In 1862, Lafayette and Mary Miller came to the front range of the Rocky Mountains. They first settled in a small community now known as Longmont, but made their permanent home in what is now the Lafayette real estate area. Mr. Miller died in 1877, leaving his wife to raise six small children on her own. Seven years later, in 1884, the richest vein of coal in the Boulder Valley was discovered on the Miller Ranch.
Mary Miller platted a 150-acre town site in 1888 and named it Lafayette, after her late husband. The town was incorporated in 1889 and continued to flourish for the next 50 years in an economy based on coal mining. When the coal industry declined, Lafayette relied on agriculture for its continuing prosperity. As Denver and Boulder grew, Lafayette real estate became increasingly popular.
Much of the early history of Lafayette remains. The Lafayette Register of Historic Places established in 1998 protects local structures, sites, or neighborhoods that represent distinctive examples of architecture, are associated with famous historic events or persons, or make a special contribution to the distinctive character of Lafayette.
Found in the southeast Boulder County, Lafayette is 18 miles north of Denver and 10 miles east of Boulder. It is close enough to these metro cities to enjoy the entertainment and amenities available there, but far enough away to keep a distinct home town feeling and quality of life. Lafayette is close to the Northwest Parkway and has direct access to Denver International Airport. New retail areas and commercial developments make Lafayette's future promising.
Lafayette offers a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities. The Bob L. Burger Recreation Center includes a gymnasium, racquetball courts, running track, dance studio, fitness atrium and 3-pool aquatics area with waterfalls and waterslide and an outdoor in-line skating area. Lafayette has 14 neighborhood parks. Waneka Lake has boat rentals, picnic facilities and a jogging-fitness trail and LaMont Does Park includes an outdoor swimming pool, picnic and play areas, tennis courts, and athletic fields. The championship Indian Peaks Golf Course, designed by Hale Irwin, is rated one of the finest golf courses in the nation by Golf Digest magazine.
Other points of interest in Lafayette include the YMCA with its indoor ice-skating/hockey rink, the Cultural Arts Center, Miner's Museum, Senior Center, Outdoor Classroom and Coal Creek/Rock Creek Corridor.
Lafayette, Colorado homes boast a pleasing variety, and are attractively maintained: Lafayette residents take great pride in their community. Well-kept neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, and carefully planned parks and open space form a transition between all the neighborhoods in Lafayette. Lafayette home prices range from $150,000 to $1,000,000+ with the average home price at $350,000.
Median Income: $72,281
Education: High School Graduates: 84%
College Graduates: 34%