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526 S 5th St. Berthoud, CO 80513

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Three-Story Detached Condos From the Mid $300’s E. Illif Ave. & S. Troy St. Aurora | 720.457.9390

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MARVELLA Luxury Single Family Homes From the Low $900’s E. Orchard & S. Olive Ct. Centennial | 303.468.2303

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LIV CITY CENTER Condominiums From the Low $200’s S. Blackhawk St. & E. Tennessee Ave. Aurora | 303.551.8434

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Derek Wright

PRESIDENT

Kevin Evans

PUBLISHER

Candi Thomas

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Erin Hayden Seal

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Cecile Adams

AREA DIRECTOR Jay Ashcroft

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CONTENT + PHOTOGRAPHY

Welcome to South Metro Denver

Open for Business

An introduction and overview of South Metro Denver and the cities within

An overview of the area's booming business climate including a list of the largest employers

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Excellence in Education

Staying Happy & Healthy

Information on the public school districts and many private schools in South Metro Denver

A variety of healthcare resources including area hospital and medical center information

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62 L i f e i n S o u t h M e t r o D e n ve r A look at South Metro Denver cities, communities and demographics

66 South Metro Denver Housing Market

74 South Metro Major Cities

92 Apartments & Condos

98 Active Adult Living

This is the Life

There is a lot of fun to be had in South Metro Denver. Here you'll find attractions for all ages 106 Arts & Attractions 114 Hotels

118 Sports & Outdoor Fun

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Shopping & Dining

Get Ready to Make the Move

There is a lot of fun to be had in South Metro Denver. Here you'll find attractions for all ages

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If you haven't moved here yet, we're guessing you will be soon. Here are tips to help make your move to South Metro Denver a smooth one

We would like to thank the following individuals, companies and organizations for their contributions to the publication: AMLI Ridgegate, Aspen Academy, Aspen Grove, Berkshire, Boondocks - Parker, Breckenridge Farm House Brewery, Chuck Hahn, City of Aurora, City of Centennial, City of Greenwood Village, Denver Broncos, John Ott, Littleton Public Schools, LoneTree Arts Center, P.A.C.E. Center, Raemi Vermiglio, RidgeGate, South Metro Denver Chamber, Terrain Castle Rock, V-Esprit, Visit Denver, Wings Over the Rockies

________________________________ The South Metro Denver Visitor & Relocation Guide is published and distributed annually by WEB Media Group. For advertising and business information please call Candi Thomas, 303-414-1490. ____________________________________ Although every attempt is made to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible, WEB Media Group is not responsible for any misprints, errors, omissions, deletions, or the accuracy of the information in the publication. WEB Media Group does not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this publication. ______________________________________ © WEB Media Group LLC 2019 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, or otherwise, without the written permission of the Publisher.


Built For The Strongest People We Know 8 hospitals. 1 health system.

If you have a health-related question and would like to speak to a nurse, we’re there for you. If you want to make an appointment with a physician, we’re there for you.

Just call 303-374-0777.

Or, visit HealthONEStrong.com to learn more about our services and hospitals.


WELCOME from

SOUTH METRO DENVER CHAMBER The South Metro Denver Chamber has humble beginnings and have not forgotten our roots. What began in 1921 as a small-town Chamber of Commerce has transformed to a key player in the South Metro Denver region as we are influential in 4 counties and 18 cities with over 700 businesses as members of our organization. We are ready to serve you. Our leadership and chamber staff has helped guide our business community constantly forward toward prosperity. Through our wide variety of events and subsequent collaboration you will meet and get to know other business leaders who can listen, bounce ideas back and forth, resolve issues, and find solutions to your business challenges. We are excited to partner with the Web Media Group for this edition of the South Metro Denver Visitor and Relocation Guide. Within this publication you will find everything you need to know about our area as well as our beautiful state of Colorado. There is no shortage of things to do and we hope that this guide assists you in experiencing everything great about our wonderful community. Our chamber is committed to our community as well as those that are looking for relocate to our area. Whether you are looking for a fun weekend, an extended stay or to become a permanent resident we are here to assist you. Please feel free to visit our website at www.bestchamber.com or call us at 303-795-0142. We welcome you to the South Metro Denver area!

Robert Golden President/CEO South Metro Denver Chamber

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Building Remarkable Relationships for a Thriving Business Community South Metro Denver Chamber is the catalyst for business growth and success. With a vibrant economic climate and culture, advocating on policy initiatives and providing influential business engagement opportunities for members – South Metro Denver Chamber provides value to our members and an environment for growth and prosperity. 2154 E. Commons Avenue Suite 363, Centennial, CO 80122 BESTCHAMBER.COM | 303.795.0142


WELCOME from

The GarageCondos As you begin to enjoy all four seasons here in Colorado, you might also appreciate the value of a larger, amenity-rich, private garage space. For those of us with outdoor sports equipment, collections, vehicles, hobbies or other space-consuming passions, having a place where we can work on that project, spread out our stuff or just organize and care for our treasures in a safe, secure and personal space is exciting, valuable and empowering. At GarageCondos, we choose to design and build facilities that go above and beyond mere utility and storage. Our customers love the idea of owning a bigger and better storage space. Set up for high-speed connectivity, each unit also has ample power, abundant lighting, hot running water and climate control. Wide drive aisles, large overhead doors, common area security, surveillance, compressed air and a commercial grade car vacuum, and of course the clubhouse with its kitchen, HDTV, WiFi, comfortable seating and areas for meeting, entertainment and recreation create a valuable community space that is way more than just storage. There is a Place Dynamic, as we refer to it, which is more than just the sum of an impressive list of amenities. The GarageCondos culture – that social aspect which makes the word “garage” a verb (and not merely a noun) starts with ownership itself. Through ownership, and really because of it, those who are fortunate enough to garage their valuables in a GarageCondos will care about the physical place. This consideration for not just their own private space, but for the overall facility translates and transcends to an overall respect and desire to participate in the GarageCondos™ community. We hope you make Colorado your new home and welcome the opportunity to empower your pursuit of happiness. Glenn Owner of The GarageCondos

303-518-2352 www.GarageCondos.com

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WHERE DO YOU GARAGE? AT GARAGECONDOS.COM™ WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE GARAGE - AND IT SHOWS.

A GarageCondos™ garage is more than just storage . . .

We build-in site amenities such as:

With power, light, climate control, water and convenient 24/7/365 access, a GarageCondo™ is the ideal place to keep and care for the vehicle you treasure and to pursue the hobbies and passions that bring you happiness.

✦ Wide drive aisles ✦ Water & wash-down areas

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✦ Air/Vac station ✦ RV Dump ✦ Common Area Restrooms

✦ Owners’ Private Clubhouse


WELCOME from

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AUTOMOTIVE

Come experience our Nice differenceŽ We invite you to visit any of the Christian Brothers Automotive locations serving the South Metro Denver area as you acclimate your life to your new surroundings. As owners of four South Metro Denver area locations, we know relocation first-hand. As couples we both own two stores in the Christian Brothers Automotive franchise and moved from Texas to seek the fabulous South Metro lifestyle. We chose Christian Brothers Automotive (CBA) because the company was founded with the simple idea: treat others as you wish to be treated. Thus, we have taken the wheel to deliver a completely different automotive repair experience. As couples in business together, we work side-by-side providing unique personal strengths and expertise to our stores, and have become close friends in the process. The Petersons opened their first store in Castle Rock in 2014. As a Certified Franchise Trainer, Steve served in that role when the Vowells opened their Parker store in 2015, resulting in a fast friendship. We supported each other when the Petersons opened their Lone Tree location in 2018, followed by the Vowell’s opening of South Parker in 2019. Together we also embody the CBA mindset through our dedicated service to our communities, working with local organizations to support those in need. As couples we have introduced the brand to all of the worthy organizations listed below, working alongside these groups in their endeavors to serve others. Additionally all four stores hold regular onsite service days, providing free oil changes and safety-issue repairs to those in need. We trust you will join us in making a difference in South Metro Denver and visit us for your required automotive maintenance and repairs!

Andrea & Steve Peterson Owners, Castle Rock: 303-814-7792 Owners, Lone Tree: 303-708-1315

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Sarah & Adam Vowell Owners, Parker: 720-593-9253 Owners, South Parker: 303-805-1950


Entrust Christian Brothers Automotive with your auto care and enjoy our Nice Difference ®. We are committed to going the extra mile for you and Entrust your vehicle. From an oil change to transmission Christian Brothers Automotive with your auto carereplacement, and enjoy our Nice Difference Wealways are committed to going thetransparency, extra mile for our core service values®.will be honesty and yougetting and youryou vehicle. an oil change to transmission replacement, backFrom on the road as quickly as possible. our core service values will always be honesty and transparency, getting you back on the road as quickly as possible.

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WELCOME from

THE LASZLO HOTEL The elegant Laszlo Hotel, located in the new West End on Mainstreet in picturesque Downtown Parker, is representative of the Casablanca era, with grandiose guest rooms, splendiferous service and on-site high-end dining restaurants. Our 51-room luxury boutique hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the Town of Parker’s creative arts district, treasured local history, and extensive trail network. The Laszlo overlooks a beautiful open promenade area, the future home of local boutique retailers and restaurants complimenting Colorado and Parker’s finest businesses. The Laszlo Hotel lobby is a gathering place for our visitors and the Parker community. Whether you are visiting to shop or to have a business meeting, you’ll enjoy Mainstreet Flower Market, Cannoli Café serving gourmet coffee & pastries, Victoria Marie Jewelers and Leffy’s Cigar Emporium. Beyond the lobby, The Laszlo offers banquet space for corporate and social events and the Casablanca hospitality suite for hotel guests and events. The Laszlo is where the party is, so make sure to join us and enjoy the Laszlo experience. The Laszlo Hotel offers our hotel guests and locals alike three unique dining experiences: Rick’s Prime Steak & Seafood serves a luxurious dining experience. Featuring Aspen Ridge USDA Prime natural beef, coastal seafood flown in daily and locally sourced ingredients. Rick’s is the place for a sumptuous meal and memorable evening. The Upper Deck Gourmet Burgers & Spirits is sure to please your palate. This second story venue offers incredible views from the 2500 square foot outdoor pergola covered patio, mounted TV’s, fire pit with sofas, and lots of outdoor dining. From every day to game day, enjoy a selection of local spirits and join the elevated culinary experience. The Upper Deck will feature monthly events and promotions so keep your eye out, you will not want to miss the party! Martini’s on the Half Shell is quintessential to the Laszlo lifestyle. Sip on a signature crafted cocktail from our legendary mixologist in this modern speak-easy, while enjoying the top floor views of the front range. This exclusive venue showcases a piano lounge, top shelf libations, fresh oysters and tempting hors d’oeurves. Martini’s on the Half Shell serves guests 21 years and older. The Laszlo team welcomes you to the South Metro Denver community and we look forward to providing you with an elevated Laszlo experience. Our team looks forward to welcoming you, Danielle Ozaluk, Director of Sales Alex Clawson, General Manager Candice Coleridge, Director of Restaurant Operations 16 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VISITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0


MARTINI’S ON THE HALF SHELL IS QUINTESSENTIAL TO THE LASZLO LIFESTYLE. SIP ON A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL FROM OUR LEAD MIXOLOGISTS IN THIS MODERN SPEAKEASY, WHILE ENJOYING THE TOP FLOOR VIEW OF THE FRONT RANGE. THIS EXCLUSIVE VENUE SHOWCASES A PIANO LOUNGE, TOP SHELF LIBATIONS, FRESH OYSTERS AND TEMPTING HORS D’OEUVRES.

RICK’S PRIME STEAK & SEAFOOD SERVES UP A LUXURIOUS DINNER EXPERIENCE. FEATURING ASPEN RIDGE USDA PRIME NATURAL BEEF, COASTAL SEAFOOD AND LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS, RICK’S IS THE PLACE FOR A SUMPTUOUS MEAL AND MEMORABLE EVENING.

THE UPPER DECK GOURMET BURGERS & SPIRITS IS SURE TO PLEASE YOUR PALATE. THIS SECOND STORY VENUE OFFERS INCREDIBLE VIEWS FROM THE 2500 SQUARE FOOT OUTDOOR PATIO. FROM EVERY DAY TO GAME DAY, ENJOY A SELECTION OF LOCAL SPIRITS AND JOIN IN THE ELEVATED CULINARY EXPERIENCE.

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» AN OVERVIEW OF SOUTH METRO DENVER

WELCOME TO

SOUTH METRO

DENVER Q UA L I T Y L I F E S T Y L E , B E S T O F B U S I N E S S , E N G A G I N G E N T E R TA I N M E N T AND SO MUCH MORE.

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Colorado has much to offer in the way of natural beauty. Snow-capped mountains dominate the landscape and provide breathtaking views far to the east on the Colorado plains, including from Denver and its surrounding areas.

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» AN OVERVIEW OF SOUTH METRO DENVER The state also has a pioneering spirit passed down from bygone generations of goldminers and homesteaders who first settled Denver and its surrounding areas. That rugged toughness is tempered with a friendly and optimistic attitude that welcomes visitors and newcomers.

Perhaps that positive outlook is a result of all the good things Denver and its suburbs to the south have going for them, including low crime, higher than average salaries, great opportunities for education and abundant access to health care. Or maybe it’s all that vitamin D: Colorado boasts more than 300 sunny days per year.

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Denver’s economy and business environment has enjoyed a boom for nearly the past decade, attracting a large influx of young transplants to the area. The areas surrounding Denver have benefitted from similar growth and prosperity, especially the south metro area, which is home to its own thriving business districts and a growing suburban population that values the outdoors, seeks active recreational pursuits, and focuses on health and wellbeing. Once you’ve spent time in South Metro Denver, you’ll have no problem finding numerous reasons to stay. Denver and the South Metro Denver area are frequently recognized by national surveys as a great place to live. The city was named by U.S. News & World Report as the second-best place to live among 100 metro areas in the United States based on quality of life, the local job market and people’s desire to live there.

Counties

The South Metro Denver area is made up of four counties: Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson. Arapahoe County is the state’s third largest county with a population of nearly 650,000 people living and working in 805 square miles of area ranging from urban to rural. Littleton is the county seat of Arapahoe County, which was named for the Arapaho Indians who occupied Colorado before it became a state. Arapahoe County includes the incorporated communities of Aurora, Bennett, Bow Mar, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Deer Trail, Englewood, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton and Sheridan. There are nine school districts within the county and more than 350 local improvement and special service districts. Arapahoe County offers a variety of attractive residential choices and a moderate cost of living. Residents enjoy excellent parks, greenbelts and trail systems,


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Denver, a consolidated city-county, is the 19th most populous city in the United States with a population estimated at around 716,000. In 2016, Denver was named the best place to live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Neighborhoods in the southern portion of Denver include University Park, Harvey Park and Southmoor. Douglas County is situated to the southeast of Denver and includes 843 square miles of land, much of which is dedicated to open space and recreation. Five incorporated municipalities make up Douglas County, including Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Larkspur, Lone Tree and Parker. Douglas County is recognized as being one of the friendliest communities

in Colorado and ranks as one of the happiest counties in the United States with low jobless rates and high health behavior rankings. More than 342,000 residents call Douglas County home.

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Douglas County recently was named the healthiest county in Colorado for the third consecutive year based on factors such as education, obesity rates, tobacco use, exercise and access to health care. Douglas County came in number one in the second annual U.S. News rankings of the Healthiest Communities in America. Metrics are based on health indicators such as cancer prevalence and obesity to crime rates and population living in poverty. To the west and southwest of Denver is Jefferson County, home to about 580,000 residents. The county includes 774 square miles of land. Communities in the southern portion of Jefferson County include Littleton, Lakewood and Ken Caryl. Once an agricultural and mining area, Jefferson County is now a thriving suburban, business, industrial, recreational and residential community whose residents make their homes everywhere from suburban communities to mountain tops.

Business Environment

At the heart of the business community in the south metro area is the Denver Tech Center, located along the I-25 corridor southeast of Denver. Established in the 1970s, the business and economic trading center includes 850 acres and 25 million square feet of buildings.


The tech center is home to several major businesses and its success during the past 40 years led city planners to connect the Denver Tech Center to downtown Denver with a light rail line. The south metro area is home to other business parks, including Inverness Business Park and Meridian Business Park. Primary industries in Arapahoe County are health care and social assistance, retail trade, and professional/ scientific/technology services. Nearby Centennial Airport provides convenient access for the south metro Denver business community. The general aviation airport supports 340,000 flights per year and generates over $1 billion in economic impact. Commercial airline service is also convenient for business travelers visiting the south metro area. Denver International Airport, the 5th busiest airport in the country and the 20th busiest airport in the world, was recently ranked as the top airport in the U.S.

Real Estate Environment

The strength of the south metro area’s economy is demonstrated by the pace of the real estate market in its cities and counties. The real estate market in the four counties making up the south metro area are considered very healthy based on home values, prevalence of foreclosures, negative equity and time on the market. Median home prices in the four counties range from $350,000 to $450,000, and home values in each of the counties have grown between 8 and 11 percent during the past year. Moderate growth rates of about 5 percent are predicted for the next year.

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Education

South Metro Denver is home to several excellent school districts and higher education institutions. The Cherry Creek School District, which serves communities in western Arapahoe County, is one of the highest achieving school districts with one of the best high school graduation rates in the state. The district educates 55,000 children at its 64 schools. Littleton Public Schools has about 15,000 students enrolled, and its three high schools are nationally recognized as top high schools in America. About 90 percent of its graduates indicate they are college-bound. Littleton’s schools consistently score among the top of students across the metro area on state assessments, and it is the only school district in the metro area to receive the Colorado Department of Education’s Accredited with Distinction rating each year it has been given. Douglas County School District is the state’s third-largest school district, serving more than 68,000 students in preschool through 12th grade. The district operates 91 schools and has a four-year graduation rate of 90.8 percent. The district’s concurrent enrollment partnership allows students to earn college credit while in high school and saves families an estimated $2.3 million in college expenses each year. Jeffco Public Schools has 157 schools and student enrollment of about 83,460. Eleven Jeffco high schools rank in U.S. News & World Report’s best high schools list and six Jeffco high schools were named to the Washington Post’s list of most


challenging high schools in the country. Denver Public Schools operates 162 schools in the City and County of Denver, student enrollment is about 81,438 . In addition, Arapahoe Community College offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs through campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock. The college has the lowest tuition among state-funded schools in Colorado.

Libraries The South Metro Denver area values and invests in its public library systems. The Jefferson County Public Library shares a diverse collection of more than 1.2 million items among its 10 libraries

and provides proactive outreach to citizens through a bookmobile, traveling children’s library and e-Train mobile computer-training lab. In addition, the system offers 6,000 classes each year covering topics from early literacy to computer and Internet training for adults. Douglas County maintains eight libraries and is the fourth-largest library system in the state. The county library system lends nearly 7 million books, DVDs, magazines, e-books and audiobooks each year, including more children’s materials than any other Colorado library. Arapahoe Libraries serves more than 250,000 people at eight library locations and is a major resource for elementary and high school students in

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Culture

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Sports and Recreation

Residents of Denver’s southern suburbs have exhibited a love for the outdoors and a passion for the active lifestyle. The area prides itself on extensive trail systems that support hiking, biking,

jogging and walking, as well as quality recreational facilities and programs that promote health and wellness. Denver area residents also love their sports teams. The city is one of 13 U.S. cities that are home to professional teams from all four major sports, giving residents opportunities year-round to cheer for the home team.

The Denver Broncos got their start in Denver during the 1960 season as a charter member of the American Football League. Although they finished last in their division during their inaugural season and did not have a winning season until 1973, the Broncos began to gain legitimacy with the development of the Orange Crush defense in

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With seven of the ten Colorado-based Fortune 500 companies located here and almost 30% of the state’s earnings originating here, it’s no wonder why South Denver is Colorado’s Corporate Capital.

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Household Income 77% of all households in South Denver bring home annual incomes exceeding $90,000. Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree are even slightly higher at more than $100,000. That’s a noticeably bigger payday than the median of South Metro Denver ($64,200) and Colorado itself ($59,400). 26 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VISITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

• For every 1 job created in South Denver, a total of 1.67 jobs is generated statewide. • For every $1 of wage earnings, a total of $1.54 earnings results statewide. • 23.1% (714,310) of Colorado jobs result from South Denver economic activity. • $32.78 billion (29.7%) of state earnings result from the SouthDenver economy (direct jobs, indirect jobs and induced effects).

In South Metro Denver: • For every 1 job created in South Denver, a total of 1.57 jobs is generated within the wider Metro Denver MSA.

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the late 1970s and the arrival of legendary quarterback John Elway in 1983. Since then, the Broncos have been a perennial contender, earning Super Bowl berths eight times and bringing home three championships—most recently Super Bowl 50. The Broncos are headquartered in Dove Valley in Arapahoe County, near Centennial airport. They play home games at Mile High Stadium in Denver, which seats more than 76,000 and has sold out for every Broncos home game since 2001. The Colorado Rockies are celebrating a quarter century of baseball in Denver. The team was created in 1993 as a Major League Baseball expansion franchise and played its first two seasons at the old Mile High Stadium before moving to its current home at 20th and Blake in Downtown Denver. The

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Rockies have reached the postseason four times and the World Series once. The Colorado Avalanche thrilled fans by bringing the city its first major league sports championship in 1996 after moving to Denver from Quebec. The Avs brought home a second Stanley Cup in 2001 and has won nine division championships during its time in Denver. The Avalanche play at Pepsi Center in Denver.

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Aerospace: Colorado comes in first place among the 50 states for private aerospace employment concentration. More than 21,090 people in Colorado are direct employees of the Aeronautical industry. Four military commands, eight major space contractors and more than 300 aerospace companies and suppliers call Colorado home. Aviation: Aviation companies in Colorado employ more than 20,140 workers, many at Denver International Airport and three reliever

WHERE IS SOUTH METRO DENVER? Home to Centennial Airport and the Denver Technological Center, South Metro Denver is surrounded by Sante Fe (HWY 85) to the west, Parker Rd. HWY 83) to the east, Hampden (HWY 285) to the north and Lincoln Ave to the south. With I-25 running through the heart of the area, access to Denver, Colorado Springs and the Colorado High Country make the area the perfect place to live, work and play.

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Denver

303-436-6000

DISH Network Satellite TV & Equipment

www.dish.com

Englewood

303-723-2959

United Airlines

www.united.com

Denver

303-780-5565

Wells Fargo Bank Financial Services

www.wellsfargo.com

Denver

303-863-4631

University of Denver

www.du.edu

Denver

303-871-2000

The Children's Hospital

www.childrenscolorado.org

Aurora

720-777-1234

IBM Corporation

www.ibm.com

Denver

303-773-5000

Univesity of Colorado Hospital Healthcare

www.uchealth.org

Aurora

720-848-0000

Oracle

www.oracle.com

Denver

303-334-4000

United Parcel Service Parcel Delivery

www.ups.com

Denver (Various Locations)

800-PICK-UPS

Comcast Corp.

www.xfinity.com

Englewood

303-930-2000

Frontier Airlines

www.flyfrontier.com

Denver

720-374-4200

Ball Corporation Aerospace

www.ball.com/aerospace/

Broomsfield

303-939-4000

MillerCoors Brewing Company Beverages

www.millercoors.com

Golden

303-277-2337

Xcel Energy Utilities

www.xcelenergy.com

Denver

800-895-4999

Avaya Telecommunications

www.avaya.com

Thornton

720-214-0107

MAJOR EMPLOYERS - SOUTH METRO DENVER REGION (RETAIL) King Soopers Inc. Grocery

www.kingsoopers.com

Denver

800-576-4377

Wal-Mart General Merchandise

www.walmart.com

Denver

303-222-7043

Safeway Inc. Grocery

www.safeway.com

Denver

877-723-3929

HealthOne Corporation Healthcare

www.healthonecares.com

Denver

303-788-2500

Qwest Communications

www.centurylink.com

Denver

303-296-2787

Lockheed Martin Corporation

www.lockheedmartin.com

Denver

303-430-2039

Exempla Healthcare - SCL Health

www.sclhealth.org

Denver

866-877-4325

Centura Healthcare

www.centura.org

Denver

303-290-6500

Kaiser Permanente Healthcare

www.healthy.kaiserpermanente.org

Denver

303-338-4545

Denver Health

www.denverhealth.org

Denver

303-436-6000

Target Corporation

www.target.com

Denver (Various Locations)

612-304-6073

DISH Network Satellite TV & Equipment

www.dish.com

Englewood

303-723-2959

United Airlines

www.united.com

Denver

303-780-5565

Wells Fargo Bank Financial Services

www.wellsfargo.com

Denver

303-863-4631

University of Denver

www.du.edu

Denver

303-871-2000

The Children's Hospital

www.childrenscolorado.org

Aurora

720-777-1234

IBM Corporation

www.ibm.com

Denver

303-773-5000

University of Colorado Hospital Healthcare

www.uchealth.org

Aurora

720-848-0000

Oracle

www.oracle.com

Denver

303-334-4000

United Parcel Service Parcel Delivery

www.ups.com

Denver (Various Locations)

800-PICK-UPS

Comcast Corporation

www.xfinity.com

Englewood

303-930-2000

Frontier Airlines

www.flyfrontier.com

Denver

720-374-4200

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BUSINESS AND ECONOMY companies, a major benefit to the region’s overall economic growth.

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Information Technology: Software: Small businesses dominate Colorado’s information technology software industry. Between the years 2016 and 2017 the IT-software industry in Colorado has experienced a 5.3 percent growth in employment. Currently there are 58,190 direct employees of the IT-software industry in the area.

