If you’re looking for a little acreage close to desirable urban amenities, put Parker on your “must see” list. Parker offers some of the most beautiful Colorado horse properties with a short drive to downtown Denver. Parker, Colorado ranked 29th on CNN Money’s Best Small Towns in America (2011): “This once-rural enclave still has a charming ranch vibe, with panoramic mountain views and the occasional cowboy hat.” You’ll find gentlemen’s ranches equipped with stables, barns, and fenced pastures. Luxury homes on treed lots look out to Pike’s Peak and Longs Peak. Rocky Mountain National Park is just a day trip away.
But Parker also affords easy access to I-25 and E-470; the Denver Tech Center is only 20 minutes away. And Rueter-Hess Reservoir, the largest reservoir to be built on the Front Range in more than 20 years, opened just this past March. The reservoir is a “72,000 acre-foot storage facility that will store water for Parker and surrounding communities in the South Denver area.”
In case you fear getting lonely on all that land, take heart: International firms are finding the Parker area attractive, as well. Hitachi Data Systems will be opening a new hub in the Meridian Corporate Center in Douglas County early this year. And “Centennial’s WaterPark Center will soon be home to healthcare technology and services company, Connextions. . . . ‘Our business is exploding right now as the health care marketplace is migrating from a business-to-business environment to a business-to-consumer environment.’ – Steve Auerbach, President.”
Then there’s the newly completed Parker Arts Center, which has become a major cultural force in the area, featuring the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Paco Peña, and many more events.
You have 11 ski resorts within 100 miles and 17 colleges, universities and professional schools within 30 miles. The wineries, museums and gardens within day-trip range are too numerous to mention.
If quality schools are high on your list, you should note that Parker is served by Douglas County School District, which “has among the highest level of students in Colorado. Students have scored, on average, 12 to 19 percent above the state average.” (Wikipedia)