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Indian Tree Village

72nd Place, between Wadsworth and Carr in Arvada

Emil Schneider ParkThis neighborhood is on 17 of 387 acres annexed by the city in 1963. Plans for a large shopping mall were averted because the original property owner, Emil Schneider, sold the land to the North JeffCo Park and Recreation District with an open space land use requirement. Instead, Indian Tree Golf Course, Emil Schneider Park, and the Bright and Brown Ditch Trail were established. Today’s Indian Tree Village families on 72nd Place enjoy living next to Indian Tree Golf Course, near the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Colorado Lutheran Senior Home.

Indian Tree golf courseThe proximity of parks, trails, and a golf course to moderately-priced homes is unique. The backyards of the two-story homes on the south side of 72nd Place have a courtyard setting provided by the tall brick wall that separates them from 72nd Avenue. Homes on the north side of 72nd back up to Indian Tree Golf Course and the Bright & Brown Ditch Trail that leads to more trails for walking and biking. Majestic Park and Nature Center are 3 blocks southwest, Emil Schneider Park is connected to the neighborhood on the east, and the Arvada Center for the Arts is three blocks south. Shopping and services are available within one mile, and bus service is available on Wadsworth.

Indian Tree homeWarren Lampley, President of Indian Tree Home Owner Association (ITHOA), has been a homeowner since 1976. Although the original purpose of the group was code enforcement and interaction with the home builders, it quickly transitioned to voluntary membership and a social purpose.

Indian Tree home“The strength of this community is that we really know our neighbors,” says Lampley. A newsletter called Smoke Signals and a street directory are published twice a year. The HOA adopts an Arvada street for clean-up, acts as liaison to the City of Arvada, and organizes welcoming new neighbors, a children’s egg hunt at Easter, delivery of May baskets, a Fourth of July parade and party and holiday parties. Some former neighbors return for these festivities. The Fall Festival will be held at Indian Tree Village Park on September 20, from 4 – 7 PM with a guest entertainer, activities for the children, and a potluck.

Adventure novelist Clive Cussler owned one of the original homes that is now occupied by his daughter’s family. Pete and Grace Syrnak, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, were second owners in 1978. “We appreciate the golf course views and the strong connection among neighbors.” Judy Morris, originally from England, and her husband, Paul, bought their house in 1976. Judy says, “As a transplant with no immediate family in the area, I appreciate the neighborhood family and the support offered during difficult times.” She notes that property values and taxes have increased, the playground equipment in Emil Schneider Park has been upgraded for greater safety, and the ditch behind houses on the north no longer carries water to farmland on 72nd & Sheridan nor to the Hackberry Hill Pond.

Organized: Indian Tree Village Home Owner Association of 72 households; Owner-Occupied: 92%; Renter-Occupied: 8%.

Real Estate Median Value: $284,500. JeffCo Public Schools: Peck Elementary, Moore Middle School, Arvada High School

Plus: Active, socially connected neighborhood; easy access to open space;

Minus: Some rental properties not well-maintained; only one access to neighborhood results in high volume of traffic and complicates snow removal; noise from 72nd Avenue.

 

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