Health and Wellness: The Denver Metro Area’s health industry grew at the amazing rate of 24.1 percent

between 2004 and 2017, making it one of the fastest growing in the U.S. 222,700 employees work for more than 21,160

Beverage Production: With 9,970 beverage production employees, and 240 beverage production companies the region has become the fourth-largest beverage production sectors in the nation. The beverage production industry ranks second in the nation for employment concentration out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States in 2017. 

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EDUCATION The state of Colorado and the city of Denver prioritize education, and it shows. The Denver metro region has one of the highest per-capita education levels in the United States.

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Of Denver’s adult population, 46.5 percent have graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher. And 91 percent have graduated from high school. A population this smart clearly understands the value of education and learning, from early childhood to old age.

districts. This history provided the foundation for the 20 highly rated metro Denver public school districts that serve over 500,000 area children today.

Students can choose from a variety of K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities that place an emphasis on preparation for the workforce of tomorrow.

The Denver area’s seven counties are home to 20 school districts, including seven in Adams County, seven in Arapahoe County, two in Boulder County, and one each in Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties.

In 2018, metro Colorado's high school graduation rate was more than 80.7 percent, and the completion rate—which includes students who participated in GED programs—was a total of 1,159 students. Denver’s roots in education began in 1859, the same year the city was founded. This is the year that the first private school was established. A few years later, the new territorial government created two public school

QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION IN DENVER

Public and private schools in Denver both provide excellent educational options for primary and secondary students in grades K-12. Students and their families choose from an education system with 20 public school districts and a number of private and parochial school systems. Other educational options for K-12 students include charter and magnet schools, international baccalaureate programs, and Montessori and WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 39


» EDUCATION IN SOUTH METRO DENVER English Primary schools. Individuals and organizations in Colorado can establish their own charter schools and curricula to meet special needs within established school districts. Charter schools receive approval from local school districts and funding from the local district and the state. Open enrollment is available at all metro Denver public schools, which allows students to attend school in the district of their choice. This flexible system allows parents to select schools that match each child’s individual needs. See the Public Schools listings for more information and resources.

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Denver K-12 Private Schools

There are many options for families seeking private school for their children. Nonpublic private, parochial and independent schools for pre-kindergarten (pre-K) through the 12th grade are numerous in the metro Denver area. In these schools students will find traditional classroom settings, innovative learning centers, accelerated programs and special college preparatory classes. Financial aid is offered at most private schools.

do accredit private schools. The Association of Colorado Independent Schools (www. acischools.com) accredits, supports and promotes independent schools in Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) lists these schools and provides some statistical information at www.cde. state. co.us. Accreditation by CDE does not include private schools; however, other organizations

Denver has a range of innovative charter schools that pursue unique strategies for teaching and learning. Charter schools are free, public schools that anyone can attend. The state has about 250 charter schools

Denver’s excellent private schools have an overall low enrollment due to the high quality of public schools throughout the region. See the Private Schools listings for more information and resources.

Denver Charter Schools

that serve approximately 120,000 students in Colorado, including metro, suburban and rural areas. The portion of students attending charter schools has steadily risen over the last decade. Total new enrollment represents about 13 percent of total public school enrollment. Charter schools do not require entrance tests or have admission criteria. They pride themselves on being nonsectarian and nonreligious. Like all metro Denver public schools, charters have open enrollment, meaning students living in one district can attend school in another district, as long as there is space.

PRIVATE SCHOOL RESOURCES Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) 1702 Sumac Avenue, Boulder, 80304 303-444-2201; www.acischools.com

Association of Christian Schools International 731 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, 80920 719-528-6906 or 800-367-0798; www.acsi.org

National Center for Education Statistics U.S. Dept. of Education 1990 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006 202-502-7300; nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch

National Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604; www.ncahlc.org

National Private School Association Group 10th Floor Lenox Towers, 3390 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326; www.npsag.com

National Association of Independent Schools 1129 20th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036 202-973-9700; www.nais.org

National Commission for Exceptional Schools (NCES) 4617 West County Road, Suite 2, Berthoud, 80513

Colorado Dept. of Education – Private Schools Resources 201 East Colfax Ave., # 300, Denver, 80203; 303-866-6964 www.cde.state.co.us/choice/nonpublic_resources.htm

www.nationalcommission.org

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Creative educators and parents are given more freedom to innovate in charter schools than they would have in traditional public schools. This allows educators to reach students whose needs are not met in the traditional public school system. It is important to note that charter schools are held up to the same standards as all other public schools. They must meet state and federal testing standards identical to those of other public schools. Local school districts approve charter schools, and funding is obtained from the local district and the state of Colorado. See the Charter Schools listing for more information and resources.

Colorado K-12 Standards And Testing

Colorado has high standards for K-12 education in the state. The Colorado Department of Education has developed tools to help identify and close achievement gaps. A good resource for parents is the department’s SchoolView portal (www. schoolview.org). Designed for parents, policymakers, and the general public, the site provides visibility into how well school districts and individual schools are meeting statewide academic standards. This allows parents to make informed choices about where to send their children in order to best meet their individual needs. Annual student testing is required of all Colorado students, in order to ensure students are meeting established knowledge levels expected for their grade level. This statewide testing is administered by the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) with the goal of ensuring students are meeting grade-level standards in mathematics, science, reading and writing. The test results provide an indication of student achievement in reading, writing, math and science as the students move from the third through the 10th grades. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is required to report CSAP results for the state and for each local school district. In order to maintain accreditation, schools must meet minimum CSAP standards. Refer to the SchoolView Portal

or to the CDE website at www.cde.state. co.us for more information on testing. See the Public Schools section for a listing of Denver area public school districts.

College Placement Tests

Colorado students excel in standard college entrance exams such as the American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Colorado colleges and universities use the ACT for the primary college entrance exam and it is required for all 11th grade students. In 2016, the average ACT score for Colorado students’ was 20.4 (the national average was 20.9). This disparity is most certainly related to Colorado’s universal testing requirement. Colorado is one of only three states that require all students— regardless of whether or not they plan to go to college—to take the ACT. Of the nearly 7,500 Colorado high school students who took the SAT in 2018, the average composite score was 980 and the national average is 1068. Colorado students consistently rank in the top 25 percent of the country for the highest ACT and SAT scores per 1,000 high school graduates.

A Long History Of Higher Education

Denver history of higher education goes back a long way, and some of the oldest universities in the western part of the country call Denver home. Consider the University of Denver. Established in 1864, it is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region. A number of other universities in the metro area were established as far back as the 19th century, including: Colorado State University (1870); Colorado School of Mines (1874); University of Colorado at Boulder (1876); and Regis University (1877). It speaks to Colorado’s appreciation for higher education that approximately 153,100 students are currently enrolled in four-year educational programs throughout the region. Additionally, Denver is home to 12 four-year public and private colleges and universities. Five

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AN OVERVIEW IN OF SOUTH SOUTH METRO METRO DENVER DENVER » EDUCATION DENVER SCHOOL DISTRICTS Aurora Public Schools Arapahoe County School District Adams-Arapahoe School District 28J 1085 Peoria St., Aurora, 80011 303-344-8060; www.aurorak12.org

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community colleges in the area have more than 20 campuses. Practical training is addressed at the area’s more than 300 vocational and technical schools, which provide a large network of workforce training and educational services to meet the training and employment needs of both students and area businesses. There are also several smaller colleges and technical and vocational schools with specialized programs. The Auraria Higher Education Center, located in the heart of downtown Denver, for example, has the largest concentration of students

in metro Denver. The 150-acre campus shared by the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College, and the Community College of Denver serve more than 38,000 students.

Something For Everyone!

Denver prioritizes educational choice. No matter what your educational preferences or goals, Denver has a comprehensive offering of outstanding public schools, specialized private schools, alternative education opportunities and a vast selection of higher education, technical and vocational options. Ready to learn?

Aurora Public Schools in Arapahoe County serves more than 40,000 students in 65 schools, including four preschools, 27 elementary schools, six middle schools, six P-8 / K-8 schools, one grades 6-12 academy, five comprehensive high schools, one online high school, three pilot schools, one vocational/technical college, one gifted and talented K—8 school, nine charter schools and one homeschool support program. It is one of the Denver area’s largest and most diverse school districts, with students from more than 130 countries who speak more than 160 languages. The district has innovative plans that include partnering with economic development, higher education, industry and workforce development to offer academic and career pathways in Arts and Communication; Business; Health Sciences and Science; Technology; Engineering; and Math at 18 schools. Cherry Creek School District 4700 S. Yosemite Street Greenwood Village, 80111; 303-773-1184; www.cherrycreekschools.org

CHARTER SCHOOL RESOURCES Charter schools are increasingly popular in Colorado and around the country as a whole. Charter schools are usually smaller and have greater parental involvement than traditional public schools. The educators at charter schools also tend to be trying unique and innovative educational strategies. Families interested in enrolling their children in a charter school should contact their local school district as soon as they know they will be relocating to Denver in order to meet enrollment deadlines common at many charter schools. The following list includes Denver-area charter school resources as well as a sampling of schools. Colorado Department of Education Schools of Choice Unit 1560 Broadway Suite 145 Denver, 80202 303-866- 3295 | www.cde.state.co.us/cdechart 42 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

Colorado League of Charter Schools 725 South Broadway, Suite 7 Denver, 80209 303-989-5356 | www.coloradoleague.org

The Odyssey School 8750 E. 28th Street Denver, 80238 303-316-3944 | www.odysseydenver.org


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Littleton Public School District offers The National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and a high school International Baccalaureate program. Their program is so distinct that more than 20% of its students live outside the LPS boundaries, and choose to open-enroll there.

The Cherry Creek School District is one of the Denver area’s largest. The district educates more than 55,791 children and serves over 300,000 residents in 108 square miles that spread across eight municipalities: Cherry Hills Village, Centennial, Foxfield, Glendale, Greenwood Village and portions of Aurora, Englewood and Denver. It is located in the southeast Denver metropolitan area. Cherry Creek School District students consistently score well above state averages on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) tests and above state and national averages on SAT and ACT exams. The district’s schools include: 43 elementary schools (K-5), 11 middle schools, 7 high schools, 1 alternative high school, 1 alternative middle school, one magnet school and one charter school. The district focuses on college and post-secondary preparedness and success by preparing students for success in college and other post-secondary options, including vocational education, the military, and the workforce. Douglas County School District 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, 80104 303-387-0100; www.dcsdk12.org Douglas County School District (DCSD) is the third largest school district in Colorado and 59th largest in the nation. The district serves 66,313 students, who attend: 48 elementary schools, 2 magnet schools, 9 middle schools, 9 high schools, 20 charter

schools, 5 alternative schools, 64 preschool locations, and 128 preschool sessions. The district employs 8,300 employees, of which more than 4,500 are licensed. The total district budget for the 2017-2018 school year was was $680,000,000 (Douglas County). The district has a concurrent enrollment program, in which high school students can get college credit for some higher-level classes, saving parents nearly $2.3 milllion (FY 2018-2019) in college expenses. DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver Metro Area. According to the Colorado Department of Education, the rates have risen steadily from 83.1% in 2010 to 90.8% in 2019. Annually, DCSD’s TCAP results outpace the state’s average in all grades and content areas. Jefferson County School District 1829 Denver West Drive, #27, Golden, 80401 303-982-6500; www.jeffcopublicschools.org The Jefferson County School District (“Jeffco”) serves Jefferson County and a portion of Broomfield County, making it the largest school district in Colorado. More than 86,000 students were enrolled in Jeffco schools in the 2017-2018 school year. Schools include 85 elementary schools, 17 middle schools, 17 high schools, 15 charter schools, nine option schools, two outdoor laboratory schools, and one online school. The district’s WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 43


AN OVERVIEW IN OF SOUTH SOUTH METRO METRO DENVER DENVER » EDUCATION wide variety of learning environments provides options for each student to have his or her unique needs met. The district’s programs have received national recognition, and its students and staff have received state and national honors. U.S. News & World Report ranks six Jeffco high schools in the top 50 schools in Colorado on their

2018 Best High Schools list: D'Evelyn (#3), Evergreen (#10), Ralston Valley (#22), Chatfield (#38), Jefferson Academy (#40), Bear Creek (#42). In 2014, 42 Jeffco schools received academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), with some Jeffco schools walking away with double awards. In 2018 thirty-five

HOME SCHOOL RESOURCES Homeschooling is yet another option for education, and there are plenty of homeschooling resources in the Denver area that will help parents make this decision. Colorado law requires that parents provide instruction for at least four hours each day, 172 days a year. Additionally, homeschooling curriculum must follow the same general requirements mandated for traditional academic programs in the state. A list of resources of both Denver- and nationally-based homeschooling organizations and resources follows. Christian Home Educators of Colorado | www.chec.org Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) is a non-profit Christian organization that promotes homeschooling that is Christ-centered, parentdirected and free of government control. The group provides information, resources and leadership to families involved in homeschooling their children. Colorado Department of Education | cde.state.co.us/choice/homeschool The Colorado Department of Education website has a resource section for homeschooling parents, including a copy of the laws associated with homeschooling; frequently asked questions about Colorado homeschooling; and a listing of homeschool support groups around the state. Homeschool Central/Homeschool Colorado | www.homeschoolcentral.com Homeschool Central is a national organization that provides online resources about homeschooling. It has been helping the homeschool community since 1996. The organization has a Colorado-specific site that offers information specific to the state, including resources for the metro Denver area. Homeschool Reporting | www.homeschoolreporting.com Homeschooling requires a fair amount of recordkeeping. This national resource helps families keep track of the required documents with a homeschool curriculum via its Homeschool Reporting Online solutions. Members pay an annual fee to record grades and track attendance, as well as determine standardized test scores, display portfolio activities, and record immunization records. The secure site even allows parents to generate transcripts immediately. 44 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

Jeffco schools earned 45 academic awards from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) based on 2016-17 CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) and PSAT 10 results. Littleton Public Schools 5776 S. Crocker Street, Littleton, 80120; 303-347-3300; www.littletonpublicschools.net Littleton Public Schools (LPS) is a premier school district located a few miles south of downtown Denver. Nationally known for academic excellence, LPS is the only school district in the Denver metro area to receive the Colorado Department of Education's highest accreditation rating eight times - every time it was awarded. LPS students consistently score among the top of all students across the metro area on state assessment tests. Eighty-five percent of LPS graduates indicate that they are bound for college or post-secondary education. Graduates also earn more than $40 million in college scholarships annually. All LPS high schools are nationally recognized; they have been featured in Newsweek’s “Top High Schools in America” and 5280’s “Top High Schools” in the Denver area. All three boast regional and state champions in athletics, academics, STEM and performing arts. LPS is a destination district for employees and families. The preferred choice for thousands of students in the area; more than 20 percent of LPS students live outside district boundaries and choose to open-enroll. With a student population of about 15,400, LPS in known for being “big enough to serve you, and small enough to know you.” LPS offers a comprehensive education from preschool through Grade 12, National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and a high school International Baccalaureate Programme. Leading the country in 21st century learning, more than 12,000 Chromebooks are used by LPS students every day. LPS serves 28 square miles and includes the majority of the city of Littleton, the town of Columbine Valley,


and portions of the municipalities of Bow Mar, Centennial, Greenwood Village and Englewood.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF SOUTH METRO DENVER Are you looking for a private school for the young learners in your life? Curious about what college prep resources might be available for families in south Denver? If you’re looking for the best in early childhood education through to senior high private schooling, there are multiple options available to you. Educational opportunities abound within the walls of these private schools located in the south Denver Metro Area: Arma Dei Academy 341 East Wildcat Reserve Parkway; Highlands Ranch, CO 80126; 303-346-4523 9941 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO 80124; 720-668-4668 www.armadeiacademy.org It is difficult to find a school that maintains excellent academic standards while building a strong biblical foundation. Arma Dei Academy provides both! Arma Dei Academy, located in Douglas County, serves students in Preschool through 8th grade with the mission to glorify God by providing an excellent classical Christian education founded upon a biblical worldview that equips students to live purposefully and intelligently in service to God and others. Arma Dei Academy raises the standards by training students to reason, discern and aspire. We aim to graduate students who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so in joyful submission to God. We strive to build a legacy of intelligent and thoughtful leaders

who will pursue a purposeful life marked by truth. Aspen Academy 5859 S University Blvd Greenwood Village, CO 80121; 303-346-3500 www.aspenacademy.org Aspen Academy is the premier independent school for academic, leadership and entrepreneurial development. Located in Denver, our 400 pre-k through 8th grade students exemplify our core values: be kind, do good, work hard and make the world a better place. With a focus on academic rigor, character and leadership development, and community strength and service, our small classes are led by exceptional faculty who offer a personalized approach to instruction. Since our inception, we have remained steadfastly focused on developing passionate, lifelong learners who graduate from our school empowered to be confident, curious and innovative. Aspen Academy runs on a three-legged stool with a focus on academic rigor, character and leadership development, and community strength and service. Founded in 2005 by three women, the school is one of the fastest-growing independent schools in the country and has earned the prestigious “Top Scoring School” in 2016 by AdvancED, the largest educational accreditation organization in the United States. “The foundation that you built in our daughter’s education was invaluable. I know that parents often struggle to see the path that each of are creating for our children while they are in the middle of it, but looking back, it’s pretty amazing. In addition to excelling in academics, the leadership skills she gained from Aspen are beyond expectations. Thank you for being such a significant part of our daughter’s education. You gave her the tools to shine as her true self now and into the future.” - Parent of Aspen Academy Alum At Aspen Academy, teachers strive to provide a whole-child approach to the

Arma Dei Academy raises the standards beyond what our culture expects by training students to reason, discern and aspire. • Biblical worldview • Academic excellence • Classical curriculum • Joyful learners • Character formation • Small class sizes • Cursive handwriting • Family chapel • Parent partnership • Countercultural

A classical Christian School in Douglas County K - 8th Grade Campus

341 East Wildcat Reserve Parkway Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

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Preschool Campus 9941 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO 80124

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AN OVERVIEW IN OF SOUTH SOUTH METRO METRO DENVER DENVER » EDUCATION learning environment – one that develops each child’s emotional, intellectual, social and physical being. Learn more at www.aspenacademy.org or reserve your space at an Open House today. Cherry Hills Christian School 3900 Grace Blvd. Highlands Ranch, 80126; 303-791-5500 www.cherryhillschristian.org Cherry Hills Christian School serves students in preschool through middle school. The school is located on the campus of Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, a southern suburb of Denver. The school is committed to honoring Christ by teaching, encouraging, training and grounding students in God’s truth within a dynamic, academic environment.

The school takes pride in challenging students to become lifelong learners, thinkers, inquisitors, and contributors. Colorado Academy has an innovative and rigorous curriculum, a variety of artistic and athletic programs, opportunities for advanced work, student-organized service, and unique programs for learning beyond the classroom. Grades preK – 12. Denver Christian School 3898 S. Teller Street Lakewood 80235; 303-733-2421 www.denverchristian.org

Colorado Academy 3800 South Pierce Street Denver, 80235; 303-986-1501 www.coloradoacademy.org

Denver Christian School offers an education that inspires and equips children of Christian parents to “see their world, themselves, and their calling through the lens of God’s redemptive vision for His creation.” The community helps students grow and ignite each child’s passion for learning. Small classes are fundamental to the school’s college preparatory mission. Grades preK – 12.

Colorado Academy is an independent college preparatory day school whose student body comes from over 70 zip codes in the Denver Metro Area.

Knowledge Beginnings - KLC 6000 W Grant Ranch Blvd Littleton 80123; 303-730-2568 www.kindercare.com

KinderCare Learning Centers focuses on working with young children to develop language development, social and emotional development, and creative expressions. This location of KinderCare/Knowledge Beginnings is conveniently located in Littleton. Learn more about the programs available by visiting the site listed above. Montessori School At Lone Tree 9396 Erminedale Dr Lone Tree 80124; 303-799-8540 www.montessoriatlonetree.com This Montessori school has been in operation for over 30 years, and touts an approach to education steeped in cooperation, collaboration, kindness, and a sense of purpose. This is one of the highest rated private schools in the area, and it’s a great representation of the Montessori namesake. Tours are available through the Montessori School at Lone Tree website. Front Range Christian School 6657 W Ottawa Ave, Littleton 80128 720-922-3269; www.frcs.org From preschool to senior high school, the Front Range Christian School offers a Christ-centered philosophy of educating youth. Elaborate athletics and fine arts programs work together to develop the child holistically, all the while fostering a love for knowledge and continual self improvement. The school is located at South Pierce Street and West Coal Mine Avenue in Littleton. Kent Denver School 4000 E Quincy Ave, Englewood 80113 303-770-7660; www.kentdenver.org The goal of a Kent Denver education is excellence in scholarship and character. The curriculum used at Kent Denver is custom-tailored for college preparation, and the passionate education professionals who work with Kent students are proud to be helping to produce the world’s next scientists, technicians, engineers, and mathematicians. Kent Denver typifies the outstanding STEM academy.

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St. Thomas More Parish School 7071 E Otero Ave, Englewood, 80112 303-770-0441, www.stmcatholic.org Located right at the intersection of E-470 and South Quebec Street, St. Thomas More Catholic School ascribes to a ‘One Faith, One School, One Family’ mentality. The faculty and staff at St. Thomas More Parish School guide students through education tracks that can be suited for missionary work, evangelism, or more traditional career paths. Little People's Landing Learning Center 122 Plaza Dr, Highlands Ranch, 80126 720-344-1804, www.littlepeopleslanding.com Little People’s Landing Learning Center says “Anchor your kids with us!” The LPLLC provides a wholesome, inclusive

preschool experience for young children, fostering creative expression, emotional development and support of social integration for all little ones. There are even special events like skiing, camping, fishing, and more! Regis Jesuit High School 6300 S Lewiston Way, Aurora, 80016 303-269-8000, www.regisjesuit.com A Catholic educational community, Regis Jesuit High School empowers young men and women to pursue their gifts and talents in a way that best serves the world around them. Developing critical minds and nurturing compassionate hearts are two key aspects to guiding the growth of the overall person. The school offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum administered by faculty and staff who are passionate about what they do.

HIGHER EDUCATION When the time comes to advance your education beyond high school, the collegiate world awaits with options suited for all types of career pursuits. Making a decision about which educational institution to apply to requires a lot of homework, so we’ve quick-listed a handful of some of the most prestigious higher education organizations in south Denver. Whether you’re wanting a trade certification or a doctoral degree, there is a south Denver school to meet your needs. Colorado Christian University Colorado Christian University is a premier interdenominational Christian college that serves the Colorado and eight-state Rocky Mountain region. CCU is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and is ranked in the top universities nationwide.

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» EDUCATION IN SOUTH METRO DENVER CCU offers more than 100 degree programs, including programs catering to both traditional and adult students through their College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult Graduate Studies. As a leader in higher education, the University was ranked in the top

two percent of colleges nationwide for their core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni – for the past five years. The college provides programs for accelerated learning, a 3+1 Duel Degree

program, and event partners with many high schools to allow for students to earn college-level credit through their duel credit program. For more information on Colorado Christian University visit www. ccu.edu. CU South - University of Colorado The University of Colorado has been providing the community with education since 1876. CU South Denver is the University of Colorado's only location that provides both programming and expertise from three CU campuses, including: Anschutz Medical Campus, Boulder and Denver. Their state-of-the-art facility has an art and natural history museum, technology-equipped class rooms and a very prestigious catering department.

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The University of Colorado South Denver is located in the southern part of the Denver metropolitan region. Because this area is home to home to 7 of the 10 Fortune 500 companies located in Colorado, it makes the location of the college ideal for millennials wanting to plant their feet in a community where they can live, work and receive their education all in one. The college has degree programs specializing in both professional and graduate education, as well as graduate certificates that can help students further their careers. Some of the universities additional offerings include mini-schools, workshops, speaker series, and also non-credit courses. Learn more about University of Colorado South Denver by visiting their website www.southdenver.cu.edu. Arapahoe Community College The Littleton campus of Arapahoe Community College sits on 51 acres of land that offers spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The library, bookstore, bursar’s office and all other administrative buildings are located with easy access to downtown Littleton, making ACC


Littleton campus a convenient place for Denver residents to get an education. The ACC Littleton campus consists of the Main Building, the Art and Design Center, the Church Street Building, and the North Building. You can view complete program details and more information about matriculating at ACC by visiting their website, located at www.arapahoe. edu/about-acc/locations/littleton. Students with young children will be glad to hear that Arapahoe Community College offers child care for the children of registered students. This service is provided at the North Building, where ACC hosts its award-winning child care center. All ACC students enjoy a world class education delivered by degreed professionals who are experts in their field of study. National American University National American University is a multistate institution of higher learning offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in online, on-campus and hybrid formats. The university also is a great resource to students in the South Metro Denver area. NAU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission with several programs separatley accredited or approved by national educational and professional associations. The University has many programs available and resources online for admissions and financial aid. For more information, visit their website www.national.edu. ...and there you have it - the top higher education organizations located in south Denver. Wherever your search for more education leads you, study hard and reap all the benefits that an education in south Denver can offer. 

