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Named for the magnificent 54-room Georgian country estate and tennis pavilion built by retired Senator Lawrence Phipps in the early 1930s, the Belcaro neighborhood today includes beautiful homes with lovely lawns surrounding the mansion that remains at its center. In the 1960s, Mrs. Phipps donated the tennis pavilion and mansion to the University of Denver; it is used today as a corporate conference center and a popular location for area weddings. With lovely, mature trees, Belcaro is a haven for elegant, predominantly ranch style homes of all shapes and sizes, all large by most standards. At the center of Belcaro, the homes gracing the winding streets tend to be even larger and sprawl across vast, well manicured lawns. Surrounding the interior of Belcaro are wider streets, also neatly lined with an elegant array of large ranch style homes. Here, the spacious back yards offer lovely retreats for family activity, relaxing or entertaining. Although a quiet, mature neighborhood, Belcaro appeals to residents of all ages, from younger professional couples, to families with children, as well as empty nesters. It offers wonderful proximity to Cherry Creek North, Bonnie Brae, Old South Gaylord Street and Colorado Boulevard. Situated next to the Polo Club and just east of Bonnie Brae, the magnificent residential panorama of Belcaro makes it one of Denver's most appealing in-town neighborhoods.
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As conceived 80 years ago by architect S. R. DeBoer, the quaint neighborhood of Bonnie Brae was designed to resemble a Scottish village located on the fringes of Denver, complete with curving streets, a circular central park, a winding boulevard and a collection of small shops where residents could congregate and mingle. Bonnie Brae, which means "Pleasant Hill," today offers quiet, tree-lined streets, rich architectural diversity and convenient access to neighborhood restaurants and cafes—including one of Denver's most popular pizza parlors, a public library, an ice cream parlor and a variety of retail shops. Home styles in Bonnie Brae range from charming little Cape Cods and tidy brick ranches to larger two-story brick and frame homes and English Tudors. With University Boulevard and Washington Park to the west, Colorado Boulevard to the east, I-25 access to the south, and the Polo Grounds and Cherry Creek to the north, Bonnie Brae is a sanctuary in the heart of the city and is one of the most popular, sought-after neighborhoods in the metropolitan area.
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Located just 30 minutes south of downtown Denver and 15 minutes from the Denver Technological Center, Castle Pines Village is a world-class country club community built to harmonize with its 2,800-acre natural setting. Situated on ample lots shaded by mature trees and visited by wandering wildlife, its beautiful homes offer breathtaking panoramic mountain views. In addition to heavily wooded areas, Castle Pines Village boasts magnificent rock outcroppings and rolling hills. At an elevation of 6,200 feet with postcard-worthy vistas in every direction, Castle Pines Village is truly a high-style, high-country community. Residents enjoy many outdoor activities, including strolling through forests of aspen, spruce, and Ponderosa pine via an extensive network of trails; the Village Lake Fitness Center and swimming and tennis at the Canyon Club—both of which all residents become automatic members.

The community also showcases two private Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf courses: The Country Club at Castle Pines, and the Golf Club which hosts the PGA Tour event, "The International." Memberships are available at the Country Club at Castle Pines, with its spectacular clubhouse designed in the style of an English lodge.

The community offers the feeling of resort living within 15 minutes of major employment centers. School-age residents benefit from the award-winning Douglas County School District, whose low student-teacher ratios and high academic standards rank it among the best in the nation. Amenities within the community include boutique shopping, eateries, fitness center, gourmet market and office space at pedestrian-friendly The Village at Castle Pines; and a plethora more in the city of Castle Rock; the Castle Rock Factory Outlet; and 15 minutes north at the upscale Park Meadows Mall and neighboring retail and business venues.

Castle Pines North is just one exit north of Castle Pines Village. The verdant greens of its beautiful, rolling The Ridge at Castle Pines North golf course and Pikes Peak views provide a lovely backdrop for the mix of old-line, moderately priced to large and upscale new contemporary homes here.

