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Welcome to Evergreen, Colorado

Evergreen and Conifer, positioned amidst abundant wildlife and what appear to be miles of boundless open spaces, Evergreen and Conifer have a combined population of about 40,000. Yet, because many properties are nestled in nooks, crannies, and pockets throughout the area, you will still feel cozy and secluded in this picturesque mountain community.     Click here to read Brad's article "Best of Evergreen".

Evergreen…Then and Now

Over the past 17 years as a real estate professional, I have helped many people from around the country relocate to the Evergreen area.  I have been a resident of Evergreen and Conifer since 1976, and have watched the region develop and evolve throughout my time here.  Recently, I was walking around Evergreen Lake and as I passed the dam, I noticed a stamp marking the year of its construction, “1927.”    I was reminded that people have been drawn to this unique community for quite some time, and I began to consider…what is it about this mountain foothill town that makes it so special?

In the 1880’s, ranchers, loggers and miners descended on Evergreen to utilize the land and to partake in the abundant supply of natural resources.  During those early years, it might take three days to venture down to Morrison or Golden via lower Bear Creek to fetch supplies.  During the 1920’s, electricity was introduced to the area, supplying power to 500 permanent residents (a number that surged to 5000 in the summer).  The current site of Evergreen Lake was a lush meadow then, producing hay and doubling as a baseball field.

Proclaimed to be “The Crown Jewel” of Denver Mountain Parks after its construction in 1927, the dam and the Town of Evergreen quickly became popular front range destinations.  The Roosevelt’s vacationed at Troutdale in the Pines.  Later, Eddie Ott’s (now the Lakeshore Center) featured cowboy night, monthly hoedowns and special shows with Lawrence Welk and Tommy Dorsey.  The 60’s saw the introduction of the Little Bear, which attracted the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and later, Willie Nelson and countless other talents. To this day, the town is still a popular summer vacation spot where folks come to fish, hike, ride, golf, boat and enjoy the countless events that Evergreen entertains.

I moved to Evergreen from Ohio and I can still remember the profound contrast.   My parents chose Evergreen for the quality of life and natural beauty, as well as the strong sense of community and easy city access.  I quickly learned that Evergreen was convenient to skiing and that the summers were nothing short of heaven.  Evergreen Parkway did not exist, and the only grocery store was a mom and pop on Main Street.  The community was an eclectic mix of cowboys, hikers, bikers, skiers, hippies and artists, and most everyone shared one thing – a love for the outdoors.  It was with this shared passion that the community continued to blossom.

Now there are over 40,000 residences with amenities and housing to match.  The community is flourishing with wonderful schools, churches and civic organizations.   The rustic feel of the downtown area has been preserved and the region’s natural beauty still abounds. There is quick access to downtown or DIA.  I have traveled to many places around the world and it has always been refreshing to call Evergreen home.

 


 



Well established as one of Colorado's hidden treasures and a popular day escape, the Evergreen community offers an array of parks, art galleries, theatre, restaurants, entertainment, and more. Evergreen Lake, our crown jewel is fed by tributaries from Mt. Evans and is known for its all-season recreational activities such as boating, fishing, birding, ice-skating, weddings and concerts, and is bordered by mountain parks with miles of trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and horseback riding.

Evergreen is an easy commute off Interstate-70, only 35 minutes from downtown Denver, 50 minutes from the Denver Tech Center, and an hour from Denver International Airport. At an elevation of 7,200 feet, surrounded by blue spruce and pine forests, our climate offers relief from the hot summers, with temperatures ranging from the high 70's to the low 80's; and winters are surprisingly mild, in the mid 40's to 50 degrees.

Demographics

  Census 2010 2012 2017 Forecast
Population 39,979 40,624 41,930
Households 16,345 16,476 17,159
Median Age 47.6 48.2 49.2
Median Household Income $101,247 $110,609 $117,934
Average Household Income $124,942 $131,932 $153,294
Source: Jefferson County Economic Council and CLRsearch.com

 

Arts & Entertainment

Talent blooms like wildflowers in Evergreen. Several longstanding organizations provide outlets for the talents of local artists, thespians, singers, and musicians.

For four decades, the Evergreen Players have performed musicals, comedies, and dramas. The amateur troupe, consisting primarily of local residents, stages eight plays each year.

The Evergreen Chorale, made up of 75 members, has performed locally for more than two decades. The chorale stages conventional and holiday concerts as well as two musical productions each year.

