So, you’re new to Fort Collins? Don’t worry. Whether you prefer to say Fort Collins, the Fort, or FoCo, living in this town is amazing. There’s never a shortage of things to do and places to go. People love this town, and you will, too! When you move into your new Fort Collins apartments, you’ll feel like a native before you know it. Just follow this guide below to discover what living in Fort Collins is really like.
If you don’t like beer already, you will.
Fort Collins has over two dozen local breweries and more are popping up all the time. We are most well-known for being the home of New Belgium, the fourth largest microbrewery in the country and the crafter of Fat Tire and Old Aggie, two of the most popular beers in town. However, we can’t forget Odell, Zwei, Maxline, Funkwerks, Snowbank, and Horse & Dragon.
You’ll never have to leave town.
While Denver is just an hour away, you won’t need to go there unless you’re catching a flight or seeing a Rockies game. Fort Collins has truly anything you could ever need. From 24-hour grocery stores to several Walmarts, this town has you covered. Other shopping includes an Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, Michaels, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target, H&M, Forever 21, Macy’s, Kohl’s, DSW… the list could go on forever! In terms of entertainment, the town boasts a great Mini Golf course at Fort Fun, bowling and games at Chipper’s Lanes, an underground pinball establishment in Old Town called Pinball Jones, and several movie theaters, including the drive-in and the new-ish Cinemark Movie Bistro and XD where you can order full meals and alcohol straight to your seat.
You can ride your bike anywhere.
FoCo has been ranked consistently as one of the most bike-friendly towns in the United States. With hundreds of miles of bike trails and ample bike lanes on some of the main roads, you can get where you need to go on two wheels, rather than four. This is especially helpful during big events like the Fourth of July fireworks show at City Park, CSU football games, or festivals in Old Town where parking is limited.
Speaking of Old Town…
Old Town Fort Collins is the cornerstone of the city, and people either love it or hate it. While the area is chock full of bars, restaurants, and boutiques, it can also be pretty crowded. If you don’t feel like driving around in circles looking for free parking, head to the parking garages or take the bus.
Horsetooth is everything.
Want to go paddle boarding? Hit up Horsetooth Reservoir. Feeling like a sunrise hike? Head to Horsetooth Rock. The Horsetooth area is almost literally in your backyard and has some of the best hiking, water recreation, and walking trails in Northern Colorado, so be sure to take full advantage of it.
We hate the Buffaloes.
The Colorado State University Rams and the University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes are fierce rivals, so much so that wearing CU gear in Fort Collins is sure to earn you a few side-eyed stares.
You will become a world-class navigator based on the mountains.
If you need to go to south, put the mountains on your right. If you need to go to north, put them on your left. If you need to go to east put them behind you, and if you need to go to west, put them in front of you and you’ll never get lost.
You’ll learn multiple ways to get to the freeway.
One complaint a lot of residents have is it seems to take forever to get to the I-25 freeway from town. Things get even more complicated when you consider there is usually some construction going on. From our Fort Collins apartments, the most direct route to I-25 is to go straight down Prospect. However, if you’re heading north to Wyoming, it is often quicker to take Mulberry. If you’re going south to Denver, take Harmony. And if you hate the traffic on Shields and Harmony, take Taft Hill to Trilby. Turn left on Trilby, right on College, then left on Carpenter and you’ll run into I-25 in no-time with little-to-no traffic on most days.
You can stay here for your entire life.
While you might not live in our Fort Collins apartments forever, you can definitely make Fort Collins a place to live during every stage of your life. The town is obviously great for college students thanks to Colorado State University. There is also a booming job market for all industries, making it perfect for working and living. Major industries in the area include health and medicine, education, technology, power and utilities, banking, hospitality, and more. Major employers include Banner Health, Anheuser Busch, FirstBank, Poudre School District, Hewlett-Packard, and Advanced Energy Industries. Fort Collins is also in a great school district if you have children and we have a large retirement community. Basically, you can go to grade school here, then attend CSU, enter the workforce, have children, send them to school, and happily retire all in one city.
You can have your pick of apartments, but be fast.
Fort Collins has apartments on seemingly every street, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to live in your first-choice at the drop of a hat. Take some time to research the best apartments in Fort Collins, contact the complex, and find out what you have to do to live there because some of them have waitlists or will give your unit to a renter who is ready to sign the lease.
Experience Fort Collins Living At Stone Creek
Stone Creek Apartments in Fort Collins are some of the best in town. With a heated saltwater pool, spacious floor plans, a pet-friendly policy, and close proximity to the CSU campus as well as some of the best dining and shopping in town, you’ll be feeling like a FoCo native in no time! Get in touch today to inquire about our available Fort Collins apartments for rent!