The “Mile-High” city is famous for so many amenities; it’s hard to list them all. No wonder it’s been also dubbed “Queen City of the West,” and “Wall Street of the West.” For centuries this mineral-rich, treasured Rocky Mountain site, with the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the East, was the site of Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes (the Arapaho called it Niinéniiniicíihéhe).
It was hoped Denver’s namesake, Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver, would help founding fathers secure political favors. Unfortunately, the governor was out of office by the time the town was officially named.
But these were tough folks, according to Kentwood Real Estate, Denver’s leading property broker firm. Denverites know what they do and don’t want. Colorado is the only state in history to actually turn down the Olympics (1976). They feared the potential cost, pollution and population boom.
Denver hosts the world’s largest rodeo (the Western Stock show) and boasts the world’s largest natural hot springs (Glenwood Springs). Just a few of its “In the Nation . . . ” brags include:
Largest city park system (including the internationally famous Red Rocks Park with its unique amphitheatre).
Lowest obesity rate
Longest continuous street (Colifax Ave)
Most origin points of rivers
Only site where four states meet (Four Corners — Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah)
First large city to offer “one-bounce” real-time satellite uplink to six continents in the same business day. Denver’s one mile elevation made this possible and is one reason the city is now home to telecommunications companies like Quest, Dish Network, Starz-Encore, DIRECTV and Comcast.
Largest city-wide bicycle sharing program.
Largest airport by land area (Denver International). It’s larger, in fact, than the island of Manhattan.
First in beer production per capital
Denver has more days of sunshine (300±) than San Diego or Miami Beach. Hiking, biking, cycling, skiing and similar sports draw thousands to the 85 miles of off-road trails. The city owns the famous Winter Park Resort ski mountain. Denver is Bicycle Magazine’s choice for Top Bicycle City. More than 130 miles in the city are dedicated bike paths and lanes.
Denver was and is a place open to new ideas. In 1887, United Way’s concept was started by religious leaders to help the poor. (Denver has one of the nation’s lowest homeless rates.) The name “cheeseburger” was trademarked here 1935. Other well-recognized “got started” names include Samsonite (1910), Russell Stover Candies (1923), Frontier Airlines (1950), Scott’s Liquid Gold furniture polish (1954) and the Denver Boot.
The movie industry thrives in Denver’s beautiful settings (Sleeper, Die Hard 2, The Glen Miller Story, Dumb & Dumber and The Fan, to name a few). Dynasty fans are familiar with Denver’s exciting economy as are those who watch (or watched) Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets and Good Luck Charlie. Today Denver ranks as the prime distribution location for goods and services to the Mountain, Southwest and Western states.
With such economic prestige come all the amenities demanded by executives who can afford the very best, especially in the area of education, entertainment, shopping, arts and culture. Outstanding restaurants, bars, clubs, music and sports venues are one reason Denver is a 3-year “Best City for Singles.” Maybe it was prophetic that the first permanent building in brand new Denver was a saloon!
The annual Great American Beer Festival spotlights on the extraordinary number of small, local breweries as well as major one such as Coors. Four major and winning sports teams (Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockets and Denver Outlaws play in famous venues. Home to the nation’s second largest performing arts center (after NYC’s Lincoln Center), Denver boasts numerous internationally-acclaimed museums and art galleries.
As a result, celebrity-sightings are common. Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and John Denver lived in Denver, as do (or did) Roseanne Barr, Don Cheadle, John Elway, Golda Meir and Condoleezza Rice.
Among celebrities born in Denver are Dwight David Eisenhower, Tim Allen, Bill Murray, Douglas Fairbanks, Pam Grier, Hattie McDaniel, Matt Stone and Antoinette Perry to name just a few.
Realtors of choice for the rich and famous, Kentwood Real Estate has been the most trusted name in the metro Denver area since 1981. Locally owned and operated, Kentwood’s experienced professionals are ranked among the top-producing Realtors in America. As metro Denver’s largest independent brokerage Kentwood Real Estate’s listings include properties ranked among Christie’s International Real Estate’s “Top Ten” highest priced homes sold worldwide by Christie’s affiliates. Every Kentwood agent is a full-time broker with an average of 20 years experience in the real estate business.