About Parker Colorado
The Town of Parker Colorado is in north eastern Douglas County, east of I25, and south of C-470. It borders with Lone Tree on the west, and Centennial on the north. While most of Parker is within Douglas County, there are also some parts of western Elbert County that are serviced by the Parker Colorado post office, and so those homes also may have Parker mailing addresses.
Parker is a rapidly growing area, with many new businesses and homes going up. It is popular because it is a convenient and quick commute to the many businesses in the Denver Tech Center, Inverness Business Park and Meridian Office Park. A new western extension of Hess Road, planned for completion about 2010, will make access to I-25 even more convenient for residents of south Parker, who must now use congested Parker Road or Lincoln Avenue to get to I-25, DTC and downtown Denver.
While the Denver area light rail system does not extend into Parker, there is a relatively convenient new light rail station at Parker Road and I-225, just north of the town of Parker.
Real Estate and Homes in Parker Colorado
The wide range of housing prices and styles in Parker Colorado offers great variety for whatever your family's lifestyle needs may be.
Twenty years ago, Parker was a mostly rural small town, with only a few homes, and a quaint but small downtown area. Now, it is one of the fastest growing suburban communities in the Denver Metro area. As farmers and ranchers have sold their lands, developers snapped them up, and new home subdivisions have sprung up all around Parker. This trend continues today, with many new subdivisions and multifamily housing developments on the drawing boards.
Home prices in Parker ranges from the low to middle $100s for condos and townhomes, from the low $200s to high $700s for single family homes in the major residential areas, and up to $2-$3 million for some high-end subdivision homes, and for rural "ranchettes" with 5+ acres of land. Home buyers looking for reasonably priced acreage should definitely include the Parker area in their search.
The Parker area is one of the few Denver Metro suburban neighborhoods with a substantial number of close-in horse and ranch properties. There are also quite a few riding and boarding stables, arenas, riding clubs, and other facilities supporting the equestrian community in Parker and surrounding Douglas County areas.
Unfortunately, new home builders in Parker have not provided very well for age restricted homes or zero maintenance patio homes and cluster homes that are becoming more popular with today's "boomer" generation. While a few of these kinds of homes can be found, for buyers interested in this lifestyle, and wanting to live in Parker, we also suggest that they look into either townhomes, or some of the many ranch style single family homes, many of which will have smaller low maintenance lots, and that they consider hiring a professional landscaping service for the spring to fall months, many of which also do snow removal in the winter months.
Parker has a number of newer condo and townhome communities, most of which are very affordable and include newer amenities, such as community pools, clubhouses with exercise rooms, common barbecue areas, and access to the many trails and parks that are in and around Parker.
See Our Parker Property Type Pages for More:
Some popular Parker area residential subdivisions are listed and have links to quick searches on our Parker, Colorado Subdivisions page
Parker Colorado Demographics
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Parker Local Government
The Town of Parker resides within Douglas County, Colorado, in zip codes 80134 and 80138. Some homes with Parker mailing addresses may be in unincorporated Douglas County, and not within the Parker town limits.
Parker Colorado Schools
The schools in Parker are part of the Douglas County School District. The Douglas County schools have consistently been ranked among the top schools in Colorado. Parker has two high schools, two middle schools, and six elementary schools. Parker schools also serve students of Franktown and Elizabeth.
Key Parker Businesses
Parker is primarily a suburban residential community, with no large commercial businesses. Retail businesses, dining and entertainment are generally located just north and west of the town center area, along Parker Road and Lincoln Blvd.
Recreation and Fun Stuff in Parker
Parker has many well-maintained community parks and open areas, most of which are part of the extensive Douglas County Colorado open space and trails system, or the Colorado State Parks system One can hike or bike the Cherry Creek trail from Castlewood Canyon State Park, south of Franktown, through the Town of Parker, then north into Cherry Creek State Park and Reservoir, and from there, all the way into downtown Denver. The Cherry Creek trail also connects with other trails that go west through the Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch communities, all the way to Chatfield State Park and Reservoir.