Denver Real Estate

The City and County of Denver (pronounced /'d?nv?/) is the capital and the most populous city of Colorado, in the United States. Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains.

The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 15 miles (24 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5280 feet or 1609.344 m) above sea level. The United States Census Bureau estimates that, in 2006, the population of the City and County of Denver was 566,974, making it the 26th most populous U.S. city. The Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated 2006 population of 2,408,750 and ranked as the 21st most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical area, and the larger Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area had an estimated 2006 population of 2,927,911 and ranked as the 17th most populous U.S. metropolitan area. The city claims to have the 10th largest downtown in the United States.

Denver City was founded in November of 1858 as a mining town during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in western Kansas Territory. That summer, a group of gold prospectors from Lawrence, Kansas, arrived and established Montana City on the banks of the South Platte River. This was the first settlement in what was later to become the city of Denver. The site faded quickly, however, and was abandoned in favor of Auraria (named after the gold-mining town of Auraria, Georgia) and St. Charles City by the summer of 1859. The Montana City site is now Grant-Frontier Park and includes mining equipment and a log cabin replica. On November 22, 1858, General William Larimer, a land speculator from eastern Kansas, placed cottonwood logs to stake a claim on the hill overlooking the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, across the creek from the existing mining settlement of Auraria. Larimer named the town site Denver City to curry favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver.

Larimer hoped that the town's name would help make it the county seat of Arapaho County, but ironically Governor Denver had already resigned from office. The location was accessible to existing trails and was across the South Platte River from the site of seasonal encampments of the Cheyenne and Arapaho. The site of these first towns is now the site of Confluence Park in downtown Denver. Larimer, along with associates in the St. Charles City Land Company, sold parcels in the town to merchants and miners, with the intention of creating a major city that would cater to new emigrants. Denver City was a frontier town, with an economy based on servicing local miners with gambling, saloons, livestock and goods trading. In the early years, land parcels were often traded for grubstakes or gambled away by miners in Auraria. The Colorado Territory was created on February 28, 1861, Arapahoe County was formed on November 1, 1861, and Denver City was incorporated on November 7, 1861. Denver City served as the Arapahoe County Seat from 1861 until consolidation in 1902.
In 1865, Denver City became the Territorial Capital. With its new-found importance, Denver City shortened its name to just Denver. On August 1, 1876, Denver became the State Capital when Colorado was admitted to the Union. Between the years 1880-1895 the city experienced a huge rise in city corruption, as crime bosses, such as Soapy Smith, worked side-by-side with elected officials and the police to control the elections, gambling, and the bunko gangs. In 1887, the precursor to the international charity United Way was formed in Denver by local religious leaders who raised funds and coordinated various charities to help Denver's poor. By 1890, Denver had grown to be the second largest city west of Omaha, but by 1900 it had dropped to third place behind San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 1901 the Colorado General Assembly voted to split Arapahoe County into three parts: a new consolidated City and County of Denver, a new Adams County, and the remainder of the Arapahoe County to be renamed South Arapahoe County. A ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, subsequent legislation, and a referendum delayed the creation of the City and County of Denver until 1902-11-15.

Denver hosted the 1908 Democratic National Convention to promote the city's status on the national political and socio-economic stage. Beat icon Neal Cassady was raised on Larimer Street in Denver, and a portion of Jack Kerouac's beat masterpiece On the Road takes place in the city, and is based on the beat's actual experiences in Denver during a road trip. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg lived for a time in a basement apartment on Grant Street (no longer standing), and Kerouac briefly owned a home in the Denver suburb of Lakewood in the late spring and summer of 1949. In addition, Ginsberg helped found the "Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa," in nearby Boulder at the Buddhist college Naropa University, then Naropa Institute.

Denver was selected to host the 1976 Winter Olympics to coincide with Colorado's centennial celebration, but Colorado voters struck down ballot initiatives allocating public funds to pay for the high costs of the games, so the games were moved to Innsbruck, Austria. The notoriety of becoming the only city ever to decline to host an Olympiad after being selected has made subsequent bids difficult. The movement against hosting the games was based largely on environmental issues and was led by then State Representative Richard Lamm. Lamm was subsequently elected as Colorado governor in 1974. Denver has also been known historically as the Queen City of the Plains because of its important role in the agricultural industry of the plains regions along the foothills of the Colorado Front Range. Several US Navy ships have been named USS Denver in honor of the city.

