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Arvada | Community of the Month

A rich history, quiet tree-lined street, and a robust mix of businesses are a few defining characteristics of the thriving Arvada community. Located just northwest of Denver, Arvada is a community unlike most. Despite being one of Denver’s first-ring suburbs, it still manages to maintain its unique, small-town charm. Residents here take pride in their community. They work to build a diverse locale with a wonderful balance of entertainment, recreation, and economic opportunity. Because of this dedication, Arvada was even named one of 2017’s Top Ten Most Livable Cities in the U.S by 24/7 Wall St.

Arvada Gold Rush

Arvada’s claim to fame is the site of the first documented gold discovery in the Rocky Mountain region. On June 22nd, 1850, in a small stream near the mouth of Clear Creek, Lewis Ralston found about 1/4 ounce of gold, which was then worth about five dollars. His companions later named the stream Ralston’s Creek in his honor. However, Ralston did not stay to enjoy the spoils of his discovery but continued to the gold fields of California.

He later returned in 1858 with the Green Russell party in hopes of finding richer deposits. At the confluence of Clear Creek and Ralston Creek they did find gold, but not enough to make a profit. So, they started moving upstream. And at Gregory Gulch, they indeed struck gold with the famous find that started the Gold Rush of 1859.

The canals dug during the Gold Rush became invaluable to the agricultural future of Arvada. With the Colorado Central railroad reaching Arvada by 1870, there was an influx of people moving to the area. Benjamin Franklin Wadsworth was the leading citizen at the time and asked his wife to pick the name for their new community. She chose Arvada in honor of her brother-in-law Hiram Arvada Haskin. The town was officially plotted in 1870 with a population of 100 people.

Town Life

Today, Arvada encompasses nearly 23,000 acres and has a population of around 108,530. It’s also home to one of Colorado’s top twenty wealthiest zip codes. Three nearby interstates provide easy access to downtown Denver, DIA, and popular mountain communities. The area boasts a highly educated workforce, low crime rates, and an excellent quality of life.

Residents enjoy a unique array of amenities, including a historic downtown. Old Town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides and eclectic shopping and dining experience. Soon, it will be one of three area transit stops part of the metropolitan FasTracks light rail system which is currently under development. Arvada also boasts easy access to world-class research institutions including the University of Colorado and Colorado School of Mines.

Within the city limits there are three skate parks, three golf courses, 51 playgrounds, 29 undeveloped open spaces, and 653 acres of landscaped areas. The community is also home to an extensive trail system that connects residents to the larger regional trail system. It includes 125 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. And the park system includes 90+ neighborhood parks, one within a ten-minute walk of every residence in the community.

Arvada also takes pride in the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, which is one of the largest multi-disciplinary art and culture centers in the country. The Center offers everything from award-winning theater productions and concerts to educational classes for all ages. There are also year-round theater series and several art gallery exhibitions annually.

The ease of access to recreation, economic development, and exceptional quality of life in Arvada makes it one of the most attractive cities to live in the Centennial State.

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Harvey Park | Community of the Month

Harvey Park History

Harvey Park is a slice of suburb heaven sitting just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Denver. The area is brimming with mid-century modern charm, elevating it to the status of a true Denver gem.

Until the 1950’s, southwest Denver had remained largely rural. What was once undeveloped land, became a neighborhood overnight. Over the course of three years, around 4,000 homes were built in Harvey Park. They were built so quickly that for a time the community lacked basic amenities such as parks, streetlights, and schools. Harvey Park soon became inhabited with hard-working, blue collar workers. Some residents even grew their own food and raised chickens, a trend that carries on today.

About 450 homes in Harvey Park are from the mid-century modern era. Cliff May, a California contemporary architect, designed 170 of those 450 homes. These tract homes, also known as cookie-cutter homes, became widely popular in the 50s and 60s. Prospective buyers could tour a model home and then purchase a replica. There were only three color schemes to choose from and the homes featured open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling-windows, and private courtyards.

A Renewed Interest

Today, Harvey Park is quietly experiencing a resurgence. The neighborhood is still characterized by the brick, Ranch-style homes of the 50s and 60s, despite the newly constructed homes in the area. The coveted, yet affordable mid-century modern homes are a draw for Baby Boomers and Millennials alike. Not only is it the design that is attracting buyers, but the amount of outdoor space that accompanies these homes has major appeal as well.

Over the years, Harvey Park has become incredibly diverse. There are Spanish and Asian populations, young families, and people who have lived here their whole lives. But regardless of their diversities, all the residents seem to share a common appreciation and passion for preserving the mid-century modern charm of the neighborhood. Some people in the community are even looking to get either a historic designation for the neighborhood or for the Cliff May homes within it.

