Lakewood, CO: Dozens of Exciting Residential Options
Lakewood, CO with a population 145,000, has long been at a disadvantage in gaining the spotlight that trendier Denver satellites enjoy: Incorporated as a city in 1969 when its mile-square Denver Federal Center was bringing new federal jobs to Colorado, Lakewood never possessed the stock of historic buildings that add character to towns like Littleton (incorporated 1890), Boulder (1871) and Golden (named Colorado capital in 1862). But Lakewood’s exceptional proximity to downtown (7 miles, less than a 10-minute drive) is generating new real estate opportunities within its diverse choice of neighborhoods – ones that are amplified by recent shopping and dining venues that give some of them a desirable “walk-to” appeal.
All of that has being amplified by the opening of RTD’s new West Rail Line from downtown’s Union Station, which bisects Lakewood along W. 13th Avenue and Dry Gulch on its way west to the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden.
The new line, with Lakewood stations at Sheridan Boulevard, Lamar Street, Wadsworth Blvd, Garrison Street, Oak Street, Federal Center and at Red Rocks College, creates a new sense of connectivity between trendy Denver city areas like Highlands and Sloan’s Lake west of downtown, and newly redeveloped sites five miles west on the vast Federal Center campus.
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St. Anthony Hospital campus, relocated west to the Federal Center from its historic site north of W. Colfax has brought new life into the Lakewood real estate market. The influx of high-paid medical professionals is already logged by Colorado Home Finder agents who serve venerable residential neighborhoods around the Federal Center like Green Mountain, Heritage West, Fox Hollow, Mountainview, and Lakewood’s newest and most impressive master-planned community, Solterra. The latter, with Tuscan-styled architecture wrapped by trails and recreation created by Canadian based developer Brookfield Residential, attracted the annual Denver Metro Parade of Homes in 2008, bringing million-dollar-plus custom homes along with new luxury-production designs by Cardel, Infinity Home Collection, Remington and other builders.
But those newest homes have the same locational advantages that the older Lakewood neighborhoods have always offered – including easy access to I-70 and U.S. 285 into the mountains; Jefferson County Schools that are now earning some of Colorado’s top ratings; and some of the Denver area’s best proximity to local recreation and mountain parks, including to Hayden Green Mountain Park (its trailheads lead from established Lakewood residential areas up to an easily obtainable summit that dates from the late Cretaceous and Tertiary geologic periods, offering a stunning view of the Denver area); Red Rocks Park (with its famous amphitheater and rock-n-roll museum, wrapped in 300 million year old Fountain Formation sentinels, five minutes west); Dinosaur Ridge (where the stegosaurus was discovered); and Mt. Falcon Park.