Westminster CO Homes for Sale
Prior to the 1850’s, the area that became Westminster, CO, was inhabited by small herds of buffalo and antelope, and featured small, marshy ponds. Pleasant Despain became the first permanent resident in 1870, and gold was discovered along Little Dry Creek in 1858. Historic Westminster, CO, holds a lot of history in a 2 mile square area, including vibrant stories of Native Americans and settlers looking for a better way of life. Originally named Despain Junction, it later became Harris, Colorado, and eventually was named after Westminster University (the “Princeton of the West”!) in 1911, when Westminster incorporated and officially became a city.
Today, as a first-ring suburb of Denver, Westminster has both the benefit of city proximity and the luxury of suburban space. The new Westminster Downtown area has begun to take shape at the junction of Highway 36 and Sheridan Boulevard – 12 miles from Downtown Denver, and 17 miles from Downtown Boulder. The development of this economic, cultural, and civic area is taking shape over the next several years, and will continue to grow and evolve over the next few decades.
Within the city of Westminster are over 150 miles of trails for walking, running, or biking, featuring stunning views, and providing access to wildlife corridors and natural beauty. There are 5 regional trails, allowing endless opportunities for recreation. You can even commute via trial all the way to Denver or Boulder! In all, over 50 individual trails make up the system.
Westminster implemented their open space preservation plan in 1985. Since then, Westminster has preserved over 3,100 acres of open space – 15% of the city’s land area. This demonstrates the city’s commitment to preservation, conservation, and resource sustainability.
Westminster’s residential neighborhoods are desired for their proximity to parks and open space trails. Many of Westminster’s neighborhoods focus on walkable amenities – coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping are often just steps away!