2888 South Heather Gardens Way, Aurora, Colorado 80014
With the Rocky Mountains Looming in the Distance, Heather Gardens is a Large, Quiet 55+ Community with Condominiums, Town Homes, Duplexes, a Spacious Clubhouse, a Restaurant, a Nine Hole Golf Course and More
About 15 miles from Denver's bustling downtown and about 15 miles from the Rocky Mountain foothills, Heather Gardens is a peaceful, urban 55+ community with 2,426 duplexes, town homes and condominiums spread across 200 acres. It was built by EDI Homes foothills between 1973 and 1986.
The majority of properties are condominiums in one of five mid-rise buildings, with townhomes and single family homes sprinkled between. Condo floor plans range from about 780 square feet to 2,412 square feet of living space with one to two bedrooms and one to three baths. Most condominiums have underground parking and in-unit laundry hookups.
Duplexes (Country Place Patio Homes) are designed with single-level living in mind and have roughly 930 square feet to 1,665 square feet with two bedrooms and two to three baths. Most have a fireplace, a two-car garage, and a private patio.
Townhomes are two stories tall and have about 1,700 square feet with two bedrooms and two to three baths. All have a full basement, central heating, and a private patio.
Resales begin in the high-$100,000s, although most properties sell in the $200,000s and $300,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it may change. HOA fees vary by unit but are in the $375 to $500 per month range for most and help pay for shared amenities, building maintenance, insurance, water, sewer, and heat.
Heather Gardens is dotted with pine trees, cottonwoods and green spaces. It also surrounds a nine-hole executive golf course. Its 50,000 square-foot clubhouse contains an indoor pool, a fitness center, an art studio, a wood shop, an auditorium, computers, a library, and a ballroom. The Rendezvous Restaurant sits next to the outdoor swimming pool.
The community also owns a second outdoor pool, tennis courts, horseshoe pit, gardens, and dedicated RV parking. A full-time activities director plans events and supports over 40 clubs and interest groups.
Fishing, boating, hiking, and biking are permitted at 3,400-acre Cherry Creek State Park, which borders the development. The nearby Plains Conservation Center spreads across 1,100 acres and provides visitors a glimpse into pioneer life. Those who hike the center's trails may catch a glimpse of pronghorn, bald eagles, or red-tailed hawks.
Nearby Denver's amenities include four professional sports teams, a world-class art museum, eclectic restaurants, a beautiful library, a fun zoo, a lively theater scene and a large botanic garden. Skiing and other mountain recreation are a short drive to the west.
Award-winning Aurora Medical Center is just five miles from Heather Gardens and is accredited.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 14 of rain and 43 inches of snow per year. Humidity is low, and skies are blue.
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Similar to California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.
The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.
With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.
The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
Newer Communities vs Older Communities
Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they can make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.
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