Lakewood Real Estate Information

One of the capital region's largest suburbs, Lakewood, Colorado, is found about 10 miles west of Denver, and is the most populated city in Jefferson County, as well as the fourth most populated city in the state with a population of more than 140,000 as of 2005 estimates. The city was founded in 1889 but not officially incorporated until 1969, upon which it became one of the largest city incorporations, with a population at more than 90,000.

The city operates 12 public high schools, about a dozen middle schools and over two dozen elementary schools, as well as more than two dozen private schools. Post-secondary education institutions in Lakewood include Colorado Christian University, Red Rocks Community College and a number of small trade schools, for real estate, dog grooming, beauty school, travel and more.

The largest industries in the town are construction, health care and education, with the largest employers the Denver Federal Center, with about 6,200; the Jefferson County R-1 school district with almost 4,000, and Gambro, a medical-devices manufacturer, with more than 1,500. Wide Horizon medical center is another large employer. Retail options can be found at the city's many shopping areas: Sheridan Gables Shopping Center, Sheridan-Alameda Shopping Center, JCRS Shopping Center and Meadowlark Hills Shopping Center.

Attractions in Lakewood include the Washington Heights Arts Center, Lakewood's Heritage Center Spirit of Lakewood & Radius Galleries, and the Lakewood Cultural Center. Fox Hollow, the Homestead at Fox Hollow and Lakewood Country Club are havens for golf enthusiasts. There are nearly 100 parks and open spaces in the city as well as nearly 40 miles in trails. Annual events celebrated in the city are the Cider Days harvest festival, the Chile Harvest Festival and Heritage Days, a living history experience designed for elementary-school-aged children.