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Westminster

Westminster is a community of over 100,000 residents and 3,000 businesses and is centrally located between Denver and Boulder. Prime access to all the major arterials and HOV lanes in and out of Denver and the soon-to-be RTD Lightrail system with three commuter rail station makes Westminster easily accessible for all. Topping it off, the city was recently awarded top honors in an international competition, winning the LivCom Award for environmentally sensitive practices with regards to water and waste management, land use and protection. The city is home to three public school systems, over 2,000 acres of open space, 54 parks and over 40 miles in multipurpose outdoor trails. Additionally, it has one of the largest concentrations of retail development in the Denver area. Westminster is definitely a place where you can live, work and play.

Source: City of Westminster

Westminster Links

City of Westminster
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Adams County School District
Jefferson County School District

Lowry

Lowry, the once working Air Force base turned mixed-use community, is a newly developed urban area just East of Denver. With Quebec on the West, Eleventh Avenue on the North, Dayton Street on the East and Alameda Avenue on the South, Lowry creates a perfect pocket of new development within Denver city limits. When the Air Force base closed, Lowry developers envisioned taking the existing urban area and giving it new life. It was an enormous success. So big, that Lowry has been awarded the Governor’s Award for Smart Growth and has become a model nationwide for urban-infill projects. Take a walk through the three square-miles and you’ll see great homes and apartments, restaurants, shops and parks that create a fabulous local community all can enjoy.

Lowry Links

Lowry Community
Denver Public Schools

Littleton

The city of Littleton was named after a chief engineer in charge of developing Denver, Richard Sullivan Little. Little fell in love with the area south of Denver, but it wasn’t until the late 1800s when the Rio Grande reached the area that settlement began at a rapid pace. Today, this thriving suburb keeps its history at the forefront with the popular fourteen-acre Littleton Historical Museum. Visitors can experience living history through a working blacksmith shop, ice house and two farms. Even Littleton’s first schoolhouse is restored on the grounds. Other great amenities include revitalized downtown Littleton which has quaint shops, great food and cultural opportunities. Hudson Gardens, Aspen Grove outdoor mall and a ripe selection of parks, trails and open spaces are also offered throughout the city by the South Suburban Park and Recreation District. Additionally, families will experience the outstanding Littleton Public School system whose motto is “Big enough to serve you. Small enough to know you.” Although Littleton is only about 14-square miles and home to around 45,000 people, the city seems much larger since the city’s name is assigned to eleven zip codes to include many unincorporated communities west, east and south of the actual city limits. Littleton, a wonderfully crafted community, is an easy place to call home.

Courtesy of the City of Littleton

Littleton Links

Littleton Public Schools
Littleton Historical Museum
Aspen Grove
Historic Downtown Littleton
South Suburban Parks and Recreation

Lakewood

Lakewood, the largest city in Jefferson county and the fourth most populous in the state, didn’t officially become a city until 1969, however, the community had been in place for over 80 years. Nestled close to the Rocky Mountains, Lakewood is a prime location for easy access to the city or a quick escape to the mountains. Currently, Lakewood’s economy is diverse but the largest employers are government either through the school district or the Denver Federal Center. Also, Lakewood is home to Lakewood High School, ranked number one in the state by Newsweek. In recent years, the new development called Belmar has flourished creating a prime mix of residential, retail and cultural opportunities. This new “downtown” area has ignited an energy into the community as it continues to grow and prosper.

Courtesy of the City of Lakewood

Lakewood Links

Jefferson County Public Schools
City of Lakewood
Belmar

Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch, one of the strongest master planned communities in the United States, is conveniently located just south of Denver in Douglas County. Home to around 75,000 people, Highlands Ranch has become, in just over 20 years, a community with every amenity a homeowner could desire. Great shopping, diverse restaurants, a 42,000-square foot library, more than 70 miles of trails, 22 parks, and four community recreation centers. In fact, 85% of homes are within one quarter mile of a park, open space or trail. Recreational programs and architectural review are managed by a homeowner’s association, the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA) and the public schools are affiliated with the Douglas County School District. With quick access to highways, light rail stations and the Denver Technological Center, Highlands Ranch has it all.

