Westminster, CO, is a growing suburban community that offers a wide variety of housing, excellent schools and recreational opportunities. This city of approximately 109,000 residents is the ideal blend of city and suburbs. Located on the U.S. 36 corridor between Denver and Boulder, Westminster offers all the perks of a major city in a more relaxed setting.
Just ask those who live there. A recent survey of Westminster resident reveals that 87 percent believe the quality of life in the city is good. Furthermore, 85 percent believe that the city offers quality services, while 90 percent agree that the city is financially stable. You simply can’t beat it. With Denver, Boulder and Aurora so close and the Rockies just outside your western windows.
The discovery of gold in the South Platte River Valley in 1858 put Westminster on the map Four years later, with the Land Act of 1862 encouraging settlers to make California their home instead of heading to California. Native Americans had occupied the area for centuries before white settlers arrived. Pleasant DeSpain, the first permanent settler, built his home in 1870 on 160 acres near what is now West 76th Avenue and Lowell Street.
Apple and cherry orchards proved to be the area’s claim to fame from the latter decades of the 19th century until approximately 1950 when development began to encroach on the area. Westminster was a sleepy suburban town until this time when the Denver-Boulder turnpike was built. Housing built to accommodate World War II veterans also gave the city its jumpstart in the 1950s.
Westminster’s big housing boom came in the 1970s through 2000. Approximately 13 percent of the houses here were built after 2000. The city offers a wide choice of housing, with square footage pricing that is lower than Denver proper, so you will get more home for your money. Single-family detached homes occupy the biggest share of the market, followed by large apartment complexes or high-rises and townhomes or similar attached living units. Three- and four-bedroom dwellings are the most prevalent type of homes, found mostly in single-family detached units. The city has a mixture of owners and renters with about 64 percent of residents owning their homes while 36 percent rent.
Westminster is served by three public school districts: Adams 12 Five Star Schools and Westminster Public Schools, both of which are in Adams County, and Jefferson Public Schools, located in Jefferson County. Three public high schools serve the city:
Standley Lake High School, Academy of Charter Schools and Mountain Range High School. For higher education, residents can choose, Front Range Community College, IIT Technical Institute Westminster, Prince Institute Rocky Mountains and DeVry University Colorado.
In addition to its location on U.S. 36, Westminster is served by several other major highways, including Interstate 25 and U.S. 287. The Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides bus service to Westminster. A bus rapid transit line called the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project or Flatiron Flyer also serves the area, providing Westminster with frequent service to downtown Denver, ass well as downtown Boulder. Denver International Airport is approximately 30 minutes by car.
In addition to the usual law enforcement and fire prevention services, Westminster has an a large library run in conjunction with Front Range Community College called College Hill Library. The library system runs under the Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries, which also oversees the city’s extensive green areas.
The trail network and open space system is a major point of pride for the city as it features 74 miles of off-road trails and nine miles on on-street trails with more than 40 pedestrian and bike underpasses. The most popular is the Big Dry Creek Trail, stretching 12 miles from the city’s eastern boundary to Standley Lake.
If you love history, take a step back in time and visit the Bowles House Museum to see what the town was like 100 years ago. Visit the nearby Westminster Castle, which looks like a mini Hogwarts. Also know as the Big Red Castle or the Pillar Fire, it was once known as Westminster University. Today, this building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places is a religious school.
Westy Fest, which occurs annually in late July or early August, is one of the city’s most popular events, feature the Holy Cow Trail Stampede 10K run, two stages for live music, food, craft vendors and more.
Golf fanatics can practice their game at Legacy Ridge Golf Course, the Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor and Hyland Hills. There’s even several local tournaments for those who take their game seriously.
In addition to Westminster, we also serve the greater Denver area including Castle Rock, Parker, Littleton, Golden, Aurora, Centennial, Fort Collins, Longmont, Lakewood, Englewood, Broomfield, Arvada, and Lone Tree.