Named after the state of Colorado’s nickname, the “Centennial State”, Centennial is located in Arapahoe County and is bordered by Littleton, Greenwood Village, and Aurora. Incorporated in 2001, it was the largest incorporation in U.S. history and today is the tenth-most populous municipality in Colorado (1). It is served by both the Littleton Public and Cherry Creek School districts and is also home to a number of private schools.
The city's first park, Centennial Center Park, was opened in 2012 and includes a variety of features including a splash park, amphitheater, climbing walls, picnic shelters, and many educational elements. In the fall of 2012 the park received the Colorado Lottery’s “Starburst Award”, and in 2013 received the Denver Regional Council of Government’s “Live, Work, Play Award”. The community itself has also received various accolades including a ranking of 47th on Money Magazine’s 2012 list of the “100 Best Small Cities to Live” (2).
Centennial is home to many small and large businesses including Colorado’s first Ikea location. Opened in 2011, Ikea has been a major source of tax revenue for the area and remains a very popular shopping destination. The beautiful Streets at SouthGlenn outdoor shopping area opened in 2009 and is home to many well-known retailers such as H&M, Whole Foods Market, Regal Cinemas, and many other small boutiques and restaurants. Centennial also houses the Cherry Creek State Park which offers boating, fishing, camping, a large off-leash dog park, and many other amenities.
Centennial – Real Estate Snapshot
There are a number of different housing options in Centennial. The community offers modest, traditional tract homes that are perfect for first-time buyers and young families. There are also expansive, custom luxury homes available that are suited for established families who are looking for their dream home.