10 TIPS FOR SUCCEEDING IN ONLINE SCHOOL Planning to obtain a degree online these days is not as unrealistic as it may seem. More often than not, students are finding work-school balance with the flexibility of online college courses that will help them get their degrees squared away. Here are some tips on making online school a success:

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Set goals that are reasonable: Make sure that you allocate enough time to complete all online assignments and making sure your classwork is turned in on time. Finish your work before its due: Working ahead of the plan is ideal, especially if you are needing some spare time to work on other coursework that may be in the pipeline. Know your strengths… and weaknesses: Be strategic in your class choices and take courses you know you can excel in, rather than struggle through tests and quizzes you may find difficult. Have a computer and required software: Not to mention, make sure all your technology is up to date. This is critical and will save you mounds of frustration. Participate: Check in frequently, ask questions of the professor – play an active roll and keep the motivation going. Have a clean workspace: Make sure your study-space is clutter-free and ready for you to focus on your work. Read the syllabus in advance: Knowing what to prepare yourself for in the future regarding the required workload for your class with help make future scheduling much easier. Use the school’s online resources: If the program offers plenty of extra perks to make your studies much easier, take full advantage. You’ll be surprised what you can find! Stay Motivated: Keep your brain in gear with what you are trying to accomplish so you don’t loose sight of your goal. You are almost to your online degree! Study time: Make sure you schedule enough of it, and think of making a schedule that you can stick to so that you are able to keep up with your studies. WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 49


STAYING HAPPY &

HEALTHY H E A LT H C A R E I N S O U T H METRO DENVER METRO AREA

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Colorado has a reputation for being a healthy state, with a lower-than-average obesity rate and residents who value an active lifestyle. That focus on health extends to the state’s health care system, which includes world-class health care facilities throughout the metro Denver area.

In the South Denver Metro Area, residents have access to award-winning hospitals and medical centers focused on providing preventive care and addressing specific health issues. Both Parker Adventist Hospital and Sky Ridge Medical Center are classified as high performing hospitals by U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of best hospitals. Craig Hospital in Englewood is nationally ranked in the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the country, and Porter Adventist Hospital in South Denver is nationally ranked in ear, nose and throat as well as orthopedics specialties. Hospitals in the area are incorporating the latest technology in the medical field to improve health outcomes and make treatments easier and more comfortable for patients. Littleton Adventist Hospital, for example, is the first hospital in Denver to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacements with the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System. At Sky Ridge Medical Center, two interventional catheterization labs offer top-notch care for cardiac patients, and the hospital’s cancer center offers chemotherapy plus radiation therapy via a highly precise, 3-D radiation system. Douglas County recently ranked as the healthiest county in Colorado based on health factors — including tobacco use, exercise and access to care — as well as health outcomes such as length and quality of life. The county has achieved the highest health ranking in the state two years in a row. A possible contributing factor to Douglas County’s high health ranking is the access residents have to preventive care. Nearly 77 percent of Douglas County residents reported they had a preventive care visit during the past year, according to the Colorado Health Report Card produced by

The Colorado Health Foundation and the Colorado Health Institute. Nearby Arapahoe County, which ranks as the 12th healthiest county in the state, also saw higher-thanaverage rates of preventive care visits at 71 percent, compared with all of Colorado, which had a 66.1 percent preventive visit rate, according to the report. Preventive care options are plentiful in the South Denver Metro Area, from primary care physicians to specialty practices, many of which have served the community for decades. For example, South Denver Cardiology Associates, a cardiac care specialist, has served the area through its growing practice since 1973. Residents in the area also have access to a wide range of urgent care facilities for those ailments that pop up outside of regular business hours but don’t warrant an ER visit.

Major Medical Centers AllHealth Network Multiple Locations 303-730-8858; www.allhealthnetwork.org

AllHealth Network provides mental health and substance use services to people of all ages. They offer individual, family, and group counseling, intensive outpatient (IOP) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services for substance use disorders, evidence based programs for individuals living with severe mental illness, medication management, pharmacy services, acute treatment, crisis services (including a 24/7 walk in center, 16-bed acute treatment unit & a 15-bed crisis stabilization unit), and disaster response. They are a not-for-profit private organization with more than 500 WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 51


» HEALTHCARE IN SOUTH METRO DENVER employees who wholeheartedly serve approximately 16,000 people each year at ten locations throughout Arapahoe and Douglas counties. They also have clinicians co-located in schools, jails, and with local law enforcement partners. AllHealth Network is a trusted family of mental health and substance use providers. Their warm, smart, compassionate clinicians (counselors, therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, case managers, nurses) offer a consistent model of clinical excellence with a focus on personalized goals for treatment. Whether this is your first call to seek services, a mental health emergency, or if you have been a client with us for years, AllHealth providers are here to serve you with an open heart and mind. AllHealth offers same day walk-in initial appointments in Littleton and Parker and 24/7 crisis care. As a large community mental health center, AllHealth Network

is able to offer mental health or substance use assessment appointments within 7 days of request. AllHealth Network will help you build social The AllHealth Network Walk-in Crisis center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide crisis evaluations for all ages. AllHealth Network has almost 200 clinicians working in various programs across our Network—20 of whom are trained in Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ to provide powerful conversation with clients who want to live freely and authentically. AllHealth Network’s highly skilled providers are trained in the latest, most effective, evidence-based practices with demonstrated outcomes. AllHealth Network offers co-occurring treatment for those dealing with both mental health and addiction. Most insurance plans accepted, including Medicaid, call 303-730-8858 for information, and to schedule an appointment

at any of their numerous Denver and surrounding area locations. AllHealth Network does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Castle Rock Adventist 2350 Meadows Blvd. Castle Rock, CO 80109; 720-455-5000; www.centura.org Castle Rock Adventist is a 50 bed acute care hospital with 24 emergency room services. Medical services include child birth, breast cancer and screening, orthopedics, rehabilitation and occupational therapy, heart and vascular care, stroke care and diabetes care among other medical services. Serving Castle Rock and Douglas County since 2011, residents have access to medical experts, compassionate medical care and relationship based nursing. Patient care is the number one priority and Castle Rock Adventist places their patients and families first.

FINDING A DOCTOR

Centennial Medical Plaza 14200 E. Arapahoe Road Centennial 80112; 303-699-3060; 24-Hour Emergency Care Line www.auroramed.com

Moving to a new city is exciting, but it also requires finding the grocery store you like, the schools your kids will attend – and the healthcare practitioners that fit the needs of your family. The following is a list of local and national physician resources, including the American Medical Association, where you can search for general practice physicians by location, specialty and more.

The Centennial Medical Plaza is an affiliate of The Medical Center of Aurora, and they are also part of the Rocky Mountain Hospital of Children. Here, children are treated by experienced board-certified physicians and nurses who are trained especially in pediatric care. Should a child need additional care, they would then be transferred to the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Centennial Medical Plaza is also the only emergency room in Centennial with board certified physicians 24/7. This allows for timely treatment of acute illnesses or injury without a trip to the hospital. In addition to their emergency room, the hospital also has a breast care center, day surgery, imaging services, infusion/transfusion center, observation unit, pharmacy and sleep lab.

American Medical Association: Resource for general health information, as well as a search function for local physician resources under the “Patients” tab of the site. www.ama-assn.org American Academy of Pediatrics: National website for children’s health resources; separate “Parenting Corner” website is a comprehensive site for health-related news, questions and other topics. www.aap.org www.healthychildren.org Colorado Medical Board: Listing of member physicians across the state, as well as information on general health resources; go to the “Find a License” tab to search by specialty or location. www.cphp.org/colorado-medical-board

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» HEALTHCARE IN SOUTH METRO DENVER Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Anschutz Medical Campus 13123 E 16th Avenue Aurora, CO 80045; 720-777-1234 www.childrenscolorado.org Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the nation’s leading and most expansive pediatric healthcare systems with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top ten children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including its locations on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and South Campus in Highlands Ranch. In 2019, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, opened as the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org.

Craig Hospital 3425 S. Clarkson Street Englewood 80113; 303-789-8000 www.craighospital.com Craig Hospital is known around the world as being a premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig Hospital has 93 beds and is both inpatient and outpatient. This nonprofit hospital offers acute short and long-term care. Located in Englewood, Colorado, the pride themselves on the fact that their patients are able to seek rehabilitation all while being given the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor surroundings, weather on the campus, in the city of Denver or in the nearby Rocky Mountains. Craig Hospital has been ranked in the "Top Ten Rehabilitations Hospitals" in the nation for 29 consecutive years by U.S. World Report since the rankings began in 1990. Littleton Adventist Hospital 7700 S. Broadway Littleton, 80122; 303-730-8900 www.centura.org/locations/ littleton-adventist-hospital

Littleton Adventist Hospital has been serving the south metro area for more than 20 years with a focus on strength, compassion, hope, innovation and expertise. Part of the Centura Health Network, Littleton Adventist Hospital works to provide patients with quality care and treatment. The hospital is also highly engaged in improving patient care by conducting clinical research through the Centura Health Research Center. Hospital teams specialize in services to include neurology, cardiology, orthopedics, women and children's services and more. Medical teams specialize in neurosciences, stroke, cancer care and women’s and children’s services. The hospital is home to a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Level II Trauma Center and a nationally accredited breast center. Littleton Adventist Hospital is the first hospital in Denver to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacements with the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System. The Medical Center of Aurora 1501 S. Potomac Street Aurora 80012; 303-695-2600 www.auroramed.com The Medical Center of Aurora is an acute care hospital that specializes in cardiovascular scare, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics and women's services. As the first community hospital in the Denver Metro Area, The Medical Center of Aurora is the first the receive two-time Magnet designations for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital is comprised of four campuses, located in Aurora and Centennial, Colorado. The Medical Center of Aurora has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report numerous times, and it is also the recipient of the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Care by the Emergency Nurses Association. The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.

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Expert care close to home.

Highlands Ranch Hospital is now open. Highlands Ranch Hospital now offers you care close to home: •

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Emergency care. Personalized care and Level III trauma certification.

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» HEALTHCARE IN SOUTH METRO DENVER Parker Adventist Hospital 9395 Crown Crest Boulevard Parker, 80138; 303-269-4000 www.centura.org/locations/ parker-adventist-hospital

SCL Health Saint Joseph Hospital Aurora 23770 E. Smoky Hill Road, Aurora, 80016 720-573-5045 www.sclhealth.org

Located at E-470 and Parker Road, Parker Adventist Hospital offers leading medical experts, cutting edge technology and a broad array of clinical service. Opened in 2004, Parker Adventist Hospital prides itself on a welcoming atmosphere providing patient-centered holistic care and a commitment to the community. Parker Hospital performs complex spine and brain surgery along with weight-loss and joint-replacement surgery, gastrointestinal and general surgery. Breast cancer care, endocrinology and neurology services are available. The hospital offers a Level II trauma center, treating all types of emergencies, and a primary stroke center. Care for high-risk pregnancies is available as well as a birthplace and Level III neonatal intensive care unit caring for babies born as early as 28 weeks. The hospital is also highly engaged in improving the patient care by conducting clinical research through the Centura Health Research Center.

SCL Health St. Joseph Hospital Littleton 8515 W. Coal Mine Avenue, Littleton, 80123, 720-573-5020 www.sclhealth.org SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. They relentlessly focus on delivering safe, high-quality, effective care to every patient, every time, everywhere. The hospital provides a tradition of healthcare that includes compassionate caregivers, stellar clinical expertise and active clinical partnerships with Kaiser Permanente, National Jewish Health and community physicians. Sky Ridge Medical Center 10101 RidgeGate Parkway Lone Tree, 80124; 720-225-1000 www.skyridgemedcenter.com Sky Ridge Medical Center is a full-service, destination hospital with a reputation for clinical excellence and world-class service. The hospital offers compassionate care through patient-centered programs, which include everything from adult and pediatric ERs and comprehensive cancer center, to a focus on pregnancy and childbirth and specialized care in its spine joint center. Sky Ridge focuses on implementing the latest technologies and equipment available. For example, cardiac services include two interventional catheterization labs. The cancer center offers chemotherapy plus radiation therapy via a highly precise, 3-D radiation system. Orthopedic services include care for spine, joints and sports injuries. Women's and children's services at Sky Ridge are extensive, too. The hospital’s Level II trauma center, with around-the-clock emergency care and orthopedic surgeons available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is ready to meet the demands of the community.

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Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Avenue Englewood, 80113; 303-788-5000 www.swedishhospital.com Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, part of the HealthONE system, serves as the Rocky Mountain region’s referral center for neurotrauma and as the region's first Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a recognized leader in the most advanced stroke care. A Level I trauma center, Swedish offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight-time winner of the NRC Health Consumer Choice Award. Swedish is an acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds and has been part of the south metro Denver area for more than 100 years. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,400 physicians. Medical services include adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/ neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology. UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital 1500 Park Central Drive Highlands Ranch, 80129; 720-516-1000 www.uchealth.org/hrh Two years ago, UCHealth broke ground on a new $375 million, 85,000 sq. ft. hospital. Now open, UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital and Medical Office Building serve one of the fastest growing areas in the country. A state-of-the-art facility, the new hospital includes 87 inpatient beds, a two-story cancer center, a birth center with a Level III NICU, and a procedure center that provides surgical, interventional, and endoscopy services. Specialty care located on the medical campus includes cancer care, cardiology, endocrinology, ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, OB/GYN, orthopedics, and vascular surgery. Working hand-in-hand with physicians practicing


in the community and the CU School of Medicine and the University of Colorado Cancer Center, UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital will give patients access to unprecedented health care.

Urgent Care Clinics

The South Denver Metro Area supports a wide variety of urgent care clinics for medical situations that occur after regular doctor office hours but don’t rise to the level of emergency room care. Urgent cares, which treat minor conditions, conduct imaging and perform blood tests, have grown in popularity during the past several years. According to the Urgent Care Association of America, urgent cares report an average of nearly 12,000 patient care visits per year, or three patient care visits per hour. Several independent and chain urgent cares serve the South Denver Metro Area. American Family Care (AFC), a national urgent care provider, has ten

locations in the Denver area, including one in Centennial and one in Englewood. OnPoint Urgent Care also offers several locations, including Aurora, Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch. Some urgent cares are associated with local hospital systems, such as Centura Health Emergency & Urgent Care, which offers standalone ER and urgent care services in Parker, Highlands Ranch and Lakewood. Many urgent care facilities also provide family medical services for flu shots, well visits and other offerings. 20 Mile Urgent Care in Parker, for example, is an independent urgent care that provides acute and chronic injury and illness care, performs school and sports physicals, manages chronic medical conditions and performs well child and woman exams. 20 Mile Urgent Care 11355 S. Parker Road, Parker, CO 80134, 720-974-7210

AFC Urgent Care 8006 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80112 , 303-816-3811 AfterOurs Urgent Care 101 W. Mineral Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120; 303-861-7878 Arapahoe Urgent Care 8671 S. Quebec Street, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130; 303-222-7149 CareNow Urgent Care 5990 S. University Boulevard, Greenwood Village, CO 80121; 720-446-5890 Castle Pines Urgent Care and Family Practice 7280 Lagae Road, Castle Pines, CO 80108; 303-814-0505 Centura Health Emergency & Urgent Care 9205 S. Broadway, Littleton, 303-649-3650

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WELCOME TO SOUTH METRO DENVER Developmental Pathways is a nonprofit agency supporting individuals with developmental disabilities or delays and their families. They are also the local Community Centered Board (CCB) for Arapahoe County, Douglas County, and the City of Aurora. Here in Colorado, a CCB is tasked with connecting folks who live in their designated area to the funding and support they need to thrive. They assist individuals in navigating the disability resource system, including attaining funding and services. Pathways opened its doors in 1964, a time when there wasn’t a blueprint for caring for people with developmental disabilities other than in institutions. They believed then, and continue to believe, that inclusion and opportunity should be available to everyone. There, the concept of home and community-based care started to take shape in tangible ways. Pathways began by locating residential options and launching programs to build as big and neurodiverse a community as possible. 54 years later, their methods are more sophisticated, but their aim is largely the same. They serve more than 7,000 people from birth to end of life. Pathways provides case management and programs specifically tailored to families’ needs. Their primary function is to connect people with the resources integral to their loved one’s care such as: direct care providers, respite opportunities, support groups, therapists, recreational activities, and more. They are fortunate that the disability service landscape has developed significantly since their origin and their community benefits from many partnerships. So, how does one get connected with them? It’s simple. Call their intake line at 303-858-2260 Still have questions? Check out their website for more details on programs, funding, and the process to getting care. www.DPColo.org

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Centura Health Emergency & Urgent Care 9949 S. Oswego, Suite 100, Parker, 80134; 303-925-4700 Founders Family Medicine and Urgent Care 4386 Trail Boss Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80104; 303-688-8666 Metro Urgent Care 2241 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80122; 720-274-0972 Metro Urgent Care 500 W. Hampden Avenue, Englewood, 80110; 720-262-4550 OnPoint Urgent Care 9137 S. Ridgeline Boulevard, Suite 100, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129; 303-330-0271 OnPoint Urgent Care 9695 S. Yosemite Street, Lone Tree, CO 80124; 720-255-2350 Rocky Mountain Urgent Care & Family Medicine 730 W. Hampden Avenue Suite 200, Englewood, CO 80110; 720-974-7464 Rocky Mountain Urgent Care & Family Medicine 20270 E. Smoky Hill Road, Centennial, CO 80015; 303-693-2000 UC Health Emergency Room 16990 Village Center Drive East, Parker, CO 80134; 303-805-3020

Advanced Facilities & Newest Centers Craig Hospital www.craighospital.org

Craig Hospital is a world-renowned, premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injuries. The hospital provides rehabilitation for spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries and offers services ranging from daily living skills and personal care training to


driver’s training and general health and wellness promotion. Craig Hospital has a remarkable atmosphere and culture that is casual but professional, active and upbeat. The 93-bed inpatient/outpatient, nonprofit hospital offers acute, short- and long-term care. Craig's Center for Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Research pursues cutting-edge neuroscience research on restorative therapies for central nervous system injuries. At any given time, multiple research trials are underway at the hospital. Craig has been ranked in the Top Ten Rehabilitation Hospitals in the nation for 29 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report since the rankings began in 1990. IMMUNOe Health Centers www.immunoehealth.com IMMUNOe Health Centers believes infections, genes, nutrition, lifestyle and environment can all affect the immune system’s ability to maintain total health and wellbeing, and that a strong immune system can fight off diseases, infections and all manner of illnesses. Rather than treat symptoms, IMMUNOe evaluates each trigger’s role in inflammation, activation and regulation of the immune system. The whole system approach enables the center to provide highly individualized immune system evaluation, early diagnosis and intervention, and understanding of the immune process. IMMUNOe believes early diagnosis and smart intervention using an integrated treatment approach can stop the progression of allergies to more serious disorders like asthma, autoimmune and immune-related diseases. For example, the center believes diagnosing the cause of a toddler’s eczema can prevent rhinitis, allergies and ultimately asthma as they get older. The center operates divisions focused on clinical research, immune rehabilitation, neuro immune therapy, immunology and allergy and asthma care. Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers www.rockymountaincancercenters.com Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Colorado’s largest and most

comprehensive provider of cancer care with 53 physicians, maintains several facilities in the metro area, including in Englewood, Littleton, Lone Tree, Parker and Castle Rock. Formed in 1992 by a group of independent medical oncology practices, RMCC is forward thinking and focused on best practice development, which has led to proven clinical and economic benefit for patients, employers and payers today. RMCC provides a coordinated, strategic approach to cancer care, which promotes optimal patient outcomes and survivorship through evidence-based measures. As part of US Oncology Research, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers was the recipient of the Highest Accruing Site Award, having more than 1,900 patients in clinical trials. RMCC’s patients have access to clinical trials in all major cancer types and it has played a role in more than 50 FDA approved cancer therapies, nearly one-third of all new cancer therapies approved. SpineOne Spine & Sport Medical Center www.spineone.com Back pain is a common problem that most people will experience at some point in their lives. Back, neck, and spine pain account for 30 percent of the doctor office visits each year, but the process of getting relief from back pain can often be long and complicated, involving various levels of referrals, appointment delays, imaging, and follow-up visits. SpineOne was built to offer a quicker solution by providing comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plans that provide relief with as little physical and emotional pain as possible. SpineOne’s evaluation and treatment plans are based on providing relief from pain and identifying and treating underlying causes, often using conservative therapies, nonsurgical options or minimally invasive treatments. Because everything is offered under one roof, patients do not need to worry about referrals, traveling to different locations, or delaying treatments. SpineOne has been providing Denver with back pain relief and specialist spine care for almost 20 years. 

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Prospective residents of the South Metro Denver area are in luck when it comes to finding a home that suits their needs. The four-county area offers a wide variety of home styles, price points and neighborhoods to suit any taste.

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» HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS In Jefferson County, you can buy a home in the forested mountains and enjoy Colorado’s rugged beauty up close every day. To the east, Arapahoe County extends into the state’s great plains, where you can choose to live in a rural community, perhaps on a quiet property with acreage. Near Downtown Denver and along Light Rail transit lines extending south, urban living options are abundant, with trendy lofts and flats located in areas that allow residents to live within steps of where they work and play. And in Douglas County, where horse properties abound, many communities strive for a small-town feel with the convenience of big-city amenities nearby. Arapahoe, Jefferson and Douglas counties are primarily suburban communities with an abundance of single-family homes and multi-family dwellings, including apartments and townhomes. Many of the neighborhoods in these counties are well

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established, dating back decades in areas, their home styles and neighborhood designs reflecting the transitioning architectural tastes throughout the past century. In south Denver, historic neighborhoods are prevalent, while in the suburbs of Araphaoe, Jefferson and Douglas counties, established neighborhoods coexist with brand new neighborhoods, including many new master-planned communities that developers are building with careful thought given to incorporating schools, retail, recreation and art.

Arapahoe County

Arapahoe County, located to the south and east of Denver, contains a wide variety of housing types. Areas near Denver are primarily suburban neighborhoods, with single family homes and multifamily dwellings dominating the area. Further to the east, Arapahoe County extends toward the plains and homes take on a more rural feel. Arapahoe County has many established neighborhoods with homes dating back several decades as well as new communities to the south and east. In 2016, Arapahoe County had a total of 246,700 housing units, 4.4 percent of which are vacant, less than half the statewide vacancy rate of 9.8 percent. The 64 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VISITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

County added 23,600 units between 2005 and 2016. Of the total housing units, 67 percent were in single-unit structures, 32 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 1 percent were mobile homes. Arapahoe County has fewer new homes than the state average; 19.0 percent of the housing units were built since 2000 compared to 23.5 percent for Colorado. However, 6.9 percent of the units built in Colorado in 2010 or later have been built in Arapahoe County.

Denver County

South Denver County also has a wide variety of housing styles ranging from urban near the downtown area to suburban further to the south. Many of the neighborhoods south of Denver date back 100 years and showcase the city’s transitioning styles, from bungalows to Victorian style houses, to new builds in some areas. Well-known communities in the southeast area of Denver include Cherry Creek, Washington Park and the Denver University neighborhoods. On the southwest side of the county are some of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, many of which are undergoing a renaissance due to development and remodeling.


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Douglas County includes a diverse mix of communities, ranging from established and even historical areas to brand new developments, as well as spacious horse properties and modern apartments. Douglas County, whose residents are largely commuters to Denver or Colorado Springs, is experiencing a population boom that is driving development of new communities throughout the county. The county’s total housing stock in 2017 was 120,580 units. Single-family detached houses accounted for 77 percent of that total. The incorporated cities and towns in Douglas County contain 42 percent of the total housing stock. Ninety-one percent of all housing units are located in the urban-designated areas of the county, which include the cities and towns, the Primary Urban Area which contains Highlands Ranch, and the Separated Urban Areas of The Pinery, Roxborough,

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and Castle Pines Village. Most of the housing in Douglas County is less than 20 years old, as 64 percent of the housing units were built after 1996.

to REColorado.com, demand was strong across all price ranges in 2018, with nearly every new listing and home that came on the market resulting in a sale.

The median price of all homes sold in Douglas County in the 2nd quarter of 2019 was $475,800. This included all newly built and existing single-family houses, townhouses, and condominiums sold in the 2nd quarter of 2019. The number of sales in the second quarter of 2019 have increased, and sit at a 2.7 percent year-over-year change. Median apartment rents in Douglas County averaged about 11 percent higher than rents in the seven-county metro area, reaching close to $2,411 per month in the second quarter of 2019. Apartment vacancy rates in Douglas County range from 5 to 11 percent.

Most activity occurred in the $200,000 to $500,000 price range. Sellers on average received 100 percent of their asking price in 2018.

Jefferson County

The median home value in Arapahoe County is $378,700. Arapahoe County home values have gone up 3.2 percent over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1 percent within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Arapahoe County is $242, which is lower than the Denver Metro average of $262. The median price of homes currently listed in Arapahoe County is $410,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $366,000. The median rent price in Arapahoe County is $2,000, which is lower than the Denver Metro median of $2,150.

Nestled against the foothills, Jefferson county offers varied housing options from suburban dwellings to mountaintop homes. The county is called the “Gateway to the Rockies” and offers both mountain and plains living options with easy access to all major highways, airports, Downtown Denver and the mountains. Jefferson County had 243,009 housing units within incorporated parts of the county and 77,000 housing units in unincorporated areas in 2018. The vacant housing rate was 5 percent, about half the state’s vacancy rate of 10 percent. The South Plains area of Jefferson County has continued to expand in population at a faster rate than other areas of the county.

Housing Market

The housing market in the Denver Metro Area is one of the hottest in the country. Zillow consistently ranks the area as one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, year after year. Denver’s housing market has been strong for several years and remained strong in 2018, with demand for homes continuing to outpace supply. According

Average home prices in the four counties that make up the South Metro Denver area varied in 2018. The average price for a home in Arapahoe County was $378,700 while the average price for a home in Douglas County was $490,000. Homes in Denver county had an average price of $421,500 and homes in Jefferson County averaged $428,400. Condo and townhome prices in the metro area were up over 10 percent in 2018.