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Named by the Arapaho Indians for the chokecherry bushes that grew along its banks, Cherry Creek began as a favorite buffalo hunting ground. Bordered on the east by Colorado Boulevard, on the west by University Boulevard, on the north by Sixth Avenue and on the south by Cherry Creek Drive North, Cherry Creek is an upscale, thriving, dynamic pedestrian neighborhood, where ultra-modern, exquisite luxury townhomes co-exist with older, charming bungalows framed by large trees. Cherry Creek South is bordered on the north by First Avenue and extends south to Alameda Drive, and includes an exciting variety of newer single family, duplex and multi-units in a charmingly eclectic diversity of architectural styles to suit all tastes.

Annual events in the neighborhood include the Cherry Creek Sneak, the Taste of Cherry Creek and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival—one of the largest and most popular shows of juried fine artists and craftspeople in the country. Youth and adults alike often make a day of enjoying all the amenities and activities that abound in the Cherry Creek area. Residents can jog, ride their bicycles and roller-blade along the creek; ice skate on the square in the winter; sample the fare at a wide range of tony restaurants; relax at an outdoor cafe; or shop to their hearts' content. The Cherry Creek Shopping District boasts the largest concentration of shops within a 600-mile radius, including the magnificent Cherry Creek Shopping Center, anchored by Saks 5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, and Foley's. Cherry Creek North offers dozens of unique eclectic shops, boutiques, galleries, day spas and salons.

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Renowned for its rural atmosphere, luxurious homes, and quality of life, Cherry Hills Village is one of Denver's most affluent neighborhoods. Bordered to the north by Hampden Avenue, to the south by Belleview Avenue, to the west by Clarkson Street, and to the east by Monaco Parkway, Cherry Hills Village is a unique residential enclave of country estates and palatial homes with easy access via I-25 and 225 to Denver's primary business districts.

Nestled in rolling hills, Cherry Hills Village offers an extensive trail system, as well as rolling expanses of lovely open countryside—one of the few semi-rural areas within metro Denver. Recreational facilities, including tennis and swimming clubs, abound in the area. Resident golfers enjoy the stunning links of the Cherry Hills and Glenmoor country clubs.

Distinct neighborhoods within the community include Cherry Hills North, a friendly neighborhood of only 148 homes on one-third to half-acre sites; Old Country Club, with homes built by the first village residents; Cherry Hills Farms, with one-acre sites and magnificent abodes; Glenmoor, which attracts buyers to its elegant golf setting; Charlou, appealing to new custom home buyers; Covington, an elegant neighborhood of only 42 homes; Cherry Hills Park, with splendid estates, many with European-style gardens and water fountains, overlooking Cherry Hills Golf Course; Sunset Drive, whose magnificent estates could grace the covers of architectural design magazines; and the newer Buehl Mansion, an exclusive, prestigious neighborhood on a private reserve with 110 stunning custom estates on one-half to 21/2-acre sites, at the center of which is the historic Buehl Mansion, which now serves as a center for residents to enjoy.

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Bordered on the east by Colorado Boulevard, the north by 17th Avenue, the west by Josephine Street, and the south by Sixth Avenue, Congress Park abounds with magnificent old homes of strength and character, from big Denver Squares to Victorians to sturdy brick bungalows. Along Seventh Avenue Parkway, you'll find a splendid array of mansions with architectural styles ranging from Mission to Dutch Colonial and from Mediterranean to Victorian. The Parkway is a haven to neighborhood walkers and runners. The community's namesake park, Congress Park, features pristine grounds, a kids' playground and a large outdoor swimming pool. Served by a range of restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores, the neighborhood is also close to many cultural attractions, including the Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Imax Theater, and the Molly Brown House.
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Wheat farmer John Reithman sold his 400 acres in 1902 to a group of investors intent on creating a premier residential neighborhood in Denver. Bordered on the south by East First Avenue, on the east by University Boulevard, on the west by Downing Street, and on the north by East Sixth Avenue, the area known today as Country Club attracted nearly every famous architect in the region, many of whom chose to build their own homes there. Before long, the land was sold and masterpieces were built which would forever distinguish this area as a neighborhood of uncommon opulence. Great red-tiled and stucco-walled gates welcomed residents to the community. Denver Country Club itself, located to the south of the area, was designed with the clubhouse at its center, complete with exquisite entertainment and dining rooms, and a gracious golf course on either side of Cherry Creek, which ran through its borders.

