In 1907, the city of Frederick was renamed after the landowner, Frederick A. Clark, by his three daughters. It's uncertain if Freddy dearest was good at math, but if he were, he certainly would have fit in. Ninety-five percent of Frederick's current residents work in either a math or computer industry.
Almost directly north of Denver, this city, whose population hovers around 9,000 residents, is well known for its contribution to the math and computer world. Admittedly, it seems a little weird considering Frederick, formerly known as McKissick, started its life as a coal mining town. While the mines have since been shut down, the residents of Frederick still pay tribute to their mining heritage with a yearly Miner's Day Celebration. Their historical significance with the mines, and their dedication to math and computers makes Frederick unique. But that's not the only thing that sets Frederick apart. Frederick is also home to one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the United States.
Moving to Frederick
Buyers certainly will have an easier time than renters in this Colorado city. If you're not really looking to buy though, don't stress out just yet. Although renting is not common, it's also not unheard of. Most renters do, however, find much more luck looking for a condo, townhouse, or detached home. If you're looking for an apartment complex or one-bedroom apartments for rent in Frederick, then you may need to consider looking at neighboring communities.
Here Are Your Options
When you begin your apartment search, you'll soon find out that rental apartments are scarce. Some families do rent their homes or townhouses out, so renting is not impossible in this community. In fact, about 14 percent of Frederick residents are renters. You may have better luck going through a realtor to find a rental in the area. Keep in mind that many realtors keep normal business hours, so you may need to make yourself available during normal working hours to visit a potential rental.
New, New, New!
The good news for you is that your rental is almost sure to be new. Well, it's good news unless you like historic homes, in which case your search just got harder. If you want something new, you're in the right place. Most of the homes were built after 2000.
How to Prepare
Frederick locals take pride in their community and are cautious about who their neighbors are. Be prepared for a credit and background check before renting a place. You should also be ready to offer references as well. Although it does require potential renters to take a few extra steps, the whole process is really a good thing. You and/or your family will sleep well at night knowing that Frederick is considered a very safe place to live.
Frederick covers almost nine square miles in Colorado. This may not seem like a lot, but within that area there are quite a few neighborhoods to choose from. Although there is fairly easy access out of town, you should still consider your neighborhood carefully. People in Frederick tend to have longer commutes than the national average, and living on a particular side of town can shave off precious minutes of driving time.
Town Center: Living in Town Center gives you access to both Centennial Park and the Carbon Valley Recreation District. While Town Center is one of the more affordable neighborhoods in the area, rental prices are still higher than 80 percent of neighborhoods in Colorado. If you're looking to rent, however, this is probably one of your better bets in Frederick. Rents tend to be more affordable in this neighborhood with a higher selection than other areas.
County Road 13: Located on the northern side of Frederick, this neighborhood is not quite as pricey as some of the other neighborhood. It's still not necessarily cheap, considering it's still more expensive than 80 percent of neighborhoods in America.
First Street: The First Street and County Road 17 area is also an affordable option, well at least relatively for the Frederick community. The homes are typically larger than Town Center, but not quite as large as the Frontage Road area. There is a higher vacancy in this neighborhood, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's not a good place to live. Colorado tends to have seasonal residents, which could possibly account for the decent vacancy rate.
Frontage Road/County Road 20: If you're looking for a very nice neighborhood to live, you've found it here. This neighborhood suffered less during the economic crash than the rest of America and also happens to be one of wealthiest communities in the United States. But if you're looking for an apartment complex here, you may be out of luck. There are almost no other types of homes aside from single-family detached housing.
Living in Frederick
If you're living in Frederick, be prepared for a longer commute than average. Most residents have an average of 31 minute commute -- for you math folks, that's about five hours a week just sitting in your car. Most residents find it worth it though because they have other amenities close by.
On the weekends, residents enjoy eating at Georgia Boys BBQ Smokehouse or Hammer-Time Pizza. Eating and driving aren't only things to do in Frederick. In the spring and summer, locals enjoy golfing at the Bella Rosa Golf Course. If you're the type of person chasing your balls in the trees and the bunkers than the fairway, you may prefer packing a picnic basket and heading to the Big Fred Picnic Pavilion over golfing. Centennial Park is also a crowd favorite to watch the annual hot air balloon lift, Frederick in Flight.