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Old 04-09-2007, 11:59 AM
 
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My family is considering a move to the Greeley/Windsor/Loveland area.
Can someone comment on the Water Valley Development and what it is like to live there? Is shopping nearby? How are the schools in the area? Are the people that live in Water Valley friendly?
Any information would be helpful.
Thank you.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:17 PM
 
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My wife and I visited the Fort Collins/Loveland area last week and really liked Windsor. The two neighborhoods that we were most fond of were Poudre Heights and Water Valley South.

Water Valley South is only a few minutes from Windor's main street which has plenty of small shops, restaurants and grocery stores. And it's only about 10-15 minutes from a huge new shopping complex (Centerra?) along the I25 south of Windsor.

From what we were told, the schools in Windsor are excellent compared to Colorado state-wide.

Can't comment on the friendliness of the people in Water Valley as both days we were there, it was snowing, so there weren't many people out.
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Old 04-21-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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Default I live in Windsor

They have a web site http://www.watervalley.com

Water Valley is on the southern end of Windsor, which is a former sugar-beet farming town turned Fort Collins suburb in the past 10-15 years. Water Valley is a mixed-use "village" with high and mid priced single family homes, apartments, and condos surrounding several man-made lakes, a golf course, a country club, and shopping all situated along the Cache La Poudre River. It's a quite well-done neighborhood, with most homes being valued far above the rest of Windsor. Lots of lakes, ponds, fountains, flowers, and landscaping. Homes that back up to a lake have a sandy beach in their backyard, and most have paddle boats or canoes for fishing. Motorized sports are not permitted, the lakes aren't *that* large.

Unfortunately, it is also in a flood plain, making all the homes in the Category X price range for flood insurance (which I highly recommend, because all the homes in Water Valley have sump pumps. The water table is just under the surface of the ground).

Poudre Heights is situated on a large hill overlooking the Poudre River and Water Valley.

Most of the commercial amenities in Windsor such as grocery stores, gas stations, library, high school, recreation center, drug stores, etc are on the north end of Windsor, away from Water Valley. However, there are several restaurants, day care, a convenience store/gas station, and a really nice park situated nearby. Most of Windsor's commercial development is occurring even further to the south on Highway 34, and includes several new car sales lots as well as medical/dental/real estate/office.

Windsor's high school is quite nice. It has a swimming pool and huge sports facilities including several tennis courts. The rec center doesn't yet have an indoor pool but the high school offers lap swim times and lessons until one is built.

There are several nice restaurants in Windsor. There's the Chimney Park Bistro and Okole Lua which are nice european and polynesian restaurants, respectively. I recommend breakfast at Caffe Victoria, she's one heck of a good baker. The Egg and I is also very tasty. Don't overlook the Firestation Restaurant, either, they make the best burger anywhere bar none. There are several Mexican restaurants that are quite good. There's also the usual fast-food fare you find just about anywhere.

Water Valley is bordered on the east by highway 257, which is the primary entry point for trucks service the Kodak plant and a Budweiser canning facility. Traffic noise isn't bad, but it will be even less if you don't live on the eastern side of Water Valley near that highway. There is a railroad track near just about anywhere you can live in Windsor, which used to serve the sugar factory, now it's more for lumber. Currently under construction in Water Valley is a Good Samaritan Senior Center, which will be about 4 stories tall on the SE edge of the community. A second country club and pool is also going to be built.

Anything you can't find in Windsor, you can find in either Greeley to the east or Fort Collins to the west. Both are less than 10 minutes drive and are university towns sporting some really unique and tasty eating establishments and clubs, as well as the standard Walmart, Target, Lowes, Sams Club, etc. The nearest movie theater to Windsor is 10 minutes drive, near I-25. The nearest ski town is about 1.5 hours drive but you can drive 45 minutes to get to open country/backpacking/hiking access.
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Old 11-15-2007, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Roseville, CA
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Default Poudre Heights

Is the Poudre Heights neighborhood nice? My husband and I were looking to move out there and have seen several homes online that we really like. We are planning to make a trip out there to poke around but want to narrow down our areas a bit first. Thanks
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:25 PM
 
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Windsor has really grown over the past couple of years like the rest of the front range, but I think it still has that small town feel to it. I have heard nothing but great things about the schools there. As far as people go I think in general people are friendly here but of course you are going to run into your bad eggs here and there. Crime is very low in Windsor and the town has a very clean appeal to it. Water Valley is considered to be a higher dollar subdivision to alot of people around here, but the prices range from high 100's to over a 500,000's. I just showed some clients several houses over in that area and I think you can get more for your money in other areas of Windsor. Since Windsor is not a large city your drive times will really not be a factor. You may also want to consider the Severence area. Kids there also go to school in Windsor and it is only about 10 minutes outside of Windsor.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Colorado
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Default Water Valley

Our family has lived in Water Valley since 2000. It is an amazing neighborhood and the people we have met are very friendly. The amenities are wonderful if that is your priority. As a homeowner you are able to use the walking/biking paths, lakes, and beaches. If you want to join the Pelican Lakes Country Club you can choose the level in which you want to participate. As a member you have access to the swimming pool (in season), Health Club & classes, sauna (in locker rooms) and golf.

I have had 3 children go through the shool system and have no complaints. They have had great experiences and are continuing their education.

Shopping is within minutes. You can go into town and have the choice of two large chain super markets. Centerra shopping center is just a short drive (about 8 minutes). There you will find wonderful restaurants, many specialty shops, movie theatre, as well as department stores.

I hope you find this helpful.
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