Denver is surrounded by suburbs like most major metropolitan areas. Some have great schools. Some are picturesque like living in a ski town. Some have the mansions and some are family friendly. But, how do you know which is which is which? There general summaries below or Click Here for a list of Denver’s Best Neighborhoods & suburbs.
As Interstate 25 goes south out of Denver proper, it travels along the southern suburbs. Greenwood Village and Cherry Hills Village are considered among the most affluent suburbs in Denver. These towns share the excellent Cherry Creek Schools with Centennial, Englewood and southern sections of Aurora. But, all of the these suburbs have excellent schools, low crime and lots of trails and open space. Littleton has its own excellent schools but parts of unincorporated Littleton attend the exceptional Jefferson County Schools.
Highlands Ranch is Denver’s largest planned community on the border between Douglas and Arapahoe counties. It attracts the highest percentage of relocation buyers because it resembles California-style developments has has excellent Douglas County Schools Castle Rock and Parker slow have excellent schools in Douglas County. These areas have suburban neighborhoods mixed in with more rural sections.
Lakewood and Westminster, Colorado are closest to Denver and have Jefferson County Schools. More of the homes here are older and built before 1980. But, not all. There are newer custom home communities in Lakewood too. And, Green Mountain in Lakewood is has sections with newer homes. Golden is due west on 6th Avenue about 15 minutes from Denver. It has an older downtown area near the Coors brewery and newer suburban areas surrounding it.
Evergreen, Morrison and Conifer are located in the nearby foothills and also share Jefferson County schools. These are Denver’s picturesque ‘mountain-like’ communities. They have gorgeous views and sometimes limited access to rural communities up dirt and gravel roads. But, there is upscale suburban living here too including a few gated communities, golf courses and planned communities. Some even have city water and sewer instead of well and septic tanks.
Aurora runs the entire length of Denver along its eastern border. The northern section of Aurora offers some of the most affordable homes in the Denver metro area. The central section of Aurora has the Aurora Mall and shares Aurora Public Schools with the northern section. Homes are generally built before 1980 in the central section of Aurora.
Newer, and yet still affordable homes are available in southern Aurora. That area utilizes Cherry Creek Schools and also has the new Broadlands Shopping Mall. Crime is low in these southern sections of Aurora including Saddle Rock, Tallyn’s Reach, Piney Creek, Sienna and Wheatlands. E-470 is the outer loop which is a toll road here. It offers easy access to The Denver Tech Center and the Airport.
Northwest of Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette and Louisville offer a variety of housing options on the US 36 highway corridor. The new Flat Irons Mall offers a wide variety of shopping and restaurant opportunities along with all the ‘big’ stores like Home Depot too. Downtown Boulder is a bustling college town with boutique shops and restaurants of all varieties too. Boulder itself is one the highest priced areas for homes because of the ‘limited growth’ policies of the City Council.
Thornton, Northglen, Brighton and Commerce City are affordable and pleasant middle-class neighborhoods. There is mixture of older neighborhoods and brand new communities here. Some of the schools in Brighton are well rated. Reunion is the newest planned community here by Shea homes and it utilizes some of the Brighton schools even though it is located in Commerce City.