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A Guide To The Most Walkable Neighborhoods In Colorado

Walkable neighborhoods aren’t just good for your health, they also build a sense of community. According to Walk Score, people who live in highly walkable areas weigh 6 to 10 pounds less and spend more time doing community activities.

Many Colorado residents are now searching the real estate market for walkable neighborhoods. A residential area is considered walkable if it’s close to shops, restaurants, schools and parks. The more errands you can run without having to use a car, the more walkable it’s considered. It also helps if they’re well connected to urban centers by bike paths and transit lines. 

With 300 days of sunshine a year and views of the snow-capped Rockies, who wouldn’t want to be outside in Colorado as much as possible?

If you’re looking for neighborhoods like this, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to some of the state’s most walkable residential areas:  

Stapleton

The Stapleton community, just 10 minutes north of Denver, was designed for walkability. Built on top of 4,700 acres that once served as the Stapleton Airport, the community was master-planned as a hybrid of classic downtown neighborhoods and modern, energy-efficient construction. The community already has over 22,000 residents and now contains: 

  • 10 neighborhoods
  • 13 schools
  • 50 parks and 47 miles of bike trails
  • 100+ Retail stores
  • 50+ Restaurants
  • Commercial office buildings 

Stapleton is also connected to downtown Denver by a commuter rail and bus line at Central Park, making it easy for residents to use public transportation to get around. 

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Prospect New Town in Longmont

Located on the eastern edge of Longmont, Prospect New Town has a concept similar to the Stapleton Community, but on a smaller scale. The entirety of the planned neighborhood fits on 80 acres that used to be a tree farm, and is designed so that all residents are within a five-minute walk of the community’s amenities, which include: 

  • Shops
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Office buildings
  • Swimming pool and parks
  • Free concerts and food truck nights

Prospect is distinct in that it aims to marry a small-town feel with a funky urban vibe. Strolling through the streets of Prospect, you’ll see a mix of modern artists’ lofts and single-family farmhouses. A downside is that outside of its 80 acres, this neighborhood isn’t well-connected to other city centers. You have to drive to reach downtown Longmont, Boulder, or Denver. 

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Whittier in Boulder

Boulder has a number of walkable neighborhoods, but Whittier is one of the best situated. This historic district was established in 1859, and is home to some of the oldest homes in the city. Whittier is on the east side of central Boulder, which puts it right downtown and close to both commercial centers and outdoor spaces.

Apartments and homes in the Whittier neighborhood are within walking distance to: 

  • Pearl Street mall
  • Parks
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market
  • University of Colorado

Because Whittier is so well positioned, it’s also one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. Expect to pay more to live in this highly walkable area.  

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Wash Park in Denver

Washington Park is a popular neighborhood in South Central Denver because of its proximity to restaurants, shops and outdoor spaces. Named for the 161-acre park it surrounds, the neighborhood offers residents the opportunity to enjoy Denver’s green spaces and lakes as well. 

If you live in Washington Park, you’ll get to enjoy being close to: 

  • Cherry Creek 
  • Schools
  • Recreation centers
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants and cafes

While the neighborhood has a nice mix of historic homes and newer builds, the price point can be restrictive as real estate is in high demand. 

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Olde Town Arvada

Downtown Arvada receives a high walking score compared to the rest of the neighborhoods in the Denver suburb. The historic olde town district is a hub of locally owned businesses, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores
  • Beauty shops
  • Banks
  • Fitness centers
  • Healthcare facilities

A new commuter rail is being installed in Arvada to make it even more commuter friendly to residents who live in Denver. The good news is, this area remains somewhat of a hidden gem with lower costs compared to some of the other Denver suburbs.

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Lowry in Denver

Lowry Field is just 20 minutes east of downtown Denver, making for a quick and easy commute to the city. Some interesting history surrounds this parcel of land. It was an airforce base for more than half a century, and also a summer get-away for President Dwight Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower during the 1950s. Now, however, it’s been redeveloped into a mixed-used community that offers amenities like: 

  • Parks and open space
  • Amphitheaters
  • Golf Course
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery stories
  • A beer Garden

Keep in mind that some neighborhoods in Lowry are more walkable than others. Look in neighborhoods adjacent to the Lowry Town Center District if you want to be within a short walk to the shops, bars and restaurants.

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Belmar in Lakewood

The Belmar district is a shopping and dining center in downtown Lakewood. It was built in 2004 to revitalize the old town village center, and it’s since grown to occupy 22 blocks in the city. Amenities in this community include:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Shops
  • A movie theater
  • A bowling alley 
  • Summer concerts and ice skating rink in winter
  • Art galleries

Residents who live in Lakewood within walking distance of the Belmar district also enjoy easy transportation to downtown Denver, making it a great option for commuters. 

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When it comes to finding the right house and the best neighborhood, there is no substitution for visiting the area to see first-hand if amenities that matter most to you are close by.

For more information on the best neighborhoods in Colorado, contact Housing Helpers at 303.545.6000.

About 

Stephanie Iannone, ABR, CNE is a Colorado Realtor, Managing Broker and Owner of the Iannone Real Estate Group and Housing Helpers of Colorado. Named Distinguished Realtor of the Year and Top 25 Salespeople in Colorado by Colorado-Biz Magazine. Stephanie Iannone and her team of experienced real estate agents serve home buyers, sellers, and real estate investors throughout the entire front range of Colorado.
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