Lakewood, Colorado stretches up from Denver towards the Rocky Mountains, with a gradual incline into the foothill communities of Golden, Arvada and Morrison. Commuting into downtown Denver only takes a few minutes with the Denver Tech Center not much further than that. While there is no city center in Lakewood, there are many opportunities for leisure, outdoor activities, and fun pursuits for the whole family in this gigantic community west of Denver.
Skinny tires or fat tires? Lakewood features a network of paved bike paths as well as some more advanced terrain for mountain bikers like the trails that criss-cross Green Mountain and the Apex Trail on the west side of Lakewood. The foothills to the west are a world-class location for hiking and trail running. This expansive system of trails is good for walking, hiking, mountain biking and even the occasional picnic. There is also a system of developed trails for the skinny tire enthusiast including miles of paved bike trail along C-470.
There are many scenic pockets of Lakewood with cool lakes, lush parks, extensive greenbelts, and panoramic views of the Denver skyline, Great Plains and Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Go for a short walk or make it a long bike ride and you are sure to get some breathtaking views. Opportunities for golf are also plentiful with many tracks to choose from in Lakewood and within a few minutes outside of Lakewood. Public and private options include Lakewood Country Club, Pinehurst Country Club, Fox Hollow, Homestead, Bear Creek, Foothills, and Red Rocks Country Club just to name a few. Tucked in between the Fox Hollow Golf Course and the drag strip at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Bear Creek Lake Park and the Soda Lakes offer unparalleled recreation. The Soda Lakes are reserved for water skiing and throughout the park there are many developed camp sites and picnic areas. The area is ideal for company barbecues, family reunions, boating, cycling and running.
There are many opportunities for real estate investment in Lakewood, and your money goes a bit further once you get west of Sheridan Boulevard, away from downtown Denver and the South Platte River valley, towards the foothills. Although Lakewood has never been known for nightlife, this town has an atmosphere and culture that is independent of Denver. The number one employer in Lakewood is the Federal Center on Kipling with over 8,000 employees and contractors. Additional iconic places nearby include Colorado Mills Mall, Edgewater, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, and the world-famous Casa Bonita restaurant.
At 44 square miles, Lakewood is quite large and encompasses many neighborhoods. You might be familiar with names like Bear Creek, Green Mountain, Belmar Park, and Solterra to the west. There are many older homes sitting on coveted, large lots with panoramic mountain and city views. Some Lakewood residents have lived there for decades and they know a good thing when they see it. There is some new construction of course, but homes in Lakewood tend to be older, with large yards, mature trees, and stunning views.
Denver is growing quickly and Lakewood may be the next big thing. Many homes in Lakewood can still be purchased at a reasonable price, brought up to date, and then sold for profit. These are homes with good bones, solid brick construction, and some of the retro feel of the 60s and 70s. Commuters to Denver will love the immediate access and you can also be headed into the mountains to the west in mere minutes. This is a great location with a lot of potential, great possibilities for recreation and many activities for the whole family!