Wheat Ridge is a relatively young city, incorporated in 1969, its rich history stretches back to the mid 1800’s as a popular rest stop for those seeking their fortune during the Gold Rush. As miners began to turn from the gold rush to farming and agriculture, Wheat Ridge was settled and planted with wheat, orchards and eventually became the largest producer of carnations in the world. Each year in August, Wheat Ridge puts on its annual Carnation Festival which features the Zoppé Italian Circus, carnival rides, beer gardens, concerts and all-around community fun. Wheat Ridge is a small city compared to its neighbors, with a population of just over 30,000, it’s not hard to get to know your neighbors.
Wheat Ridge has long been thought of as a city of mature residents, and while that’s true, the demographics are changing rapidly as young families are priced out of Denver. Wheat Ridge and Denver are separated by Sheridan Boulevard, those who want to be close to the Highlands Neighborhood of West Denver and just a short drive to Downtown Denver are moving to Wheat Ridge. Bordered on the north by Interstate 70, Wheat Ridge has excellent access to the mountains and the city. Just minutes to Downtown Golden, Old Town Arvada, the South Union Business District and the Denver Federal Center, Wheat Ridge is a central location that’s close to everything.
Over the last decade, Wheat Ridge has worked hard to create its own unique identity that honors its agricultural roots. Chickens, goats, community gardens, farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) have a strong place in this city and a prominent role in community events, like the Wheat Ridge Harvest Festival. Wheat Ridge is working to improve its City Center along 38th Avenue between Sheridan and Wadsworth. An emphasis on walkability and small business is the theme, breweries, restaurants, art galleries and coffee shops have put down roots and are strongly supported by locals. A new mixed-use development on the far west side of town is underway. Clear Creek Crossing will offer a large medical campus, restaurants, apartments, entertainment, hospitality, retail and more.
Housing in Wheat Ridge is diverse made up of mostly single-family homes, there are some multi-family options as well. East Wheat Ridge is very reflective of West Denver, small tutors, bungalows, and modest sized lots are common and the feel is a bit more urban. As you move west through the city, lot sizes increase as well as the size of homes. Sprawling lots, many with spectacular mountain views, are typical. There are a handful of old estates on the west side of town, acreage property and mansions are set back from view offering privacy and seclusion to their owners. Even at the furthest west point of Wheat Ridge, the commute to downtown Denver is short and easy.
As a Wheat Ridge resident for more than a decade, and a member of the Neighborhood Revitalization Steering Committee, I am proud to call Wheat Ridge home.