Courtesy of the City of Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch Links

Highlands Ranch Community Association
Douglas County School District
Highlands Ranch Parks and Recreation

Highland

Highland, the thriving neighborhood that sits just up the hill west of Downtown Denver, has become the place to be for young urbanites wanting the convenience of city life without all the hustle and bustle. With the new pedestrian bridge connecting this community with the city, walking or biking into Downtown has never been easier. An eclectic mix of housing, corner groceries, family-owned cafes and shops surround you. Also prominent here are unique commercial districts with locally owned specialty retailers and restaurants. 32nd Ave., LoHi Marketplace, Tennyson Street, Upper 15th Street and the Navajo Arts District are the city blocks where you’ll find hip boutiques, art galleries, chic restaurants, and a variety of shops selling everything from flowers to gourmet chocolates. Highland demographics are just as unique as the area. The rich ethnic history including Italian, Irish, German and Mexican and the influx of young couples creates a neighborhood where there truly is something for everyone.

Highland Links

Highland Shopping
Denver Public Schools
Downtown Living
Denver Visitor Guide

Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village is just south of Denver. It was incorporated in 1950, but actually settled as far back as 1860. The area boasts more than 300 acres of parks and 100 acres of undeveloped open space. There are also 40 miles of walking and biking trails. The Denver Technological Center is in Greenwood Village, which attracts a huge array of businesses, restaurants, hotels, and retail shops. The DTC increases Greenwood Village’s daytime population from 13,000 to over 70,000 people. Greenwood Village features a large number of RTD light rail stations and Cherry Creek Schools.

Greenwood Village Links

Cherry Creek School District
City of Greenwood Village
Denver Technological Center
RTD

Golden

Golden, the city that lies along Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain foothills, was once the leading economic and political center of the entire region- the gateway between the mountains and the east. As early as the mid-1800s, Golden had already established the only paper mill west of Missouri, the first railroad into the Colorado mountains, Coors Brewery and several higher education institutions- one of them being the Colorado School of Mines which is still going strong today. Currently, Golden is home to around 20,000 people and many national and international businesses. It’s a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, known for some of the best mountain biking and rock climbing in all of Colorado. It’s easily accessible by I-70 and C-470 and is scheduled to be the endpoint of the West corridor in Denver’s FasTracks commuter rail network by 2013. Golden is part of the Jefferson County School District and Colorado’s oldest high school, Golden High. If you love the outdoors and a small town feel, Golden may be just the place for you.

Courtesy of the City of Golden

Golden Links

City of Golden
Jefferson County Schools
Coors Brewery

Englewood

Englewood, defined as a “wooded nook”, has been a major city just south of Denver since 1903. Named after its abundance of trees, Englewood was settled around the confluence of Little Dry Creek and the South Platte River. Since its conception, Englewood has placed emphasis on education, transportation and the arts. CityCenter Englewood, built on a struggling old shopping center site, is a national model for mixed-use transit-oriented development. Englewood Station (RTD’s light rail and bus transit hub) is an integral part of the development. Business development is happening at such a great rate that Englewood boasts more jobs and businesses per square mile than any other city in the Rocky Mountain region. Englewood also prides itself on its superior education and array of arts and entertainment opportunities. Multiple schools, including private and alternative give residents the best opportunity to receive quality education. And recently, the historic Gothic Theatre has been refurbished and operates as a successful entertainment venue. With such great growth in recent years Englewood has become a community with a small-town feel but big city amenities.

Courtesy of the City of Englewood

Englewood Links

Englewood Public Schools
City of Englewood
Parks and Recreation
Gothic Theatre

Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver, the tenth largest downtown in the U.S., is home to three sports venues, hundreds of restaurants, bars and brewpubs, several museums, galleries and shopping opportunities. If that isn’t enough, there are three college campuses, the second largest performing arts complex in the nation and the famous, pedestrian friendly, 16th Street Mall. But what truly sets Denver apart from other downtown areas is the 120-mile long mountain panorama that includes nearly 200 named peaks. There is nothing like watching a sunset from a roof-top restaurant in Denver.

A separate area of Downtown, called LoDo or Lower Downtown, is a hip 25-block mix-use urban neighborhood filled with offices, lofts and retail space. The once commercial and industrial area located where Denver was founded in 1858, was rehabilitated in the 90s once the Lower Downtown Historic District was created and tax incentives and grants attracted investors to the area. LoDo residents take advantage of the close proximity to all Denver has to offer.

Downtown Denver Links

LoDo Information
Denver Public Schools
Downtown Living
Center for Performing Arts
Denver Visitor Guide