The county’s housing market is considered very healthy, based on up to 10 metrics including those capturing the past and projected evolution of home values, the prevalence of foreclosures, foreclosure re-sales, negative equity and delinquency, as well as whether homes are currently selling faster or slower than in the past. The median home value in Denver is $422,700. Denver home values have gone up 2 percent over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.8 percent within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Denver is $382, which is higher than the Denver Metro average of $269. The median price of homes currently


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elderly and disabled on fixed incomes and working, low- to moderate-income families. The program is designed to preserve home ownership by offering a means for low-income residents to do necessary work without risking losing their home to unmanageable debt, and the program promotes stability, livability and value in neighborhoods by upgrading individual houses that are in disrepair or have not been maintained. The county also offers deferred, low-interest loans with affordable payment options for elderly, disabled or low-income residents to cover the cost of home rehabilitation. The loans are paid back when the home sells or is no longer the owner’s primary residence, and as loans are repaid, the funds are used to help other qualified homeowners. The Douglas County Housing Partnership is a multijurisdictional housing authority formed as a cooperative effort between businesses and local and county governments to address the lack of affordable housing for people who work in the area. The DCHP operates with financial support from the City of Lone Tree, the towns of Castle Rock and Parker, and Douglas County as a political subdivision and public corporation of the State of Colorado.


The DCHP’s Down Payment Assistance Program is a home ownership program that provides low- and moderate-income individuals and families the opportunity to purchase their first home in Douglas County. The DCHP allows individuals to borrow at a low interest rate, which increases their ability to make a purchase and helps bridge the gap between low wages and high housing costs. The DCHP serves approximately 515 clients annually.

Washington Park is a popular southern residential area anchored by a 155-acre park that includes two lakes, flower gardens, walking paths and expanses of green grass. University Park, near the University of Denver campus, is also a popular residential area that features

mature trees, quant shopping districts and a variety of home styles.

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Borrowers who meet the qualifications receive $15,000 toward the purchase price of the home for down payment assistance. This assistance is in the form of a traditional second mortgage where participants select a 30-year loan amortization with current interest rates at 3 percent. This creates a low monthly payment allowing income-qualified families to achieve the minimum requirement of a down payment on their first home, while making it affordable to them. Arapahoe County has teamed with Funding Partners to assist low- and moderate-income families and individuals with their first-time purchase of a home in Arapahoe County, excluding the City of Aurora, which has its own program. The program helps with down payments, closing costs and prepaid/escrows up to $10,000 in the form of a second mortgage loan with a low interest rate. The Denver Housing Authority also assists with housing for residents in need. The agency offers income-based subsidized housing, affordable housing options based on a flat rent amount per bedroom size, and market-rate housing with rents based on comparative market analysis.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT AREA & NEIGHBORHOOD A variety of neighborhoods make up the City and County of Denver. The city’s southern neighborhoods connect with and blend into cities in Arapahoe, Jefferson and Douglas County to the south.

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» HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS has the distinction of being Colorado’s first county and is the third-largest county in the state today with a total population of about 637,068. Spanning 850-square miles, the county is home to a wide variety of land and development types. The western part of the county is mostly urban, with residential, retail, office and industrial areas, while the eastern part of the county is primarily rural.

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Situated to the south and east of Denver, Arapahoe County supports a variety of housing options ranging from townhomes to modest starter homes to upscale dwellings. Arapahoe County prides itself on opportunities for its residents to enjoy the outdoors. The county maintains dozens of excellent parks, greenbelts and trail systems, and is home to five public golf courses as well as the Aurora and Cherry

Creek reservoirs, both of which offer recreational activities. City of Centennial 303-325-8000; www.centennialco.gov One of the newest counties in Colorado, Centennial was established in 2001. Located in the south metro Denver area, the City of Centennial is home to 110,277 residents. The city bills itself as one of the safest cities in Colorado with something for everyone to enjoy, including open spaces, distinctive recreational activities and advanced business opportunities. Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District are among the top school districts in the state and serve the residents of Centennial. The city strives to foster healthy living through various recreation opportunities, including two public golf courses and a disc golf course, a BMX track, a miniature golf course, and a nature center. The City is known as an innovative leader in successfully using both public and private partnerships to provide high quality and cost effective municipal services to the community and businesses.

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plains, is evident in Douglas County. In 1861, the Colorado Territorial Session Laws created Douglas County, which originally stretched from the Rockies to the State of Kansas border. Today, the county’s strength, as the centerpiece of the Denver/Colorado Springs development corridor, is a blend of quality lifestyle and business environment. The County is approximately 843 square miles, of which 48,741 acres are permanently protected land through the Douglas County Open Space Program. Recreational areas include more than 146,000 acres of Pike National Forest, Roxborough State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park and the Chatfield State Recreation Area. Douglas County is recognized for being one of the most family friendly communities in Colorado, offering a quality of life unmatched elsewhere in the state. For the second year in a row, Douglas County ranks in the top ten happiest counties in the United States. Douglas County’s jobless rate is the lowest in Metro Denver at 2.5 percent, and the county ranked No. 1 in Colorado for overall health behavior for the sixth consecutive year. Douglas County has ranked as a top Digital County in the U.S. Specifically the


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Jefferson County

Once an agricultural and mining area, Jefferson County is a now a thriving suburban, business, industrial, recreational and residential community. The county, formally organized in 1861 by the Colorado Territorial Legislature, takes the name of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.

Bow Mar 303-794-6065; www.colorado.gov/ townofbowmar Incorporated in 1958, the Town of Bow Mar is a Colorado Statutory Town, with a population of about 900 and an area just under one square mile. The Town lies in Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties, 12 miles from Downtown Denver. Bow Mar is composed of about 300 single-family homes on acre lots, open space, and a private recreational lake.

Bow Mar prides itself on providing a quiet country setting with open space and expansive views plus a friendly and fun family-oriented community with year-round recreational and social activities and clubs. Golden 303-384-8000; www.cityofgolden.net Golden is the last major stop before climbing to the top of the Continental Divide and is nestled between two volcanic mesas and against the foothills

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Jefferson County has worked to create a delicate balance between that past while supporting a thriving business community and providing for safe neighborhoods. Outdoor lovers have many Jefferson County Open Space Parks, three national forests and two state parks from which to choose.

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Jefferson County is the fourth-largest county in Colorado with nearly 580,000 residents. Its citizens make their homes on mountain tops as well as in suburban communities. The county has a first-class public school system, Jefferson County R-1 School District. Residents have access to at least a dozen institutions of higher education.

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headquarters. The company created the Ken-Caryl Ranch Corporation, headed by developer Dennis Carruth, as a whollyowned subsidiary to develop and manage the Ranch in 1974.

Golden is proud to be home to ten museums, including The Astor House, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, and Buffalo Bill's Gravesite and Museum. Dinosaur Ridge, a world-renowned geological and paleontological outdoor museum containing more than a hundred dinosaur tracks discovered in 1937, also is in Golden.

The first developments were The Settlement and Quail Ridge. Prospective buyers would be driven to the sales office in a stage coach. By January 1977 over 150 families moved into new homes, and businesses began to open near the intersection of Kipling and Chatfield later in the year.

Ken Caryl 303-979-1876; www.ken-carylranch.org In July 1971, the Johns-Manville Corporation purchased property southwest of Denver to develop a master-planned community and build their world

Several developments were established during the next 30 years and the original developers ceded control of the area to residents in 1990. Today approximately 4,800 acres are dedicated as open space for Ken-Caryl residents. Lakewood 303-987-7850; www.lakewood.org The City of Lakewood is a Home Rule Municipality which is the most populous municipality in Jefferson County. Lakewood is the fifth most populous city in Colorado and the 172nd most populous city in the United States. The city population is approximately 152,000.

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Communities

The South Metro Denver area supports a wide variety of neighborhoods and communities, from modest to luxurious and from rural to urban. Several new communities are being developed to accommodate the area’s recent population boom, while established areas provide the character and a reminder of the area’s roots. A sampling of

neighborhoods in the South Metro Denver Area follows: Piney Creek Piney Creek is located in Centennial bounded by the City of Aurora to the North, Orchard Road on the South, Buckley Road on the East and the Glen subdivision on the west. Expansive views of the Front Range and a commitment to excellence in planning and construction are not the only elements that make Piney Creek a distinctive community. Located within the highly acclaimed Cherry Creek School System and adjacent to Cherry Creek Reservoir, a Colorado State Park and one of Colorado's finest water-oriented recreation areas, Piney Creek also boasts rapid access to Denver International Airport, and major business centers such as the Denver Tech Center and Inverness Business Park. Even the central business district and the cultural amenities of metropolitan Denver are no more than a quick 30-minute drive. Idyllwilde Located in the hills of Parker’s east side, Idyllwilde offers great mountain and city views and has many bike trails and walking paths throughout. Construction began in Idyllwilde in the mid-2000s with a variety of price points and home sizes, from 1,500 to more than 4,000 square feet above grade. The community offers maintenance free home options in some areas that include front-yard landscaping upkeep and snow removal. The community is designed with a western theme, incorporating split-rail fences, a warm color palate and a barn-style grand hall. A community clubhouse and pool host community gatherings and events, and a locally owned coffee shop welcomes residents to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and neighbors. Pradera Nestled in the rolling countryside between Parker and Castle Rock, Pradera offers families wide-open vistas with an attitude to match. Life at Pradera is friendly, unpretentious, and welcoming. Pradera is a master planned community that balances


its peaceful prairie setting with its close proximity to every necessity and plenty of things to do in the Castle Rock and Parker areas. The Denver Tech Center is less than 25 minutes away. Highly respected Douglas County schools are only a few minutes away, as are some of the region's best shopping, dining and entertainment venues and events. The community is home to a private, links-style golf course and club, a community center with a pool, parks and trails. RidgeGate RidgeGate is a mixed-use community where the prairie meets the city in Lone Tree, allowing urban amenities and nature to live side by side. Including new homes for sale and apartments for rent, RidgeGate also incorporates vibrant shopping, dining, medical, wellness, and business districts in mixed-use neighborhoods. The community eventually will include 15 million square feet of office, retail, hospital/medical space, 10,000 homes and more than 1,000 acres of parks, trails and natural habitat. In RidgeGate, public art has been designed into the fabric of the community. Most residential and commercial development projects are required to include art installations as part of their construction, and the community-wide art collection features sculptures, monuments, mosaics, and installations in every district.

a developer and Douglas County, the Highlands Ranch Community and Sand Creek Cattle Company to preserve land and administer it for use in perpetuity for open space, recreation and wildlife habitat enhancement. Residents have access to the BackCountry Wilderness area with more than 460 acres of flora and fauna that changes from season to season. As part of Highlands Ranch, BackCountry gives residents easy access to nearby amenities along with 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, neighborhood parks, and a state-ofthe-art recreation center.

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Denver Tech Center DTC, located off Interstate 25, south of Denver, is an “urban village” that is home to many businesses and corporations that employ thousands of workers from throughout the Front Range. Established in the early 1970s and designed by an architect, DTC originally occupied 40 acres. Today the business and economic trading center encompasses 850 acres with more than 250 million square feet of buildings. DTC offers multiple housing options and a variety of nearby restaurants, entertainment venues and shops, as well as easy access via Light Rail to Downtown Denver.

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Southshore Located in southeast Aurora, Southshore re-creates life on the lake with a water-inspired community that includes access to an 820-acre lake with a marina and mock wreckage for practicing SCUBA skills. A sandy beach allows for sand-castle building and beach volleyball as well as picnics and barbecues in one of the nearby pavilions. Life in the community centers around its magnificent lakehouse, where friends and neighbors gather for swim parties, movie nights or quiet evenings around an open pit fire. The community also has abundant open space where wildlife roams, and several parks and trails.

The Meadows The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock is a master planned neighborhood community located 30 minutes from both Denver and Colorado Springs. Along with its convenient location, the Meadows allows residents to enjoy small town living complete with a view of the Rocky Mountains from almost every park, trail and road in the community. The Meadows offers its residents a variety of amenities, including The Grange and Taft Pools and The Grange Cultural Arts Center. The Grange hosts many programs for all ages, including the Easter EGGstravaganza, Music in The Meadows, Red, White and You Fourth of July Event, PumpkinFest, and Holiday in The Meadows.

BackCountry BackCountry was created out of an agreement more than 25 years ago between

Iron Works Village Iron Works Village is a new-generation, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

porches overlooking broad sidewalks create a nostalgic, small-town feeling. Located in the heart of Englewood, between the employment hubs of Englewood, downtown Denver and the Denver Tech Center, Iron Works Village also offers access to the South Broadway retail district offers, as well as local parks, greenspaces and bike trails, for rest and relaxation or an outdoor workout. Iron Works Village sits on the site of the former General Iron Works, which was a Englewood and the entire Front Range. General Iron Works was the center of Denver and Englewood’s industry during the 20th century, and is now being reimagined as the center of Englewood’s residential life for the 21st Century. 

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Aurora is the most populous city in Arapahoe County and the third most populous city in Colorado. The city is primarily located in Arapahoe County but portions extend into Adams and Douglas counties. Aurora, which for a time held the distinction of being the fastest-growing city in America in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is one of Denver’s largest suburbs, and its residential areas are primarily suburban. Aurora has a strong military history, with Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Lowry Air Force Base and Buckley Air Force Base all making their home in Aurora during the past century. Buckley Air Force Base today is Aurora’s largest public employer, followed by the Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Colorado Hospital. The largest private employers are also health care and military focused, including The Children’s Hospital, Raytheon Company and Kaiser Permanente. The City of Aurora maintains more than 100 parks, more than 6,000 acres of open space and natural areas, and six awardwinning municipal golf courses. The city also manages 26 74 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND R E LOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

historic sites and landmarks and supports cultural attractions, including the Aurora History Museum, Aurora Symphony Orchestra and the Aurora Fox Theatre & Arts Center. Five public school districts serve Aurora, and several post-secondary and career education centers, including the University of Colorado Denver at Anschutz Medical Campus and the Community College of Aurora, provide educational opportunities to Aurora’s residents.


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WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

14.4% 10.7% 9.5% ADMINISTRATIVE SALES CONSTRUCTION T R A N S P O R TAT I O N

26.6

COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

CARPOOLED

13.2%

74%

DROVE ALONE

4.88%

WORKS AT HOME

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

2

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CASTLE ROCK 303-660-1015 | www.crgov.com

P H OTO C O U RT ESY O F T E R R A IN, CAST LE R O CK

Situated just south of Colorado’s capital

Slated to grow to more than 100,000

city, Castle Rock is a thriving world-class

residents, the town endeavors to continue

community. With just more than 66,000

to provide high-quality services while

residents, Castle Rock still values its

preserving the history and heritage of

small-town character with a traditional

Castle Rock.

downtown core and regular community events.

The town’s identity stems not only from the namesake Rock, a distinctive rock

Castle Rock is a full-service municipality,

formation in Castle Rock, but also from a

employing about 425 full-time people. The

scenic natural landscape that surrounds

town also serves as the Douglas County

it. There are more than 50 miles of trails,

seat and is home to headquarters for

19 developed parks and 5,400 acres of

Douglas County School District, Douglas

open space for residents and visitors to

County, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

enjoy, making Castle Rock a regular on

and a local Colorado State Patrol troop.

Money magazine’s top places to live list.

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CASTLE ROCK

P O P U L AT I O N

34.8 57,274 $476K

29,969

MEDIAN AGE

77% OWN

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

HOUSING

$489K

MEDIAN EST. HOME VALUE

23% RENT

at a glance

MEDIAN LIST PRICE

$101,122

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

15.3% 13.1% MANAGEMENT SALES

26

12.5% ADMINISTRATIVE

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

7.1% 80% CARPOOLED

DROVE ALONE

8.99%

WORKS AT HOME

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

2

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CENTENNIAL

303-325-8000 | www.centennialco.gov

P H OTO S CO U RT ESY OF C ITY O F C E NT E NNIA L

Located in South Metro Denver, Centennial is uniquely positioned to enjoy the benefits Colorado has to offer. The City’s landscape boasts extensive open spaces, scenic mountain vistas, native wildlife, and connections to some of the region’s most impressive trail networks and recreational amenities. In 2012, Centennial opened its first City owned park. The award winning Centennial Center Park is where a variety of popular community events occur such as the annual laser light show, movie nights, concerts and more. Centennial Center Park remains a destination for visitors throughout the state. The award winning Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District are the top school districts in the state and serve the residents of Centennial. USA Today and Money Magazine recently ranked Centennial 78 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

among the "Best Places to Live" in America. By the end of 2018, Centennial will have successfully constructed a fiber backbone that will complete the City’s underground infrastructure, connecting to key City sites and other community anchor institutions. This backbone will enable both existing and new broadband providers to tie into the new infrastructure with the goal of providing better and more competitive choices and services for consumers. The City is known as an innovative leader in successfully using both public and private partnerships to provide high quality and cost effective municipal services to our community and businesses. Centennial continues to be one of the most sought after places to live and work.


CENTENNIAL

P O P U L AT I O N

at a glance

41.4 108,448 $457K

57,539

18% RENT

$100,770

MEDIAN AGE

HOUSING

$485K

MEDIAN EST. HOME VALUE

82% OWN

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

MEDIAN LIST PRICE

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

15.4% 12.7% 11.4% MANAGEMENT SALES ADMINISTRATIVE

23

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

CARPOOLED

79%

5.7% DROVE ALONE

10%

WORKS AT HOME

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

2

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ENGLEWOOD

303-762-2300 | www.englewoodco.gov

Englewood is a distinct reflection of its colorful history, which began with prospectors traveling through the area on their way to California during the gold rush. As settlements in the area grew, Englewood became a city in 1903, and more than 100 years after its founding, Englewood has been described as a community with a small-town feel and big city amenities. The Englewood area has become a hub for health care providers. Swedish Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, is the Denver area's referral center for neurotrauma and is a recognized leader in the treatment of stroke. Craig Hospital has been rated one of the Top Ten Rehabilitation Hospitals in the United States. Many other health care providers and specialty clinics have located in Englewood, as well.

Englewood offers an array of arts and entertainment amenities. The historic Gothic Theatre has been refurbished and operates as a successful entertainment venue. Englewood’s elected officials have placed an emphasis on art throughout the community, welcoming public art displays and encouraging performances of music, theater and dance. Englewood’s focus on education is also apparent. The school district includes two high schools, two middle schools, and five elementary schools. In addition, there are three private schools serving the community. The city maintains 11 neighborhood parks, several athletic fields, an awardwinning recreation center, a first-class golf course, and a successful senior center.

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ENGLEWOOD

P O P U L AT I O N

36.7 33,155 $380K

18,649

MEDIAN AGE

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

HOUSING

$435K

MEDIAN EST. HOME VALUE

48% RENT 52% OWN

at a glance

MEDIAN LIST PRICE

$50,184

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

9.9% 12.3% 14.9% MANAGEMENT SALES ADMINISTRATIVE

24.5 CARPOOLED

77%

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

6.89% DROVE ALONE

9%

WORKS AT HOME

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

2

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GREENWOOD VILLAGE

303-773-0252 | www.greenwoodvillage.com

PH OTO S C O U RT ESY O F C ITY O F G R E E NWOOD VILLAGE

Greenwood Village is situated immediately south of Denver and encompasses 8.3 square miles. The village was first incorporated as a town in 1950 and received its home rule charter in 1968. Once primarily a rural community, Greenwood Village has developed into a dynamic blend of urban and residential areas, to include nationally recognized business parks and select neighborhood associations. Greenwood Village is a unique community with a population of approximately 16,000 residents and a "daytime" population made up of approximately 45,000 members in its business community.

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P O P U L AT I O N

GREENWOOD VILLAGE

42.6 15,397 $978K

7,380

MEDIAN AGE

65% OWN

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

HOUSING

$1.15M

MEDIAN EST. HOME VALUE

35% RENT

at a glance

MEDIAN LIST PRICE

123,680

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

21.2% 16.1% MANAGEMENT SALES

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N

18.8

COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

CARPOOLED

6.17%

76%

9.5% BUSINESS & FINANCE

DROVE ALONE

12.30% WORKS AT HOME

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

2

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HIGHLANDS RANCH

303-791-0430 | www.highlandsranch.org

A 22,000-acre master-planned community, Highlands Ranch was founded in 1981. The community has a population of 96,000 people and is located 12 miles south of Denver. Highlands Ranch offers a wonderful quality of life and opportunities for an active lifestyle. Highlands Ranch has received national recognition for its great quality of life and amenities. The community was named by NerdWallet as one of the best places to

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raise families in Colorado and by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation. Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids. The Highlands Ranch Metro District manages more than 2,500 acres of open space and offers a variety of outdoor recreation experiences, including community gardens, dog parks, trails, geocaching and fishing.


P O P U L AT I O N

HIGHLANDS RANCH

38 105,264 $482K

55,220

MEDIAN AGE

80% OWN

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

HOUSING

$519K

MEDIAN EST. HOME VALUE

20% RENT

at a glance

MEDIAN LIST PRICE

$111,332

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

17.7% 14.4% 11% MANAGEMENT SALES ADMINISTRATIVE T R A N S P O R TAT I O N

23.1

COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

CARPOOLED

6.5%

77%

DROVE ALONE

11.3%

WORKS AT HOME

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

2

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LITTLETON

303-795-3700 | www.littletongov.org

Littleton has been the county seat of Arapahoe County since 1902. Founded in 1890, the 13-square-mile city is now home to more than 48,000 people. The city has top-ranked schools, higher education and more than 2,000 diverse businesses. Littleton embodies a strong sense of community through its historic downtown area. The Littleton Main Street Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The city maintains an active trail system and holds numerous community events. There are more than 59 parks and open spaces, and the city’s 878-acre South Platte Park is one of the largest suburban parks in the U.S. The nationally accredited Littleton Museum features living history interpreters and is one of several museums in Colorado that is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Littleton’s Bemis Public Library attracts over 300,000 visitors each year and is known throughout Colorado for its innovative and extensive programming for all ages. Littleton has an internationally recognized economic development program which focuses on helping new and established Littleton businesses succeed. The Economic Development Department offers numerous services including demographics, business research, start-up information, custom mapping, marketing assistance and focus groups. The majority of services are free to any City of Littleton business. 86 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0


LITTLETON

P O P U L AT I O N

42.2 45,848 $441K

45,848

MEDIAN AGE

60% OWN

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

HOUSING

$529K

MEDIAN EST. HOME VALUE

40% RENT

at a glance

MEDIAN LIST PRICE

$67,133

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

13.5% 13.6% 12.3% MANAGEMENT SALES ADMINISTRATIVE T R A N S P O R TAT I O N

23.4 7.56% 7.28% 2 76% COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

WORKS AT HOME

CARPOOLED

DROVE ALONE

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

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LONETREE

303-708-1818 | www.cityoflonetree.com

The City of Lone Tree incorporated in November 1995 and became a Colorado Home Rule City on May 5, 1998. Following incorporation, the newly formed city council worked with staff to develop and adopt a Comprehensive Plan, regulatory documents, and design guidelines to guide the city’s growth – plans which have been strongly adhered to over the years. Initially, the city boundary followed that of the Park Meadows Metropolitan District and consisted of the subdivision of Lone Tree and surrounding developments, and some commercial development along C-470. In only a short amount of time, the city has grown and changed in a number of important ways, consistent with its vision for growth. RidgeGate, a 3500-acre master planned community south of Lincoln (located on both sides of I-25), was annexed by a vote of Lone Tree residents in 2000, which helped Lone Tree acquire land for a new recreation center, police and fire stations, a City Hall, library, trails, parks, and open space, and land for a future City Center (to 88 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VISITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

be located on the east side of I-25 and south of Lincoln Avenue). Annexations to the City in 2001 included Heritage Hills and commercial development to the north, bringing considerable economic benefit to the community and include a neighborhood that was already part of the local community of interest. Likewise, in 2001, the residential communities of Centennial Ridge and Carriage Club were also annexed. In 2004, the City’s police force was established, resulting in the hiring of the City’s first employees. The City also

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reconstructed a new Civic Center on Lone Tree Parkway in 2004. Park Meadows Mall was annexed in 2006, enhancing revenues to the City, while also ensuring that revenues will be reinvested in the area to sustain its economic viability over time. Light rail was extended to the Lone Tree community, with the first stop at Lincoln Station opening in 2006, followed by a stop at Park Meadows Mall in 2008. Future stops are planned at Sky Ridge Medical Center, the future City Center and a future end-of-the line station east of I-25 at RidgeGate Parkway.


LONETREE

P O P U L AT I O N

38.7 13,430 $628K

7,247

MEDIAN AGE

57% OWN

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

HOUSING

$838K

MEDIAN EST. HOME VALUE

43% RENT

at a glance

MEDIAN LIST PRICE

$122,202

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

24.7% 18.3% 9.6% MANAGEMENT SALES ADMINISTRATIVE T R A N S P O R TAT I O N

21.2 9.30% 5.63% 2 78% COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

WORKS AT HOME

CARPOOLED

DROVE ALONE

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

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PARKER

303-841-0353 | www.parkeronline.org

P H OTO C O U RT ESY O F J O H N OT T

Parker is known for its unique Western-Victorian downtown and its hometown feel. Founded in 1864, Parker became a municipality in 1981. The town, located 20 miles southeast of Denver, sits at an elevation of 5,900 feet above sea level and has a population of about 55,636 living in its 21.5 square mile area. Since its incorporation as a home rule municipality in 1981, the Town has principally functioned as a residential enclave of the Metro Denver region. However, during the past decade significant growth in the region, increased transportation options and rapid growth along the southern boundary of Denver have transformed the town into both a regional retail center and an up-and-coming area with health care, professional services, education and technology sectors well represented in the employment matrix. Parker has a total of 2,172 businesses. The leading industries in Parker are Retail, Health Care and Social Services, Accommodation and Food Services, and Education.

