Golden Real Estate Information

Located right at the western edge of Denver's suburban area, Golden, Colorado, is a smaller city found just 16 miles west of Denver. It lies at the western edge of the I-470 loop surrounding the Denver area in Jefferson County, of which it is the county seat. The city is situated along Clear Creek on the eastern edge of the foothills of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Though the city, like many in the area, was founded during the gold rush of 1859, it derives its name not from the amount of gold found within its mines but from a former resident named Thomas L. Golden. The city was home to a population of around 18,000, as of estimates in 2005.

The Regional Transportation District, which runs public transit systems throughout the greater Denver area, operates five bus lines connecting Golden residents with nearby Denver and Boulder. Airports in the region include Denver International Airport and the smaller Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. The city is part of the Jefferson County R-1 School District, with three elementary schools, one middle school and Colorado's oldest senior high school, Golden High School, operating within the town. It is also home to the oldest publicly owned higher education institution in the state, The Colorado School of Mines, which is dedicated to offering courses and degrees in the fields of engineering and science.

Golden is home to such well known locations as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Coors Brewing Company, CoorsTek, the American Mountaineering Center and the Colorado Railroad Museum. A heady number of museums operate within Golden, including the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, the Colorado Railroad Museum, the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, the Golden History Center, the Astor House Hotel Museum and the Clear Creek History Park. The Foothills Art Center operates art exhibits in an old church. The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, in operation for over 50 years, performs in season at the Bunker Auditorium in the Green Center at the Colorado School of Mines. The city also is home to two live theater groups.

Plenty of annual events will keep residents occupied in Golden, from Heart & Soul Month in February, E-Days of the Colorado School of Mines in April and two Independence Day fireworks shows to the Buffalo Bill Days in July, the Golden Fine Arts Festival in August, Goldenfest in September and Olde Golden Christmas in November-December. The American Mountaineering Center is the home base for several groups, including the American Alpine Club and the Colorado Mountain Club.