The 45 member Evergreen Chamber Orchestra performs to standing-room-only crowds at four concerts each year. The orchestra also breaks into ensembles to stage intimate musical events hosted in local homes.

The Evergreen Artists Association is the largest and best known arts group in the area. The association consists of painters, sculptors, photographers, and craftspeople from throughout the area. The association also sponsors the ever popular annual Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Fair, in addition to small exhibitions, and arts and crafts classes.

Evergreen also is home to the famed Little Bear Saloon, which regularly features national musical acts as well as talented local musicians.

The Mountain Community Handbell Coalition is an organization of hand bell choirs from the areas of Genesee, Lookout Mountain, Bergen Park, Evergreen, Marshdale, Aspen Park, and Conifer. The group sponsors "bRing in the Holidays," an annual hand bell workshop and concert for the community. Hand bell choirs from mountain area schools and churches participate in this traditional musical event held in December. For more information, contact Marva Baldwin at 303-674-2460.

Parks

Denver Mountain Parks

Denver Mountain Parks were purchased in the early 1900's by the city and county of Denver. Several of them are located in the Evergreen area and are primarily used for picnicking for large or small groups.

  • Bergen Park, located just south of I-70 on Evergreen Parkway
  • Bison & Elk herd on both sides of I-70 at the Genesee exit (#252)
  • Corwina Park, located about 3 miles south of Evergreen on Hwy 74
  • Dedisse Park, north of Evergreen Lake on Evergreen Parkway
  • Dillon Park, in south Evergreen on Brook Forest Road
  • Fillius Park in north Evergreen at Evergreen Parkway and Bergen Parkway
  • O'Fallon Park, 2 miles south of Evergreen on Hwy 74 along Bear Creek
  • Pence Park, in Indian Hills on Parmalee Gulch
  • Red Rocks Park and natural amphitheater, 9 miles south of Evergreen, near Morrison

Visit the Denver Mountain Parks website (www.denvermountainparks.com) for more information or call Denver Parks and Recreation at 303-697-4545 or 311 in Denver. Shelter and park reservations call: 720-913-0700.

Jefferson County Open Space Parks

Jefferson County Open Space Parks are areas of land set aside in Jefferson County for outdoor, day time recreation, including picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.

The following are several of the parks in the Evergreen area:

  • Alderfer/Three Sisters near downtown Evergreen, on Buffalo Park Road
  • Elk Meadow located 5 miles south of I-70 on Evergreen Parkway
  • Meyer Ranch on Hwy 285 in Aspen Park/Conifer
  • Lair o' the Bear, along Bear Creek, about 4 miles south of Evergreen on Hwy 74
  • Mt. Falcon Park in Indian Hills, off Myers Gulch/Parmalee Gulch

Recreation

The focal point of the community is a sparkling blue mountain lake that offers year-round fishing, boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter. In addition to the lake, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District maintains a year-round swimming pool (6 lane, 25 yard pool at Wulf Recreation Center; two lane pool at Buchanan Rec. Center), gymnasium, racquetball and handball courts, and other recreational facilities both indoor and outdoor. Also available in the Evergreen area are numerous hiking and mountain biking trails and two golf courses. Several of Colorado's best ski areas are located within a one hour drive. For more information, please visit the Evergreen Parks & Recreation website (www.evergreenrecreation.com).

Evergreen Nature Center, a project of Evergreen Audubon, located in the historic warming hut on Evergreen Lake in Evergreen, Colorado. 303-330-0489 Visit their website for a full listing of upcoming classes and events: www.evergreennaturecenter.org


 
 
 

Mountain Living

Unlike traditional suburban living, mountain living is much different and it is something of which you should be aware. Higher elevations, weather conditions, and close interaction with wildlife present their own issues and concerns.

Further, so do the possibilities that your property might have a water well and/or a septic tank system rather than city water and sewage services. For these reasons and more, it is important to get to know the neighborhoods, topography and layouts of Evergreen and its surrounding communities.

Evergreen Real Estate

When searching for a home here it is important to understand that some properties are conveniently located to main roads and services, while others that are higher in elevation might not only be hidden from view and further removed from main road accessibility, but also snow ridden in winter.

A detailed local map is the key to understanding the layout of our foothill land.

If you would like a good area map of Evergreen and Conifer please contact me and I will send you a map along with any other information you’ll need to find the perfect home.