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Commerce City Real Estate

commerce-city_325Commerce City, CO: Room To Grow

Feb. 27, 1995, was a game-changing moment for Commerce City, CO, the 26-square-mile city that follows the Platte River downstream north from the city of Denver. That was the evening when hundreds of jetliners made their last takeoffs from old Stapleton International Airport, some of them headed fifteen miles northeast to DIA, set to open the following morning – none of them ever to return to Stapleton. The old airport, discouraged residential development in a city that had always been dominated by commercial and industrial uses.

Now Commerce City is 20 years past the opening of the DIA freeway (Peña Boulevard), has seen its population more than double over the past decade, as homebuilders focus building east of the Platte, close to the newly created Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (where buffalo now roam, along with other Colorado plains fauna).

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Commerce City Real Estate

Commerce City Real Estate

Practically all of the new home and townhome opportunities are attractively priced compared to other metro areas – but have access to attractions that arrived in the wake of the airport’s departure, including Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on a 917-acre site north of the old runways, with an 18,000-seat home stadium for the Colorado Rapids soccer team and other events; along with new city offices. Commerce City residents also find new shopping at Shops at Northfield Stapleton, just across the Denver line on the old airport site, with dining/theater options in an outdoor ‘main street’ style layout.

Commerce City real estate is seeing a good deal of new development. New communities along E. 104th and E. 120th Avenue, including Shea Homes’ master planned Reunion development at Buckley and E. 120th, are now attracting their own infrastructure including newer schools and grocery shopping. You have to have lived in the area a very long time to remember the sound of jets passing over – they’re now well to the east.

Meanwhile, Commerce City is still home of refiner Suncor and other large industries along the river – but those have showed a good-citizen side after the closing of the old runways led to development of new trails along the river. With substantial support from those corporate citizens, Commerce City (along with Denver and Aurora) now boasts the Sand Creek Greenway – a 14-mile trail corridor that begins along Sand Creek’s confluence with the Platte, wraps the creek’s banks east to the old airport, passing newly created wildlife parks on its way east to Aurora. New trails, meanwhile, are pushing north into the arsenal refuge, and beyond. In Commerce City, where you could once see Boeings fly over at low altitude, you can now see bald eagles doing the same.