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The Look and Lure of Castle Rock

POSTED July 30, 2019

Castle Rock, named for the prominent rock formation that overlooks the town and resembles a castle on a hill, was first settled in the 1870s. Ever since those early sojourners ventured here to look for gold, people have been moving to the Rock to take advantage of wide-open spaces, mountain vistas, friendly locals and the promise of a better life. 

Away from It All, and Close to Everything

For anyone working in the Mile High City, making your home 35 minutes from the urban hustle and bustle in a community like Crystal Valley offers the best of all worlds.

Crystal Valley lures former city dwellers to its rolling expanse giving them access to all the urban perks, without the downside of crowds, crime and congestion. Living in Castle Rock offers residents easy access to concerts and culture, traveling Broadway shows and major league sports match-ups, but in a community that feels like it’s away from it all. 

We like the fact that ranches and farms still surround the community, but with a reasonable commute to downtown Denver or the Tech Center. A performance by the world class classical Colorado Ballet, a play at the DCPA, or a tour through the Botanic Gardens is only 30 to 40 minutes north, and 30 minutes to the south, the Broadmoor World Arena and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center regularly draw visitors. Crystal Valley homeowners can be greet wildlife during the day and enjoy a sophisticated night on the town after dark! 

Others who have put down roots in Castle Rock who prefer to stay close to home, know that within five-minutes they can shop for groceries or high fashion, hear classic rock in the amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, attend a downtown street festival like the Winefest or watch an outdoor movie in Festival Park. 

Shopping, Dining and Recreation

While you can always find a Chick-Fil-A or McDonald’s to drive through, downtown Castle Rock offers a range of eateries that will tickle your palate from the Union Bistro to Scileppis’s and the long-standing B & B Cafe. And shopping options include antique stores, boutiques, The Outlets and convenient big box and home improvement stores.

And if you’re looking for something fun, active and entertaining to do, Crystal Valley has 600 acres of open space and miles of trails, and tons of playgrounds for kids and adults from the Pinnacle Park with climbing, sliding, sporting and swimming options to the Rhyolite and the Philip S. Miller Parks.


The Castle Rock Historical Society sponsors walking tours of historic Castle Rock, determined to keep the town’s history both preserved and accessible. The society hosts historical walking tours during the summer for anybody who wants to experience the fascinating histories of 150-year-old sites.  

The days when miners descended on the town to mine for gold (but discovered rhyolite instead putting Castle Rock on the map!) may be long gone. But Castle Rock will always be known for its delightful small town feel where people wave at one another on the streets, work hard to remember your name and look out for one another whether they just bet or are long-time friends.

Buying New in Crystal Valley

The master-planned community of Crystal Valley beckons residents from all over the U.S. with the amenities and conveniences of the good life. Building a brand new home in Castle Rock has benefits beyond being surrounded by nature and an easy commute. Explore the beautiful models and move-in ready homes from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton – ranch and two-story designs, priced from the $300s. 


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