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P O P U L AT I O N

PARKER

35

51,125 $480K

at a glance

27,564

MEDIAN AGE

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

HOUSING

$514K

MEDIAN EST. HOME VALUE

23% RENT 77% OWN

MEDIAN LIST PRICE

$105,373

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

WORKFORCE

MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS

15.6% 12.7% 12% MANAGEMENT SALES ADMINISTRATIVE

24.9 7.7% 6.43% 81%

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N

COMMUTE TIME (MINUTES)

WORKS AT HOME

CARPOOLED

DROVE ALONE

CAR OWNERSHIP PER HOUSEHOLD

2

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APARTMENT LIVING

With as much as Denver has grown in recent years, a lot has been done to accommodate all of the new residents coming to Colorado’s capital. As part of this effort, there’s been a huge wave of new development of luxury apartment and condominium properties that have sprouted up in just about every corner of the city. The south metro area of Denver is no different; there are many newer, higher-end places to call home, and they’re being snatched up by those relocating to Colorado for all that this amazing state has to offer. P HOTO COU RTESY OF AML I RI V E RFR O N T PA R K

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Getting into the best exclusive apartment or condominium property for you will undoubtedly require some research, which is why we’ve arranged this brief list of some of the newest and most sought-after places to live in south Denver.

Get to Know Centennial

One of the newest and most exciting opportunities for luxury apartment living can be found at the Malbec at Villagio apartment complex located in the Denver Tech Center. These posh digs tout the largest floor plans of any residential area in DTC, which is quite a claim considering how booming the area has become. Billed as “Inverness’ Best Place to Call Home”, Malbec at Villagio offers multiple floor plans and convenient access to Inverness Business Park, Park Meadows Mall, and Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. There’s even a country club-inspired clubhouse for relaxation at the end of a long day. AMLI RidgeGate is located on Trainstation Circle, right in the heart of Lone Tree Colorado. One of the most attractive points to living in RidgeGate is the fact that they have very specific green design features. This property has managed to include various points to reduce their carbon footprint, such as: smoke-free common areas, bike storage, green cleaning, a community recycling program and more. Residents do not need to worry about their comfort being compromised by living a green lifestyle, the AMLI RidgeGate also has many top-notch luxury amenities that

will bring ease of living and comfort to all. Many floor plans are available, plus RidgeGate offers short-term furnished apartments for those in transition during the relocation process. Looking to buy as opposed to rent? Consider the luxury condos at Dry Creek Crossing, where you can get into a spacious, exclusive condo with access to a pool, exercise room, private elevators, and more.

Living It Up in Littleton

For active seniors looking for luxury apartments in the Littleton area, an excellent option to check out is Vita Littleton, located at 2505 West Alamo Avenue in Littleton. This vibrant, comfortable living community features over a dozen unique floor plans, many of them with private patios and luxury amenities like quartz countertops, high-end kitchens with gas ranges, designer finishes, and of course, breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. They’re pet friendly, and the community activities available to all residents means your calendar can be as filled or sparse as you want it to be. If you’re in the market for a move-in ready, modern apartment in Littleton, set your sights on The Pines at Marston Lake, one of the most exclusive apartment communities in the area. This thoughtfully designed, expansive property boasts stainless steel appliances, vaulted ceilings, an indoor heated spa, beautiful duck ponds, and covered parking. This apartment WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 9 3


» HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS complex is pet friendly, and it offers the perfect blend of Colorado lifestyle and convenience to the rest of Denver. Staying in Littleton but moving our focus more in the Red Rocks area, have a look at the Ironwood at Red Rocks, a rugged yet refined luxury living community in a premier environment. The landscaping is meticulous, the floor plans are spacious and inviting, and you’re just steps away from one of the most heralded entertainment venues in the world - Red Rocks Amphitheater. There’s an outdoor yoga studio, a luxuriously accommodated clubhouse, and a full-scale fitness studio. Littleton living simply doesn’t get any better than at the Ironwood at Red Rocks.

To Parker and Beyond

If you’re in Parker and you have time to visit only one luxury apartment community, then make it the Broadstone

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Montane apartments. This rustic, stylish, Colorado-themed residential area is more packed with character and amenities than any other in Parker, which makes it a target for renters looking for truly high-end accommodations but without the pretense. There is a common feel of the outdoors embodied in the furnishings and decor set throughout Broadstone Montane, and residents get the mountain living feeling coupled with the easy access to Denver. Deciding on a high-end apartment takes thoughtful consideration of all the features and amenities of a property, with consideration given to location, surrounding area, and of course, cost. One of the best communities in Highlands Ranch for those looking to maximize their quality of life by choosing exclusive accommodations, the Palomino Park Resort is a must-see. This unique, resort-style residential community is designed for the free-spirited Coloradan who values adventure alongside comfortable living. Palomino Park Resort blends contemporary environs with modern design elements to offer a living space that is truly extraordinary. As a final luxury apartment property to evaluate, don’t forget the Portola at Southglenn. There are few apartment complexes that can hold a candle to the stature and elegance of the Portola, which is why residents rate it so highly. It is situated directly above cafes, restaurants and boutiques, so there’s never a shortage of things to do. Probably the best feature of the Portola at Southglenn is its neighborhood - it is inviting, convenient, and well designed. If you’re looking for a south Denver luxury apartment that stands head-and-shoulders above the rest, look at the Portola at Southglenn. If you have spent any amount of time in Denver longer than a day or two, you’ve probably realized that this city is constantly evolving. The additions being made to the city are impressive to say the least, and the apartment or condo markets here continue to surge with national popularity. Colorado experiences huge influxes of new residents every year, and the need for stylish, comfortable

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accommodations for all of these new residents is being provided by expert builders, developers, and management. As Denver continues to change, it will only become more attractive to those wanting that trademark Colorado lifestyle. Here in south Denver in particular, we love the life that is provided by living areas that are well apportioned and a delight to come home to after the working day is done. Good luck on your quest to find the perfect luxury apartment or condominium in south Denver - it’s out there waiting for you!

CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD The competitive real estate market in Denver and its surrounding metro area means apartment communities are going all in to attract well-paid, highly-educated, and affluent residents. Here’s a look at some of the newest and most innovative communities in the south Denver Metro Area.

Belleview Station

Belleview Station is a mixed-use development at Belleview & I-25. Southeast Denver. With a focus on transportation and walkability, the complex provides residents and visitors with easy access to the light rail and RTD, two major highways, bike lanes, local streets, and pedestrian paths. When finished, the entire complex will be completely walkable, with access to shopping, dining, open spaces, hotels, residences, and commercial enterprises in the heart of the Denver Tech Center. Residents of Bellevue Station enjoy premium perks, including a year-round pool and spa with panoramic views of the Front Range, a rooftop gym, a business center, bike storage, game lawn for sports and socializing, pet areas, and even a tranquil zen garden.

Promenade Place

Located adjacent to the Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, offers a great location with some unique


CONDOS VS. APARTMENT LIVING Which Is Better?

Zillow named Denver one of the hottest real estate markets in the United States for 2018, and housing costs—for single family homes, apartments and condominiums alike—reflect that status. The trend toward higher housing costs permeates the metro area as well. When considering what kind of housing to choose in the South Denver Metro Area’s booming market, it’s important to know the lingo. On the surface, apartments and condos can seem very similar, but there are some notable differences.

Ownership

The key distinction between apartments and condos is that apartments are typically owned by one person or real estate company, while condominiums are individually-owned units within a central complex. There are advantages to both scenarios. Renting an apartment frees tenants of responsibility for costly repairs, appliances, and long-term commitments, but limits them in terms of personalization and predictability. Renting a condo means having and maintaining a more personal relationship with an individual, rather than a large corporation or property management firm.

Upgrades

Apartments are typically decorated in the same style and tenants can’t do renovation work such as painting or switching out appliances and other interior or exterior features. A such, you’re likely to be limited to white walls and standard fixtures, just like every one of your neighbors. Since condos are owned by individuals, they are more likely to have upgraded (often luxurious) finishes such as tile, hardwood flooring, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Homeowners are more likely to view their property as an investment, so special flourishes or unique features inside are common. Condominium owners will often vote on upgrades to the community to be enacted through the homeowners association, since improvements to the overall grounds improve their personal property values as well.

Amenities

As the real estate market becomes more competitive, some communities are offering premium amenities to attract and retain residents. It’s not unusual for apartment communities to offer features such as swimming pools, gyms, and laundry facilities. Condos tend to have even more amenities such as community gardens, hot tubs, and events, but in recent years,

apartment communities have stepped up their game. Amenities should play a large part in deciding which apartment or condo community to reside in—they can range from daycare and dog parks to movie theaters, meeting facilities, and even wine cellars, and can greatly enhance a tenant’s quality of life.

Maintenance

Those who abhor yard work will be safe in either an apartment or condo—in both, the common grounds and exteriors are maintained by the landlord, either through a property management firm or a HOA. When it comes to the interior, however, there is more variance. Typically, there are no out of pocket repair costs for apartment renters: if the heat stops working, it’s a matter of a phone call for it to be fixed. Most apartment communities have 24-hour on-call staff to deal with emergencies as well. In the case of condos, the homeowner must be contacted for any interior fixes—and unless the homeowner is a handy person, it may take time to call in an outside vendor or replace appliances.

Flexibility

Another major difference in apartment and condo living is looking at where you are in terms of flexibility. Apartment living is great for people who want to live in and explore new cities, or who may not be financially ready to commit to a mortgage. Many apartments offer short term leases (although these are becoming more difficult to procure in the metro area’s competitive market) and some are even furnished. The downside is that rents can rise unpredictably in “hot” markets. Unfortunately for renters, condo rents have increased too, due to rising property taxes and HOA fees. Many who would like to buy in the metro area have simply been priced out. The Denver Post reports the median price of a home in metro Denver reached $414,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017—$166,000 higher than the national average. On the average 30-year loan with a 20 percent down payment, lenders are looking for annual salaries of nearly $80,000 in comparison to the national average of $55,000. With the metro area continuing to attract immigrants from across the United States through high-paying tech-sector jobs, world-class recreational opportunities, and legalized marijuana, renters can look forward to a competitive market for the foreseeable future.

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5 TIPS for TENANTS

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Be prepared. If certain rental properties are in high demand and are selective in renting or leasing to applicants, you will gain a competitive edge by having the following information with you: a completed rental application; written references from landlords, employers, friends and/ or colleagues; and a current copy of your credit report. Purchase renters’ insurance to cover your valuables. Your landlord’s insurance policy will not cover your losses. Carefully review all the important conditions of the tenancy before you sign on the dotted line. Your lease or rental agreement may contain a provision that you find unacceptable, such as restrictions on guests or pets, design alterations or running a home business. To avoid misunderstandings, keep copies of any correspondence with the landlord and follow up any oral agreements with a letter, outlining your understanding. For example, if you ask your landlord to make repairs, put your request in writing and keep a copy for yourself. If he or she agrees orally, send a letter confirming this fact. Learn whether the building and neighborhood you are considering are safe. Get copies of any state or local laws that require safety devices such as deadbolts and window locks; check out the property’s vulnerability to intrusion by a criminal, and learn whether criminal incidents have already occurred. Source: www.nolo.com

features. Dog lovers will appreciate the neighborhood dog park, and socialites will love the on-site club room, which comes complete with a catering kitchen and a gorgeous outdoor patio with a fireplace. For fitness buffs, there’s a state-of-the-art fitness center and a sparkling year-round heated pool, and entrepreneurs can make use of the executive business center, which comes equipped with individual workstations, a conference room, and a complimentary coffee bar. Luxurious interior features include stainless steel appliances, slate tile flooring, French doors, fireplaces, and built-in bookcases and workstations.

The Landmark

The Landmark, also in Greenwood Village, is the ultimate in luxurious living. The high-rise condominiums boast premium amenities: a 24-hour concierge team, spa with saunas and steam rooms, multiple business centers, a deluxe screening room, an art studio, and even private wine lockers for its oenophile residents. Each of its two high-rise towers has an opulent grand lobby, and guest suites for visitors are available. The mixed-use development also features upscale retail shops and restaurants, state-of-the-art exercise classes and facilities, and personal shoppers for when you’re just too busy to get to the market. The property is a short walk from the light rail and also accesses the Denver Tech Center and the High Line Canal Trail via a series of extensive trails.

The Pearl

Pearl offers spacious residencies that are more like a home than an apartment. In the heart of DTC, the community features a 6,500-square-foot resort-style clubhouse, landscaped walking paths, and what the management calls “pocket parks” that connect the various buildings. Inside, you’ll find one, two, and three-bedroom units with elegant, modern finishes like quartz countertops, kitchen islands, and plank-style hardwood flooring. Each unit also includes a stackable washer/ dryer unit, walk-in closets, and additional storage space. With convenient access to

shops, restaurants, and the light rail, Pearl has an enviable location and amenities list.

Berkshire Aspen Grove

Berkshire Aspen Grove is one of Littleton’s most exclusive apartment communities, offering scores of fantastic amenities. Along with a 24-hour fitness center, a cyber cafe and business center, and on-site dog wash and park, the community backs up to an 878-acre nature preserve where residents can hike, bike, or run. The Mineral light rail stop is just steps away from the community, the shops and restaurants of Aspen Grove (including an Apple store) are right around the corner. Berkshire’s event planning team is always cooking up ways for residents to mix and mingle. Inside, these aren’t your typical apartments: look for nine-foot ceilings with crown molding, double-sided gas fireplaces, granite countertops, and other high-end features. Furnished units are available. Once a sleepy suburb, Parker has grown into one of the south Denver Metro Area’s most desirable locales. One of its crown jewels is Montage. The resort-style community is the ultimate for those seeking all the Colorado lifestyle has to offer. There’s a 1.5-mile mountain biking path and hiking trail, a 24-hour gym, and a yoga studio for active residents, as well as a glistening pool, spa, and lazy river. Keep everything clean at the on-site pet vehicle, and bike wash station, or enjoy the community grilling areas with fireside seating. Healthy eaters will appreciate the raised beds in the community garden as well as access to many upscale eateries and artisan markets. Just across the street from the complex is King Soopers, Costco, Boondock’s Family Fun Center, and Children’s Learning Adventure. A light rail station is just two miles away, and the Cherry Creek Trail—which connects to postcard-worthy Cherry Creek State Park, is a mile and a half away.

FINDING AN APARTMENT How do you find the perfect place to live in metro Denver? Craigslist and Padmapper are popular here, as they are in other parts of the country. If you already live in Denver, you could also


HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS faced with loss of your possessions. This is especially important in apartment complexes, where events like fires or floods are often caused by people in neighboring units but may affect your home. Tenant Rights in Colorado: All renters in Colorado have certain rights as a tenant, designed to protect you from unfair actions by your landlord. The Federal Fair Housing Act protects against discrimination in the areas of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion and familial status. State law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

drive around the part of town you think you might want to live in and try to find “for rent” signs. But if you don’t live anywhere nearby, finding a great Denver apartment can be more difficult. Lots of things can complicate an apartment hunt, like financial constraints or having pets. Fortunately, metro Denver tends to be very pet friendly. Denver has dozens of dog parks, where you can let your furry friend run free and even socialize with their own species. However, not every landlord is understanding about tenants with pets. Owning a pet often means more liability for a landlord, so some choose to avoid problems simply by not allowing them. Overall, though, many buildings in the Denver area allow pets. Sometimes you’ll encounter restrictions on species, size and breed. It isn’t uncommon for landlords in Denver to ask for a pet deposit that you pay when you move in. If your pet does not cause damage to the apartment, you are entitled to receive the deposit when you move out. “Pet rent” is also increasingly common, which requires that pet owners pay an extra fee with rent each month. If you come across an apartment you love that does not allow pets, offer to get pet liability insurance. The landlord may change his or her mind.

Insurance + Tenant Rights Although finding an apartment in the metro region is sometimes difficult,

actually securing a place once you find something you want can be even more difficult! Denver has had a tight rental market for several years now, with demand outpacing availability of units. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find an affordable unit in a desirable part of town (especially if you have pets). Competition among renters is high, and prices continue to rise. When you’ve found the perfect apartment, you’ll want to increase your changes of securing it before someone else beats you to it! It can be a good idea to bring all of the information you need to fill out an application on site, as well as a security deposit check to put down if you decide you really want a unit. Be advised that if you try to haggle over prices, you might be less than successful. Make sure to understand the area’s housing regulations, renter’s insurance options and your rights as a tenant—before your hunt for the perfect apartment even starts. Renter’s Insurance: The state of Colorado encourages (but does not require) tenants to buy renter’s insurance to protect their personal belongings against losses caused by fire, theft or vandalism. The cost varies depending on the value of your personal possessions, but is relatively low. Compare rates before you commit to buying a specific type of insurance. Create a list of what you own and each item’s value. You’ll be thankful you bought renter’s insurance if the unthinkable happens and you are

If your landlord fails to make important repairs, like a broken heater, Colorado law allows tenants to withhold rent. Colorado laws also regulate the ability of your landlord to raise rent and factors such as how long they have to return your security deposit after you move out (usually 60 days). The best way to make sure your tenant rights are being protected is to make sure you understand those rights and ask potential landlords a lot of questions. It’s essential you do this before moving in or signing a lease. It might seem tempting to skip over the small print of a lease when the unit looks perfect at first—but don’t. Read the lease carefully for any clauses that might cause concern, such as the landlord’s ability to enter your apartment, evictions, or landlord’s lien (a landlord’s right to seize some of your property as collateral until you pay back rent). It’s also important to make sure you understand any renter’s insurance requirements or additional pet owner responsibilities if you have or want a pet. Check to see if your city or county has its own tenant rights laws as well—oftentimes, they do. Moving to metro Denver and renting an apartment is exciting. But it can also be a stressful time, as you confront multiple changes in your life. It’s essential to stay calm and make sure that you know the details of any living arrangement you find yourself agreeing to. Keeping all that in mind, don’t forget the most important thing—enjoy your new home in the Rocky Mountain region!  WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 9 7

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ACTIVE ADULTS South Metro Denver’s reputation as a Rocky Mountain paradise for outdoor recreation and metropolitan culture is known throughout the country—and the world, for that matter. No matter your interests or age, you’re sure to find something fun to do in the Mile High City. This is a city that’s built for everyone— especially active older adults who don’t intend to slow down anytime soon. 98 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VISITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0


ACTIVE ADULTS Downtown affords stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, a pleasant reminder that living in metro Denver puts residents in easy driving distance to the slopes and amenities of Colorado’s quaint mountain towns. It’s no wonder that Colorado is consistently ranked one of the most active states in the country. From skiing and hiking, to yoga and golf, the recreational opportunities are as limitless as the altitude is high. But this is no cow town. Let’s not forget the burgeoning culture and arts scene, with exciting new galleries popping up each month, several worldclass museums, and one of the best bookstores in the country. Add friendly people and welcoming neighborhoods and you have the perfect destination for active, engaged adults of all ages.

of this publication for more details about popular recreational and leisure activities in the area.

Recreation and More

Adults are staying healthy and leading active lives longer than ever before. More often than not, retirement is just the beginning of a new adventure. As the baby boomers start retiring, active adult communities are increasingly popular choices. The Denver metro region has many options for people who want to live in active adult communities. Most of these communities offer traditional houses, condos, and apartments to adults 55+. Many have amenities including community centers, swimming pools, golf courses, health facilities, and entertainment.

Whether retirement in Denver is on the horizon or someone is simply relocating for a change of pace while still thriving in their career, it’s impossible to ignore the opportunities for recreation in the area. More than 100 golf courses, one of the county’s biggest park systems, countless yoga studios, and miles of hiking trails show the importance of an active lifestyle to the area’s residents There are plenty of cultural activities to take advantage of too. Art lovers have their choice of several respected museums, including the Denver Art Museum, renowned for its collection of Western art and excellent rotating exhibitions. The recently opened History Colorado Center offers a fascinating glimpse into the state’s past, while amateur scientists will love the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Clyfford Still Museum, and Molly Brown House Museum are just a few other museums in town that are worth getting lost in. Other cultural highlights include the symphony, ballet, a healthy theatre scene, and four major professional sports teams. See the “Leisure” section

Live right in the middle of Denver or in one of the pleasant surrounding communities—either way you won’t be far from the excitement.

Active Adult Communities for All

It’s easy to stay active at any age if you’re living in the metro Denver area. Older adults thrive in an array of living situations in Denver, including independent and active living communities, retirement homes, and continuing care facilities. These communities can be found throughout the metro Denver region.

Finding active adult housing in Denver is within reach these days, regardless of your specific situation or lifestyle. Local real estate agents can help you find the perfect house for your needs.

Travel, Fitness and Fun!

Opportunities for staying active are abundant, including travel, fitness, and a variety of fun activities. This is true if you’re living smack dab in the middle of the metro area or in one of the surrounding suburban or rural communities. Dozens of charming mountain towns are in easy driving distance from metro Denver, including the stunning

Estes Park, located on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park and also in close proximity to Roosevelt National Forest. Dozens of hiking opportunities exist in the area, suitable for a variety of skill levels. Fall is a wonderful time to visit to hear the elks bugling and see the leaves turning colors.

Go Explore There’s plenty of adventure to be found in the metro Denver area alone, thanks to the abundance of parks and recreational facilities dotting the Front Range. In one of Denver’s 200 city parks go for a walk or a jog, play tennis, or hold a cookout with friends. Explore the city’s more than 100 miles of trails at your leisure. Go outside of town a bit and you can try Saturday morning yoga at Red Rocks with hundreds of other people.

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» ACTIVE ADULTS Community centers throughout the metro area offer programs and classes directed at the 55+ crowd. For example, Denver Parks and Recreation has an active older adults program that offers a variety of fun classes and clubs for activities including karaoke, exercise, foreign languages, knitting, and trips to mountain casinos. Senior community centers can be found in cities throughout the Denver Metro Area offering an array of fun programs. For example, Broomfield’s senior center offers fitness classes, game clubs, and drop-in sessions ranging from woodworking to needlecraft. The senior center in Parker has line dancing, computer instruction, and classes in ceramics, fabric painting, and other creative arts. Senior centers throughout the region host classes, talks, workshops, and more. Aurora’s Center for Active Adults provides programs for adults age 50 and up. The center offers drop-in fitness classes, billiards, wii games, bingo, and a weekly quilting bee. A variety of other classes and activities are offered, including computer classes, lectures on local history and culture, and book clubs. The center also organizes social activities including holiday parties and day trips throughout the year. Interested in finding out about more things to do and see in the Denver Metro Area? See the “Leisure” section for more detailed information about recreation, sports, arts and culture, attractions, and events. See the “Shopping and Dining” section to learn about Denver’s best restaurants and places to shop. Read the “Volunteer Opportunities” section to learn about donating your time to help others in the region. ACTIVE ADULTS RESOURCES American Association of Retired Persons 866-554-5376 www.aarp.org/co 100 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND RELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

Colorado chapter of the national advocacy group, with local resources for older adults on health, family, work, and more.

Senior Living Choices 800-222-5771; www.seniorlivingchoices.com

Benefits Checkup www.benefitscheckup.org

Active seniors will appreciate this guide for living and housing options.

A program from Washington, D.C., that helps seniors locate financial assistance for prescription drugs, healthcare, food, utilities and more.

Mile High United Way 303-433-8383; www.unitedwaydenver.org

Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of Denver 303-742-0828 www.ccdenver.org Information and services for seniors and their loved ones. Seniors’ Resource Center 3227 Chase Street, Denver CO 80212 303.238.8151; www.srcaging.org Seniors’ Resource Center is a non-profit provider of information, services and advocacy for seniors in the Metro Denver area and surrounding communities. Our programs and services are designed to help seniors remain independent, living in their own homes. Denver Regional Council of Governments, Aging Services Division 303-480-6700; www.drcog.com A variety of useful resources and information on assistance for older people in the Denver Metro Area. Elder Abuse Hotline 800-773-1366 A hotline to call to report elder abuse or get more information on the issue. Elderly Housing Choices 303-831-4046 A resource for housing issues and the elderly. InnovAge 888-992-4464; www.myinnovage.org Redefining the aging process and advocating for independent life for seniors in Colorado

A non-profit that offers programs, information, services, and volunteer opportunities to seniors. Cultivate Boulder & Broomfield Counties 303-443-1933; www.cultivate.ngo Boulder Cultivate promotes the security, comfort and independence of seniors and adults with disabilities. The group also connects seniors with groups that need volunteers through its RSVP Volunteer Program. Salvation Army Intermountain Division www.imsalvationarmy.org Offers numerous assistance programs and services for seniors. Runs low cost, older adult residences in the metro Denver area. Senior Hub, Inc. 303-426-4408; www.seniorhub.org Serves seniors in the north Denver Metro Area. Seniors’ Resource Center 303-238-8151; www.srcaging.org Helping seniors live life to the fullest in Adams, Clear Creek, Denver, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park counties. Volunteers of America – Colorado 303-297-0408; www.voacolorado.org Programs and volunteer opportunities for older adults, including health services, housing, the foster grandparent program and the handyman program. 


