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Georgetown, CO - FAQs and Resources

Georgetown, CO is a close-knit mountain community with an intriguing mining history and wonderful access to hiking, biking, fishing, and skiing!

Aerial view of Historic Georgetown, Colorado - Victorian era historic mining town in Colorado
Aerial view of Historic Georgetown, CO from one of our real estate listings.

Why should I buy a home in Georgetown, CO?

If you're in search of the authentic mountain lifestyle, look no further than Georgetown, CO. From the charming historic district with delightful Victorian homes, restaurants, and shops to the lake on the other end of town, there's something for everyone. More on local restaurants, art galleries, breweries, shops, and other local businesses here.

What jobs are available in Georgetown, CO?

Georgetown's location makes it a popular home for employees of local ski areas and other outdoor-oriented businesses. Businesses in town are often hiring, and the Clear Creek County job postings are a good resource for local government positions. There are also opportunities for employment in neighboring towns such as Idaho Springs and Evergreen, as well as in nearby Summit County.

Georgetown train going over trestle between Georgetown, CO and Silver Plume, CO
The Georgetown Loop Railroad

What is there to do in Georgetown, CO?

Georgetown is an amazing home for outdoor enthusiasts! There's fishing / ice fishing, non-motorized boating, and ice skating on the lake; backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, rock climbing and camping on Guanella Pass; and downhill skiing at Loveland Ski Area (approximately 15 minutes away) - or just a bit further to the Summit County resorts. For adrenaline-seekers, the surrounding area offers a few zip line adventure parks and white water rafting.

The Georgetown Loop Railroad travels between Georgetown and nearby Silver Plume and draws tourists to the area with spectacular scenery along the route - a fall train ride is not to be missed! Georgetown has a rich history that's evident from a stroll around the historic district. With a number of museums and even a mining tour, it's easy to learn more about the area's history. There's several local parks, including a couple great playgrounds and a dog park.

Some of our favorite local events include the 4th of July celebration and the ever-popular Christmas Market - see a full event calendar here.

How far is it from Georgetown, CO to Denver?

Georgetown, CO is approximately an hour from Downtown Denver without traffic.

Bighorn sheep in Georgetown Colorado - Georgetown, CO bighorn sheep viewing

What kind of wildlife live in Georgetown, CO?

In addition to the wildlife usual to the Rocky Mountain region, Georgetown, CO is known for the bighorn sheep that skillfully navigate the rocky mountainsides around the area. (There's actually an annual Bighorn Sheep Festival!) This Parks and Wildlife resource is a helpful guide to coexisting with our local wildlife.

How much snow does Georgetown, CO get?

The average annual snowfall in Georgetown, CO is 105" - with snow generally falling anytime between September and June, according to the National Weather Service. The snowiest month historically is April, with an average of 20.9."

What's the elevation of Georgetown, CO?

The elevation of Georgetown, CO is 8526' above sea level, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

What is Georgetown, CO famous for?

The 1986 John Denver movie The Christmas Gift was filmed in Georgetown, CO and the surrounding scenery and downtown area are very recognizable in the film. Present-day local events often feature the Busy Bee Cab used in the movie!

Average home price in Georgetown, CO graph, Average home cost in Georgetown, CO stats, home prices in Georgetown, CO

What's the average home price in Georgetown, CO?

The average sold price of a single family home in Georgetown was $728,221 in 2022, according to REColorado data. That said, there is a mixture of values in the area, with home sales within the last few years ranging from the $300Ks for condo units to the $1M+ range for single family homes.

Can I find good internet in Georgetown, CO?

Yes! You absolutely can find internet speeds to rival those you'd find in the big city in Georgetown. Elsewhere in Clear Creek County, fast and reliable internet can be a challenge, especially as you get further away from the I-70 corridor. We are very familiar with internet options in various communities and we set our buyers up on a MLS search that specifically targets areas that meet their internet requirements.

Can I have an Airbnb in Georgetown, CO?

There are significant restrictions on eligibility for short-term rentals in Georgetown and a limited number of permits available - most parts of town currently have a waitlist for permits. We've seen rapid changes in these restrictions within the last few years throughout the entire mountain area and are happy to provide you with the most updated resources - just shoot us an email at!

Georgetown Lake is a destination for ice fishing, fishing, non-motorized boating, and ice skating
Georgetown Lake, a destination for fishing and non-motorized boating in the summer.

Can I have a tiny home in Georgetown, CO?

Within Georgetown city limits, land use restrictions and building standards vary by zoning district. The historic district in particular has very specific requirements and oversight to preserve the history of the area. Generally, land use restrictions in Georgetown and Clear Creek County mandate that a tiny home on wheels can only be occupied within a specific zoning district (mobile home park). In unincorporated Clear Creek County, tiny homes and manufactured homes generally must be constructed on a permanently engineered foundation. We're happy to chat with you about specifics and get you the most updated land use resources.

Is it expensive to build a home in Georgetown, CO?

There's a limited amount of new construction and in Georgetown, CO. Most of the remaining vacant land here requires extensive excavation for driveway access, water / sewer lines (or well / septic if you're outside of Georgetown proper), and the home site. We frequently work with buyers who are interested in building and we'd love to hear more about your vision and talk you through some of the major expenses and considerations.

Are wildfires a problem in Georgetown, CO?

We are considered a high risk wildfire zone so wildfire preparedness is important in our area. Clear Creek Fire is a good source of information. We'd suggest that you sign up for emergency notifications from CodeRed. From an insurance perspective, we have local resources who are familiar with wildfire risk and who can ensure you're properly covered.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you'd like to learn more about Georgetown!


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