Living in Cherry Creek: Things to Do and See in Cherry Creek, Colorado

Cherry Creek, Colorado—Known for World-Class Shopping, Beloved for an Enduring Sense of Community

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Where is Cherry Creek Located in Colorado?

Cherry Creek is bordered by 6th Avenue, Alameda Avenue, and University and Colorado Boulevards.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Living in Cherry Creek, Colorado

Let’s start with the neighborhood’s out-of-this-stratosphere shopping. Cherry Creek Shopping Center is a retail wonderland representing the globe’s top luxury brands. At last count, there were 160 specialty boutiques and over 40 branded stores, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom, making this one of the state’s top attractions. Emanating from the main shopping complex are tree-lined side streets with a mix of townhomes, upscale boutiques, cafés and art galleries, not to mention service businesses, some 600 in the 16-block area, 70 percent of which are locally owned.

For residents, the area’s shopping mecca is the ultimate convenience, creating a European-style “walking culture.” Walk out your door to grab groceries, a bite with friends, relax at a spa, workout at a gym, or browse the best of world’s luxury brands.

Things to Do and See in Cherry Creek, Colorado

After holstering the credit card, enjoy Colorado’s famous outdoor lifestyle. Don’t miss the Cherry Creek Regional Trail, 40 miles of near traffic-free bliss frequented by runners, walkers, bikers, and even inline and roller skaters, since the vast majority of the trail has an 8-foot wide concrete surface. Sections of the trail in downtown Denver are former below-street sewerage sluice ways transformed into green recreational spaces with the works on noted street artists on the concrete walls.

Festivals abound. July’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival is the granddaddy with 260 juried exhibitors, interactive activities for the kids, music and a culinary avenue for foodies. There is also a Winterfest, the Cherry Creek Sneak running extravaganza (don’t miss the costumes) and not surprising for this dog-friendly community, a dog festival crowning the community’s top dog.

Ski and Hike

Colorado is home to almost 30 ski areas, many easily reached by a two-hour car ride from Cherry Creek: among them are Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek, A-Basin, Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone. Multi-resort passes are available for deep lift discounts. Come summer, visitors can hike, mountain bike, fly-fish and indulge every outdoor pursuit in this mountain playground.

What Is the History of Cherry Creek, Colorado?

The Pike’s Peak Gold Rush in 1858 was sparked by nuggets discovered in Cherry Creek. Occurring just nine years after the historic California Gold Rush, prospectors were determined not to miss out on this new mother lode and some hundred thousand people descended on the area in what was then the Kansas Territory. The gold never panned out, so to speak, but the land grab proved to be the unanticipated windfall.

What is now Cherry Creek was founded by Louise Glover Harman in 1882 after she applied for a large tract of land through the Homestead Act, which redistributed public and government lands into private ownership. Her husband, Edwin, was ineligible for the grant because as a Confederate veteran, he had raised arms against the U.S. government. That same year, the Harman’s began reselling residential lots of land—as little as $18.75 for an acre. The town was officially founded as Harman in 1886. By 1894, the town had its own mayor, post office, two churches, a two-story school, a street car link to Denver, and a town hall, still in use as a private residence. This was also the year of the silver standard collapse forcing the town into unexpected bankruptcy. By a margin of 57-55, residents agreed to be annexed by Denver and was eventually renamed Cherry Creek.

What Is the Architecture in Cherry Creek, Colorado?

Cherry Creek town center features modern condominiums and townhouses alongside sidewalk cafés, art galleries, upscale boutiques, and dog-friendly open spaces. The real estate options in the neighborhood’s tony residential enclaves, such as those surrounding the exclusive Cherry Creek Country Club, include grand estate homes, renovated single-family houses, and contemporary new-builds.

What Schools Are in Cherry Creek, Colorado?

Bromwell Elementary School serves 313 students in grades from pre-K to fifth grade. It’s a highly rated public school with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1; 67 percent of students are at least proficient in math and 82 percent in reading. Good Shepherd Catholic School is a private school with 455 students enrolled from pre-K to eighth-grade. The student-teacher ratio is 19 to 1.

How Many People Live in Cherry Creek, Colorado?

The population of Cherry Creek is approximately 6,000.

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