The Stapleton neighborhood is one of Denver's newer redevelopment areas. When Denver International Airport opened in 1995, the old Stapleton airport was closed and the ambitious redevelopment of the area began. The former runways and hangars of the airport were transformed into a bustling neighborhood with a wide array of new condo and loft projects to choose from. Thousands of acres have been re-purposed to become one of the premier developments in the city. After little more than twenty years, this former airport is now a thriving neighborhood that's been internationally recognized as a model for urban redevelopment.
When the new Stapleton neighborhood was being planned, the developers wanted to create a mixed-use area with everything you need within walking or biking distance. They were certainly successful! Stapleton features town centers with pedestrian walking malls full of restaurants, bars, and shopping. The neighborhood's schools are award-winning and innovative, and a network of bike trails and parkways mean you can usually leave the car in the garage. Countless parks, community pools, and recreational opportunities are just a short stroll away. In fact, 30% of Stapleton’s acreage is set aside for current and future parks, and the neighborhood has easy access to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Bluff Lake Nature Center, and Sand Creek Regional Greenway.
Stapleton also hosts a wide variety of community events, including Stapleton Rocks: A Concert for a Cause, Winter Welcome (a holiday lights celebration), the Stapleton Kids Triathlon, and the Stapleton Beer Festival. During the summer the neighborhood really bustles with regular farmers and antiques markets, an outdoor movie and concert series, wine tastings, and so much more. Don't miss the 4th of July Pancake Breakfast and Parade, and when it starts to cool off in the fall, grab your pumpkin at the Stapleton Pumpkin Patch during the final farmers market of the season.
The New Urbanism development philosophy brings mixed traditional design with modern technology to Stapleton. Energy-efficient residences vary from lofts, condos, and townhomes to single-family homes with a large range of home prices. Lofts and condos are still affordable and allow residents to live close to downtown while enjoying the amenities of suburban living. This area continues to grow and promises to be one of the hottest places in the Denver metro.
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