Today, the area features Mediterranean, Spanish, Georgian, Tudor, Swiss Chalet, Dutch Colonial, Craftsman, French Chateau, and Indian Pueblo architectural styles, along with massive Denver Squares and delicate Victorians. It has been designated a Denver Historic District. Set in the middle of the metro area, Country Club affords residents a 10-minute drive to downtown Denver, as well as access to the Denver Botanic Gardens, Cheesman Park, and City Park with its Denver Museum of Nature and Science and IMAX Theater. Vibrant and exciting shopping experiences—both Cherry Creek North and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center—beckon across University Boulevard, a short walk from any home in the area.

A community rich in beauty, diversity and character, Country Club continues to embody the vision of its developers: a neighborhood of affluence and prominence in the heart of the city.

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To the south of Denver, Douglas County continues to attract those who work in the city but wish to enjoy a rural lifestyle. It is the fastest-growing county in the United States, with the highest per capita income and an award-winning school district which boasts achievement scores above both state and national averages. Its populace is primarily young and affluent.

Located 35 minutes from Denver and 15 minutes from the Denver Technological Center, and surrounded by rolling, wooded hills, Parker offers a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains. Once a tiny settlement on the open plains of the Wild West, the community today is not only the fastest growing city in the U.S., but a clean, safe haven of nearly 35,000 residents seeking land of their own and quiet away from the big city. With its award-winning schools, education is a high priority among residents of this small town, most of whom commute to employment in Denver or Colorado Springs. Equestrian interests abound, with several large horse properties, training and boarding centers and polo facilities.

Parker's Main Street retains its old town charm and hosts year-round Arts Commission events, such as Olde West Gamblin' Night, the Christmas Carriage Parade, Arts and Crafts Fair (featuring rides in antique carriages drawn by horses, dogs and llamas), and the Parker Country Festival. The nationally recognized Parker Rec Center offers residents a lap swimming pool, basketball, volleyball, aerobics and callanetics. Other amenities in the community include an extensive Parks and Recreation program, the paved Cherry Creek Trail which runs to Denver, dozens of churches, a state-of-the-art public library, and eight area golf courses.

Further south off I-25, Castle Rock is also an ever-growing community of over 28,000 residents residing in a variety of numerous planned neighborhoods. Natural and cultural beauty abound. The ArtFest art festival is held in September and attracts artisans from all over the country with approximately 20,000 attendees. Growing cultural attractions include fine art and photography galleries, historic walking tours and museums like the Cherokee Castle, a few miles north of Castle Rock and Castle Rock Museum, that is located in the historic train depot.

The Castle Rock Recreation and Senior Center includes an indoor swimming pool, gym, running track, fitness center and childcare, all within walking distance via a local trail system. The new Town of Castle Rock Community Park features ball fields, playgrounds, inline hockey facilities and an amphitheater. Castle Rock offers theatrical productions and entertainment for all ages.

For homebuyers who want substantial acreage, two other fast-growing areas of note are Franktown (in Douglas County) and Elizabeth (in Elbert County).

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In Greenwood Village, commercial districts including nationally recognized business parks, thrive alongside upscale homes in covenant-controlled developments and open meadows of golden grass. This urban-rural community offers a vast mix of newer home types, from large estates to smaller patio homes to sprawling ranches. Lots range in size from a quarter acre to more than 21/2 acres. Because Greenwood Village derives a majority of its property taxes from the retail corridor along Arapahoe Road and the businesses in the Denver Technological Center, resident property taxes in the area are significantly lower than in Denver.

Bordered on the west by Clarkson Street, on the east by Havana Street, on the north by Belleview Avenue, and on the south by Orchard Road, the community is bisected on its east side by I-25, which separates a large portion of commercial activity from many of its residential neighborhoods. Restaurants, shopping and services abound, making life easy for residents.

