Centennial Real Estate
Centennial, Co: Where Nature Meets Character
The proverbial hole-in-the-doughnut, Centennial CO’s gerrymandered-looking 30-square-mile tract was a hodgepodge of unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County, wrapped by Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and Aurora, when its residents finally voted to incorporate in 2000.
The result was a city that is three miles wide at the west end of its east-west expanse, then comes down to a connection point only a quarter-mile wide in its middle along I-25, and then fans out for miles east, with numerous sections that remain unincorporated, encapsulated within. Centennial homes offer near-ideal commuting distance into the Tech Center, Greenwood Plaza, Meridian, Inverness and other office campuses, which collectively employ more people today than downtown Denver does.
Long before it was a city, builders and their homebuyers favored Centennial real estate because of the character of the landscape – more of an undulating terrain that creates interesting streetscapes with cul-de-sacs and intervening gulches and arroyos, that are now laced with trail systems.
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Centennial Real Estate: Neighborhoods & Amenities
Centennial’s odd shape holds some assets, as well, including The Streets at SouthGlenn, a main-street-style makeover of its old Southglenn Mall; long sections of the High Line Canal Trail (one of the most popular recreational amenities in the Denver area); several huge parks operated by the well-respected South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, frontage along vast Cherry Creek State Park; and South Suburban Golf Course among some other courses.
As you head west along Arapahoe, you’ll pass Centennial’s civic center and Centennial Airport (a general aviation and business jet facility that’s not part of the city, but that’s a strong economic asset to the area); then past I-25 to dozens of neighborhoods further west, including Willow Creek, Homestead, Foxridge, Ridgeview Hills, Cherry Knolls, Arapahoe Highlands, Polo Run, and Arapahoe Estates – some more and some less expensive, but all a good contrast in price to the very expensive areas of Cherry Hills Village, directly north. Those neighborhoods, built out in the 1960s through 1980s, still possess a very attractive demeanor, and are well served by Arapahoe County Libraries, well respected Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools, and by lots of convenient shopping along Arapahoe, Dry Creek Road, and S. University.
On the far eastern edge of the city, just north of Parker, lie several neighborhoods that offered very expensive homes on large lots – two-acre and more – many with hilltop views of the Rockies that are hard to get from Denver’s flatter, heavily treed neighborhoods to the north.