Welcome to Wheat Ridge
A suburb of Denver, Wheat Ridge enjoys proximity to the heart of the city while still maintaining distance from the hustle and bustle of Denver living. Only five miles northwest of the Colorado State capitol, this neighborhood is a mature and modern community.
Although it was a popular rest stop in the 1850’s Gold Rush, Wheat Ridge wasn’t officially incorporated until the year 1969. Since then, it’s blossomed to be one of Denver’s most desirable suburbs. Once known as the carnation city for being the largest producer of carnations worldwide, the city still holds a yearly Carnation Festival
Ranging from traditional single-family homes to million-dollar modern estates, Wheat Ridge offers homes suitable for every need. Styles vary, and the median home listing is $383,900. Many residents are also renters, with the median price per month sitting at $1,100.
What to Love
- Proximity and access to Denver
- Home of the famous Carnation Festival
- Various options for local cuisines
People & Lifestyle
Wheat Ridge was voted one of the best places to retire in Colorado with a dense suburban feel. Many retired professionals choose to move a short distance away from city life to find a more laid-back lifestyle while maintaining connections to the city. Residents hold a mix of white and blue-collar jobs and tend to lean conservative. The area prides itself on well-maintained neighborhoods and a great sense of community with an almost even split between owners and renters. Young professionals flock to Wheat Ridge in the early stages of their careers due to its charming family-oriented vibe and lots of opportunities to rent instead of owning property.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With various shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Wheat Ridge offers residents plenty of activities. Residents can find all they need in the many shopping centers nearby and have access to unique and boutique shops in nearby Denver neighborhoods.
Downtown Wheat Ridge is home to Ridge at 38
, which houses many stores for all of your day-to-day needs. There are many strip malls and grocery stores around town. Residents enjoy more boutique shopping in the nearby city. Found Antique & Artisan Mall
is a local favorite for unique antiques, vintage goods and decor, and gifts.
Things to Do
With easy access to Denver, Wheat Ridge is near an incredible assortment of events and entertainment, but don't miss out on the stunning offerings of this suburban hub. World's carnation captial.
Residents take pride in local events like the Carnation Festival—a longtime tradition based on Wheat Ridge’s storied history as the carnation capital of the world. The festival is held in Anderson Park and offers special events such as a circus, a car show, carnival rides, and a firework display.
Wheat Ridge Greenbelt
is a lovely 300-acre open space with numerous hiking trails and opportunities to spot wildlife. The Clear Creek Trail is a great one to try! Also, check out Discovery Park, Anderson Park, and Baugh House in the Wheat Ridge Historical Society. Bird watchers enjoy Prospect Park.
Wheat Ridge is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- JEFFCO Public Schools, K-12, the second-largest school district in Colorado
- Prospect Valley Elementary School, -6, rated above average
- Wheat Ridge High School,9-12