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Arvada Colorado- Fun in the Mountains
by Howard Giske

Arvada, Colorado, is a suburb of Denver, to the Northwest of the city. It is near the Denver International Airport, the Downtown Denver business district, and mountain communities. With three highways going through it, interstate highways I-70, I-76 and I-25, it is easy to travel and commute to Denver, or travel higher into the mountains. It is in the region between the Denver plateau and the real mountains, sort of the Rocky Mountain foothills. Arvada real estate and its residents enjoy the lifestyle of being fairly high up in altitude, and surrounded by mountains, lakes, and valleys, close to ski areas and other mountain recreations. Arvada is also known for its quality parks which take up over 3,000 acres and link downtown Denver to the foothills.

Arvada is known to be one of the most progressive cities in the Denver Metro area with a prominent interest in the arts. With an estimated 103,400 population, in an area of just under 33 square miles, Arvada homes and real estate are organized around several planned communities, and the population of the city has more than doubled since 1970.

The Arvada art center is now expanding. The expansion planners have decided which areas of the Expansion Master Plan will be completed in the first construction phase of the project. A project construction budget of $5.3 million has been established and includes: a new 200 seat Black Box Theater and General Assembly, and a performing arts shop with rehearsal space, and meeting space to allow for an additional 160 new seats. Also planned are a new expanded history Museum Exhibit and new Exhibit and Gallery Collections Storage Space. Recent exhibits have shown paintings from an artist originally from Long Island, New York, trying to compare the landscape of the Colorado Mountains with her native water surrounded landscapes. Another exhibit shows the work of a ceramic artist who has been working in the Arvada area for over 20 years. Outside the art center there is a sculpture garden with large, functional sculpture that can even interact with children. For example, John Young's piece, "Flatirons" is a large structure of two picket-fence-like objects that are tilted at about 30-degrees, and meet in the middle with a little space between them.

Arvada had its start when Lewis Ralston discovered gold here in 1850, in what is now known as Ralston Creek. This was in the beginning of the Colorado Gold rush. By the early 1860s, the land was being farmed, with irrigation, since the yearly rainfall is only about 20 inches, known as a semi-arid climate. Agriculture dominated Arvada at that time, which at one point was known as the "Celery Capital of the World." Today Arvada is known for its planned communities and "mountain communities".

Three examples are Westwoods Ridge, Fieldstone and Wyndham Park. Westwoods Ridge is known as a unique community, with nature walks and clubs. Wyndham Park is a mid-scale self contained community. This is a very middle class area. Other communities you may want to look at are, Arbor Estates, where a large home recently sold for only $300,000, and Appleridge Estates, where a comparable buy recently was sold.

About the Author

Howard Giske writes about Arvada real estate and nationwide real estate at http://millionsaver.com

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