Jefferson County Neighborhoods:
Lakewood – Bear Creek Village
Unincorporated JeffCo, north of Morrison Road, east of C470
Lakewood zip code 80228
Bear Creek was a primary source for irrigation ditches as it ran through the foothills onto the plains at Morrison. Ditches named Warrior, Hodgson, Harriman, Hodgson and Pioneer Union were constructed as early as 1861. The area north and south of today’s Morrison Road, east of C470, provided fertile land for growing alfalfa and pasture for dairy cattle.
In 1972, Lakewood voters approved $5 million in bond funds for park acquisition and development and Jefferson County voters approved a half cent sales tax to fund the Open Space program. JeffCo and Lakewood acquired 2,000 acres of land that grew to 4,400 acres named Bear Creek Lake Park and Greenbelt and the Soda Lakes. After the Army Corps of Engineers built the Mt. Carbon dam in the late 1970s for flood-control, Lakewood signed a 50-year lease for recreation rights for the lake in 1982.
Also in 1982, Bear Creek Village was established by Bear Creek Development Corp, with county approval for as many as 1100 residential units and a golf course. Bear Creek Golf Club is a private 7,221 yard, par 72, course for 300 male members. There are now 350 homes around the fairways in Bear Creek Village.
Traditions: biking, running and walking along extra wide streets and sidewalks or crossing Morrison Road to enjoy Bear Creek Lake Park; neighborhood pool and tennis courts.
Real Estate values: $400,000 to $1.4 million. Filing 8 will offer 50 more homes this spring, ranging from $700-800,000.
Public JeffCo Schools: Devinny Elementary, Dunstan Middle, and Green Mountain High School.
Amenities within 5 miles: Bear Creek Lake Park and Soda Lakes offer 15.7 miles of trails for biking, running, walking, and horseback riding and watching wildlife. The park also offers overnight camping, picnic tables and shelters, outdoor barbecues, restrooms and sailing, water skiing, boating, and wind surfing. Fox Hollow and Homestead Golf Course; Foothills Recreation Center; Red Rocks Park, Amphitheatre & Visitor Center; Bandimere Speedway; Quaint restaurants and boutiques in historic Morrison; Southwest Plaza Mall area shopping.
Organized: an annual community cirectory includes comprehensive maps, lists of residents by block number, committees and management info, lists of baby sitters & lawn mowers, design review rules, school calendars, etc. The HOA is very active with Recreation, Social, and Capital Improvement Committees. Annual parties are Easter egg hunt, family movie nights and Adult Casino night at the pool, Golf tournament at Homestead in September, Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off, Halloween trick or treating, Holiday lighting at the entry.
Plus: Commuters are 2.3 miles from C470, which allows 20-30 minute access to Denver Tech Center or north and east to I-70 and 6th Avenue to downtown Denver.
Minus: Parents must drive children everywhere, except the neighborhood pool; Covenants are strickly enforced. All landscaping and construction changes require approval, ie. no street or driveway parking for campers, boats, RVs, etc.