Jefferson County Neighborhoods:
Village of Five Parks
award winning, wired & green, community
Between Alkire and Indiana, north and south of West 86th Parkway, west Arvada
In 2002, just a few model homes sat on the open land just south of Standley Lake Park to give future residents a vision of The Village of Five Parks. The developer, Village Homes, promised prospective residents a community of 625 homes, a retail shops and office center, recreation facilities and parks, all within walking distance.
Michelle McDonough and her husband John were the first to line up when Village Homes set the date to release nine lots for the particular home model they liked. They rented an RV and camped on the land for six days in order to get their preferred lot.
“There was nothing here at the time, and we just prayed that (Village Homes) would hold to their word on what was planned,” McDonough says. Four years later, McDonough says the sense of community that did develop was more than she’d hoped for. “People take care of each other here,” she says. “We help with each other’s kids and watch each others’ dogs. The type of people that live here want a close community.”
Young families are attracted to Five Parks, but at least 35 multi-generational families live there as well. Five Parks resident and Realtor Annie Zrubek says the mix of housing options—condos, townhomes, and single-family homes in different price ranges—accommodate people who appreciate the small-town atmosphere in the suburbs.
The homeowner association organizes a calendar packed with events. Zrubek says it’s common to see your neighbors all throughout the day at one activity or another. For some residents, this is part of the close community they desire. Residents that prefer more privacy simply set their limits of neighborly involvement.
Five Parks has been selected as the Community of the Year for the past three years by the metro homebuilder’s association. The homes qualify for five-star energy efficiency rating and are pre-wired for high-speed Internet, burglar alarms, speakers, etc.
Located at least 15 minutes from I-70 and about 7 minutes east of Highway 93, the community is somewhat isolated, which can be good and bad. Zrubek was told that undeveloped land at the corner of Indiana and West 86th Parkway is reserved for a future shopping area, but so far nothing has been built. In the meantime, less convenient shopping also means less traffic congestion through the community.
Organized: Homeowner association organizes weekly planned activities, including book club meetings, children’s play groups, football get-togethers, ladies night out, cooking classes, pot luck dinners, etc.
Traditions: Five Parks’ Summer Concert Series and holiday events.
Real Estate Values: $220,000 to $650,000. HOA fees support park and recreation maintenance, and a packed calendar of community events. The lowest fee is $65 a month to the highest of $260 per month for town homes for exterior maintenance. There is also a Metro District government funded by a 41-mil property tax to pay $8.5 million infrastructure costs.
Public JeffCo Schools: Meiklejohn Elementary, Oberon Middle School, Ralston Valley High School
Amenities: Five different parks, retail shops, community center, and elementary school within walking distance. Village Homes will soon turn over control of HOA and Metro District boards to residents.
Plus: Close to Westminster’s Standley Lake Park and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge (Kipling & 80th); two miles north of Apex Recreation Center.
Minus: Small yards and trees; isolation from easy transportation access, and congested traffic for commuting, retail shopping, the Arvada Center, and Olde Towne Arvada; Relatively high HOA fees and Metro District taxes.