Columbine Valley is a small statutory town just west of Littleton in the South Platte River valley. Located just 30 minutes south of downtown Denver, this peaceful community projects an almost rural (although upscale) atmosphere, while being only a short commute from all of the state’s top business hubs.
This history of this area dates back to the nineteenth century when it was still the 295 acre Heckendorf Farm. The area offered a beautiful view of the mountains while remaining situated in a winding river valley, which projected a feeling of quiet spaciousness. In 1955, it was selected for the development of a championship golf course, country club, and private residences. In 1959, the area was incorporated and officially became the Town of Columbine Valley (1). Today, the country club also boasts a swimming pool and tennis courts, and offers a range of youth and other member activities throughout the year.
An unfortunate tragedy struck the city in 1965 when the South Platte River had a massive flood. Around 25 of the town’s homes were either destroyed or severely damaged and the financial loss was estimated at around $2 million. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) tournament that had been scheduled at the course for the following year had to be postponed until 1967. However, due to great efforts, the town was rebuilt and renovated quickly and once again became a quietly thriving community (1).
Luckily, current residents need not worry about another flood. As a response to the 1965 disaster, the Chatfield Reservoir and dam were built in the area to afford flood control. The dam was completed in 1975 and today sits around a large state park that offers a wide range of amenities including boating and a marina, a swim beach, campgrounds, walking/running/hiking/biking trails, and a 69 acre dog park. This park is only minutes away from the Columbine Valley area and provides a natural nature retreat that’s just as convenient as the local grocery store.
Columbine Valley is just minutes from major roadway Santa Fe Drive that runs directly into downtown Denver. It’s also close to both the C-470 highway that provides direct access to the state’s main arterial, I-25, and the Littleton Mineral and Downtown Littleton light rail stations. Also close by is the gorgeous Aspen Grove Shopping Center. This outdoor shopping area hosts retailers such as Apple, Gap, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and many more. An Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which offers moviegoers a full food and drink experience, opened up recently and many new retailers continue to come to the area. Aspen Grove also hosts weekly farmers markets where shoppers can find all the best fresh produce straight from Colorado farms.
Columbine Valley Real Estate Snapshot
Homes in the Columbine Valley start in the $400,00’s and go into the multi-millions depending on the sub-area.