Westminster, Colorado Real Estate
A Golden Past and a Shining Future
Just as the world was clamoring to make it to California for the gold rush, gold was discovered in Little Dry Creek, Colorado in 1858. Many miners settled in the area now known as Westminster rather than pushing west toward California. The Homestead Act of 1862 also brought many new settlers to the new Colorado Territory.
The first permanent settler to build a home in the Westminster area was Pleasant DeSpain, who had a 160 acre farm of apple and cherry orchards and grain fields. In 1970, DeSpain Junction was founded. More settlers and merchants were attracted to this small farming community, and soon there was a blacksmith shop, lumber store and general store. The arrival of the railroad in 1881 brought further growth. Later, DeSpain Junction was renamed Harris by C. J. Harris, an early real estate developer.
Education -- An Early Priority
Westminster University of Colorado first opened its doors for classes in 1908. At that time, a year’s tuition was $50.00. In honor of the college, the city’s name was changed to Westminster when the city was incorporated in 1911. In 1915, the trustees for Westminster University changed the coed university to an all-male school. In 1917, the university had to close when all the students left to fight in WWI. The school was sold to the Pillar of Fire Church in 1920, and its name was changed to Belleview College and Preparatory School in 1925. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this large red sandstone building, which can be seen from most of the Denver metro area, is still in operation today.
Westminster Homes in Demand
As the town of Westminster grew, so did its reputation for some of the country’s largest apple and cherry orchards. Fruit was distributed throughout the country via the railroad. As the community grew, some of the orchards were sold to developers for new home subdivisions. One of the last large orchards was sold in 1950 to make room for the Boulder-Denver Turnpike. Today, this highway is one of the busiest in the state, bringing business and growth to Westminster and Colorado cities to the northwest.
The Westminster real estate market experienced a surge during the 1950s when veterans of World War II decided to move to the area. Many had spent time in Colorado during the service and were impressed with Colorado’s scenery, weather and friendly people. Westminster, Colorado homes for sale were at a premium and developers rushed to build more homes to supply the demand.
Parks and Open Space
Westminster created a Growth Management Plan to ensure the city’s continuing ability to provide municipal services to all its citizens. The Westminster Center Plan was developed to guide growth in the city’s center where the population continued to surge. Today, Westminster has over 45 miles of trails, 2,000 acres of open space and 50 parks. Stanley Lake Recreation Area, which covers 2,250 acres of water and land, is a popular recreational area for hiking, boating, fishing and water skiing. There are four golf courses in Westminster as well as excellent shopping and popular restaurants.
Located in the northern section of the Denver metropolitan area, Westminster offers convenient access to downtown Denver, DIA, 470, major business centers, recreational and educational facilities. Front Range Community College is located in Westminster.
Panoramic Mountain Views
Homes in a variety of styles and price ranges can be found in Westminster, Colorado. Homes for sale are plentiful and there are a number of beautiful new home subdivisions. And no matter where you live, parks and recreational areas are close by. Many Westminster neighborhoods come with an added bonus -- phenomenal views of the snow covered Rocky Mountains.
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