Broomfield, Colorado

History in the Making

The first people who prized Broomfield, Colorado real estate were Native American Apache, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes who hunted deer, elk and bison in the area. Years later, trappers and traders inhabited the Broomfield area.  After the discovery of gold in Ralston Creek south of Broomfield in 1850, and in Boulder Creek in 1859, the westward migration continued with renewed interest.

By the 1870s, railroads connected the Broomfield area with surrounding communities.  In 1877, the small farming community became “Zang’s Spur” when it was founded by A. J. Zang, the owner of the Zang Brewing Company.  The community’s name was changed to Broomfield in the early 20th century due to the abundant amount of broomcorn that grew in local fields. 

Railroads flourished until the mid-1920s when the “horseless carriage” era began.  At that time, Broomfield homes consisted of only a dozen residences.  Growth was slow for this rural community, and from 1900 to 1957 no more than 100 people lived on farms in the area.  In 1950, construction began on the Boulder Turnpike, a toll road which connected Broomfield and Boulder.  Today, tolls are no longer collected and the Boulder Turnpike, Highway 36, is the main thoroughfare between Denver, Broomfield and Boulder.

The City and County of Broomfield  -- Residential and Commercial Growth

By 1961, when Broomfield was incorporated, the population had grown to 6,000.  In 1974, the first master plan was created to guide Broomfield’s residential and commercial growth.   Broomfield continued to grow through annexation, and by 1989 the city of Broomfield spanned portions of Boulder, Adams, Jefferson and Weld counties.  Providing city services for areas in four counties became cumbersome, so on November 15, 2001, Broomfield became The City and County of Broomfield.   Broomfield schools located in portions of the original four counties are still served by several school districts.

In the 1990s, Broomfield experienced tremendous economic growth based largely on technology.  The new Interlocken Technology Park became the new home of Sun Microsystems and Level 3 Communications, among others.  An upscale new shopping center, Flatiron Crossing, opened soon after.  The demand for homes in Broomfield increased and new home developments seemed to pop up overnight.  By 2000, the population of Broomfield had reached 38,272, well on its way to a projected population of 65,000 at build-out.

Broomfield Real Estate -- A Balance of Natural Beauty and Contemporary Design

As stated in its master plan vision statement, “Broomfield is characterized by planning that balances residential and commercial land use with generous park, recreation and open space areas.”  As you look at Broomfield homes for sale, it’s easy to see that Broomfield is fulfilling its vision.  There are a number of exciting new Broomfield homes in planned communities centered around parks, walking and biking trails, recreational facilities or golf courses.  The Broadlands and McKay Landing are two outstanding examples.

Location of Broomfield

Broomfield is conveniently located between Denver and Boulder.  A newly opened portion of 470 provides easy access to Denver International Airport and other parts of Denver.  Within just a few minutes drive, you have access to a wealth of shopping, cultural and sports activities.  World class ski resorts are within a couple of hours’ drive.

As a growing community, Broomfield, Colorado is continually looking for ways to expand while retaining its natural settings and upholding its commitment to preservation. From the construction of planned real estate developments to an undaunted pledge to put people first, Broomfield is destined to make history again and again.



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