Plenty of new housing in Lakewood means there’s no shortage of elegant homes.
Lakewood, sprawling right into the Denver foothills, really is a city of lakes (and ok, maybe not so much woods-this is the plains after all) but certainly trees. It seems there’s as much open space here as there are homes, and with 7,000 acres and 99 parks spanning the city, that might just be the case. Between an urban shopping district, million dollar hilltop-homes and quiet, suburban neighborhoods, unmatched amounts of open space and bike trails and a well-known school district, Lakewood offers up everything great in Colorado living.
City of Lakes and Open Space
Plenty of new housing in Lakewood means there’s no shortage of elegant and enormous homes. Larger homes in the area are clustered in distinct neighborhoods-usually within walking distance to one of Lakewood’s two golf courses or up against Green Mountain Open Space. Expect vast city views and wrap-around decks in these modern, well-appointed homes. Lakewood also offers a plethora of cozy, 1970s suburban homes, most in a combination of brick and siding, with fireplaces, walk-out basements and family-friendly floor-plans. Regardless of size or age, most houses here either back to open space or are within walking distance (because a large portion of Lakewood is built hillside, the city has numerous open-areas designated as drainage zones, thus housing there can never be built). Several close-to-home schools mean morning driving isn’t necessary for most, and, with so many schools in Lakewood, class size here is among the lowest in the Denver-metro area.
Lakewood lies at the entrance to the Rocky Mountains, so even most Denver residents make the 15 minute drive into Lakewood for hiking, biking and mountain recreation. The 2,500 acres of Bear Creek Lake State Park provide three lakes (boating, swimming and even wind-surfing and wakeboarding are favorites here), over 15 miles of bike trail, a horse stable and even a campground, along with impressive, 360� front range and city views. Green Mountain Open Space, surrounded on three sides by even more open space, offers 2,400 acres of land with biking and hiking trails for all abilities. What’s even more inspiring than the land is the view (at 6,800 feet, the summit of Green Mountain boasts stunning mountain views all the way to the Continental Divide).
Shopping in Lakewood is as fun as outdoor activity; the wallet-friendly but new and well-designed Colorado Mills Outlet Mall offers every store expected from a large mall, but does so with outlet pricing. Exceptional deals at favorites such as Gap, Limited, Victoria’s Secret and Nordstrom keep even budget-shoppers looking stylish. Belmar, Lakewood’s newest shopping area, is an urban, eclectic shopping destination, along with a place to work and live. Browse GUESS, Ann Taylor, New York & Company and Aeropostale, sooth aching feet at Zen Nails or indulge in spa tranquility at Vito Pino salon. Choose between extensive dining options, including Elephant Bar, Bakers Street Tavern and The Oven – and when you’re day is done, walk up a flight of stairs or down the block a bit to curl up in your trendy loft home.
Whether it’s rough and dirty mountain biking, a challenging game of golf or a relaxing day shopping and dining, Lakewood has its’ residents covered-and offers it all right next door to home.