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Year after year, Colorado ranks as one of the fittest states in the country, which may have something to do with its citizens’ love of the outdoors and the abundant opportunities for them to stay active while exploring nature. Skiing, hiking, rock climbing and river rafting are popular activities in the mountains, but plenty of opportunities to get out and be active exist in the city as well.

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The city of Denver offers more than 80 miles of off-street, multi-use trails, most of which follow urban waterways. These trails offer safe and scenic routes through Denver’s neighborhoods and provide opportunities for walking, running, cycling and skating.

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Âť LEISURE AND RECREATION Colorado is home to 41 state parks, including five in the south metro area. Each of these parks offers various recreational activities ranging from water sports to hiking. Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora features an 880-acre reservoir that hosts boating, swimming and fishing. Twelve miles of paved trails and 35 miles of multi-use trails are available for biking, hiking

and horseback riding. The park allows camping on 135 newly renovated sites. The unique ecosystem in the park attracts a large variety of birds for bird watchers, including bald eagles, hawks, waterfowl and shorebirds.

trail is popular with commuters and recreational users who use the trail for walking, bicycling and horseback riding. Along the path are Union Station, Larimer Square, the Denver Country Club, Kennedy Golf Course and many local parks and trails.

Traveling through Cherry Creek State Park is a 42-mile long paved pathway that starts at Confluence Park in Downtown Denver and ends south of Parker in Franktown. The

Chatfield State Park in Littleton houses one of three dams built to protect Denver from flooding. The park is popular with hikers, boaters, campers, bikers, fishermen and picnickers. The park features a full-service marina, off-leash dog walking area, stables and a summer swim beach. Castlewood Canyon State Park near Franktown protects a unique part of Colorado's history — the Castlewood Canyon Dam, which burst in 1933, sending a 15-foot wave of water into Denver. Hikers can see the ruins of the dam while exploring several hiking trails ranging from mild to moderate difficulty and 0.5 to 4 miles in length. Trails can be combined for longer journeys. Pets are welcome on some trails. The trail along the High Line Canal is a National Landmark Trail maintained by municipal recreation agencies. The trail runs 71 miles through the south Denver suburbs, including Littleton, Cherry Hills Village, Centennial, Greenwood Village, Englewood and Aurora. Along the trail are the Audubon Center at Chatfield, Waterton Canyon and Chatfield State Park. Roxborough State Park offers excellent hiking for all ability levels. The park is designated as a Colorado Natural Area and National Natural Landmark for its 4,000 acres of dramatic red rock formations, distinct plant communities and wildlife ranging from black bears to mule deer. The park is a favorite for amateur photographers hoping to get the perfect shot of the beautiful landscapes or animals in the park. The counties and cities that make up the south metro area also have excellent recreation districts that maintain open spaces and trails and offer recreation facilities with gyms, aquatic facilities, sports leagues and other activities. Among the recreation districts in the area are

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ARTS & ATTRACTIONS Colorado has a reputation for outdoor ruggedness, but Denver and surrounding areas have also invested in arts and culture as evidenced by dozens of venues that showcase art of all kinds. Not surprisingly, many of Colorado’s museums and art attractions incorporate the area’s love of the outdoors, either through outdoor exhibits or themes focused on Colorado’s mountains and plains.

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South Suburban Parks and Recreation, Englewood Recreation Center, Parker Parks and Recreation, and Arapahoe Park and Recreation District. Award-winning parks in the area provide recreation for visitors of all ages. Westlands Park in Greenwood Village includes three play areas designed for toddlers to teens, two large climbing structures, multi-use playing fields, an in-line hockey rink, a pond and a hiking trail. Centennial Center Park in Centennial is an 11-acre park that features a playground, kids’ water area, nature areas and an amphitheater. Whether you are looking for challenging trails to hike or bike or a great park that offers a variety of recreation options, the south metro area has plenty of options to meet your needs. Shopping, sports and family fun are plentiful in Denver and surrounding areas. Take a break from your busy schedule during your visit and enjoy one of the many unique attractions nearby. Take in a ball game on a warm summer night at Coors Field in Downtown Denver 106 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND RELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

or practice your swing at Topgolf in Centennial. Either option allows you to enjoy Colorado’s mild climate and stunning views while experiencing the city’s love of sports and enthusiasm for the active lifestyle. Colorado’s natural land formations have created several popular attractions you won’t want to miss, including the worldfamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where you can catch a concert or simply observe local plants and wildlife. Garden of the Gods to the south in Colorado Springs also showcases Mother Nature’s stunning artwork, with towering sandstone rock formations juxtaposed against the backdrop of Pikes Peak. If play is on the agenda, children of all ages will be thrilled with a variety of indoor and outdoor amusement park options across the south metro area, including water parks that will help you stay cool in the summer. No matter your preference for fun and adventure, the south Denver area has an attraction sure to make your visit memorable.

Like Red Rocks to the west, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre takes advantage of natural features to create an unforgettable concert experience in a venue that provides unmatched Rocky Mountain views. Local museums, such as the Littleton Museum, celebrate Colorado’s pioneering spirit and tenacity required to survive on the arid plains. The Colorado History Museum takes a broader view, exploring the migration of people west in search of gold and the countless cultures that shaped Colorado’s past. Fine arts are cherished as well. An abundance of performing arts venues occupy Denver and its suburbs. Catch a Broadway musical at the historic Buell Theatre, which is continuously ranked as the highest grossing theatre of its kind in the country. The 12-acre Denver Center for the Performing Arts complex also features ten performance spaces, including the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Boettcher Concert Hall. Smaller venues in Littleton, Lone Tree and Parker offer additional opportunities to attend concerts, plays and other theatrical performances. American Museum of Western Art 1727 Tremont Place, Denver 80202 303-293-2000;www.anschutzcollection.org


LEISURE AND RECREATION The mission of the American Museum of Western Art is to promote the public’s understanding and appreciation of art depicting the American West from the early 1800s through today. The art presented is intended to give the public a better understanding and appreciation of the character, history, and beauty of the American West and the people, individuals, and ideas that transformed it over time. Arapahoe Philharmonic 5601 S. Broadway, Littleton, 80121 303-781-1892; www.arapahoe-phil.org Founded in 1953, the Arapahoe Philharmonic is among the longest-established, continuously operating musical resources in Colorado. The orchestra’s musicians are volunteers, playing for the love of music, with a core of compensated section principals who provide technical leadership and help ensure the excellence of performance. Boettcher Concert Hall 1000 14th Street, Denver, 80202 303-MAESTRO www.coloradosymphony.org Boettcher Concert Hall was the first "in the round" symphony hall in the U.S. Built in 1978 as home for the Denver Symphony Orchestra — now the Colorado Symphony — the hall is part of the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC). Boettcher seats more than 2,700 and no member of the audience is more than 85 feet from the stage. The arrangement of the hall creates a more intimate and less formal concert atmosphere. Cherry Creek Arts District Cherry Creek North, Denver 80206 www.cherrycreekartsdistrict.com The Cherry Creek Art District is home to over 20 independent galleries and arts-related businesses, as well as local live theatre and the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Here you can find world class fine art, artisan craftwares, fine jewelry design, custom framing, artistic home furnishings, and more.

Colorado Ballet 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204 303-837-8888; www.coloradoballet.org Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating nearly 60 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and innovative dance in Denver. Colorado Ballet's 31 professional company dancers and 21 Studio Company dancers present more than 50 classical and contemporary ballet performances every year. Coors Field 2001 Blake Street, Denver, 80205 303-292-0200; www.mlb.com/rockies Coors Field has been home to the Colorado Rockies major league baseball team since 1995. The stadium located at 20th and Blake streets in Downtown Denver features a rooftop bar and lounge, a bleacher section, and a new large video scoreboard. With dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains, Coors Field is considered one of the most picturesque ball parks in all of baseball. CU South Denver (The Wildlife Experience) 10035 S. Peoria Street, Lone Tree 80134 303-315-9444; southdenver.cu.edu

reflect the city and region, and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Denver Museum of Nature and Science 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver 80205 303-370-6000; www.dmns.org Active science takes place at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Curators, collections managers, archivists, conservators, librarians, researchers, and lab assistants — along with 600 volunteers — are not only responsible for conducting research but also creating opportunities for citizens to become actively involved in science. The education staff creates compelling programs and experiences for millions of guests and schoolchildren that inspire a passion for exploring and understanding our natural and cultural world.

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CU South Denver is home to an art and natural history museum with an impressive wildlife art collection and educational displays including Globeology, Science on a Sphere and special exhibits. The Wildlife Experience was donated to the University of Colorado in 2015 and serves as a cultural center and community asset with technology-equipped classrooms, an art and natural history museum, event rental spaces and a world-class catering department. Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 80204 720-865-5000; www.denverartmuseum.org The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings

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Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre 6350 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village, 80111; 303-220-7000 www.fiddlersgreenamp.com Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre was designed as a large-scale earth sculpture with rolling grassy slopes and spectacular Rocky Mountain views. Originally built to host community festivals and symphonic music, it was commissioned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts in 1982 and designed by renowned landscape architect George Hargreaves. The venue has a seating capacity of 17,000 people and presents leading musical talent.

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Four Mile Historic Park 715 Forest Street, Denver 80246 720-865-0800; www.fourmilepark.org Nestled on the banks of Cherry Creek, the Four Mile House was the last stop coming west to Denver along the Cherokee Trail. It was a welcome site for the weary travelers, a place to wash off the trail dust, have a drink of cool fresh water, find a home-cooked meal, or spend the night before heading in to Denver. Visitors to this Denver landmark can tour the historic house, say hello to horses, goats and chickens, and learn the craftmanship of the historic barns and outbuildings. The Gothic Theatre 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood 80113 303-789-9206; www.gothictheatre.com

Denver Performing Arts Complex 1345 Champa Street, Denver 80204 303-893-4100; www.denvercenter.org The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the largest performing arts center under one roof in the country. Connected by an 80-foot-tall glass roof, the Arts Complex houses ten performance spaces on its four-block, 12-acre site, including the historic 108 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND RELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Buell Theatre and Boettcher Concert Hall, each with their own charm and character. The Arts Complex is home to four signature resident companies: Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts which offers Broadway shows, Tony-winning theatre, cabaret and experimental productions.

Originally a movie theater built in the 1920s, The Gothic Theatre’s grand art deco style provides an extraordinary and beautiful background. A renovation in 1998 preserved the historic interior as the venue was rebuilt from top to bottom and fitted to become a premier part of Colorado’s music scene. Since then the Gothic Theatre has hosted many local and nationally recognized bands. History Colorado Center 1200 Broadway, Denver 80203 303-447-8679; www.historycolorado.org


LEISURE AND RECREATION The History Colorado Center opened in 2012 in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. An award-winning tourist destination and a hub for learning and entertainment, it’s also a place to shop and dine. The center houses core and traveling exhibitions, public programs and events, educational programs, and unique rental spaces, along with our Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, State Historical Fund, and Stephen H. Hart Library & Research Center. Molly Brown House Museum 1340 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, 80203 303-832-4092; www.mollybrown.org The Molly Brown House Museum was designed and built in 1889 by William Lang in Denver’s fashionable Capitol Hill neighborhood. Margaret and J.J. Brown purchased the home in 1894 after making their fortune in gold mining. It was in Titanic-survivor Margaret “Molly”

Brown’s possession until her death in 1932. The home was saved from potential demolition in 1970 and opened as museum that depicts Mrs. Brown’s lavish lifestyle and the opulence of turn-of-the-century Denver. Museum of Outdoor Arts 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, 80110; 303-806-0444 www.moaonline.org MOA is a multifaceted arts organization that includes an indoor museum space, an outdoor art collection and a variety of arts programs. The museum features a variety of galleries that focus on visual, audio and light-based art. The outdoor collection includes kinetic sculptures, bronze statues and earthbased conceptual works. Arts programs include educational programs as well as experiments in modern modular housing.

Red Rocks 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 80465; 720-865-2494 www.redrocksonline.com Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air amphitheater that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. Two, three hundred-foot monoliths provide acoustic perfection and serve as a history book of animal and plant life in the area for the past 250 million years. More than just a concert venue, Red Rocks features 738 total acres of deer, dinosaurs, pines and prairie, geological wonders and spectacular vistas. Wings Over the Rockies, Exploration of Flight 13005 Wings Way, Englewood 80112 303-360-5360, www.wingsmuseum.org Located on the grounds of Centennial Airport in Englewood, Wings of the Rockies' second location houses future focused avaiation and space centers

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Chatfield Farms 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 80128; 720-865-3500 www.botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms Chatfield Farms is a 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek in southern Jefferson County. Chatfield Farms boasts a large natural area where you can encounter deer, birds and other wildlife. Gain a glimpse into the past through historical buildings that date to the 1800s and observe how Chatfield Farms’ agricultural focus continues today with its current food-growing operation. Denver Mint 320 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, 80204 1-800-USA-MINT; www.usmint.gov Learn the rich history of the United States Mint and how it produces billions of coins each year for the American public with a free, guided tour of the Denver facility. The Denver Mint was established by Congress in 1862, and in 2000, the facility produced 15.4 billion coins, a record for any single U.S. mint facility. Tours are for adults and children 7 years and older. Garden of the Gods 1805 N. 30th Street, Colorado Springs, 80904; 719-634-6666 www.gardenofgods.com

Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark featuring dramatic views, towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This visitor center and museum is the most visited attraction in the region with all new interactive exhibits. Delight in one of Colorado's most photographed views while eating in a glass-enclosed cafĂŠ or from a terrace overlooking Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Hudson Gardens & Event Center 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 80120 303-797-8565; www.hudsongardens.org The Hudson Gardens & Event Center is a picturesque 30 acres of natural beauty offering recreational, educational, entertainment and social event opportunities for visitors of any age or interest. Located minutes from historic downtown Littleton, Hudson Gardens means walking among hundreds of trees, taking photos of beautiful plants and flowers, finding solitude near stunning water features, and exploring nature at your own pace. Littleton Museum 6028 S. Gallup Street, Littleton, 80120 303-795-3950; www.littletongov.org The Littleton Museum offers visitors a unique link between Littleton's past and present. Located on 40 acres adjacent to Ketring Lake, it encompasses three exhibition galleries, a children's


LEISURE AND RECREATION interactive gallery, research center, lecture hall, and two 19th-century living history farm sites. The 1860s homestead farm and the 1890s turn-of-the-century urban farm represent how people lived and worked during the early years in Littleton and the South Platte Valley. Lone Tree Arts Center 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, 80124; 720-509-1000 www.lonetreeartscenter.org The Lone Tree Arts Center is a professional, innovative and environmentally friendly venue. Owned and operated by the City of Lone Tree, LTAC collaborates with premier Colorado performing arts companies to present their productions. An intimate venue with every seat closer than 60 feet from the stage, LTAC has become a prime location for intimate concerts with headline performers as well as international and national touring artists.

Parker Arts, Culture and Events 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 80138 303-805-6800; www.parkerarts.org The PACE Center hosts a wide variety of professional and community arts events including theater, dance, music, visual arts and classes. The space is available for rental by individuals, community and business groups for all types of functions such as weddings, conferences, fundraisers, banquets and business meetings. Parker built the PACE Center to increase the cultural offerings, create a community gathering place, enhance the downtown area and impact economic development. Topgolf 10601 E. Easter Avenue, Centennial, 80112 720-880-3151; www.topgolf.com Featuring more than 100 climate-controlled bays, Topgolf allows both serious and casual golfers to practice their swing.

A full-service restaurant and bars provide refreshment while golfers take aim at lighted targets from bays on three levels. Private event and meeting spaces are available along with a rooftop terrace and firepit. More than 200 HDTVs are located throughout the facility and Wi-Fi is free.

Family and Kid Friendly Attractions Belleview Park 5001 S. Inca Drive, Englewood, 80110 303-798-6927; www.englewoodco.gov Come on down to the farm for a little bit of yesteryear. Enjoy getting to know some real farm animals or learn to practice milking with Buttercup, a life-size fiberglass milking cow. While at Belleview Park, enjoy a ride on the miniature train, play by the creek or on the playground equipment, ride your bike along the bike paths and cool off with concessions sold at the farm.

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LEISURE AND RECREATION Denver Zoo 2300 Steele Street, Denver, 80205 720-337-1400; www.denverzoo.org The Denver Zoo opened a century ago and has grown throughout the years from a small black bear exhibit to a facility that houses animals from birds to reptiles to elephants. The zoo’s goal is to connect people with animals and create defining moments that inspire everyone to respect, value and care for the natural world.

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Fun in the sun is waiting for you at Pirates Cove outdoor aquatic facility. Pirates Cove offers a leisure pool with a large play structure, a 25-meter, 6-lane pool, a 35-foot slide tower with three slides, a lazy river, concessions, and more for your summer fun. 

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, 80204 303-595-4386; www.elitchgardens.com Elitch Gardens is an amusement park with a rich history and tradition. During its long tenure in Denver, the park has housed a zoo, a symphony orchestra and a botanic garden. Today, Elitch Gardens offers amusement park rides for kids and adults, water rides, food and a variety of entertainment options. Family Sports Center/South Suburban Parks and Recreation 6901 S. Peoria Street, Centennial, 80112 303-708-9500 www.ssprd.org/Family-Sports-Center At the Family Sports Center, golfers can get in a quick round on an executive course, practice putts, or hit a bucket of balls year-round on a two-tiered, heated driving range. Ice skaters can practice their form at the facility’s two-sheet ice arena, and hockey fans can watch the Colorado Avalanche practice. Miniature golf, laser tag, climbing wall, bumper cars and an arcade are also available. Lollipop Park 6901 S. Peoria St., Centennial, 80112 303-761-8700; www.lollipoppark.com Looking for an indoor children’s amusement park geared toward younger thrill seekers? Lollipop Park, located inside the Family Sports Center, has a 30-year history of providing fun and entertainment for young visitors. Rides include a horse carousel, air bounce, train

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 LEISURE AND RECREATION HOTELS Whether you are visiting the South Metro Denver area for work or pleasure, choosing a hotel that provides a comfortable home away from home is important, whether you want modern furnishings, free Wi-Fi or complimentary breakfast to start your day. The South Denver Metro Area offers a variety of lodging options, ranging from familiar hotel brands to extended stay rooms or corporate apartments. Many of the hotels in the area are newly built or renovated, ensuring guests can enjoy the latest in comfort, style and technology while they work, explore and play. Hotel options in the area place guests close to Denver Tech Center, home to a bustling business district where many visitors come to meet with clients and colleagues. The area is also home to many nearby attractions, from entertainment venues to malls, as well as convenient transportation to downtown Denver and access to Colorado’s beautiful mountains. Several hotels offer shuttles to nearby attractions for guests who wish to explore during their stay.

With a focus on comfort, many area hotels offer special touches, such as down comforters and luxurious linens to ensure guests get a full night of restful sleep so they can get out and enjoy more of what the south Denver area has to offer. Candlewood Suites DTC Meridian 10535 El Diente Court Englewood, 80112; 303-858-990; www.candlewoodsuites.com The Candlewood Suites Denver Tech Center/Meridian Business Park is an all-suite extended stay hotel in the Englewood, Centennial & Lone Tree areas of Denver, Colorado. Being an extended stay property, we make guests feel at home by offering many of the creature comforts found in their own home. The Candlewood Suites is dedicated to providing the best guest experience possible. We look forward to your stay with us. Courtyard by Marriott Denver SW-Littleton/Highlands Ranch 3056 W. County Line Road, Littleton, 80129 303-791-3001; www.marriott.com Rocky mountain views are showcased at the Courtyard by Marriott Denver in Littleton. All rooms include a microwave and fridge along with free Wi-Fi and mobile work desks. This hotel is all about providing easy

access to the most popular attractions, including Red Rocks Park, Mount Evans, Downtown Denver, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Pepsi Center and Coors Field. Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows 10345 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, 80124; 303-925-0004 www.marriott.com The Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows provides convenient access to nearby Park Meadows Mall and the Lone Tree Entertainment district as well as a shuttle to transport guests to attractions within an 8-mile radius. Guest rooms feature spacious workstations and down comforters. A fitness center and indoor pool help guests stay active while away from home. Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech Center 7801 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village 80111 303-779-6161; Doubletree3.hilton.com Easily accessible, just off I-25 and minutes from downtown Denver, the Doubletree hotel is located in the heart of the Denver Tech Center, featuring balconies and mountain-view rooms. Experience breathtaking views of the Rockies from completely renovated, contemporary guest rooms. An onsite restaurant offers global cuisine with specialties prepared in the wood-fired brick oven. Internet access and a 24-hour business center are available. Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Tech Center 10250 E. Costilla Avenue Centennial, 80112; 303-792-0433 embassysuites3.hilton.com The Embassy Suites Hotel Denver Tech Center is located in the heart of DTC near business parks, retail centers and local attractions. Newly renovated two-room suites feature stylish and upscale appointments with amenities including sofa beds, well-lit work/dining tables and Wi-Fi. Fitness center, pool and convenience store are available

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Conveniently located in the heart of Highlands Ranch Business Park, Home2 Suites by Hilton is an all-suite hotel with easy access to local businesses and major highways and attractions. Many enticing restaurants and shopping options are nearby. Every studio suite features modern décor, free Wi-Fi, flexible work space, and a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher.

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Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center 7800 E. Tufts Avenue, Denver, 80237 303-779-1234 www.denvertechcenter.regency.hyatt.com

Residence Inn is the pioneer and leader of the extended-stay hotel category with more than 700 all-suites hotels across 4 continents. Our spacious suites are designed for longer stays with separate living and sleeping areas so you can work and relax. From fully equipped kitchens and grocery delivery to complimentary hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi, you'll have everything you need to thrive on the road.

The Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center offers a premium one-stop travel experience. Ideal for families, vacationers and business travelers alike, the hotel is conveniently situated minutes from downtown, the airport, and only steps from the Belleview light rail station. Trendy food and beverage options, and exceptional onsite activities, like a full-service fitness center and indoor lap pool, are available. LaQuinta Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center 7077 South Clinton Street Greenwood Village, 80112; 303-649-9969 www.laquintadenvertechcenter.com Guests at LaQuinta Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center will rest easy on pillowtop beds in rooms equipped with free high-speed internet access. A fitness center and outdoor pool are available for guests who wish to stay active while away from home, and free breakfast will start visitors out with a warm, nutritious meal. Guest laundry facilities are available, along with meeting facilities. Marriott Denver Tech Center 4900 S. Syracuse Street, Denver, 80237; 303-779-1100 www.marriott.com Recently redesigned and brimming with amenities, the Denver Marriott Tech Center strives to exceed its guests’ expectations. Guest rooms and suites feature luxury bedding, unique artwork, marble bathrooms and ergonomic work areas. A

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WaterWalk Hotel Apartments 11400 E. Peakview Avenue Centennial, 80111; 720-279-2075 waterwalk.com/locations/denver/ For those staying in the south Denver area for a while, WaterWalk Hotel Apartments offers extended-stay hotel suites and one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments. Utilities, high-speed Internet and DirecTV programming are included in one monthly bill. An active fitness center helps guest stay in shape and an outdoor living space with fire pit, gas grills and seating areas provide a relaxing retreat. Wingate by Wyndham 8000 E. Peakview Avenue Greenwood Village, 80111 303-221-0383; www.wingatedenver.com A sophisticated urban hotel, the Wingate by Windham offers oversized guest rooms and suites with mountain décor, resort-style amenities and friendly service. Rooms are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, premium cable channels and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is situated within walking distance of numerous shops, restaurants and corporate offices as well as Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre and the Denver Tech Center. 


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Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball (MLB) Season: April–September 303-762-5437; www.rockies.mlb.com The Colorado Rockies had their inaugural season in 1993, playing in front of a record-breaking 4.4 million fans that first year. The team is a member of the National League West Division. The Rockies played in the 2007 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

Denver Broncos National Football League (NFL) Season: September–January 303-649-9000; www.denverbroncos.com Get out your blue and orange! Broncomania is a fact of life in Denver Colorado. The Broncos won their first Super Bowl through a 31-24 victory against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. A year later, they won again. To honor the team’s successes, the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame was established in 1984. The team’s most valuable players and administrators are inducted into the Ring of Fame, which visitors can see on Level 5 of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League (NHL) Season: October–April 303-405-1100 www.coloradoavalanche.com The Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League team has called Denver home since the 1995-1996 season. The Avalanche has advanced to postseason play each year, and won the Stanley Cup twice.


LEISURE AND RECREATION Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse National Lacrosse League (NLL) Season: January–April 303-405-1100; www.coloradomammoth.com The National Lacrosse League’s Colorado Mammoth won the NLL 2006 Champions Cup. More than 990,000 Mammoth fans have packed the Pepsi Center since the team began playing there in 2003. Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse Season: May–August 303-OUTLAWS www.denveroutlaws.com Since joining Major League Lacrosse in 2006, the Denver Outlaws have been one of the league’s most successful teams. They have made it to the championship game four times. Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer (MLS) Season: April–September 303-405-1100 www.coloradorapids.com Denver’s Major League Soccer team was founded in 1995 and moved to its new home at Dick’s Sporting Good Park in 2007.

Horse Racing

Nearly 65,000 Coloradans throughout the state own and love horses, and many of them participate in racing. Summer weekends tend to be busy times at area racetracks, as 40 percent of the state’s horse population are actually show or racehorses! Arapahoe Park Racetrack 26000 E. Quincy, Aurora, 80016 303-690-2400; www.mihiracing.com Horse racing occurs every weekend, June through September.

Other Spectator Sports

A variety of other spectator sporting events happen in Colorado, including the Winter X Games in Aspen, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the women’s NCAA final four. Learn more about upcoming national and international sporting events in Denver at www.denversports.org.