Activities in both Greenwood and Cherry Hills Villages include horseback riding along extensive equestrian trails, walking on the Highline Canal trail which meanders throughout the community, going to one of several recreation centers, and trekking to Cherry Creek State Park to enjoy the great outdoors. Local government is fully committed to preserving the community's open space and wetlands.

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An enclave of architectural charm and diversity, the side-by-side neighborhoods of Hilltop and Crestmoor offer beautiful yards on large lots with abundant trees. Bordered by Seventh Avenue to the north, Alameda Avenue to the south, Colorado Boulevard to the west and Monaco Street to the east, with Holly Street serving as the dividing line between the two communities, the area has retained its market appeal throughout the years. The neighborhoods feature custom ranch homes, English Tudors, traditional two-stories and modern pop-tops. Three parks grace the neighborhoods: Cranmer, Crestmoor and Robinson. Cranmer Park was built in the ‘30s with a spectacular inner city view of the Front Range; a local ordinance even ensures that nothing can block the view west of the park. At one edge of the park, a sundial seven feet across keeps time and attracts interested children. Crestmoor Park runs along Monaco Street and brims with soccer and softball players. Robinson Park is ideal for sledding in winter. Home buyers are drawn to the lifestyle, fine public schools and proximity to downtown Denver and Cherry Creek available in these neighborhoods. It's easy to understand why Hilltop and Crestmoor are considered to be two of the most sought-after communities in the Denver area.
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The birthplace of the Mile High City, Lower Downtown, or LoDo, was designated a Historic District in 1988 by the Denver City Council. This status protects old existing structures and the ambiance of the city's colorful past. The unique 25-block pedestrian-oriented neighborhood runs from Cherry Creek to the west, to 20th Street to the east, and from Market Street to the south, to Wynkoop Street to the north. It is one of the few mixed-use neighborhoods in the country. In the past two decades, this area has experienced a true renaissance, with businesses, entertainment, restaurants, and residential properties proliferating. Today, LoDo is home to several dozen art galleries, hundreds of restaurants, several breweries, dozens of specialty shops, and a unique collection of bars and nightclubs.

For suburban dwellers eager to leave the responsibilities of lawn maintenance and the burden of commuting behind, downtown living has tremendous appeal. LoDo offers the excitement of urban living with suburban amenities. Lifestyle choices range from luxury lofts to two-story condominiums and penthouse suites. Many homes offer spectacular city skyline or mountain views.

For those wishing to walk to work and to a variety of sports and entertainment activities, LoDo has no equal. Its locale places residents within walking or light rail distance of the aforementioned, plus downtown office buildings; cultural events; the Denver Performing Arts Complex; the Denver Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art; the architecturally distinctive Denver Public Library; Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies); Pepsi Center (home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Crush, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Rapids teams); Denver Pavilions, an outdoor shopping mall in the heart of the city; Larimer Square; and Tabor Center.

Nearby, the Cherry Creek bike path attracts skaters, joggers and cyclists. Just a hop, skip and a jump to the booming Central Platte Valley near downtown, is Colorado Ocean Journey, a 106,500 S.F. aquarium, and the 67-acre Six-Flags Elitch Gardens Amusement Center. The area also features easy access to I-25, Denver International Airport and the Denver Technological Center via the 20th Street interchange.

Bordering the new Commons Park along the South Platte River, Riverfront Park is a newer, 25-acre mixed used development of retail and 2,500 residences of condos, townhomes, and unique lofts. Bordered by 20th Street, the South Platte River and Park Avenue, Prospect Place is another newer urban village that includes eight buildings of trendy lofts plus retail amenities.

Bordered on the north by West Colfax Avenue, on the west by Speer Boulevard, and on the east by Lincoln Street, The Golden Triangle has now become a residential mecca of both warehouse-style lofts and luxury high-rise residential complexes, including Beauvallon, a newer twin-tower 200-plus luxury condo complex offering everything from valet service, restaurants, galleries and a gourmet market to a fitness center and rooftop pool. Like LoDo, The Golden Triangle affords easy access to everything downtown Denver has to offer.

