Real estate buyers who stand by the axiom, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” have probably never been to Littleton, Colorado where homeowners enjoy the best of both worlds.
The charming town of Littleton is the seat of historic Arapahoe County, the first county of the State of Colorado. It dates back to the “Pikes Peak” gold rush of 1859 and is named after the young engineer Richard Sullivan Little of New Hampshire, who moved with his wife Angeline from the East in 1862. The Littles and several of their neighbors put up the Rough and Ready Flour Mill in 1867, which provided an economic base for the community in the ensuing years.
Littleton is a town of contrasts. It fulfills many Americans’ dreams of living in a community with all the modern creature comforts and conveniences they need, yet also allows them a taste of rustic Americana from the good old days of the early Colorado settlers.
Wide open spaces
Just a stone’s throw from Denver and a quick drive from the Rockies, this town offers its residents endless possibilities for adventure and communion with nature. Residents of Littleton are not far away from wilderness areas rich in endemic fauna like bison, elk, antelope, whitetail deer, and even prairie dogs. The town is also adjacent to the foothills of some of the most scenic mountains the planet can boast of.
Residents enjoy outdoor leisure activities such as whitewater rafting, equestrian sports, kayaking, paddle boarding, zip-lining, rock climbing, sky trekking, and skiing on snow-covered slopes. For those not inclined to venture out into the wild, Littleton boasts of close to 1,500 acres of open spaces and parks, extensive trails and bikeways, and bodies of water. The Hudson Gardens along the banks of the South Platte River feature a wildflower meadow, a water lily pond, a rose garden, and even herb and vegetable gardens.
A proud history
Even as Littleton is a notably progressive urban center, the town embraces its rich history and the legacy of its founders, the Little family. It is not unusual to see quaint little horse-drawn carriages alongside SUVs in downtown roads. A Main Street Block party is held in mid-summer, and what they call a Zombie Crawl and Pig Roast event is held in Autumn. A Candlelight Walk marks the start of the holiday season, and an annual Mardi Gras kicks off the Lenten season in early spring.
In fact, the much talked-about Littleton Museum showcases the fascinating history of the town from the days of its early settlers up to the present. This includes interactive exhibits and farms that engage young people’s curiosity about the past.
Posh and prestige
Even as Littleton charmingly chronicles the saga of its pioneers and their challenges, the town is also a center of artistic and cultural events that draw participation and attendance from all over the state. Littleton also offers its residents and guests with rich and varied fine dining options with both modern and rustic themes as well as night life at its many clubs and bars.
The more epicurean residents of Littleton can drive out to sample local fare at nearby vineyards and breweries, or even less conventional recreational products that the state of Colorado has to offer.
Americans who have always wanted to “have it all” should consider getting a home in Littleton, CO. Let me, Anne Dresser Kocur, tell you all about available homes at the price range of your choice. Call me at 303.229.6464 or send me a note at adresser(at)livsir(dotted)com.