Denver, the capital and largest city of Colorado, is a popular city known for its vibrant cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, scenic beauty, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. At an elevation of 5,280 feet, the city got its nickname “The Mile High City” because it’s exactly one mile above sea level.
It’s also becoming a retirement hotspot among the 55+ crowd thanks to its desirable climate, reasonably priced homes, modern amenities, and a variety of active adult communities within the area. Although Denver has a modern city vibe, it also offers beautiful natural views that combine its urban skylines with picturesque mountains due to its location between the Rocky Mountains and the High Plains.
Situated in the South Platte River Valley, the city enjoys a desirable climate that attracts retirees who want to experience four seasons and avoid the tropical heat. The Denver area has hot summers with average temperatures in the high 80s. During the winter months, the area gets snowfall between October and April and sees temperatures in the low to mid 40s, while nights drop below freezing.
The Great Outdoors
Denver is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. The city has more than a dozen bike trails as well as a bike-sharing system called the B-cycle that allows users to rent bicycles for short trips to explore some of the unique neighborhoods throughout Denver. The city also has plenty of parks, natural areas, and outdoor spaces including more than 200 parks and 29 recreation centers as well as 300 acres of rivers and trails and 14,000 acres of mountains.
The 314-acre City Park, which offers enough greenspace for retirees to enjoy nature in the heart of the city, is also home to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Other popular parks and natural spaces in the area include Centennial Flower Gardens, Civic Center Park, Washington Park, Cheesman Park, Confluence Park, Skyline Park, and Sloan’s Lake Park.
In addition to all the beautiful parks and green spaces, Denver also offers golfers a wide selection of lush courses for players of all skill levels. The state alone has more than 200 public and private courses throughout the state that have been designed by famous architects, and outnumber the state’s ski slopes. Some of the popular golf courses in the Denver area include Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Fossil Trace Golf Club, Broadmoor Golf Club, and Arrowhead Golf Club, just to name a few.
Arts & Entertainment
The Mile High City is also known for its diverse neighborhoods that include stately Victorian homes along tree-lined streets, charming historic spots, and trendy nightclubs and restaurants in lively districts. Some of the notable neighborhoods in Denver include Five Points, which was known as a one-stop-shop for jazz musicians and is now alive with museums, coffeehouses, taprooms, festivals, soul food, and barbecue joints.
Downtown Denver is a hip, historic place in the city that has a variety of independent bookstores, brewpubs, Coors Field, and plenty of dining and nightlife options. The Art District on Santa Fe is the state’s largest art gallery district and hosts First Friday Art Walks every month. The Denver area also offers retirees a wide selection of active adult communities that provide resort-style amenities, quality homes, and exciting social environments.
Currently, there are two 55+ communities located within the city of Denver: Fairway Villas at Green Valley Ranch and Windsor Gardens. Both 55+ communities feature spacious clubhouses brimming with indoor social spaces and outdoor recreational facilities like fitness centers, game rooms, outdoor pools, park spaces, and walking and biking trails. Homebuyers can choose from a variety of home designs starting in the low $100,000s at Windsor Gardens or high $300,000s at Fairway Villas.
But boomers don’t have to stay within the city to find affordable homes. The surrounding area also has great active adult communities offering new construction or resale homes such as Heather Gardens or Hilltop at Inspiration in Aurora, Anthem Ranch in Broomfield, Encore at Eastlake in Thornton, or The Patios at The Meadows in Castle Rock. Whatever retirees choose, they are sure to find the ideal 55+ community that fits their lifestyles and budgets.
With its unique neighborhoods, diverse attractions, and numerous active adult communities, it’s easy to see why retirees flock to Denver for their retirement destination.