Collegiate Sports

College sports teams are also abundant in the metro Denver area. Top-ranked sports programs exist at Colorado School of Mines,

Colorado Christian University, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Regis University, University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver. Sports supported by colleges and universities in the area include baseball, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, water polo, skiing, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

Professional Sports Venues Denver’s numerous sports venues are primarily located in or near downtown, and are credited with contributing to the revitalization of lower downtown. 1stBank Center 11450 Broomfield Lane Broomfield, 80020 303-460-8800; www.1stbankcenter.com Formerly known as the Broomfield Event Center, 1STBANK Center is the premiere mid-sized event venue in the Denver area. The state-of-the-art venue has a capacity of 6,500 people and hosts live music, family shows, sporting events, community functions and more.

Auto Racing

Bandimere Speedway 3051 S. Rooney Road, Morrison, 80465 303-697-6001; www.bandimere.com Bandimere celebrated its 55th anniversary season in 2013. National Hot Rod Association Championship Drag Racing happens here every April through October. Colorado National Speedway 4281 Weld County Road 10, Dacono, 80514; 303-825-0116; www.coloradospeedway.com The Colorado National Speedway hosts the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, the richest and most recognized short-track series in the nation, from April through September each year.

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» LEISURE AND RECREATION Coors Field 2001 Blake St., Denver, 80205 303-762-5437 www.mlb.com/rockies/ballpark The Colorado Rockies call Coors Field home. The baseball park can hold more than 500,000 fans. Since opening in 1995, it has been a leader in attendance for major league baseball games. Spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains greet those sitting in the first base and right field areas. Seats in the upper deck’s 20th row are painted purple to mark 5,280 feet, exactly one mile above sea level. The park’s amenities include private suites, retail stores, picnic areas, an interactive games area, specially designated Family Sections and a clubhouse. Visitors can tours Coors Field throughout the year. Sports Authority Field at Mile High 1701 Bryant St., Denver, 80204 720-258-3000 www.sportsauthorityfieldatmilehigh.com With a unique, undulating upper profile and a skin of steel, glass and aluminum, Sports Authority Field at Mile High reflects the Rocky Mountains to the west and the modern Denver skyline to the east. The 1.8-million-square-foot stadium opened in 2001 and has more than 76,000 seats for fans. The National Football League’s Denver Broncos and the Denver Outlaws, a summer lacrosse team, call Sports Authority Field at Mile High home. Outstanding views exist for fans on five levels of seating, including 8,200 club seats and 144 luxury suites. The playing area is natural grass. Traditional and specialty concession fare is available for purchase. Level 5 of Sports Authority Field holds the Ring of Fame, which honors former Denver Broncos players and administrators. A special sculpture created in Florence, Italy by renowned sculptor Sergio Benvenuti, depicts five larger-than-life broncos, a mare and a colt running uphill in an alpine mountain setting. On the south end of the stadium, a grand lawn provides an on-site festival and event area with a permanent stage. A park-like area on the east side of the stadium integrates the landscape of the 120 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VISITO R A ND RELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

South Platte River with native grasses, creating the feeling of a loose, undulating plain. Autumn Blaze Maples are placed in concentric circles, forming “pass through the land,” a public art project incorporated in the east side. Pepsi Center 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, 80204 303-405-1100; www.pepsicenter.com This sports and entertainment venue hosts more than 220 sporting events, concerts and special events each year. Located at the edge of downtown Denver, the Pepsi Center is home to the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets, National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche and National Lacrosse League’s Colorado Mammoth. The Pepsi Center opened in October 1999 with a Celine Dion concert. The 5-level arena seats 20,000+ for concerts, 19,155 for basketball games and 18,007 for hockey games. 1,000 staff members are required to run each event. The stadium includes 95 luxury suites that accommodate from 12 to 16 people, as well as 298 wheelchair accessible locations with companion seats. Guests can also enjoy casual and fine dining in three different restaurants: the Blue Sky Grill, Land Rover Denver Club and Peak Pub House. The Pepsi Center is located in a convenient location that is accessible by public bus and light rail. 

NIGHT LIFE When it’s time to get out and enjoy the nightlife in South Metro Denver, the variety of clubs, bars, and entertainment venues might have you wondering where to start. After all, there’s a little something for everyone in this part of town: dancing, drinks, live music, and more! Coming to the mile-high city

to experience the full profile of things to do in Colorado’s capital almost requires a sampling of the many south Denver hotspots that are sure to enrich your after-hours enjoyment.

Recommended Hot Spots in South Denver

The club, bar, and lounge scene in south Denver is constantly changing. Even so, there are a few south Denver staples of nighttime leisure that simply cannot be missed. Be sure to add these to your list of spots to stop by while in the area: View House (Multiple Locations) 2015 Market Street, Denver 7101 S. Clinton, Centennial, 80112 2680 W. Main Street, Littleton, 80120 www.viewhouse.com Inspired by Colorado's love of sports and the outdoors, the ViewHouse offer patrons rooftop dining, a second to none sports bar and some of the largest TV's screens in Denver. With views of the Rocky Mountains, the ViewHouse is the perfect place to gather and watch one of Denver's beloved sports teams or just relax and enjoy summer in Colorado. There’s an additional View House location in Centennial where the food, brews, and views are just as great; be sure to check it out. Robusto Room 9535 Park Meadows Dr. #D2, Lone Tree www.TheRobustoRoom.com Cigars, anyone? The Robusto Room at I-25 and E-470 sports a relaxing, puff-friendly environment for patrons to sip martinis, listen to a live DJ and soak in some downtime. Check out their website for a list of events. Proof Nite Club 7800 E Hampden Ave, Denver www.ProofNiteClub.com


It’s ‘where Denver comes to Dance’! Proof Niteclub bills itself as a video dance club that plays modern dance music as well as 80’s and 90’s hits. The lights and visual stimulation at Proof is astounding, and there’s no shortage of fantastic mixed drinks to enjoy alongside the great music. Proof is known as being a dance headquarters for Denver, particularly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. There’s happy hour and VIP service, and remember that Proof does enforce a dress code, so refer to the site listed above for more information. Silver Spur Saloon 9890 W Girton Dr., Lakewood www.SilverSpurBar.com Perhaps the dancing shoes can stay at home, and the cowboy boots can come out! Silver Spur Saloon in Lakewood is your south Denver destination for live country music performed by local acts, along with great drink and food specials. Silver Spur Saloon is the result of the modern revitalization of a classic Denver watering hole: Eck’s Saloon. Stop in and see how the owners have modernized an iconic, western-themed bar with a twist. 40 Thieves Hookah Lounge 5500 S. Simms St., Littleon, 80127 www.40ThievesOnline.com For those with a penchant for hookahs, 40 Thieves Hookah Lounge offers a broad selection of high-quality sheesha along with air hockey, a fun atmosphere, and live Dj’s spinning dance music. Be careful, though: after entering 40 Thieves, you might walk out as one of Denver’s ‘cool kids’.

Top 12 Places Enjoy Nightlife in South Denver

All work and no play is for the birds! Find out where to meet up with friends, shake it on a hoppin’ dancefloor, or just relax with a nice glass of wine. South Denver has a wide variety of happening opportunities to relish in the nightlife, offering something for everyone.

Whether you’re in the mood to two-step at a country bar or sample some delicious craft beer in a cozy atmosphere, we’ve made it easy for you by bringing together the top ten best places to enjoy nightlife in South Denver. The New McCarthy’s Bar and Grill 15350 E Smoky Hill Road, Aurora www.mccarthysaurora.com Best described as the quintessential sports bar and grill, The New McCarthy’s Bar and Grill in Aurora is a casual, comfortable bar providing beer, mixed drinks, delectable American food and exceptional service. The food menu includes burgers, wraps, wings, sliders and more! There’s a digital jukebox, plenty of large flat-screen TV’s, live poker, and bingo every week. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights feature live music on most weeks; check the website for a list of upcoming events. The Alamo Drafthouse and Cinema 7301 S Santa Fe Dr. Unit #850, Littleton www.drafthouse.com/denver/theater

Where can you get a fantastic draft beer, a world-class meal, and a cinematic experience all in one? At the Alamo Drafthouse and Cinema in Littleton, of course! In addition to showing many of the most popular new releases on the big screen, Alamo Drafthouse serves up made-fromscratch fare to enjoy as you’re entertained. Make it a night by adding friends and a round of mixed drinks before last call. The Boardroom Sports Bar and Steakhouse 51 W Dry Creek Ct, Littleton, 80120 Located at the intersection of East Dry Creek Road and South Broadway, The Boardroom is the place to go for an authentic Colorado bar experience complete with a juicy steak. Touting 30+ HDTV’s, shuffleboard tables, pool tables, more than 20 beers on draft, and a full menu of creative comfort food, The Boardroom is a local hotspot for sports fans and steak lovers alike. The radio station 104.4 The Fan even hosts live broadcasts here, giving away free sports memorabilia and event tickets! Check it out! WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 1 21


» LEISURE AND RECREATION three locations in Denver. The Highlands Ranch Lodo’s is second-to-none, with a fun, hip crowd that you can expect to grow as the night goes on. And, the views of the mountains are breathtaking! The Robusto Room 9535 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree www.therobustoroom.com

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Breckenridge Brewery 2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton www.breckbrew.com Born in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado – the Breckenridge Brewery is the third oldest craft brewery in the state. Located on a 12 acre site on Brewery Lane, the farm inspired campus features a 100 barrel brewhouse, barrel aging room and the farm house restaurant. Tours area available five days a week, or just enjoy a pure Colorado beer around a fire pit and get to know the people around you. Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar 1601 Mayberry Dr Highlands Ranch, 80129 www.indulgewinebar.com The Highlands Ranch destination for great wine, delicious food and a fun, festive environment is Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar. The cheese plates are savory, the wine list is expansive, and there’s a chic, modern theme that really makes Indulge a classy place to get together with friends after hours. And, they specialize in hosting special events, too! Lodo’s Bar and Grill 8545 S Quebec St, Highlands Ranch lodosbarandgrill.com Lodo’s Bar and Grill is “where Denver plays!” There’s no shortage of good times to be had at this Denver staple for nightlife activity, from dancing to rooftop dining. Known for their mixed drinks and lively atmosphere, Lodo’s Bar and Grill has 122 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

Ready to take the edge off the day by kicking back and relaxing with a nice cigar and great company? Then check out the Robusto Room in Lone Tree - a cigar bar and cocktail lounge that exudes class. Light on the pretense but still sophisticated, the contemporary surroundings inside the Robusto Room are a mix of mid-century stylings and modern, elegant furnishings. Pair your cigar with a mixed drink from the bar, and be sure to check out the attached VIP cigar locker, “Stogeys and Bogeys”. The Mirage Sports Bar and Grill 8340 W Coal Mine Ave, Littleton themiragesportsbar.com What’s that? You’re looking for karaoke, off-track betting, pool, darts, and live music? Then you’ve got to check out the Mirage Sports Bar and Grill in Littleton. It’s just ‘good, old-fashioned fun’ with plenty of ways to entertain groups of any size. In case you need even more diversion, there’s live poker, dancing, and a full menu of fantastic food. So, grab your friends and head over to southeast corner of Wadsworth and Coal Mine in Littleton. See you there! Stampede 2430 S Havana St, Aurora www.stampedeclub.net From country music boot-scootin’ to Hispanic dance celebrations, Stampede is the local go-to for south Denver dancing. Is it Wednesday? If so, head over to Stampede for Denver’s best ladies night! There’s live music most weekends, and there’s even a mechanical bull, if you’re feeling lucky. Corporate events and party planning are a specialty at Stampede as well. At Stampede, the crowd is definitely more country-inspired, so don’t forget your cowboy hats and belt buckles.

The Tailgate Tavern 19552 Main Street Parker, Colorado 80138 Tailgatetavern.com Located on Main Street in Parker, “The Tailgate” is a popular spot for locals to enjoy live music, poker tournaments and good food. The establishment is locally owned, and has two main stages. The first is located inside, where people can eat, drink and dance to local and and tribute bands. One the recently expanded patio, the outdoor stage is a great place to spend a summer night. The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Families, including dogs are welcomed for weekend brunch. Takoda Tavern 12365 Pine Bluffs Way; Parker, Colorado 80134; Takodatavern.com Takoda Tavern is a locally owned bar that has the only rooftop patio in Parker. Popular with “bikers” and locals, Takoda’s has a friendly atmosphere, where the bar tenders make your drink when they see you walk through the door. With an expanded menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, patrons can enjoy live music, friendly service and enjoy an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains. Halfpenny Brewing Company 5150 E. Arapahoe Rd, Centennial www.halfpennybrewing.com Experience three different sections as you enjoy crafted beer, the English Snug, the German Beerhall and the American Tasting Room. The Halfpenny taproom is the perfect place to enjoy a beer with friends or while watching the big game on one of the three 55' TV's or 12 foot projectors. With sandwiches and snacks, this taproom is the perfect place to unwind. Have fun exploring all that the nightlife scene in South Denver has to offer. Regardless of where you choose to go for your night out on the town, remember to designate a driver for the evening and never drive inebriated. Have a blast! 


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CHEERS! PROST! In Colorado, we love beer. In fact, we love it so much that we’ve built shrines devoted to the crafting, consumption, and community that surrounds Colorado beer culture. These beer shrines - otherwise known as breweries - are peppered throughout Colorado, but a handful of the best of them are located in South Denver. Whether you prefer a misty, golden Blonde Ale or a rich, aromatic Coffee Stout, the breweries of South Denver have something to offer everyone, and every delicious beverage is served up with pride and passion for beer that Coloradans are known for. The challenge becomes squeezing in trips to all of south Denver’s best breweries during your stay in the mile high city. We’ll be helping you accomplish this task with this spotlight on the best places to enjoy a nice, cold beer during your visit, whether you’re going to Aurora, Castle Rock, Littleton, Parker, or somewhere inbetween. So, grab some friends, get thirsty and check out these south Denver breweries you simply can’t miss during your trip.

Beer from Broadway to Bowles and Back For a fitting introduction to breweries in South Denver, we’re starting with a brewery located on one of the oldest and most historic streets in the entire state: Broadway. Billed as south Denver’s premier craft brewery, the Brew on Broadway (BoB) touts an impressive list of craft brews to enjoy on their south-facing outdoor brew patio. 8 house ale taps, 6 seasonal ale taps, and 3 nitro taps ensure that there’s a pour just right for even the most demanding beer aficionado in your bunch. The Brew on Broadway is also kid and dog friendly with free wi-fi, weekly events like trivia, open mic night, and live music, and there’s even a Celtic Session Group that meets every Thursday. Brewery Vitals: Brew on Broadway, 3445 South Broadway, Englewood, 80113 303-781-5665.

For a warm, neighborly brewery experience with a unique twist on traditional brewing methods, be sure to check out Locavore Beer Works, located in Littleton just west of Santa Fe on Bowles. This community-focused brewery is also family and pet friendly with a patio and, for those cool winter evenings, a fire pit! On tap at Locavore is a scintillating selection of lagers, IPA’s, and stouts, each with its own individual flavor profile, character, and trademark finish. Need a pick-me-up? Try the Locavore “The Dude” Nitro - a Coffee Ale made with coffee from local beanery Corvus Coffee. Brewery Vitals: Locavore Beer Works 5950 S. Platte Canyon Rd., Littleton, 80123 720-476-4419 A sampling of the best breweries in south Denver simply wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the very first brewery to ever open its doors in Aurora: Dry Dock Brewing Company. This quaint, homestyle brewery began as a two-person homebrew shop that expanded into the 7-barrel brewhouse, tasting room, and community gathering place that it is today. With fun events like movie nights, fly tying classes, and scrumptious, trendsetting beers like the Strawberry Milkshake IPA, there truly is something for everyone at Dry Dock. There are two locations; the ‘South Dock’ location is just east of the Denver Tech Center. Brewery Vitals: Dry Dock Brewing Company - South Dock 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, 80014 303-400-5606

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In the central-South area of Denver, those looking for a fine brew crafted in the ‘old English’ tradition need to look no further than Boggy Draw Brewery, located at S. Platte River Road and Hampden Avenue. Boggy Draw features a beer menu including 16 craft beers ranging in alcohol volume from 5-11%. As a tasty complement to your beer, Boggy Draw serves Rocky Mountain Pizza, Bavarian-style pretzels, and an assortment of beef jerky. Stop in to learn why Boggy


Discovering south Colorado’s breweries is a fantastic way to get to know Denver. Wherever your brewery tour takes you, don’t forget to designate a driver or to use rideshare services like Lyft or Uber, both of which serve the entire Denver Metro Area. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy all that south Denver breweries have to offer!

Draw Brewery has become a favorite among beer drinkers with a penchant for a crisp, satisfying pint brewed by a distinguished member of the Colorado Brewers Guild.

More to Pour in South Denver Need more of that signature Colorado brewery experience? Don’t forget to check out these popular breweries, all located in the south Denver Metro Area: Resolute Brewing Company 7286 Yosemite St. #110, Centennial, 80112 720-722-1238 Offering 20 taps with a warm, inviting atmosphere, and food truck service! Dead Hippie Brewing 3701 S. Santa Fe Dr. #7, Sheridan, 80110, (720) 446-7961 “Big, flavorful beers brewed in small, manageable batches”

Landlocked Ales 3225 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, 80227 303-284-8748

Almost 7,000 square feet of craft beer goodness with a bar offering a broad selection of libations.

A fun, friendly brewery with 8+ taps including rotating seasonal taps.

HalfPenney Brewing Company 5150 East Arapahoe Road, Unit D1-B, Centennial, 80122, 720-583-0580

St. Patrick’s Brewing Company 2842 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, 80120 720-420-9112 A craft microbrewery with a tasting room, beer garden, and event space offering ales, lagers, and hybrids. Breckenridge Brewery 2920 Brewery Lane, Littleton, 80120 303-623-2739 Brewery with tasting room offering craft beers and hearty, American fare. Grist Brewing Company 9150 Commerce Center Cir. #300, Highlands Ranch, 80129 720-360-4782

A family-friendly, neighborhood craft brewery specializing in handcrafted German and English style beers. 3 Freaks Brewery 7140 E County Line Rd., Highlands Ranch, 80126, 720-220-4358 Microbrews served up by people who are obsessed and unusually enthusiastic about beer. 38 State Brewing Company 8071 S. Broadway Suite A, Littleton, 80122 720-638-3678 What happens when a gardener, an engineer, and a businesswoman start a brewery? 38 State! WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 1 25


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Denver has one of the most diverse and sought-after selections of restaurants for foodies and no-nonsense types alike; there truly is something for everyone in the mile-high city. Nowhere else is this more apparent than in the south side of town, where you can find upscale, trendy hot spots for a great steak as well as convenient, friendly vendors of street tacos, Peruvian cuisine and more.

The food scene in South Denver spans the entire spectrum of the dining experience - but, because there’s so much to love about South Denver restaurants, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. To help narrow down the choices, we’re serving up a few highlights representing some of the best that Denver’s restaurants have to offer. Whether you’re visiting the city for just a few days or you’re a local looking for a hip place you’ve never tried before, we’re making it easy for you by dishing out the lowdown on some popular South Denver eateries. After learning about the most wave-making dining establishments in the area, refer to the handy list at the end, for future reference any time those hunger pangs return! Barolo Grill 3030 E 6th Ave, Denver 303-393-1040 www.barologrilldenver.com Barolo Grill is an outlier when it comes to Italian food. This restaurant serves “authentic northern Italian food while maintaining a comfortable, elegant ambiance”, while still maintaining the sense of community around food that Italians are known for. If you go, be sure to order the fritto misto. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar 2151 E. Briarwood Ave. #621 Centennial; 303-993-7459 www.baddaddysburgerbar.com Picture your dream burger, then head here to create it. Bad Daddy's Burger

Bar doesn't mess around when it comes to cravings-- instead, we shoot for the moon with unexpected culinary twists, like buttermilk-fried bacon and green chili cheese tots. What takes us even more over-the-top is our CreateYour-Own burger menu, giant chopped salads, regional craft brews on tap and signature cocktails all in an urban garage atmosphere. It's a place for the whole family or a night on the town with friends, but either way, look no further for your future hang out. Chinook Tavern 6380 S Fiddlers Green Cir, Greenwood Village, 720-266-6000 www.chinookdenver.com A family-owned restaurant spanning three generations, the Chinook Tavern is a mainstay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s even a fondue/raclette menu, which is available in their exclusive “Zermatt Room”. Fancy! If you’re a meat eater, you simply cannot miss their 8-ounce filet mignon. Crave Real Burgers 3980 Limelight Ave, Castle Rock 303-814-2829 www.craverealburgers.com Delivering some of the best burgers and shakes around, Crave Real Burgers is a solid source for craveworthy burger goodness. Served up with a side of fresh, crispy fries, the burgers at Crave pack as much taste and satisfaction on one plate as is humanly possible. If you go, be sure to try the Cubano. WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 127


» DINING AND SHOPPING Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar 191 Inverness Dr W, Englewood 303-768-0827 www.flemingssteakhouse.com What’s not to love about Fleming ’s? This upscale Englewood steakhouse prides itself on its choice-cut filets and sinfully delicious desserts. The Lava Cake is renown, and repeat customers keep coming back because of the friendly, professional service and elegant interior. Hacienda Colorado 10500 Bierstadt Way, Englewood 303-858-8588 www.haciendacolorado.four-food.com Hacienda Colorado is a local mainstay for fresh, delicious Mexican food mixed with that signature Colorado flair. There’s a lot to love about the food, but the atmosphere makes the total experience that much more enjoyable. Bring the family! Izakaya Den 1487A S Pearl St, Denver 303-777-0691; www.izakayaden.net There’s regular sushi, and then there’s sushi at Izakaya Den. Heralded as one of the best restaurants in the entire city of Denver, Izakaya Den has built a reputation as being one of the premier providers of sushi across the US. If you’re a fan of sushi, this is an absolutely must-try. Los Dos Potrillos Mexican Restaurant 8251 S Holly St, Centennial 720- 529-0299; www.los2potrillos.com Los Dos Portrillos has a very loyal following and for many good reasons. Regulars are in love with everything from the authentic food and the great prices, to the friendly staff and fabulous drinks. Don't miss Los Dos Portrilos's amazing margaritas. There is a classic version, as well as different fruit offerings. 128 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VIS ITO R A ND R ELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

Maggiano’s Little Italy 7401 S. Clinton Street Englewood 303-858-1405 ; www.maggianos.com Whether celebrating a special occasion or gathering the family for an informal dinner, Maggiano’s strives to make every Guest feel comfortable enough to laugh out loud, reminisce, and be indulged. With that in mind, we know that to make our Guests feel special, our teammates have to feel special. Just as every Guest is part of our family at Maggiano’s, so are our Teammates. We have an attitude of “we over me” and have fun each day making each other, and our Guests, feel special.

on taste, consider Perfect Landing in Englewood. This restaurant serves American food with a local twist that will surely please. Perfect Landing fans love the lobster roll! Seasons 52 8325 Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree 303-799-0252; www.seasons52.com Billed as providers of moderately-priced American cuisine, Seasons 52 serves from a menu including scallop and duck plates that have elevated this establishment to high standing with Denver locals. The sea bass and brussel sprouts have also garnered praise.

Old Blinking Light 9344 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch 303-346-9797 www.oldblinkinglight.com

Sierra 10680 Cabela Dr, Lone Tree 303-662-8800 www.sierrarestaurant.com

Whether you are looking for a relaxing lunch, family-friendly dinner or night out to enjoy excellent margaritas, the Old Blinking Light welcomes you! Named one of America’s 10 Best New Chefs by Food & Wine Magazine, Chef Joseph Wrede joins forces with owners Michael Yaccino and Nat Troy to introduce a fresh new taste to the Highlands Ranch community. Influenced by a Taos, NM background, the superb menu offers a wide range of fresh flavors and tastes. American food with a Southwest soul!

Sierra Grill specializes in wood-fire grilled favorites and made-from-scratch menu offerings. Whether visiting lunch or dinner, guests can enjoy upscale food and drinks while watching meal preparations in the open kitchen, which includes an old-world pizza oven, a wood-fire grill and in-house bakery. The menu includes recipes from California, West Texas, Louisiana and many other locations for an interesting dining experience every time you visit.

Opa Grill 18366 Lincoln Ave, Parker 303-841-7074; www.opagrillparker.com

The Wooden Table 2500 E Orchard Rd Ste C, Greenwood Village; 303-730-2152 www.thewoodentablerestaurant.com

Mediterranean and Greek food for demanding palettes is waiting for you at Opa, where you can find lunch and dinner specialities like gyros and Saganaki that are second-to-none. Stop in for a sampling of their baklava, too!

This vegetarian-friendly Italian restaurant represents finer dining in a masterful way, by offering patrons an exquisite selection of traditional Italian fare with options available for those who prefer to go gluten-free. If you go, be sure to try one of their house-made pastas; they’re fantastic!

Perfect Landing 7625 S Peoria St, Englewood 303-649-4478; www.theperfectlanding.com

Union Bistro 3 Wilcox St, Castle Rock; 303-688-8159 www.unionamericanbistro.com

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» DINING AND SHOPPING and unparalleled character. Described by patrons as cozy and upbeat, the Union Bistro has patio seating and vegan options for choosier eaters. There’s also a happy hour with yummy meal specials!

