I am not a CO native, but I do live in Evergreen. We absolutely love it here! I am in nursing school in Denver, and my husband works in Golden. I have worked as a CNA at various hospitals in the Denver metro area, of which there are many, so I've done various commutes.
If you want snow and wildlife, this is the perfect place. We have elk, deer, bears, and probably many other creatures that lurk about in the dark, unseen. Our neighborhood backs up against Arapahoe National Forest, where we hike, ski, mtn bike, and I am sure you can snowmobile. A lot of people in our neighborhood zip around on snowmobiles all winter, to get the mail, to drop off kids at the bus, to visit the neighbors, etc.
-It is very large. The north side is more developed, (north of downtown Evergreen and the lake) and is much closer to I-70 and Denver. The south side is rural and much less expensive. We live in south EG.
-The north side of Evergreen has more expensive homes (many in the millions). It has a really fun little downtown with galleries, cafes, shops, live music venues, a winery, and bars. There is also a gorgeous log community center right on the lake. We have numerous open space parks with trails, and two big rec centers with indoor pools, gym, spinning, a climbing wall, etc. We have three giant grocery stores, banks, and all of the services any larger town might have, minus the hideous strip malls and what I consider the ugliness of your basic bland suburban neighborhood.
-We got over 250 inches of snow last year. We skied in our backyard!
-The commute in winter time can be a challenge. It takes me easily an hour to get to the hospital, but we live in a far south west corner of Evergreen. People on the north side can be in Denver in 20 minutes. Our roads are not always plowed as early as I need to leave, so it has taken me longer than an hour. I have considered spending the night in Denver the night before a 12 hour shift, just to not have to worry about the morning drive, but I haven't yet.
-We have more than an acre, a beautiful new house, and awesome neighbors. I couldn't be happier, but I am not an urban city type of person. I love the altitude (9000 feet), the aspens, the clean air, and the characters that live near us.
If you want the name of our realtor, I would be happy to pass it on to you. It's a "buyer's market", with plenty of choices, and many bargains to be had. We moved here from Orange County, CA, so it seemed to us that the houses were being practically given away. I am sure you would have a similar feeling coming from Boston.
We rented a condo in Golden for about two months, so we could look for our house, and check out all of the surrounding towns. It would be hard to do from across the country.
Good luck with your move,