Denver offers a diverse, welcoming population, a solid economy and unparalleled access to wide-open spaces. In just a few hours you can hit the slopes or hike through hundreds of acres of nature preserves. Whether watching professional sports or going skiing and kayaking, you are in luck in Denver in any season. And if you enjoy urban amenities but are not keen on residing near the heart of the city, why not explore nearby master planned communities? Take a look at these 10 stunning master planned communities in the Denver area.
Green Valley Ranch
Roughly 30 minutes east of the Mile High City you’ll find the master planned community of Green Valley Ranch. Oakwood Homes is building three separate collections of homes with more than 15 distinct floorplans. These luxury abodes begin in the mid-$300s and are in proximity to all of your favorite pastimes. The nearby Aurora Highlands corridor is bursting at the seams with dining and shopping venues.
Only five miles north of downtown Denver is the master planned community of Midtown by Brookfield Residential. These stylish townhomes begin in the $400s and come in multiple designs. Midtown is adjacent to winding bike paths and meandering hiking trails, but you also have easy access to all the surrounding urban amenities
Located east of downtown Denver is the master planned community of Central Park (formerly Stapleton), which delivers flats, ranch style and modern homes in their three neighborhoods. Multiple premier builders such as Lennar and David Weekley present homes from the $100s into the millions. Your calendar will be filled with all the local activities, festivals and seasonal events. Lounge at one of the seven neighborhood pools or step in the cool, shallow 120-foot-long stream in Beeler Park.
Less than 20 miles northeast of Denver and just minutes from the Denver International Airport is the master planned community of High Point. Top builders Taylor Morrison and D.R. Horton offer a wide range of floorplans from the $300s. Residents can enjoy five-acre Grove Park with a playground picnic area and full-size pool. More than 200 acres of parks are in the works, along with 13 miles of trails pathways that will link the community together. Take advantage of the spectacular Rocky Mountain views, plus Denver’s exceptional entertainment options and professional sports teams.
Some 18 miles east of downtown Denver in Aurora is Painted Prairie. The community offers homes from five builders, including Meritage Homes, with prices starting in the high $300s. Amenities include High Prairie Park, a 22-acre outdoor enthusiast’s dream with picnic areas, grill pits and the communal Indian Paintbrush Garden, where residents can tend their own garden plot. Plenty of boutiques and dining options are nearby as well.
Located in Aurora, just east of Denver, is the new master planned community, Sky Ranch. This community offers more than 20 plans beginning in the low $400s by three distinct builders. Within proximity are six golf courses and more than 5,000 acres of wide-open spaces. Kids can strike up a game of soccer or football, and parents can enjoy a leisurely walk on the trails. Only minutes away is the nationally acclaimed Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.
Less than 20 miles southeast of Denver is the master planned community of Southshore. Three builders provide more than 20 plans starting in the high $400s. The community borders the Aurora Reservoir and provides marina access as well as the Lakehouse, a prime location for swim parties and sunset movie nights. A second recreation center, the 9,000-square-foot Lighthouse, was scheduled to open in spring 2021. Senac Pond and waterfall are perfect for paddle-boarding, canoeing and searching for crawdads. Cherry Creek State Park is close by and full of biking and hiking trails for more outdoor fun.
The fast-growing master planned community Copperleaf in Aurora offers a variety of floorplans by KB Home and Richmond American Homes. Prices begin in the high $400s and the amenities are endless. The Arboretum Pool and Clubhouse is the prime spot for weekend fun. Adults can unwind while the kids release some energy in the pool. Students attend schools in the exemplary Cherry Creek School District. Nearby is Great Plains Park, the perfect retreat for a weekend getaway.
Also in Aurora is Harmony, a rapidly expanding master planned community showcasing more than 30 floorplans from four established builders including D.R. Horton, with prices beginning in the high $300s. The Commons allows for indoor and outdoor activities where residents can socialize and exercise; a fitness center is in the works and will include yoga and barre classes. Listen to live music at Crescendo Hill or enjoy the on-site pool and Jacuzzi. For some nightlife action, enjoy a craft beer tour in lower downtown Denver.
Some 15 miles north of Denver in Broomfield is Anthem Colorado, where three builders are presenting homes from the $700s with more than 20 upscale plans available. If you don’t see exactly what you want, custom and semi-custom homes are available. The community has it all: two recreation centers, open green spaces, sparkling lakes, plus interconnecting trails and bike paths and a serene, resort-style pool for lounging. An added bonus: those majestic mountain views.
Heather Allen is a freelance writer who began her career 20 years ago at a small Texas NBC affiliate, while attending SFASU. She’s written blogs on a diverse range of topics.