Jefferson County Neighborhoods:
Lakewood – Westgate
North of Yale, east of Wadsworth in Lakewood • Zip code 80227
This community was built by Witkin Custom Homes in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. A variety of floor plans and exterior finishes gives the neighborhood of 887 homes more of a custom-home look than a tract development. Now fully matured, landscapes are attractive with towering trees throughout. Lots are large enough for ample backyards that include decks, gardens and play sets.
Westgate has always been a favored neighborhood for families, and while some early residents have moved on, young families continue to move in. Access into the community is gained only from Yale Ave. on the south or Estes to the west. With no major thoroughfares dissecting the community, Westgate has a secluded feel to it – a rare amenity these days.
Traditions: Two neighborhood garage sales each year; a Christmas party and summer picnic; Open House each May features homes that have been renovated or remodeled - there will be nine this year. Homeowner’s association organizes meetings with public officials.
Jeffco Public Schools: Westgate Elementary, Carmody Middle School, Bear Creek High School.
Real Estate Values: Prices range from $280,000 to $335,000. Many homes have undergone extensive remodeling and renovation.
Organized: The Westgate Homeowner’s Association (WIA) meets quarterly and publishes both a paper and online newsletter. Contacts are listed for lawn mowing, snow shoveling, and contractors.
Amenities Within 5 miles: South of Yale, Bear Creek Greenbelt offers a natural haven in the midst of a bustling city: 341 acres of hiking, equestrian paths, a duck pond and covered picnic areas. A paved bike path connects eastbound to the Platte River and westbound to Bear Creek Lake Park. Nature lovers and birdwatchers enjoy paths through grassland reminiscent of native prairies that lead to majestic cottonwoods along the bubbling creek.
Plus: The Stone House, built in the late 1860s, is on the National Register of Historic Places and can be rented for weddings, birthday parties or Scout ceremonies. Westgate Park provides space for ball games plus a playground. Shopping centers include Belmar to the north and Southwest Plaza to the south. Children can walk to Westgate Elementary School
Minus: The development may be too conducive to conformity and loss of individuality.