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Jefferson County Neighborhoods:
Applewood

 

Rolling Hills Country ClubBusy Youngfield Street was still a narrow dirt road in 1954 when Myron Teller Bunger planted the first “seeds” of Applewood, named for the apple trees on his central Jefferson County farm. Bunger acquired enough land for 600 lots of half-acre and larger home sites around curving roads west of Youngfield. His brothers Howard and Mills, both water engineers, developed Applewood Utilities Company, a water system operated from their reservoir on South Table Mountain. The larger lots, abundant water, and metro location quickly attracted more development.

Eric Bakke grew up there from 1957 until the 1970s. He remembers deer and wild horses on and around South Table Mountain. “My uncle was a roust-about type, and he’d go up there and try to lasso them,” Bakke said. He remembers hiking to the top of the mesa and camping with friends.

Table Mountain

As a young parent in the early 1960s, Lorian Caraway remembers Applewood as a safe and fun place for both adults and children. “We spent the summers running the kids from one field to another for baseball games,” she said. Her children played in wild areas nearby, where they swung on a rope over a pond. Adults gathered together on Friday nights at Applewood Lanes.

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The first Rolling Hills Country Club golf course was built in 1956, just north of 32nd Avenue at Eldridge Street on land owned by Coors. After Interstate 70 was completed in 1962, club membership grew as quickly as the residential population. Members negotiated a 99-year lease with Coors for a more dramatic site, south of 32nd and McIntyre at the base of South Table Mountain. Coors funded the new 18-hole course, clubhouse, pro shop, swimming pool and tennis courts, and relieved membership debt from the old course. The new course opened in spring of 1968 and is still going strong. Coors leased the old course, public Applewood Golf Club, to American Golf Corporation.

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“In the ’60s, there was the perception that if you moved to Applewood, you had arrived,” said Jack Hoopes, president of the Applewood Property Owners Association. Close proximity to the city, while retaining a rural character, attracted him to move his family there in 1997. Many original owners still live there and younger families are attracted to excellent local public schools.

Applewood ranch

Maintaining Applewood’s rural character at a prime metro location has not been easy. Citizens worked hard to defeat a proposed gravel quarry on South Table Mountain, and a proposal for Nike to build their corporate headquarters there. Jefferson County Open Space acquired most of the mesa land in 2004. Now the area is challenged by the proposed 200-acre Cabela’s development in Clear Creek Valley.

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In hopes of doing what’s best for homeowners in the area, the Clear Creek Valley Neighborhood Council (CCVNC) was formed as a consortium of Applewood Property Owners Association, the Applewood Valley Association, the Applewood Business Association, The Fairmount Improvement Association and the Daniels-Welchester Homeowners Association. County Commissioners McCasky, Congrove and Auburn invited HOA leaders to sit with them at the podium.

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Despite growth and change, “Applewood still has is a strong sense of community,” says Ed Perlmutter, second generation Applewood resident and candidate for the 7th Congressional District. “I grew up and watched the neighborhoods develop here. It has been reasonable growth.”

Real Estate Value: Applewood homes have appreciated three times the average rate of other Denver-metro areas, and are now at $350,000 - $1.5 million. Traditions: Small neighborhood summer cookouts, carpooling kids to sports, Scouting, etc; community involvement to preserve land and protect the area from polluting developments.

Amenities: Easy commute to most job opportunities; rural character of neighborhoods; close proximity to preserved South Table Mountain; retail shopping within a mile of most homes.

Plus: Mature landscaping and horse properties remain; new residential development limited to small clusters.

Minus: Potential for increased air and noise pollution from Cabela’s.

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