Welcome to Arvada
A community unlike any others, Arvada is comparable to larger metropolitan areas in business and commerce while still maintaining small-town vibes that many suburbs do not have. Due to its proximity to Denver and easy access via rail lines, Arvada serves both residents and visitors with a peaceful escape from fast-paced city living while still maintaining a lively and sophisticated ambiance.
Established in 1870, Arvada was first highly sought after due to the discovery of gold. In 1850, Lewis Ralston documented the first sighting of the precious metal, and by 1870, Colorado Central Railroad had made its way to Arvada. Enough people moved to the area—an official U.S. Post Office was requested with a population of 100—Arvada was officially incorporated in 1904. Today, more than a hundred thousand residents reside in the Greater Arvada Area.
Housing styles vary in Arvada, ranging from ranch style to mountain-modern inspired homes. With an average, single-family home priced around $516,000, Arvada is a well sought-after community. It’s one of the most competitive housing markets in Colorado, with most houses getting multiple offers.
What to Love
- Over 125 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails
- Ability to maintain small-town charm in a bustling and trendy city
- Olde Town’s business district comprised of vast local dining and recreation options
People & Lifestyle
A mix of suburban life and a bustling business district, Arvada is a unique city. With proximity to all local commerce and entertainment while maintaining a small-town charm, residents take great pride in Arvada. There’s a strong sense of community and love of nature in this city.
Arvada is made up of many families and young professionals. The dense suburban feel, highly rated public schools, and numerous recreation and entertainment options create an alluring draw for young couples and professionals looking to settle down.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Arvada is home to a wide variety of local shops and boutiques, entertainment, and fantastic cuisine. There’s sure to be something for every style and taste.
Be sure to check out some local shops during your days of browsing Arvada’s streets. Lovely Boutique
is fabulous for unique, fashionable clothing. Balefire Goods
is full of curated art and artisan jewelry. Arvada CenterPlace Shopping Center is sure to have something for everyone.
Arvada’s dining scene is vast and ranges from coffee shops to fine dining. Some favorites are The Yak and Yeti
for award-winning Indian food and beer, Homegrown Tap & Dough
for wood-fired pizzas, and La Dolce Vita
for a quick morning boost or a homey place to work.
Things to Do
With many different parks, festivals, and unique entertainment options, this lively and active community is sure to have events and recreational activities that everyone will enjoy.
The Arvada Harvest Festival is the second largest running festival in Colorado. The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is highly recommended for a day of fun. Olde Town is great for summer events like August’s Friday night’s “Flicks in the Square” and the Sunday farmers market that runs from June through September.
The Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities is one of the nation's largest multidisciplinary arts centers and offers year-round theater series and art exhibitions. Home to many different parks and recreational activities, Arvada has something for everyone. Check out Ralston Central Park
, Wolff Park, or many of Arvada’s dog parks. The Arvada Center and Apex Center are also great resources.
The Greater Arvada Area is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Meiklejohn Elementary School, PK-6, known for its fantastic art program
- Arvada Middle School, 7-8, part of JEFFCO school district
- Ralston Valley Senior High School, 9-12, many advanced placement courses