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Denver - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Denver: $754,700 / County Avg $773,200


Avg Taxes in Denver: $3,200 / County Avg $3,200


Avg Sq. Ft. in Denver: 1,869 / County Avg 1,876


Avg Price per/ft2 in Denver: $404 / County Avg $412


Avg Walkscore in Denver: 68 / County Avg 69


Avg Year Built in Denver: 1975 / County Avg 1975


Avg Days on Website in Denver: 68 / County Avg 69


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Areas in Denver CO
1616 South at Platt Park
29 Zen
888 Logan
Artists Row
Barclay Towers
Berkley Shores
BridgeCreek Townhomes
Brooks Tower
Brooks Towers
Cadence Curtis Park
Central Park Urban Living
Cheesman Towers
Circa West
City Homes at Boulevard One
City Homes at Boulevard One - Matador Series
City Homes at Boulevard One - Orion Series
Club Valencia
Commodore Place
Country Club Villas
Crescendo at Aria
Crestmoor Heights
Denver Headquarters Condos
Denver Square Condos
Dorchester Condominiums
Edge LoHi
Fire Clay Lofts
Flats at Villarosso
Florentine Condos
Flour Mill Lofts
Four Seasons Private Residences
glass house
Glass House Condos
Governors Place Condos
Inca Street Townhomes
Isbell Lofts
Jeff Park Flats
Jefferson Park Point
La Tela
Lakehouse 17
Lakehouse on 17th
Logan Brownstones
Logan Lofts
Manor Homes at Cherry Creek
McGregor Square Residences
Midland Lofts
Monarch Mills
Monroe Pointe
Montgomery Court Condos
Morningside Condos
Mountain Shadows
Museum Residences
Oak Park
Observatory Flats
Observatory Place Condos
One Lincoln Park
One Polo Creek
One19 Cherry Creek
Overland Crossing
Palace Lofts
Park Hill 23
Parkside on Cherry Creek
Parkway Condos
Penn Square Condos
Penterra Plaza
Promenade Lofts
Residence XXV
Riverfront Tower
Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts
SloansEdge Southshore Townhomes
Sobo 58
Spire condos
Spire Denver
Streetcar Stables
The Coloradan
The Flats at VillaRosso
The Pinnacle at City Park South
Tower on the Park
Tremont 24
Waterside Lofts
Windsor Gardens
Zen Condominiums
Neighborhoods in Denver CO
Adams Gardens
Alamo Placita
Athmar Park
Ball Park
Barclay Towers
Bear Valley
Berkeley Gardens
Berkeley Meadows
Berkely - Regis
Berkley Shores
Breenlow Park
Broadway Heights
Brooks Tower
Brooks Towers
Cadence Curtis Park
Capital Hill
Capitol Avenue
Capitol Hill
Carsons Colfax Sub
Cedar Pointe
Central Park
Chaffee Park
Cheeseman Park
Cheesman Park
Cheltenham Heights
Cherry Creek Country Club
Cherry Creek North
City Park
City Park South
City Park West
Clements ADD
Club Valencia
Congress Park
Corona Village
Cory Merrill
Country Club
Country Club Villas
Crestmoor Park
Curtis Park
Denver Country Club
Downtown Denver
East Colfax
East Denver Boyds
Elmwood Add
Five Points
Fords Add
Glass House
Golden Triangle
Governors Park
Grant Ranch
Green Acres
Green Valley Ranch
Hampden Court
Hampden Heights
Harmans Sub
Highland Park
Huntington Estates
Hutchinson Hills
Indian Creek
Inspiration Point Estates
Irving Park
Jefferson Park
Kentucky Gardens
Lincoln Park
LODO-Riverfront Park-Cuernavaca Park-LOHI
Mar Lee
Mar Lee Manor
Midtown at Clear Creek
North Park Hill
Oak Park
Observatory Park
P T Barnums Sub
Park Hill
Parkway Condos
Paula Dora
Pebble Creek
Penterra Plaza
Perl Mack Manor
Platt Park
Polo Club
Polo Club North
Riverfront Park
San Rafael
Shadow Wood
Sherrelwood Estates
Sloans Lake
South Broadway
South Park Hill
South Sloans Lake
Southmoor Park
The Coloradan
The Highlands
The Nightingale
Union Station
University Hills
University Park
Valley Vista
Villa Park
Virgina Village
Virginia Village
Washington Park
Washington Park West
Welchs Colfax Ave Sub
West Colfax
West Highland
Westminster Station
Whispering Pines
Whispering Pines West
Windsor Gardens
Windsor Gardens East
Winston Downs
Woodside Village
Woodstream Falls