WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE
Wellington, Colorado is known as the state’s “Northern Gateway", and is a perfect place to search for a home. Wellington was founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1905 and named after C.L. Wellington, an employee of the Colorado and Southern Railroad. Early in the 20th century, it was a service town for drivers commuting to and from Cheyenne, Wyoming and Fort Collins. Small and large businesses began to establish their roots in Wellington in the 1990s, leading to the town’s recent growth. Common industries today include construction, manufacturing, retail trade, and the service industry. Wellington also serves as a bedroom community for the city of Fort Collins. This Larimer County town is considered a great place to raise a family or retire. A tight-knit community made up of just over 8,500 residents, Wellington has a genuine small-town feel that promises a relaxed and safe quality of life. Local highlights include a vibrant, historic downtown; proximity to excellent schools and colleges; affordable housing; and low development costs.
ABOUT WELLINGTON, CO
Located only a few miles north of Fort Collins, Wellington is a commuter community that shares all the same recreational opportunities as its larger neighbor to the south. Wellington is located at the intersection of Interstate 25 and Highway 1 in the northeast corner of Larimer County and sits at an elevation of 5,201 feet above sea level. As the town is located so close to the state line, it is nearly equidistant to two airports: one in Fort Collins-Loveland and the other in Cheyenne, Wyoming. While a small community, it hosts several annual events, including Harvest Farm's Fall Festival, a Christmas parade, and a number of community sporting events. Its close proximity to dozens of lakes and Roosevelt National Forest also provide added incentives to outdoor enthusiasts.
Wellington is a statutory town located 11 miles northeast of Fort Collins in Larimer County. Its history dates back to the mid-1800s as an agriculture and coal hub. As a stopping point for travelers moving between Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Fort Collins it eventually was incorporated in 1905. The population of Wellington has grown over the years to now include nearly 8,500 residents.
Situated in beautiful Northern Colorado in the plains at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the Town of Wellington is a peaceful, family-oriented community poised for growth. Wellington is growing beyond its identity as a bedroom community and into a mature town in its own right.
HOMES FOR SALE IN WELLINGTON COLORADO
There are many great homes for sale in Wellington, as the area invites buyers to explore a wide range of properties. Single-family homes come in a variety of styles and sizes. As in Wellington’s Northern Colorado neighbors, ranch-style and custom split-level homes are appealing, affordable options that can be found in the town’s cozy neighborhoods. There are also numerous acreage properties with pre-built farmhouses to choose from. Open tracts of land are likewise available and ready for development. These properties are hard to resist, as Wellington’s gorgeous views and the expansive natural environment add up to a distinctive country-style living experience.
WELLINGTON, CO SCHOOLS
Public education in Wellington is provided by the Poudre School District, specifically by three schools located inside the town limits – Eyestone Elementary School, Rice Elementary School, and Wellington Middle School. Wellington Middle School has gained recognition from the United States Department of Education, the Colorado state government, and global nonprofit organization, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). Public high school students attend Poudre High School in Fort Collins. For higher education, Wellington students benefit from the town’s proximity to the Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
ATTRACTIONS IN WELLINGTON
A unique “claim to fame” is the woolly mammoth remains that were found by a construction crew. Around the same time the population began to grow in Wellington, woolly mammoth remains were discovered by a construction crew while digging foundations for new homes. The remains were excavated by a crew with the University of Colorado. Unfortunately, after being taken back to the University for further examination, the tusks that were recovered fell and shattered and all that remains of the skull are housed at CSU. The subdivision, where the remains were found, has now named one of its streets’ Mammoth Circle.
Today Wellington is known for parades, its 4th of July celebration, bike riding, restaurants, and a community spirit only seen in small towns. In 2005, we celebrated the Wellington's Centennial.
Today the town is home to a vibrant community of outdoor enthusiasts, several restaurants, and businesses.
A diverse range of fun and recreational attractions and events add to Wellington’s appeal to homebuyers. Local highlights you can see and experience in this town include:
- The Harvest Farm’s annual Fall Festival, featuring a corn maze, hay wagon rides, petting zoos, free kettle corn for kids, and other activities the whole family will enjoy
- Downtown Wellington’s historic buildings, commercial and dining establishments, and colorful annual events and festivals. Wellington’s historic downtown district is one of its main attractions. With a thriving community of small business owners, the downtown has been revitalized to include shops, galleries, restaurants, and more.
- Centennial Park, the town’s oldest park sprawled across 1.75 acres, with facilities for picnics, sports, and youth development events staged by the Boys and Girls Club of Wellington
Wellington’s climate offers 4 distinct seasons, located in a semi-arid zone, the average annual precipitation is approximately 13.6 inches with a growing season 145 days in length. The summers in Wellington are warm and pleasant, the nights are cool and comfortable with an average year-round humidity level of 35%.
The median age of Wellington residents is 31 years old, with a median income of $73, 568. There are over 3,500 househoulds in the area.
In 2013, the racial makeup of this selected area was as follows: white alone 5,810 (87.8%), Hispanic 604 (9.1%), two or more races 140 (2.1%), black alone 17 (0.3%), Asian alone 47 (0.7%) and native Hawaiian and other pacific islander alone 6 (0.09%).
Houses: 965 (932 occupied: 780 owner occupied, 152 renter occupied). % of renters here: 16%, state: 31%. Housing density: 545 houses/condos per square mile. Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2009 in this state: $376,969. Median contract rent in 2009: $692 (lower quartile is $311, upper quartile is $997). Median gross rent in Wellington, CO in 2009: $929.
Housing units in Wellington with a mortgage: 651 (91 second mortgage, 65 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan). Houses without a mortgage: 62. Median household income for houses/condos with a mortgage: $64,228. Median household income for apartment without a mortgage: $27,411. Median monthly housing costs: $1,339.
TALK TO THE BEST REALTOR IN WELLINGTON FOR HOMES IN WELLINGTON COLORADO
Colorado’s Northern Gateway would love to have you live in any of its charming neighborhoods. We at Kittle Real Estate are ready to help and find great homes for sale in Wellington Colorado. Message us here or call 970-460-4444 or 970-218-9200. You can also send us an email at website@KittleTeam.com.