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Bounded by Colfax Avenue to the north, Sixth Avenue to the south, Colorado Boulevard to the west and Monaco Parkway to the east, Hale and Mayfair are two mature neighborhoods which feature large Victorian homes, many restored to their original condition, as well as Tudors, Denver Squares, bungalows and ranch-style homes. Since 1995, the area has experienced the highest appreciation of Denver's inner city neighborhoods. It is quiet, accessible, stable and distinctive, home to a variety of residents, from families with young children to retirees to professionals—including medical residents and interns who work at nearby University Hospital, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and Rose Medical Center. An abundance of restaurants and shops can be found close at hand.
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Montclair's most notorious resident was Baron Walter von Richthofen, who built a castle in one of Denver's first suburbs in 1887. The Richthofen mansion remains one of Denver's most memorable architectural landmarks. The community that grew up around the castle is bounded on the north by Colfax Avenue, on the east by Quebec Street, and the west and south by the beautiful tree-lined parkways of Monaco and Sixth Avenue, respectively. Downtown Denver and the shops of Cherry Creek are less than 10 minutes away. Today, many Montclair residents are original owners who built homes in the 1940s, although other homes in the area date from the late 1800s. Architectural styles along the shaded streets range from Queen Anne Victorians to Mission-style homes, from stunning English Tudors to 1950s ranches; many feature large lots. This comfortable and inviting neighborhood boasts several small parks that bustle with strollers, joggers and children at play.
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Once the property of a lonely German baron, Park Hill today is a tight-knit neighborhood full of diversity, character and history. Park Hill features some of Denver's most distinguished architectural gems—with magnificent old homes of strength and unique character, from large Tudors and Denver Squares to Victorians and sturdy brick bungalows. All streets in Park Hill are lined with lovely mature trees; residents take great pride in maintaining their lawns and gardens. Along both Seventeenth Avenue Parkway and Montview Boulevard, you'll find a splendid array of mansions with architectural styles ranging from Mission to Dutch Colonial, from Mediterranean to Victorian. The Parkway is a haven to neighborhood walkers and runners. This thriving community has made a place for everyone and offers a wonderful eclectic mix of residents, from single businesspeople to retirees to young couples with children.

Park Hill is bordered by Colorado Boulevard to the west, Monaco Parkway to the east, 26th Avenue to the north and Colfax Avenue to the south. North Park Hill stretches north from 26th Avenue to roughly 38th Avenue. The community offers easy access to the Denver Zoo and the Museum of Natural History, as well as the Lamont School of Music, which provides a variety of musical events. Golfers enjoy play at Park Hill Golf Course and the City Park Municipal Golf Course. The neighborhood is 10 minutes from downtown and most of its residents work nearby.

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Located just south of Cherry Creek, the Polo Club has long been one of Denver's most prestigious residential areas. Originally, polo ponies cantered over the terrain of this private, secluded country club community. Four young millionaires then joined forces to purchase a 160-acre tract of land for their polo matches; and the club was completed in 1926. Some of Denver's finest families quickly relocated from the Denver Country Club residences to the Polo Club grounds. Today, the ponies have left, but the privacy of spacious, elegant home sites endures in this luxurious urban neighborhood where fabulous homes sit on 1/2- to 2-plus-acre lots. Polo Club is bounded on the north by Alameda Avenue, on the south by Exposition Street, on the west by University Boulevard and on the east by Steele Street. The patrolled and partially-gated community remains home to many of Denver's prominent and founding families.

Polo Club North is a gated townhome community with security guards. It includes winding streets, open spaces with a stream, small ponds and waterfalls flanked by evergreens and aspens.

A clubhouse contains an indoor swimming pool and outdoor tennis courts. The Cherry Creek Shopping Center sits within walking distance, just across the creek.

One Polo Creek offers urban living at its best, with a world-class seven-story building in a one-of-a-kind location. Comprising 58 ultra-luxurious condominium residences, it is Denver's only service-oriented residence designed in a manor house tradition.

