Columbine Valley Newcomers Guide
The Denver area offers one of America’s most enviable lifestyles: majestic scenery, a lively arts and culture scene, economic growth, quality schools, and outdoor recreation that runs the gamut from world-class skiing to hiking, river rafting, fly fishing and horseback riding. One of the most sought-after Denver communities is Columbine Valley, a one-square-mile suburb located about 11 miles southwest of the Mile High City. Like most of eastern Colorado, Columbine Valley has a sunny, semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons. It’s a small community of tree-lined neighborhoods and an optimistic, energetic population, according to the city’s official website. Residents here enjoy easy access to surrounding communities such as Littleton, and close proximity to big-city amenities and services without the big city noise and congestion. If you’re in the market for Denver real estate but want a laid-back suburban ambience, Columbine Valley could be just what you’re looking for. Our newcomer’s guide is a good place to learn more about this appealing community.
Columbine Valley History
Columbine Valley was created in 1955 as Colorado’s original golf course community when a small group chose the 295-acre Heckendorf Farm in the South Platte River Valley to build the Columbine Country Club. Some 200 home sites were offered along the fairways of the championship course. Then as now, a great location and a naturally beautiful setting attracted residents. The community grew at a modest pace and eventually incorporated in 1959 to avoid being annexed by Denver or nearby Littleton. William Newton’s History of Columbine Valley notes that the price to protect the community from annexation was high in terms of taxes, but over the years, it proved to be a wise and rewarding move. Since its inception, the town has been diligent in its efforts to control the type and quality of new construction and maintain the town’s reputation as a peaceful, exceptional place to live.1
Relocating to Columbine Valley
Thanks to its policies of careful, controlled growth, Columbine Valley has a well-deserved reputation as one of Colorado’s most desirable communities. As of the 2010 census, there were just 1,256 residents. It is an affluent, well-educated population with a median household income around $130,500. It’s also a homeowners’ market where 96% of the housing is owner-occupied. With an aggregate livability score of 83, AreaVibes.com dubs Columbine Valley “exceptionally livable.” They give A or A+ grades to Columbine Valley amenities, low crime rate, employment opportunities and stable housing market. It’s a family-friendly community, too: CityData.com notes that over 75% of residents are married and nearly 34% have children under 18. A relatively short commute (typically under 25 minutes) makes Columbine Valley a good choice as a bedroom community for Metropolitan Denver job market. It’s also a popular option for telecommuters.
Columbine Valley Real Estate – New Construction Coming Soon
As already noted, this is a tight a housing market with almost no rentals and few resell opportunities. When older homes do come available, they come with a hefty price tag. A Trulia.com snapshot in late May 2014, showed an average listing price of nearly $1.2 million for Columbine Valley homes for sale. Sperling’s Best Places notes that the median home cost in 2012 was $594,900. The good news, if you’re looking for new homes in Columbine Valley, is that pre-sales are slated to begin in Summer 2014 for a new collection of luxury homes by award-winning Denver homebuilder Taylor Morrison. Interest lists are forming now for The Reserve at Columbine Valley. Just 41 luxury patio homes will be built, ranging from 2,100 to 2,800 square feet. Buyers will have a choice of four unique floor plans with two to three bedrooms, extended outdoor living space, 3-car garages and optional finished basements. Joining the interest list will ensure that you receive email updates about floor plan and pricing releases, special events and special incentives.
Columbine Valley Economy
With a poverty rate near zero and an unemployment rate nearly two percentage points below the national average, according to USACityFacts.com, Columbine Valley has a healthy economy.3 SimplyHired.com cites education, health, social services as the leading industries in Columbine Valley, representing 16% of all jobs. Professional, scientific, management and administrative services follow at 15%, with finance, insurance and real estate at accounting for another 15%. SimplyHired.com notes that almost 79% of the Columbine Valley labor force is employed by companies in the private sector while 9% work for government and another 9% are self-employed. Residents also have the option of commuting to jobs in the rest of the metropolitan Denver area with top employers such as HealthONE, Lockheed Martin, Comcast, United Airlines, Wells Fargo, DISH Network, Oracle, UPS, Ball, and IBM to name a few. Telecommuting is also an option; Sperling’s Best Places ranks Denver as #3 on its list of best large metro areas for teleworking.
Columbine Valley Schools
Columbine Valley is part of the Littleton Public Schools district, which is nationally known for academic achievement. Among Denver metro districts, LPS ranks first in achievement for reading, writing and math, and has been designated Accredited with Distinction four years in a row, the highest rating given by the Colorado Department of Education. The district serves a student population of about 15,000 at 23 campuses, which include 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, a preschool and two charter schools. All three high schools in the district have been featured in Newsweek Magazine’s “Top High Schools in America” and have the highest graduation and lowest dropout rates of any Denver metro area high schools. Ninety percent of LPS grads are college bound.
Columbine Valley residents interested in higher education can choose from seven campuses within about 10 miles. These include Arapahoe Community College, University of Denver, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Red Rocks Community College and University of Phoenix.
Columbine Valley Living
A home in Columbine Valley puts all of eastern Colorado at your doorsteps. Winter and summer resorts in the Rockies and the Front Range, tubing on the South Platte River, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing, bird watching, golf, tennis – whatever outdoor activity you favor, you’ll find a perfect place to do it here. You’ll also have all of Denver as your playground. That means rodeos and stockman shows, live theater, great museums, historic districts, wonderful restaurants, pro football, baseball, hockey and basketball, and a vibrant nightlife. Closer to home, you’ll find a number of parks, lakes and community festivals. These include:
- The annual Columbine Valley Independence Day Parade
- Chatfield State Park and Lake
- Hudson Gardens and Event Center
- South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center
- Wynetka Ponds
- Hamlet Park
- Weaver Park
- Bowles Grove Park
- Colley Lake
Major medical facilities within 10 miles of Columbine Valley include:
- Centura Health-Littleton Adventist Hospital
- Centura Health-Porter Adventist Hospital
- Centura Health-St. Anthony Central Hospital
Make Yourself at Home in Columbine Valley
For more information about new homes for sale in Columbine Valley, Denver real estate and new Denver homes, or to schedule a personal viewing appointment at a Taylor Morrison community in the Denver area, contact Internet Home Consultant Becky Hunt at 303-656-7692 or send an email request.