For those wanting to spend time outdoors, Harvey Park offers a significant amount of opportunity. The neighborhood takes its name from the park and two lakes in the center of the community. The park also includes a recreation center, an outdoor swimming pool, a sports field, and a K-8 school. On cloudless nights and warm weekends, the park is filled with everything from barbecues and birthdays, to loungers and strollers. Sanderson Gulch and Bear Creek trails connect Harvey Park to the South Platte Trail that will lead you straight downtown.

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Castle Pines | Community of the Month

It’s no secret that Colorado is brimming with picturesque mountainscapes, friendly neighborhoods, and endless entertainment opportunities. With such wonderful attributes, finding a great place to call home isn’t a difficult task. But even within these lovely communities, there are some places that rise above the rest. Truly encompassing the best of what Colorado has to offer, the city of Castle Pines is among those communities that shine a bit brighter.

Castle Pines | Community of the Month

Parks and Recreation

Castle Pines boasts some of the most beautiful parks not just in the state of Colorado, but in the country. Coyote Ridge Park and Elk Ridge Park are just two of the charming parks that call Castle Pines home. At Coyote Ridge, you will be greeted by breathtaking views and a pleasant atmosphere. Residents also have access numerous walking trails, a baseball field, picnic pavilions, a playground, and a skate park. Elk Ridge Park is the latest addition to the Castle Pines recreation facilities, and has many of the same features as Coyote Ridge such as walking trails and picnic pavilions. One of Elk Ridge’s unique attributes are fun, educational features that give facts about the history of Colorado. It also has a climbing wall, water fountain for children to play in, and art features.

Castle Pines is also home to one of Colorado’s most prestigious golf courses, The Ridge at Castle Pines North. The Ridge has four sets of tees that measure from 5,000 yards to more than 7,000 yards in length. And it has received both statewide and national recognition in various publications. Adding to the recreational opportunities, one of the largest parks in the Denver Mountain Park System sits just outside the city borders. Daniel’s Park is known for its bison herd, dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains, and historic buildings. Most of the park is a Bison preserve and natural area where visitors can view wildlife in their natural habitat.

Arts & Culture

On top of being a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Castle Pines is full of opportunities in the arts and those who are captivated by it. CPACF (Castle Pines Art & Cultural Foundation) is a proud supporter if the arts. They host the Missoula Children’s Theater as well as the Missoula Community Theater. And throughout the year they host several events for residents to enjoy. In the Fall, attend Fall in the Foothills, a celebration of the seasons. Here you’ll find food, music, education, and more that will bring residents together and puts a smile on their faces. And in the Spring residents gather for the Summer Solstice Fair.

 

Life in Castle Pines really offers the best of both worlds. The city of about 10,000 residents lies within the Front Range Urban Corridor and is considered part of the greater Denver metropolitan area. Living here you are only a short distance from all the amenities that Denver has to offer. But far enough away to have a genuine sense of Colorado living at its finest. When you call Castle Pines home, you’re close to some of the best winter ski resorts, hiking and nature trails, hunting, boating, golf, and so much more.

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Greenwood Village | Community of the Month

Making Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village is located just south of the Cherry Creek neighborhood and west of Cherry Creek State Park. 50 years ago, the Village was nothing more than land dotted with farms, dairies, gravel roads, and a population of just 500 people. Today, those rural elements have still managed to be preserved. The Village was named for the Greenwood Ranch and was developed during the 1860’s when settlers came looking for gold. What was once primarily a rural, farming community has developed into a dynamic blend of urban and residential areas.

By the early 1900’s, The Village was thriving with orchards of cherry, apple, apricot, plum, and pear trees. As time went on, the area became a mixture of farmers, suburbanites, and Denver residents who also owned “country homes”. By the 1950’s, many residents were concerned that creeping development was putting their pastoral lifestyle at risk. On September 8th, 1950, an election was held to incorporate the Village as a town. Nearly the entire population turned out and the vote was passed. The small rural community then became the Town of Greenwood Village.

Today, Greenwood Village offers some of the most diverse housing opportunities in metro Denver, from condominiums to magnificent luxury estates in gated enclaves showcasing outstanding amenities.

Greenwood Village | Community of the Month

Greenwood Village

Quality of Life & Culture

The community boasts a quality of life better than most of the rest of Colorado. A state with a quality of life already well above the rest of the nation. More than 70% of the people in Greenwood Village are permanent residents, a sign of a strong and stable community. The seven public and one private school in the area rank in the top 10% of Colorado schools. And the robbery and assault statistics are half the Colorado average.