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Originally developed around the hub of a gold strike, Englewood is a thriving residential and commercial area, with a wide variety of lovely, mature suburban style neighborhoods and several shopping areas. With a large array of neighborhoods, Englewood has something to appeal to just about everyone, from smaller brick bungalows and one-story frame homes to sprawling, elegant estates. The business area of Englewood includes the Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village, Greenwood Plaza and Inverness and Meridian Business Parks. These modern business parks rival downtown Denver as one of the largest concentrations of businesses in the metropolitan area. The largest employer, Swedish Medical Center, specializes in the treatment of spinal cord injuries and orthopedic problems. A large network of parks and a municipal golf course serve the area. The recently completed CityCenter is an innovative, mixed-use development of apartments, civic, cultural and retail amenities, light rail services and open space.

Southmoor Park is an attractive southeast Denver neighborhood, developed in the 1960s, which offers more than 300 large, distinctive homes and all the conveniences of the city. Located in one of the most accessible corridors of the city, the area sits just east of I-25, a 10-minute commute north to downtown Denver and just 5 minutes south to the Denver Technological Center. It stretches west from I-25 to South Ivanhoe Street and south from East Hampden Avenue to the junction of Happy Canyon Road and Hillcrest Drive. Its tree-shaded streets curve around three parks—Southmoor, Eastmoor and Rosamond. Solidly built custom homes feature ranch and two-story designs in a variety of architectural styles. Two major shopping centers border the community's northern edge—Tamarac Square and Tiffany Plaza. There are also dozens of popular retail establishments and restaurants along Monaco Parkway and Hampden Avenue. Nearby Cherry Creek Reservoir offers a plethora of outdoor and water sports activities.

Southmoor Park East, which features mainly two-story homes, is roughly twice as large as its western neighbor. Just east of I-25, it is bordered by South Monaco Boulevard on the west and South Poplar Street on the east. From East Hampden, the neighborhood reaches south to the junction of Monaco Parkway and East Princeton Avenue.

Just 11 miles southwest of downtown Denver, the small, friendly community of Bow Mar offers private use of a 100-acre lake, a beautiful sand beach and a dedicated open space bird sanctuary. Sailing, tennis, swimming, fishing and concerts are but a few of the activities available in this quiet enclave of 300 or so sprawling, mostly ranch-style homes. The community is close to Pinehurst Country Club, Raccoon Creek Golf Course and Southwest Plaza Mall.

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The southernmost city of the metro area, Littleton is home to several nationally known companies. Planning and zoning controls have preserved the city's distinctive downtown and neighborhoods. At the heart of Littleton is a charming business and retail area of restored turn-of-the-century buildings offering a delightful collection of restaurants, shops and the newly renovated and expanded Littleton History Museum. Reminiscent of the friendly, quaint villages of times gone by, this area is appropriately known as Olde Town Littleton. The city features several neighborhood parks, including the 624-acre South Platte Park, two golf courses, a two-rink enclosed ice arena, two indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a multi-use rec center, and a widespread network of bicycle and bridle paths along the Highline Canal. Littleton also benefits from light-rail service with stops on the business and retail corridors of Mineral Avenue and Santa Fe Drive, and ending at stations northwest and northeast of Downtown Denver.

Columbine Valley is a stunning golf course community with beautiful homes, mature trees and quiet streetscapes. The fairways are surrounded by homes, their residents providing a perpetual audience for golfers' play. Club members enjoy an exceptional 18-hole golf course, tennis, swimming, diving and many other activities. Between Platte Canyon Road on the west and the Platte River on the east, Columbine Valley runs southward from Bowles Avenue to Mineral Avenue. Areas within the community include The Village, a lovely area of curving streets and luxurious homes in many styles; Country Club, the oldest section, with gorgeous homes lining the fairways; and Burning Tree, which offers its own tennis courts, shaded parks and a summertime swimming pool.

The Polo Reserve, southwest of the Denver Technological Center within Littleton, includes 80 homesites on 158 acres. The community features two international size polo fields, a third boarded polo field and the Columbine Polo and Equestrian Center.

