Located just south of Denver in the city of Englewood, Arapahoe Acres was the first post-World War II residential subdivision listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Developed between 1949 and 1957, Arapahoe Acres contains 124 homes. As soldiers returned from World War II, the housing market boomed, making Arapahoe Acres a particularly well-timed success.
The neighborhood was designed by architect Edward Hawkins, a Denver native who studied the works of ground-breaking architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Taking cues from Wright, Hawkins and his partner in design crafted modern homes using natural stone, brick wood, glass, aluminum and concrete with an emphasis on natural lighting inside and privacy for the occupants. Curving streets and diverse lot sizes reflect the natural lay of the land and lend to the expressive style of the neighborhood.
The neighborhood today appeals to those with a sense of modern design, as well as an appreciation for the history of the area. With the recent addition of the RTD Light Rail and transit hub in Englewood, the city has been developing its arts and cultural centers, as well as growing into a commercially vibrant center. In the residential area of Arapahoe Acres itself, historic homes take precedent and renovation and preservation are key to maintaining the historic nature of the area.
- In Englewood: Bates to Dartmouth, and Franklin to Marion
- Breakfast on Broadway: A perfect spot for breakfast or brunch, the menu has plenty of early-morning and lunch items to satisfy all eaters. Mimosas and Blody Mary’s on weekends make for a relaxing and enjoyable brunch spot.
- Twin Dragon: Offering healthy and delicious Chinese food, Twin Dragon brings generations of old-style Chinese recipes to the neighborhood. In business for over thirty years, Twin Dragon also offers exotic cocktails for the older crowd.
Things to do:
- Gothic Theatre: Catch the latest bands at this recently renovated nearby concert venue.
- Funtastic Fun: The indoor kids amusement park provides great activities for family afternoons, and an ideal spot for children’s birthday parties.
- Arapahoe Acres Nursery, Inc: Find all your plant needs for a beautiful lawn and garden at this 23 acre nursery. With years of experience and huge variety, it’s the ideal neighborhood stop for growing goods.
- City Center Amphitheater: Located at the foot of the Englewood Light Rail hub, the outdoor venue offers summer concerts during the warm months, as well as KidStage performances for families and a variety of cultural and arts performances.
- Englewood Public School district
- Englewood High School (9-12)
- Kent Denver School (6-12)
- Bishop Elementary School (K-5)
- RTD Englewood Station (Light Rail and bus hub) (1000 Englewood Parkway)
- Oxford Light Rail station (Oxford and Windemere)
- Art Circulator shuttle: Available every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday, with transportation to public art centers and works.