Located just to the northwest of Denver, Westminster, Colorado features a rich history, beautiful surroundings and a modern, more urban setting that retains the beautiful open spaces the Denver area is known.
With a population of just over 100,000, Westminster is a city that is rather densely populated for its size, but has plenty of shopping, recreation and family activities. In 2006, Westminster ranked 24th in Money magazine’s Best Places to Live in the USA.
The South Platte River Valley Gold Rush of 1858 brought new settlers into the area which would become Westminster in the following year. The name of the settlement changed several times over the next half century as settlers came to this area at first for gold, but then the Land Act of 1862 brought in many seeking a new place to call home.
What was first known as DeSpain Junction became Harris in 1885, but it was the building of the Westminster Castle in 1891 that sparked the permanent name for this community. In fact, the Westminster Castle is still being used today and is a striking feature of this remarkable community. The town itself was officially incorporated in 1911.
There are many advantages for those considering a move to the Denver area as Westminster offers plenty of family activities, modern housing, restaurants, shopping centers and much, much more. Although located on the northwest side of Denver, there are several state highways that run through the city, making it easy to get to any part of Denver relatively quickly.
In addition to the highways, there is also bus and train service in Westminster, offering plenty of public transportation for commuters. The nearby Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport and Denver International Airport offer plenty of travel opportunities as well. For those who want to live in a central part of the US with plenty of access to transportation, Westminster is one of the best in the country.
While offering modern homes and dwellings, along with the urban lifestyle that so many people enjoy, Westminster also has plenty of open spaces, parks and a extensive network of trails. The Big Dry Creek Trail for example extends over 12 miles from the eastern area of the city to Standley Lake, making it a perfect way to spend the day. There are many other trails as well which cross into open spaces, including the Standley Lake Regional Park.
Westminster also features top level golf courses, recreational facilities, community parks and more. In fact, for those who love golf, Westminster is the place for you as the Legacy Ridge Golf Course, Hyland Hills and the nearby Heritage Golf Course make it perfect for golf lovers. For those interested in shopping, there are plenty of retail outlets and stores which dot the city.
The combination of public transportation, a network of highways and many different outdoor attractions has made Westminster a highly desirable place to live. Westminster is a growing, modern city with an urban feel, yet with an emphasis on the outdoors.
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