Virginia Village is a captivating neighborhood that seamlessly blends its rich history with a diverse range of homes and engaging activities. From its beginnings as a suburban community to the present day, Virginia Village offers a unique experience for residents and visitors alike. In this blog, we will delve into the neighborhood’s history, explore its various kinds of homes, and highlight some of the exciting activities that await you in Virginia Village.
Unearthing the History
The community now known as Virginia Village and its history traces back as far as the early settlement of Denver. According to historians, shortly after Denver had been founded, the area now known as Virginia Village had homesteaders. In fact, a gentleman by the name of Levi Booth settled in the area. Mr. Booth, one of the original settlers in the area established Booth Ranch, which we now know as Four Mile House. Prior to the 1950s, the unincorporated area was used mainly for dryland farming and was known as the Sullivan area. The first filing for Virginia Village received subdivision approval in 1951, signed by the owners at that time, Levi R. and Winnifred S. Roop. Virginia Village became a part of Denver through 16 annexations between 1951 and 1972. The majority of annexation happened between 1954 and 1955.
Discovering Unique Homes
About half of the existing homes within the neighborhood were built during the 1950s. At that time there were no lawns, fences, trees, curtains, or appliances and with a bentonite clay base and water rationing rules from the Denver Water Board, it was difficult to get a lawn going anywhere. Early homes in the neighborhood were mostly two and three-bedroom ranch-style homes with either no or single-car garages priced between $7,500 – $15,000. This price range allowed for many first-time buyers with children to purchase homes. By the 1960s, Virginia Village looked like a well-established neighborhood with rows of tract homes.
Today Virginia Village is still a popular neighborhood. With its proximity to both Downtown Denver and the DTC, easy access to I-25 and Colorado Blvd, many first-time buyers and long-time residents love the sense of community at the core of the neighborhood.
Engaging in Outdoor Activities
Many parks and outdoor areas can be found in Virginia Village, offering plenty of chances for leisure and entertainment. Ash Grove Park provides families and people wishing to enjoy the outdoors with lush green spaces, playgrounds, and picnic places. In addition, the neighborhood's Cherry Creek Trail offers a beautiful route for biking, jogging, or walking.
Exploring Local Attractions
A number of attractions that cater to various interests are conveniently placed close to Virginia Village. The Virginia Village area contains Ash Grove Park, a local park. For the enjoyment of kids, the park has a playground area with a range of playthings, such as swings, slides, and climbing frames. Families may unwind and engage in outdoor activities at the playground because it is surrounded by wide-open green spaces. A convenient location for picnics or parties, the park also features picnic tables and benches. A short drive away offers a variety of retail establishments, eateries, and entertainment venues at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, perfect for a day of shopping and enjoyment.
Embracing the Community Spirit
The neighborhood prides itself on its strong sense of community and hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year. From neighborhood block parties to community clean-up initiatives, residents actively engage in fostering a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere. Keep an eye out for local events such as farmer's markets, art walks, and neighborhood celebrations, which provide opportunities to connect with neighbors and celebrate the community.
The seamless blend of its rich history, unique homes, and engaging activities create a truly remarkable experience in the neighborhood. Whether you're captivated by the diverse architectural styles, interested in exploring the local parks and attractions, or eager to immerse yourself in the vibrant community spirit, Virginia Village has something for everyone. Plan your visit to this charming area and embrace the opportunity to uncover its history, admire its homes, and engage in its exciting activities.
Kelly Thompson, REALTOR
Kelly’s Additional Credentials:
Residential Construction Certified
New Build Specialist Designation