Jefferson County Neighborhoods:
Lakewood – The Glens
Colfax was the first paved street to encourage people to live in the country suburbs and commute to jobs in Denver. It was the main route to the mountains for tourists who stopped at filling stations, cafes, court motels and fresh produce stands. West Colfax Avenue was farmland in 1923 when Cyrus J. Creighton paid $32,000 for 80 acres.
Envisioning a distinctive enclave, Creighton subdivided the farmland and hired Denver’s leading landscape architect Saco R. DeBoer to design the neighborhood for curving tree-lined lanes radiating from tiny Glen Creighton Park at the center.
Located midway between Wadsworth and Kipling and bounded by West Colfax and West 20th, Glen Creighton consisted of roomy irregularly shaped lots on Scottish named streets— Glen Moor, Glen Gyle, Glen Ayr. and Glen Shietl. Advertisements promised “quiet, restful homes in a beautiful park, away from the smoke and dirt of the city,” and covenants dictated that new homes “shall not be less than a reasonable cost of $4,000” and prohibited “bad odors and unsightly barns.”
Glen Creighton grew with a few Tudor-style brick homes in the 1920s, but development languished during the Great Depression and World War II. Subsequent construction included houses of various sizes and designs that reflected Lakewood’s patchwork growth. Now the 140 homes are in The Glens neighborhood, prized for its secluded, rural ambience within ready access to West Colfax.
Real Estate Value: $300-$600,000.
Traditions: Long-time residents remember the annual summer swimming party at Truman and Ruth “Boots” Stockton’s backyard pool. The annual Easter egg hunt, started 18 years ago, brings 40 to 50 people to little Glen Creighton Park.
Organization: The Glens is part of the Morse Park Neighborhood Organization.
Amenities: Morse Park and swimming pool at West 20th and Carr; Whitlock Recreation Center west of Colfax and Carr.
Plus: Curving streets prevent through traffic; Shopping and restaurants within walking distance.
Minus: Eclectic architectural styles may not please everyone.