People living affluent and progressive lifestyles dominate the Greenwood Village culture. The neighborhood offers residents the chance to take advantage of the outdoors, fine arts and theater shows, or spending time in high-class, contemporary dining and after-hours establishments. The area even has its own country club. The Glenmore Country Club is a high-end resort with a golf course, spa, fitness center, and three-star hotel.  Several areas within Greenwood Village provide panoramic views of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Residents of Greenwood Village enjoy access to numerous parks, in addition to an open space with miles of trails, and the High Line Canal. The area is just minutes from The Denver Tech Center, one of the finest and most expansive business campuses in the nation. Some of the nation’s largest companies are headquartered near the Greenwood Village area. And almost 25,000 people commute here every day for work.

Despite being a hub for business, Greenwood Village remains a small community with its own identity. And is one of the most desirable places to live in metro Denver’s southern corridor.

Greenwood Village | Community of the Month

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Denver’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

It’s common knowledge that living in a walkable neighborhood will do wonders for your physical health. But a pedestrian friendly neighborhood can have positive impacts on the environment, our wallets, and our communities as well.

In neighborhoods that are highly walkable, residents are more likely to visit and support local businesses, public parks, places of worship, or other businesses. Walking through their neighborhoods will also gives residents a sense of connection, thus helping them to feel more responsible for their communities. All of which helps spur local economic growth, decrease crime rates, and promote a happy community.

While Denver only ranks as the 16th most walkable large city in the US, many neighborhoods within Denver are considered a walker’s Paradise!

Capitol Hill

Walk Score: 92
Transit Score: 65
Bike Score: 90

Capitol Hill is a walker’s paradise! Everything you could need is right within walking distance. The Ogden Theater, The Bluebird, and The Fillmore Auditorium, some of Denver’s most popular music venues, are all within blocks of each other. Stroll down Colfax to some of the city’s best restaurants, dive bars, and shops while still being within walking distance to your home. To live in Capitol Hill is to immerse yourself in Denver’s hottest scene!

Denver's Most Walkable Neighborhoods | Capitol Hill

Denver’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Downtown

Walk Score: 91
Transit Score: 83
Bike Score: 93

Living and playing in Downtown will put you right in the center of the action. The urban location offers a mix of business, recreation, arts, fine dining, shopping, and much more. Whether you choose to walk, bike, bus, or light rail you will find that the destination is never too far. It’s even possible to live Downtown without a car to get you where you need to go! With over 696 restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in the area, residents can walk to an average of 38 of those amenities in just 5 minutes.

Denver's Most Walkable Neighborhoods | Downtown

Denver’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Five Points

Walk Score: 85
Transit Score: 70
Bike Score: 94

Once Five Points was known for its rough reputation. But recently the area experienced a resurgence in popularity, and now finds itself as one of the more desirable places to live in Denver. With Welton Street running through the heart of Five Points, you will find the hustle and bustle of 75 businesses including restaurants, barber shops, boutiques, salons, and even a radio station. The history and culture of one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods has helped to shape the lifestyle and personality that people in Denver are drawn to.

Denver's most Walkable Neighborhoods | Five Points

Denver’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Speer

Walk Score: 85
Transit Score: 55
Bike Score: 92

Not only is Speer one of Denver’s most walk-able and bike-able neighborhoods, but it is also considered a hidden gem in terms of nightlife among Denver’s hipster crowd. While it may not be the city’s most popular destination for bar-hopping, between the quirky boutiques, historic homes, and to-die-for eateries it is a wonderful place for a laid-back Sunday or casual night out with friends.

Denver's Most Walkable Neighborhoods | Speer

Denver’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Baker

Walk Score: 83
Transit Score: 60
Bike Score: 88

If you are looking for the perfect mix of a vibrant social scene and quality casual outings, you can count on Baker to cater to both. Denver’s Baker neighborhood (also known as South Broadway) is trendy, artsy, and eclectic. South Broadway is filled with quality tattoo shops, used books stores, local coffee shops, alternative music venues, dive bars, and vintage boutiques.

Denver's Most Walkable Neighborhoods | Baker

Denver’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Cherry Creek

Walk Score: 83
Transit Score: 49
Bike Score: 77

Cherry Creek is a pedestrian friendly place to see and be seen. It’s Denver’s premiere outdoor retail and dining neighborhood with an extensive collection of art galleries, independently owned boutiques, and international fashion brands. Spend a day walking through 16 charming blocks to find unique clothing, jewelry, home furnishings or art. The area even boasts the 22-mile Cherry Creek recreational path, excellent for the runner, biker, or casual walker.

