Colorado Architecture #2; Arapahoe Acres

Real Estate Broker/Owner with SOA Realty

Driving through Arapahoe Acres is like driving into the past, a seemingly secret neighborhood, untouched by absolute thrill if you appreciate architecture.  It is the only neighborhood in the country to be listed as a Historic District, by the National Register of Historic Places, since post WWII.  The neighborhood is located approximately fifteen minutes South of I-25, near Hampden and University Blvd.  It is a quiet area, yet only a short drive to Downtown Denver.  You will know you found the neighborhood when you see homes like this:   

There were 124 homes built, all between 1949-1957, and typically no larger than 2,000 square feet.  To fully appreciate the homes in the area, I highly recommend viewing some or all of the 32 listed at the Arapahoe Acres website.  The homes in the neighborhood represent two styles of architecture, Usonian Style and International Style.  The Usonian Style, developed by Frank Lloyd Wright, designed kitchen and living areas to be flowing and the bedrooms and bathrooms were designed for privacy and quiet.  The roofs have shallow pitches, with no attic spaces, and there are no basements, as a means of controlling costs in a post-depression era.  The entrances are often set-back or hidden for privacy.  The International Style, associated with Modernism, was largely influenced by the Bauhaus School in Germany (shut down by the Nazi regime).  The International Style is defined by a buildings use of volume, symmetry, and applied ornament. Each home is a rare work of art, located in a unique neighborhood, not duplicated in Colorado.

LET ME KNOW if you would like additional information regarding Arapahoe Acres or any other area of interest to you in the Denver and Greater Denver areas.

Stefan Geyer

ECO Broker|Realtor|Certified Appraiser

Comments (4)

Linsey Ehle
M Realty - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

I LOVE this architectural style.  Curious - what do these sell for in today's market?  How far are they from a local ski mountain.  Only curious but you never know....

Aug 15, 2008 07:25 AM
Stefan Geyer
SOA Realty - Aurora, CO

Hi there Linsey!  Homes start at around 300K for 950sqft and go up to around 5-600K for around 2000sqft.  They FLY off the market in most cases.  I will e-mail you a handfull of past sales for fun > you can check out some of the interiors.  Skiing is around 1-2 hours drive...or you can take the train to Winter Park from downtown Denver.  The drive seems like a long one sometimes, but passes fast with good company and good music.

Aug 15, 2008 08:32 AM

Please let me know if there are any current homes listed for sale in Arapahoe Acres.  Looking to invest.  Thank you, Pauline

Feb 14, 2011 10:11 AM
Stefan Geyer
SOA Realty - Aurora, CO

Hi Pauline - There is one home in Arapahoe Acres available for sale at the moment.  A remodel priced at 380K(1,619 sq.ft.).  If you want me to keep an eagle eye open for new listings for you, let me know how I can get in touch with you.  As we get closer to Spring, I expect to see an increase in listing activity.

Feb 14, 2011 10:21 AM