Jefferson County Neighborhoods:
Lakewood – Heritage West
…friendly, enduring, upscale
North of Morrison Road, south of Jewell, east of Atlantic, west of Kipling in Lakewood
If a self-contained, planned and friendly community would satisfy your yearning for an upscale life style, Heritage West in southwestern Lakewood meets that description. Beginning in 1982, Celebrity Custom Homes built the majority of the 255 homes in this beautifully landscaped neighborhood. The final filing was completed this year.
After you drive past the landscaped median of West Asbury, you know that you’ve entered a special neighborhood. Each home is custom designed and well-maintained, with mature landscapes. Many people like living here so much that when they want a home more appropriate for their families, they move within the development. About 30 percent of the homeowners have moved within the neighborhood. Realtor and 12-year resident Gordon Stover says, “It’s a very stable community, with less than a five percent turnover.” Kent Cherne and his family just moved into their second home in Heritage West. He says, “The area reminds me of the neighborhood where I grew up, where people are friendly and know most everyone. It has a good, mellow feel.”
Having a community swimming pool “… is great when you have young kids because it’s also an opportunity to meet other families,” says long-time resident Dick Plastino. Many community activities center on the swimming pool and children’s wading pool next to the tennis and basketball courts. There is a community garden tended by many green thumbs. As with most neighborhoods, it takes generous people to move ideas forward so when the need presented itself, Carlene Walker donated the materials to start the garden. Another strikingly beautiful area is a triangular pocket park where a concrete bench plaque reads, “In memoriam of Dr. Jan J. Perloff, our friend and neighbor.”
Carol Kesselman has lived in Heritage West for the past 20 years and says, “The convenience of grocery shopping within walking distance is appealing, and we walk to nearby Cottonwood and Kendrick Lake parks.” She says she often sees foxes and recently a large, antlered deer. Heritage West people enjoy having fun together as well as working together on charitable projects. As Cherne says, “We all work to keep that good neighborhood feel.” The Fourth of July Parade, initiated by Barbara Amdurer, is a highlight of the summer.
Many Heritage West women volunteer for charitable organizations. Terry Hill coordinated 15 years of support for a battered women’s shelter in JeffCo. Other volunteers include Barbara Amdurer, Margie Wolfson and Christie Tietro. Hill continues to raise funds for Bridgeway, a home for pregnant teens, and Cindy Erickson finds Christian homes for foreign exchange students.
The HOA’s recent addition of cobblestones to the utility easement (landscaped curb strip) along Heritage West’s northern boundary enhanced its public face. Mick Kelly, a Realtor who began selling with Celebrity Homes 18 years ago, said, “The quality of construction is outstanding.”
Four young Heritage West daughters were running a lemonade stand on a sweltering summer day in July. When asked what they would do with the money, they said, “It will go to charity.” However, their will powers were tested when the ice cream truck came by, jangling its tantalizing melody. With the hot weather, their sales were up, so these determined but polite young salesgirls can probably afford both.
Organized: Heritage West Home Owners Association of 255 homes. President Kent Cherne; VP, Terry Hill; Treasurer, John Haeck; Secretary, Mickey Rathe. Annual dues of $970 fund maintenance of the common areas, swimming pool, tennis courts, trash and snow removal. Volunteers produce a quarterly newsletter.
Traditions: Easter egg hunt; Fourth of July Parade; Ladies night out; Adult pool party; Annual garage sale; Christmas party. Real estate values: $400,000 to $2 million. Public JeffCo Schools: DeVinney Elementary, Dunstan Middle and Green Mountain High School
Amenities: Strong neighborhood organization; Excellent recreation opportunities; Many homes back to vacant Bear Creek Development land; Great views; Stable ownership. Plus: Convenient shopping and services. Easy commute to Denver or DTC, and west to the mountains. Minus: Lack of socio-economic diversity diminishes the opportunity for children to develop “street smarts.”