The Garlic Knot 3200 South Wadsworth Boulevard #A, Lakewood, 80227; 303-980-5668

Virgilio’s Pizza and Wine Bar 10025 W San Juan Way, Littleton 303-972-1011; www.ilovepizzapie.com

The Lost Cajun 5350 S Santa Fe Dr f, Littleton, 80120 720-535-8862; www.thelostcajun.com

Voted Colorado’s Best Pizza by USA Today in 2014, Virgilio’s Pizza and Wine Bar makes having a wine with your pizza as classy as it gets. They’re known for serving pizza pie made with the freshest ingredients, and the taste is something you’ll rave about.

SURROUNDING EATERIES WORTH MENTIONING Why stay in and cook when the huge variety of restaurants in south Denver beckons you? If you’re wondering where to set your sights for a quick and easy burger or a fancy, four-course meal for the whole family, refer to this handy list. We’ve scoured the local eateries to find the best places to enjoy a broad range of cuisines.

Lakewood

Pho Saigon Basil 7057 W Alaska Dr, Lakewood, 80226 303-922-6100; www.phosaigonbasil.com Good Times Restaurants, Inc. 141 Union Blvd. Lakewood, 80228; 303-384-1400 www.goodtimesburgers.com Fortune City 1939 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, 80227; 303-986-8887 www.denverfortunecity.com Sunrise Sunset 1424 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, 80232; 303-986-6065 www.sunrisebreakfast.com 130 S O U T H MET R O D E NVE R VISITO R A ND RELOCATION GUIDE | 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 2 0

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Littleton

Damascus Grill 1399 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton, 80120; 303-797-6666; www.damascusgrill.com

Hogback BBQ and Grill 7986 S Depew St, Littleton, 80128 303-948-2711 www.hogbackrestaurantlittleton.com Old Santa Fe Express 5501 S Broadway, Littleton, 80121 303-794-2420 www.oldsantafemexicangrill.com

Lone Tree

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille 8433 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree 80124; 303-792-2571

Cafe Terracotta 5649 S Curtice St, Littleton, 80120 303-794-6054; www.cafe-terracotta.com

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Toast 2700 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, 80120 303-797-9543; www.toastygoodness.com

Acres 3999 S Broadway, Englewood, 80113 303-593-1003; www.acrescolorado.com

Harley’s Hot Dog Revolution 1500 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton, 80120 720-236-9617; www.harleysdogs.com Romano’s Pizzeria 5666 S Windermere St, Littleton, 80120; 303-798-4944 www.romanospizzeria.com Sushi Basho 2700 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, 80120 303-730-9999 www.sushibasholittleton.com The Pint Room – Littleton 2620 W. Belleview Ave. Littleton, 80123 720-283-3200 www.pintroomlittleton.com Platte River Bar and Grill 5995 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, 80120 303-798-9356; www.theplatte.com Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery 2920 Brewery Ln, Littleton, 80120 303-803-1380; www.breckbrew.com Zaika Indian Cuisine 151 W Mineral Ave #109 Littleton, 80120; 720-328-3038 www.zaikalittleton.com

Englewood

Fancy's Gourmet 10111 Inverness Main Steet, Suite M, Englewood, 80112; 303-386-4651 www.francysgourmet.com The Perfect Landing Restaurant 7625 S Peoria St, Englewood, 80112 303-649-4478; www.theperfectlanding.com Cochino Taco 3495 S Downing St, Englewood, 80113 720-573-6174; www.cochinotaco.com Colore Italian Restaurant 2700 S Broadway, Englewood, 80113; 303-761-4332; www.coloreitalian.com Undici Italian Ristorante 1200 E Hampden Ave, Englewood, 80113; 303-761-2828 www.undicidenver.com

Centennial

Snooze AM Eatery 6781 S York St #515, Centennial, 80122 303-734-9655; www.snoozeeatery.com Culver's of Centennial 10440 E. Arapahoe Rd, Centennial, 80112; 720-939-6120 www.culvers.com


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To plan your retail excursion, be sure to check out the following areas, all located south of Hampden Avenue. There’s something for everyone: from Boot Barns to furniture warehouses, and from guitar stores to the perfect perfumerie. Use this helpful list to make sure you’re not missing any of the shopping opportunities Denver has to offer. Arapahoe Marketplace Shopping Center 8505 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, 80112 Billed as a “collection of eateries, retail shops & service-oriented storefronts, mainly from national names”, the Arapahoe Marketplace Shopping Center offers quick access to food and basic necessities from big-name retailers. Enjoy a delicious plate of tacos from Torchy’s Tacos or catch a movie at the nearby United Artists Greenwood Plaza 12-screen movie theater. This shopping area also offers great views of the Rocky Mountains! Arapahoe Crossings 6400-6700 S Parker Rd, Aurora, 80016 www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/ denver/amc-arapahoe-crossing-16 Anchoring the Arapahoe Crossings shopping mall is the AMC Theaters Arapahoe Crossings 16 cinema complex, which operates alongside other notable retailers like Kohl’s, Bath and Body Works, and Q-Doba Mexican Grill. This shopping center is big enough to spend most of the afternoon there, but not too large to be confusing or frustrating to get around. And, if you’re up for some bowling, just cross South Parker Road and you’ll be at the Celebrity Lanes bowling alley! Aspen Grove Mall 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, 80120 www.AspenGroveCenter.com The Aspen Grove Mall is a hub for entertainment and shopping in Littleton, with a cinema, drafthouse, and no shortage of fine shopping establishments including Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, Pier One Imports, and more. Visit the URL above for a complete listing of sales, events and more information. Bear Valley Shopping Center 3100 S Sheridan Blvd, Denver, 80227 benchmarkop.com/bear-valley.html

For a variety of retail vendors offering everyday products and services, you’d be hard pressed to find a more efficient and convenient shopping center like the Bear Valley Shopping Center located off South Sheridan Blvd. in Denver. Whether you need something quick from the King Sooper’s grocery store or if you need to whittle down that to-do list by visiting Home Depot, the shops at this quick and easy shopping center make it a breeze. Bowles Crossing Shopping Center 8055 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, 80123 www.vestar.com/properties/ bowles-crossing/ A Littleton destination for shopping, entertainment, and quality time spent with family and friends, the Bowles Crossing Shopping Center touts major retailers like AMC Theaters, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Ross, and more. Enjoy the open-air shopping experience as you take in the Colorado sunshine, making time to get in some last-minute shopping for sundry items at Trader Joe’s. Centennial Promenade 9555 E County Line Rd, Centennial, 80112 www.sitecenters.com/properties/ centennial-promenade It’s the Centennial colossus! The Centennial Promenade is a whopping 825,000 square-foot retail property situated right at I-25 and East County Line Road. This shopping center is home to the Denver IKEA store, and dozens of specialty retailers like Christy Sports, Golf Galaxy, Stickley Furniture, and much more. And, if the Centennial Promenade doesn’t have what you’re looking for, you can just head south a block or two and you’ll be in Park Meadows Mall! Festival Shopping Center 8110 S University Blvd, Centennial, 80122 www.FestivalShoppingCenter.com The Festival Shopping Center is a smaller, more compact destination for shoppers in the Centennial area. Featuring a dance studio (CenterStage Starz), an artisan and boutique market (Unlisted), and a wine store (Water 2 Wine), this shopping center is conveniently located at East County Line

Road and South University Blvd. Need a break from shopping? Head a block south to the AMF Littleton Lanes for some bowling! Heritage Hills Shopping Center 9227 Lincoln Ave, Lone Tree, 80124 In Lone Tree and looking for a nice place to spend some money, or the afternoon? Check out the Heritage Hills Shopping Center located at South Yosemite Street and Heritage Hills Circle. The retail offerings available here are more aligned with what more typical chain strip malls might have to offer, with staples including Safeway, Great Clips, a Chipotle Mexican Grill, and more. Marina Square Shopping Center 8101 E Belleview Ave, Denver, 80237 sheaproperties.com/retail/detail/3/ marina-square If you find yourself heading to the Denver Tech Center, then you can’t leave the Marina Square Shopping Center off your list of places to visit for some retail therapy. A mix of unique restaurants and specialty goods retailers awaits you, including the Great Northern Tavern, Latitude Sports Memorabilia, Poke City, and much more. There’s even a ONE Yoga location, where you can breathe deep and destress in between credit card swipes. Oakbrook Shopping Center 311 E County Line Rd, Littleton, 80122 If you’re looking for a happening place to go grab some breakfast before heading out for a day of shopping, be sure to add the Oakbrook Shopping Center to your agenda. This compact retail area includes a Waffle House, a Mexican restaurant (3 Margaritas), and easy access to a nursery and photo center. To get here, just head south on Broadway to the East County Line Road intersection. Park Meadows Mall 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree, 80124; www.ParkMeadows.com Park Meadows Mall is one of the largest and most frequented shopping areas in all of south Denver. Located just off the I-25 freeway at East County Line Road, this mall has it all: trendy clothing retailers like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters, as well as fantastic dining establishments like WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 1 35


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Competing with Park Meadows Mall as one of the largest shopping complexes in South Denver, the Southwest Plaza sports a huge selection of over 150 specialty retailers. There’s a Macy’s, Dillard’s, and a full food court for when the hunger pangs hit. A full list of retailers and events is available by visiting the URL listed above. If you happen to be going on a first Friday, be sure to check out live music by the fire!

Shops at Highland Walk 4000 Red Cedar Dr Highlands Ranch, 80126 sheaproperties.com Come down to the southwest corner of Wildcat Reserve Parkway and MacArthur Ranch Road to visit the Shops at Highland Walk, a 90,000 square-foot retail center anchored by a King Soopers and including Garlic Jim’s Famous Pizza, Starbucks, and much more. With all of the shopping options available to South Denver shoppers, the Shops at Highland Walk offer a casual, easy-to-navigate shopping experience.

The Streets at SouthGlenn 6991 S Vine St, Centennial, 80122 www.ShopSouthGlenn.com This quaint, open-air shopping mall is located right next to the SouthGlenn Library at South University Blvd. and East Easter Ave. Within just a few minutes walking distance, there’s a furniture gallery, multiple restaurants and bars, and a Denver staple for brunch: the Snooze

Southwest Plaza 8501 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, 80123 www.SouthwestPlaza.com

A.M. Eatery. Movie goers will enjoy the 14-screen Regal Cinemas movie venue located at the west end of the mall. Willow Creek Shopping Center 8200 S Quebec St, Centennial, 80112 In Centennial, visit Willow Creek Shopping Center for a massage at Elements Massage, lunch at Fazoli’s or Biryani Pot, and a refreshing beverage at 3 Freak Brewery. This fun little shopping center has a little something for everyone, and it’s situated right at E-470 and South Quebec Street. Just across the street is the Quebec Village Shopping Center, which offers yet more shopping selections. As you can see, there’s a shopping destination for even the most demanding shopper, all waiting for you in South Metro Denver. So, grab your purse or wallet, get some friends, and head out to make a day of it! 

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MOVE SETTLING IN TO SOUTH METRO DENVER

Congratulations! You’ve chosen to move to the South Metro Denver area. It’s an exciting time as you move into a new home, make new friends and get used to new surroundings. There are several practical things you need to do to settle in during and after your move, including setting up your utilities, trash pickup and recycling, connecting with local services, and familiarizing yourself with your new community. P HOTO COU RTESY OF CI TY OF AU RORA

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Each county, city and neighborhood has different rules and contracted services, so it’s a good idea to check with your HOA as well as city and county government websites to find information specific to your neighborhood or community. Following are some of the major service providers in the South Metro Denver area.

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» SETTLING IN SOUTH METRO DENVER DIGITAL CABLE, HIGH-SPEED INTERNET AND DIGITAL HOME PHONE CenturyLink 877-803-8414, www.centurylink.com Xfinity 800-934-6489, www.xfinity.com

ELECTRICITY/GAS Xcel Energy-Public Services Company of Colorado 800-895-4999, www.xcelenergy.com Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) 800-332-9540; www.irea.coop

SATELLITE TV DirecTV 800-531-5000; www.directv.com DISH Network 800-333-3474; www.dishnetwork.com

WATER There are several local water districts. Check with your city to find out which water district serves your home. Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority 303-790-4830; www.acwwa.com Centennial Water & Sanitation 303-791-3290; www.centennialwater.org Castle Rock Water 720-733-6000 www.crgov.com/1670Castle-Rock-Water

Denver Water 303-893-2444; www.denverwater.org Parker Water and Sanitation District 303-841-4627; www.pwsd.org

TRASH/RECYCLING Trash and recycling services are often contracted through your homeowners association or municipality, so it is wise to check with them before attempting to set up trash or recycling service on your own. 5280 Waste Solutions 720-884-0300; www.5280waste.com Haulaway 303-688-0344 www.haulaway.com/Colorado-solid-waste Pro Disposal 303-791-3827; www.prodisposal.net The Garbage Man (Parker) 720-842-4558 www.parkergarbageman.com Waste Connections Denver 303-288-2100; www.wcdenver.com Waste Management 866-909-4458; www.wm.com

VEHICLE REGISTRATION OFFICES

Highlands Ranch 2223 W. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Unit G-1; 303-660-7440 Littleton (Arapahoe County) 5334 S. Prince Street; 303-795-4500 Littleton (Jefferson County) 11139 Bradford Road, #100; 303-271-8100 Lone Tree 9350 Heritage Hills Circle; 303-660-7440

DRIVER’S LICENSE INFO If you’ve recently moved to Colorado, you have 30 days from the time you become a resident to obtain a Colorado driver’s license. You can transfer your out-of-state driver’s license by visiting your local driver’s license office and surrendering your current license; providing proof of residency, lawful presence in the United States and social security number; passing a vision exam; having your fingerprints and photo taken; providing your signature; and paying a fee. The DMV will then issue you a temporary Colorado driver’s license. A permanent license will be mailed within 30 days. Some offices require an appointment. Visit www.colorado.gov/dmv for more information.

DRIVER’S LICENSE OFFICES

Castle Rock 301 Wilcox Street; 303-660-7440

Castle Rock 301 Wilcox Street, Suite 124; 303-660-7400

Centennial 6954 S Lima Street ; 303-795-4500

Centennial 6954 S. Lima Street; 303-795-4500

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your vehicle identification number verification; the car’s title or

If you recently established Colorado residency, you have 90 days to register your vehicle and obtain Colorado license plates. Failure to register your vehicle within the allotted time will result in a fee. Once you establish residency, you must visit the DMV Registration Office in person in the county you reside with

ID; proof that the vehicle passed an emissions test, if applicable;

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current vehicle registration certificate; verifiable identification such as a U.S. passport, out-of-state driver’s license or military proof of insurance; and payment. Colorado vehicle registrations are valid for one year. Visit www. colorado.gov/dmv for more information.


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Parker 17924 Cottonwood Drive; 303-205-5069

PUBLIC SAFETY INFORMATION Emergency, Police and Fire 911

Call 303.366.7101 today! For Home, Auto, Life and Business. Visit farmers.com for a complete listing of companies. Not all insurers are authorized to provide insurance in all states. Coverage is not available in all states.

Arapahoe County Sherriff 303-795-4711

Douglas County Elections Division 303-660-7444

Castle Rock Police 303-663-6100

Colorado Secretary of State www.goVoteColorado.com

Colorado State Patrol

303-239-4500 Denver Police (City and County) 720-913-2000

Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder 303-271-8111

VETERANS AND MILITARY INFORMATION & SERVICES

NEWSPAPERS Castle Rock News-Press www.castlerocknewspress.net Centennial Citizen www.centennialcitizen.net Denver Business Journal www.bizjournals.com/denver Denver Post www.denverpost.com

Douglas County Sheriff 303-660-7505

Arapahoe County Veterans Services 303-738-8045

Jefferson County Sheriff 303-277-0211

Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs 303-284-6077

Englewood Herald www.englewoodherald.net

Littleton Police Department 303-794-1551

Douglas County of Veterans Affairs 303-663-6200

Highlands Ranch Herald www.highlandsranchherald.net

Lone Tree Police Department 303-799-0533

Jefferson County Veterans Services 303-271-4205

Littleton Independent www.littletonindependent.net

Parker Police Department 303-841-9800

CONSUMER AND BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

Rocky Mountain Poison Control and Drug Center 303-739-1100

Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection 800-222-4444

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority 720-989-2000

Better Business Bureau 303-758-2100

VOTER REGISTRATION Arapahoe County Elections Division 303-795-4511 Denver Elections Division 720-913-8683

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade 303-892-3840 Colorado Small Business Development Center Network 303-892-3840

Douglas County News-Press www.douglascountynewspress.net

Lone Tree Voice www.lonetreevoice.net Parker Chronicle www.parkerchronicle.net Villager www.villagerpublishing.com Westword www.westword.com

LIBRARIES Parker Library 20105 Mainstreet; 303-791-7323 Philip S. Miller Library (Castle Rock) 100 S. Wilcox Street; 303-791-7323 WWW.DE N V E RRE LO CAT I O N G UI D E. C O M 1 41


» SETTLING IN SOUTH METRO DENVER Lone Tree Library 10055 Library Way; 303-791-7323

Columbine Library (Littleton) 7706 W. Bowles Avenue; 303-235-5275

Highlands Ranch Library 9292 S. Ridgeline Boulevard; 303-791-7323

Castlewood Library (Centennial) 6739 S. Uinta Street; 303-542-7279

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Koelbel Library 5955 S. Holly Street; 303-542-7279

Due to its strong business economy and growing population, the South Metro Denver area has benefitted from investments in quality transportation options for residents. Whether you prefer to tap

Edwin A. Bemis Public Library (Littleton) 6014 S. Datura Street; 303-795-3961

PETS Some counties restrict the number of pets you may have or have issued rules about vaccinations and registration. Douglas County requires pet owners to have a current rabies vaccination, tag and certificate for dogs four months and older. The certificate must be issued by a licensed vet. Dogs must always wear their rabies tags.

Arapahoe County requires yearly licensing of all dogs six months of age or older for residents living in unincorporated areas. The owner must provide a copy of a current rabies certificate issued by a veterinarian to obtain a license. The City of Littleton does not license dogs or cats. However, all pets must be vaccinated. Dogs are required to wear a collar with an attached tag showing current rabies vaccination. The total number of adult pets (dogs, cats, ducks or rabbits) in one household is limited to three.

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into public transportation or head out in your own car or ride-hailing service, the south metro Denver has plenty of options to get you where you need to go quickly and comfortably.

Major Roadways

www.coloradodot.info The Denver Metro Area has an extensive transportation system that is being constantly upgraded to support its growing population. Drivers in the South Metro Denver area have access to three major highways, including a toll road, that connect the area to Downtown Denver, Colorado Springs and cities to the east, west and north. Information on road conditions is available on the Colorado Road Conditions hotline at 303-639-1111. • I-25 runs north-south from Wyoming to New Mexico and bisects the Denver Metro Area. The highway provides access to all areas north of Denver as well as south to Colorado Springs. The Colorado Department of Transportation undertook a major expansion of the highway between 2004 and 2006, widening and expanding nearly 17 miles of I-25 in the Denver Metro Area and adding pedestrian and aesthetic improvements. CDOT further expanded the highway to eight lanes between Castle Rock into Denver, including the South Metro Denver area, in 2015. • C-470 and E-470 form a beltway beginning in Golden, traveling south and east through the South Metro Denver Area and then curving north near Parker, ending at an interchange with I-25 in Thornton. The highway is free west of I-25 and is a toll road east of I-25. The highway passes through cities in Jefferson, Arapahoe, Douglas and Adams County and passes just west of Denver International Airport. CDOT is currently adding express lanes to C-470 between I-25 and Wadsworth Boulevard to increase mobility and user choice.


• I-225 is an auxiliary route of I-25 traversing Aurora, Denver and Greenwood Village, terminating at I-25.

Light Rail

The Denver Metro Area has welcomed a robust light rail system under the management of the Regional Transportation District. RTD opened its first rail line in 1994, and has been adding to the system ever since. Today, RTD Light Rail operates ten rail lines servicing 53 stations along Denver’s north, east, southeast, southwest and west corridors. The primary light rail lines serving the South Metro Denver area are the E and F lines, which provide service between Lone Tree and downtown Denver. The light rail line serves as a major option for commuters as well as those attending events in the city. Further expansion is ongoing or planned, including extending the rail line that currently ends at Lincoln Station into three new stations in Lone Tree. In addition, RTD recently launched a new rail line—the R Line—which provides transport between Lincoln Station in Lone Tree and Peoria Station in Aurora, including a stop at Nine Mile Station. Littleton is served by two light rail lines—the C and D lines—which provide service to downtown Denver. RTD recently launched its A Line train, which runs between Union Station in downtown Denver and Denver International Airport.

Lincoln Station 10203 Station Way, Lone Tree

Pinery PnR 7001 North Pinery Parkway, Parker

Littleton - Downtown Station 5777 South Prince Street, Littleton

Smoky Hill & Picadilly PnR 20855 Smoky Hill Road, Centennial

Littleton - Mineral Station 3203 West Mineral Avenue, Littleton

Air Travel

Orchard Station 5652 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village

Bus Routes

Centennial Airport 7800 S. Peoria Street, Centennial 303-790-0598; www.centennialairport.com Denver International Airport 8500 Pena Boulevard, Denver 303-342-2000; www.flydenver.com

RTD also operates an extensive system of bus routes, including many express lines, to move passengers among the southern suburbs and downtown Denver. There are several park-and-ride stations that allow passengers to park their car while they ride.

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Park and Rides

RTD Call-n-Ride 303-299-6000; www.rtd-denver.com

Arapahoe at Village Center Station 8800 East Caley Ave, Greenwood Village

Amtrak Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver; www.amtrak.com

Shuttles

C-470 & S University Blvd PnR 8392 South Burnley Court, Highlands Ranch County Line Station 8340 South Valley Highway, Englewood Englewood Station 899 West Floyd Avenue, Englewood Highlands Ranch Town Center PnR 9255 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch Ken Caryl & C-470 PnR 7450 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton Lincoln & Jordan PnR 16775 Lincoln Avenue, Parker

Arapahoe at Village Center Station 8800 E. Caley Avenue, Greenwood Village

Lincoln Station 10203 Station Way, Lone Tree

County Line Station 8340 South Valley Highway, Englewood

Littleton - Downtown Station 5777 South Prince Street, Littleton

Dry Creek Station 9450 East Dry Creek Road, Centennial

Littleton - Mineral Station 3203 West Mineral Avenue, Littleton

Englewood Station 899 West Floyd Avenue, Englewood

Parker PnR 10740 Longs Way, Parker

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AUTOMOTIVE

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Car Wash Express

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Swedish Medical

Christian Brothers Automotive

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UC Health Highlands Ranch Hospital

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HOME BUILDERS

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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Century Communities

2-3

Dream Finders Homes

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Atlas Admin Services

31

HOTELS

Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center

73

Courtyard Marriott

27

Cox Baker & Page LLC Attorneys at Law

66

Hampton Inn & Suites Denver/South-RidgeGate

72

The Laszlo Hotel

17

Academy Bank

34-35

Aspen Wealth Strategies

22

Residence Inn Marriot

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ENT Credit Union

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Staybridge Suites Denver South Park Meadows

115

Navy Federal Credit Union, Deborah Gustafson

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Uptown Suites - Denver

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Sunflower Bank

65

INSURANCE

CITIES & CHAMBER City of Aurora

123, 133

Parker Area Chamber of Commerce

37

South Metro Denver Chamber

11

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Arapahoe/Douglas Works Workforce Center

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ENTERTAINMENT

Allyson O'Dell, Allstate Insurance Co.

70

Country Financial, Mary Leeds

68

Farmers Insurance, Holly Mullins

141

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES The Prevail Group

25

LIV Sotheby's International Realty, Laura Hooker Daniels

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RE/MAX Alliance, Tammy Hein, Realtor®

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South Metro Denver Realtor® Association

23

Arapahoe Philharmonic

107

Boondocks

109

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Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

105

RidgeGate

Main Event

113

The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock

School of Rock

112

RETAIL

Snobahn

110

Aspen Grove

137

Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight

111

Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson

136

EDUCATION

7 TM

4-5

SERVICES

Arma Dei Academy

45

888 Heating & Air Conditioning

67

Aspen Academy

41

In-Flow Design Studio, LLC

71

Colorado Christian University

47

RESTAURANTS

Littleton Public School

43

Apple Spice Food Delivery

33

National American University - Centennial

48

Maggiano's Little Italy

132

Rolling Smoke BBQ

129

Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar

131

HEALTH AllHealth Network

1

Centura Health

53

Children's Hospital Colorado Developmental Pathways

54-55 61

SENIOR LIVING Cherry Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care

99

V-Esprit Active Adult Community

101


Highlands Ranch —

We’ve Got YOU Covered!

When your family needs medical care, whether it’s an urgent care clinic, hospital or emergency department for the entire family, HealthONE has you covered with three healthcare facilities close by! In emergencies from large to small, Sky Ridge and Swedish are here for you. The Hospitals you Know and Trust! • 24/7 Emergency Departments/ Trauma Centers

• Experts in stroke, heart care, surgery, cancer care and so much more

• Expansive services for the entire family

• Members of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Care Network

• Acute care facilities with specialists representing virtually every area

• Women’s and Children’s specialists

CareNow Urgent Care to Meet Your Family’s Needs

• Staffed by physicians, open daily and no appointment necessary • Onsite X-Rays and lab testing

For more information on our locations in Highlands Ranch and beyond, go to HealthONEcares.com/highlandsranch

• Conveniently located at C-470 and Quebec

10101 RidgeGate Pkwy. 720-225-1000

7120 E. County Line Rd. 720-446-5891

501 E. Hampden Ave. 303-788-5000


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