Located in southwest Denver, Pinehurst is a delightful country club community, many of whose residents belong to the private club. For a more complete description of this community, see page 35 featuring golf course communities.

As the largest master-planned family community built on 22,000 acres, Highlands Ranch flourishes at the southern edge of the metro area. Easily accessible from C-470, US 85 (South Santa Fe Drive) and I-25, the area offers excellent business and educational opportunities. Located at the intersection of C-470 and I-25, nearby Park Meadows Mall, anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard's stores, offers state-of-the-art shopping. With over 25,000 professionally designed homes of all price ranges in 50-plus different neighborhoods, Highlands Ranch offers homes to suit nearly every taste, and attracts people from many walks of life. Softball and baseball diamonds, basketball courts, picnic areas, swimming pools, two community golf courses and more than 18 miles of hiking and biking trails make the community a particularly popular location for young families. More than 2,200 acres are designated as open space, with an additional 8,200-acre wildlife habitat established in the southern portion. An extensive array of community activities brings neighbors together throughout the year. Highlands Ranch is currently home to over 1,000 businesses with more than 13,000 employees, many of whom live in the community.

Appropriately named because of their lofty locations, two gated communities within Highlands Ranch are worth noting: At the northeast section of Highlands Ranch off University Boulevard, Falcon Hills is an established neighborhood atop a hillcrest, comprising 113 large custom homes with trees, mature landscaping and lovely mountain and countryside views. In the south-central section, Highwoods, a newer neighborhood of large custom homes and sites off Broadway, is perched atop High Ridge and offers views of the mountains, city and Wildcat Reserve. Both neighborhoods provide easy access to major thoroughfares.

Nestled behind the Dakota Hogback between the southwest portion of Denver and the rugged Rocky Mountain foothills west of Littleton sits Ken Caryl. Early in this century, newspaper magnate-turned-rancher John C. Shaffer moved to the area and named his ranch after his two sons, Ken and Carroll. With more than 4,000 acres of green hillsides, red soil and yellow sandstone outcroppings, the area supports an array of lovely contemporary homes. Considered by residents to be a small country town near a big city, Ken Caryl fosters healthy lifestyles with an equestrian center and over 3,500 acres of open space for hiking and horseback riding, and convenient access to nearby Chatfield Reservoir. Three community recreation centers provide swimming, tennis and other activities.

In addition to a great community school, beautiful homes and a secluded location, Roxborough Park and Village also features 200-foot red sandstone spires, natural wildlife and prairie meadows. Named by early resident Henry Persse for his English birthplace, the community today is family-oriented and active, with access to Roxborough State Park, Pike National Forest, Waterton Canyon, fishing on the Platte River and a host of activities at Chatfield Lake State Park. Arrowhead Golf Course, an 18-hole public course, is found just north of Roxborough State Park. Its 13th hole, framed by red rock walls, is particularly memorable. Roxborough Park offers luxurious custom and semi-custom homes in an environment that offers mountain magic, metro-close.

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Bordered to the north by Alameda Avenue, to the west by Downing Street, to the east by University Boulevard, and to the south by I-25, Washington Park is a charming, distinctive old Denver neighborhood with mature shade trees, quiet streets, and well-cared-for bungalow style homes. "Wash Park," as it is fondly called, offers excellent access to any major location in the city. Because homes here tend to be smaller and more affordable, many residents are young professionals in their 30s or 40s or empty nesters who have moved back into the city from the suburbs now that their children are grown. "Pop-top" is another commonly heard term here, because "popping the top" by adding a second story and enlarging the bungalow homes has become quite a trend. The residents tend toward friendliness and active concern for and involvement in the community.

At the center of the neighborhood is a beautiful 161-acre park containing two large lakes which are frequented by flocks of geese, tennis courts, a boat-house, a rec center, flower gardens, picnic areas and a playground. The rec center features a public pool, workout area and basketball courts. From bikers and roller-bladers to runners, walkers and picnickers, the park is a sanctuary for residents and Denverites of all ages. A special block in this lovely neighborhood, Old South Gaylord Street, is home to one-of-a-kind specialty shops, service businesses, restaurants and cafes.

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