Denver's Most Walkable Neighborhoods | Cherry Creek

Denver’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Congress Park

Walk Score: 72
Transit Score: 46
Bike Score: 87

Congress Park is popular for ease of access to Cherry Creek and Downtown. It is also located within 5 blocks of Cheesman Park, one of Denver’s most popular parks during warmer months, as well as the Denver Botanic Gardens. Its namesake, Congress Park, includes a baseball field, play-ground, and swimming pool. Because it’s borders sit along major city thoroughfares, there is no shortage of top-rated businesses including mouth-watering restaurants, cafes, and bakeries.

Denver's Most Walkable Neighborhoods | Congress Park

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Sloan’s Lake | Community of the Month

Sloan’s Lake History

Sloan’s Lake is widely thought of as an oasis near Denver. But Sloan’s Lake wasn’t always apart of Denver’s unique scenery. In 1861, Thomas M. Sloan dug a well with hopes to farm the land. Overnight, the well overflowed and flooded 200 acres. Thomas woke up the next morning to the beginnings of what would eventually be known as Sloan’s Lake.

The area quickly became an attraction to behold. People came on horseback to witness the phenomena and watch as water spread. It wasn’t until the establishment of Fort Logan, spurring the creation of Sheridan Boulevard, that development in the area truly began to take off. Increased traffic near the lake brought with it new residents and new ideas.

In the 1880’s, the concept of Manhattan Beach Resort was born. The resort set up shop on the north shore of Sloan’s Lake, drawing visitors from all over. Although it was abandoned in 1914, the resort was the first amusement park west of the Mississippi. Among other attractions, Manhattan Beach included a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, hot air balloon rides, wrestling bears, aerial acts, and boating rides.

 In 1892, the Poor Sisters of St. Francis opened the doors of St. Anthony’s Hospital to the community. At the time, the hospital only had 180 beds but was still able to provide healthcare to railroad workers and miners alike. The community around the hospital blossomed and the area came to be known as the West Side. As Denver grew, so did the hospital. By early 1990’s the hospital had grown to nearly 1 million square feet. Eventually, St. Anthony’s outgrew it’s 19-acre campus. Plans to build a new facility in Lakewood were announced in 2005, and the Sloan’s Lake location was shut down.

Present Day Sloan’s Lake

The south shore of Sloan’s Lake, once the site of St. Anthony’s Hospital, is being shaped into a sustainable urban neighborhood. Restaurants, breweries, housing, and a new Alamo Draft-house are all coming within the next few years. Placing Sloan’s Lake at the epicenter of an urban revival. Couple that with the quiet surroundings and easy access to downtown or the mountains, Sloan’s Lake is quickly becoming one of Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Sloan’s Lake and the surrounding park are second only to City Park in acreage. It’s a wonderful setting for walking, running, biking, or picnics. The lake also has its own marina for those who enjoy boating activities. And the views from Sloan’s lake are nothing short of spectacular. To the east, the Denver skyline lights up the sky. To the west, the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains are ever-present.

The community itself is very diverse. There are families that have lived here for generations, with a recent influx of young business professionals and transplants mixed in. Housing styles ranging from Victorian to contemporary duplexes, modern condos, and cozy bungalows give the neighborhood an eclectic vibe. Surrounding neighborhoods, Edgewater and the Highlands, are well-known for their boutique shopping and dining experiences, as well as their trendy nightlife scene.

For land-locked Denverites, Sloan’s Lake is truly an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Featured Community of the Month: Five Points

Resting on the northeast edge of downtown, wrapping around Coors Field and stretching along Welton Street lives Five Points; one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. In 1881, the area was dubbed Five Points for the five-way intersection of 26th, 27th, Washington and Welton Streets. Here you can find some of the oldest turn of the century homes in the city with block after block of beautiful Victorian homes with luxury lofts and new housing developments sprinkled in.

The community originated in the 1880’s as an upper-middle class neighborhood for professionals and business men. Residents were predominately German, Irish and Jewish. In the early 1900’s Five Points experienced a population shift and began growing into an African-American community. Many found work laying the track for railroad companies, while African-American doctors, lawyers and dentists also made their home in Five Points.

Being culturally rich has always been a staple of the Five Points area. It was once one of the best jazz hubs of the West and attracted many legends including Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. This reputation earned it the name “Harlem of the West”. Five Points is also home to the Black American West Museum located in the home of Colorado’s first African-American women doctor, Dr. Justina Ford.

Five Points is currently experiencing a resurgence of interest after years of dormancy. The community recently received a historical district designation and important buildings along Welton have received state preservation money for restoration. It’s close proximity to the city and landmarks such as Coors Field and City Park along with its rich cultural history make it a desirable location. While much of the area is still over due for a revitalization to preserve its history, it is still in a powerful position to become Denver’s next “it” neighborhood.