There are four suburbs of Denver that have at least 100,000 residents, are less than 15 miles from the capital, and are cool enough to make this list. The average apartment rent for each city ranges from $ 841 per month in Aurora to $ 953 per month in Thornton, here's the list:
Aurora, CO – population: 323,348, apartment rent: $ 841, distance: 9.1 miles
This “suburb” is practically a big city all of its own, however, it does lack a strong downtown business district like most cities its size. The area is home to many historic landmarks, a history museum, an arts center, important wildlife habitats, several golf courses, over 1,800 acres of developed park land, and more than 6,000 acres of other natural areas.
Lakewood, CO – population: 141,937, apartment rent: $ 866, distance: 7.4 miles
Southwest of Downtown Denver, this community is the jumping-off point for many natural attractions and is near Red Rocks Amphitheater, Deer Creek Canyon Park, Genesee Park, and Evergreen, CO. Home to the Belmar retail district, a town center with a mix of retail, residential, cultural, and public space, the city has a great arts district and a prestigious fine art photography school.
Westminster, CO – population: 109,180, apartment rent: $ 928, distance: 9.5 miles
Northwest of Denver, this community is wonderful. Westminster features great shopping and the beautiful Butterfly Pavilion with 1,600 free-flying butterflies. The city has a clean feel and is quite progressive. Westminster is home to Westminster University which is known as “the Princeton of the West” and looks like a giant castle. The malls here are nice and include the Westminster Mall and Orchard Town Center. Orchard is an outdoor lifestyle center mall oriented toward upscale consumers.
Thornton, CO – population: 117,628, apartment rent: $ 953, distance: 10.6 miles
This northern suburb is Denver’s first master-planned community. With over 80 miles of trails, 80 parks, and nearly 2,000 acres of open space, Thornton is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Don’t move here unless you love the outdoors because they’re everywhere. The city also has a great recreational center, a community center, and golf courses. Shopping here is quite nice and my favorite outdoor shopping center in the area is Larkridge, complete with a performing arts center.
So, if you’re coming to Denver, but don’t want to live right in the city, take a look at these suburbs, they’re quite nice. Average rent here is higher than rent in Denver for a reason: these communities are simply superior (but don’t tell Denver I said that).
Need help finding an apartment near Denver?
Call my office and one of my staff members will help you out. My toll-free number is 877-676-1767.
To learn more about apartments for rent in Denver, visit Rent in Denver.
Daniel E. Fava is a real estate writer. Check out his blog at http://aptsdenver.com.