont has a lot to offer as far as recreation. There are clothing stores, book shops, art galleries, flower shops, specialty food stores, shoe stores, and unique gift sores. The list is endless. Many of the buildings date back to the Chicago-Colorado Colony era and have their original facades and interiors. For more info on arts and entertainment downtown, parking, restaurants, and stores, visit the Downtown Longmont District website.
Historic Westside Longmont residents also enjoy the nearby rec center. The St Vrain Memorial Building is located in Longmont’s historic old town district. The St Vrain Memorial Building has an indoor gymnasium with a sport court floor. The facility offers basketball, volleyball, in-line hockey, locker rooms, and a group fitness room. In addition, there is a weight room with treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, and circuit weights. Lock and lockers are available.
The Historic Westside Neighborhood Association plans several events each year.
Check out the Annual HWNA Historic Home, Art and Gift Tour in November. This tour promotes preservation of the neighborhoods and educates the community about the history of Longmont. Proceeds benefit local charities.
There is also the Annual Chili Cook-Off in February, the Neighborhood Garage Sale in May, and the Annual Neighborhood Picnic at Thompson Park at the end of each summer.
Lucilles Creole– Go here for the most amazing biscuits, beignets, and eggs benedict you will find outside of New Orleans.
Lefthand Brewing Company– World renowned craft beers. Need I say more?
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