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Jefferson County Neighborhoods:

Unicorporated JeffCo, Evergreen • zip code 80439
off Buffalo Park Road, southwest of downtown Evergreen

Just over the rise south of Evergreen Lake and Golf Course, a tranquil slice of traditional Colorado foothills living remains one of Jefferson County’s most affordable neighborhoods. Anchored by a tiny square split log building where children K-12 were schooled in 1877 and the original homestead of Colorado pioneer Dwight Peter (D.P.) Wilmot, Greenwood harbors historic and artistic attributes.


Along with Wilmot Woods to the east, Greenwood was one of the first communities developed after Evergreen Lake was created in 1927. However, years earlier it was the far flung home of Mr. Wilmot, who is credited with giving Evergreen its name. Back in the mid 1870s, government officials requested a moniker for the new post office in the area. Wilmot looked around at his pine shrouded place and naturally chose Evergreen. His home was recently restored to historically accurate luster by current residents Ruth and Woody Hardman.

Bordered by Buffalo Park Road to the south, Alderfer-Three Sisters Park to the west, Evergreen golf course to the north and Valley View Road to the east, Greenwood is a close knit neighborhood on half acre lots. Much of this closeness is attributed to all the children located conveniently near the recently expanded Wilmot Elementary School and Evergreen High School. Kids help bring people together.

A perfect example of education evolution can be seen in the old log school house that stands in the center of Wilmot Elementary’s circular drive below the High School. But the High School was more than just a convenience for area residents. Some of the Greenwood homes were actually built by student home building classes taught by longtime instructor Gene Younger, who retired after more than 20 years at Evergreen High.

Traditions: This active community became a year round haven for sports like golf and ice skating, plus the annual fireworks show discontinued in the early 90s. Parades celebrating Halloween, Christmas and the 4th of July continue to this day.

JeffCo Public Schools: Wilmot Elementary, Evergreen Middle, Evergreen High.

Real Estate Values: Nearly all the original homes were built at 2,500 square feet and today are valued from $300,000 to $380,000. Organization: Neighbors gather for cycling trips, birthday celebrations, and summer picnics. The HOA helped fund the erection of an attractive wooden Greenwood sign at the corner of Buffalo Park and Greenwood Lane.

Amenities: Evergreen Recreation Center, JeffCo Library, trail around Evergreen Lake, downtown Evergreen restaurants and shops are within walking distance. Plus: Greenwood abuts 770-acre Alderfer-Three Sisters Open Space Park, which offers 12.5 miles of trails for hikers, cyclists and equestrians. Recent property purchases have added additional acreage to the park along with access to Denver’s DeDisse Park. Minus: Add 15 minutes for most trips for groceries and/or Denver metro because of the 73-74 intersection.

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