Homes for sale in Golden, Colorado, where close to 19,000 happy residents live,can really be spectacular, with views of the Rocky Mountains or Clear Creek. Whether you’re near downtown Golden or a bit west in a Foothills community like Genesee, Riva Chase or Lookout Mountain, Golden can be a great place to live. Residents are proud of the town and its prosperity created by an active business community and its opportunities, homes and businesses with gorgeous scenic views, numerous historic and interesting attractions, and the highest quality of life.
Golden was originally a mining camp named Golden City during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and was officially founded on June 16, 1859. Located a short drive of 15 miles west of Denver along major highways, Golden covers nine square miles and is at an elevation of 5,675 feet. July is its warmest month with an average high of 89 degrees and a low of 59 degrees. December is the coldest month with a high of 47 degrees and an average low of 18 degrees.
Golden is also an excellent place in which to play with its water sports, fine dining, shopping, arts and culture, and other activities.
The city was named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Cyclists in 2010 and was given a bronze award for its efforts to improve its infrastructure for the benefit of bicyclists. Thereafter, in 2014, its implementation of a “complete streets” policy (including adding bike lanes on roads and additional bike/pedestrian bridges to connect neighborhoods to a major transit center) was again rewarded with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community Award. That put the community among an elite group of only 326 other cities in the country who have been busy transforming their communities.
Golden was selected to be the host for the start of the final stage of the first ever USA Pro Cycling Challenge™, claimed to be “America’s Toughest Bike Race”, two years in a row. In 2014, the city was a part of the Challenge’s race circuit as riders took on Lookout Mountain before going to Denver for the final finish. Tens of thousands of fans cheered on the racers.
Golden now has the first mountain-bike-only trails at its Tony Grampsas Park (also called Golden Bike Park) suitable for beginners as well as advanced riders.
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