The city of Golden is rated "exceptionally livable" by due to its low crime rate, high graduation rate, local amenities and stable housing market. A few of Golden's neighborhoods are Coal Creek, Downtown and School of Mines Area and Applewood. Coal Creek is a rural neighborhood that includes White Ranch Open Space Park and part of Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The atmosphere is quiet and there is not much crime. Downtown near the School of Mines is where you'll find most of the town's historic architecture and an abundance of local businesses within walking distance. Applewood is a well-established neighborhood made up of medium to large single-family homes and some townhomes. It is mostly owner-occupied and contains the Applewood Golf Course.

Hundreds of single-family homes, more than 100 vacant lots and some multi-family buildings are for sale in Golden, Colorado, although only a few townhouses and condominiums are available. The median home price in this town of 20,000 residents is $447,000. Many of the homes in Golden are historic, with mature landscaping and charming details, but there are many modern buildings and even brand new construction. Some of the newer developments have meandering roads, paved walking trails and large yards.

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