Located 20 miles southeast of Denver, Parker is a thriving community located in the prosperous Douglas County. Known for its unique Western-Victorian downtown area, the community was founded just a few years after gold was discovered in Colorado in 1858. In 1864, Mr. and Mrs. George Long moved a building they had bought into what is today the town of Parker. They made rough additions and constructed other buildings to accommodate animals and wagons. They referred to this area as the 20 Mile House because of its location in relation to Denver. The 20 Mile House served as a way station and provided provisions, meals, and lodging for travelers and settlers (1).
A man named James Sample Parker, an ex-bullwhacker and station manager, acquired the property in 1874 and continued to add additions and other structures. Both a blacksmith shop and a mercantile store were added to the facility, and it also became an official post office. Parker also granted rights for roads, ditches, telephone lines, and built the area's first schoolhouse. After his death in 1910, James Parker’s brother George continued to grow the town. The town was eventually incorporated in 1981 and has since flourished as one of Denver’s premier suburban destinations (1).
Parker is a dream come true for the outdoor enthusiast, boasting over 1,200 acres of carefully maintained open space, as well as an arboretum. The community is also home to 12 parks that each offer various amenities such as sports fields, batting cages, equestrian areas, pavilions, playgrounds, tennis courts, and trailhead access. For walkers, runners, and bikers, there are 12 miles of concrete paved, multi-use trails in the area. For those looking to cool off, the H2O’Brien Pool features a circulation and lap pool, two 182 foot water slides, a spray garden, a waterworks play structure, and a concession area and shade pavilion. For indoor activity, state-of-the-art recreation facilities are available to residents (1).
Parker is home to a wide range of businesses. From big name chains to home grown shops, Parker has a wide variety of shopping options as well as a large number of culinary offerings. For the best ribs in Colorado head to the Hickory House; this is one of only two locations, and the other is highly coveted in the upscale town of Aspen. For an artisan experience, you can order some wild salmon, quail, or high quality steaks at the Elev. 5900 Kitchen and Bar. For a Colorado craft brew on tap, swing by the 20 Mile Taphouse that also serves up live entertainment (2).
Parker – Real Estate Snapshot
Residential real estate includes newer tract homes and reasonably priced property in sub-areas such as Stonegate as well as moderately priced homes in the wooded Pinery area and the upscale and luxury-priced Timbers neighborhood, located further down highway 83.