Centennial is removed enough from the hustle and bustle of downtown Denver to be peaceful. And it’s close enough to give residents convenient access to all Colorado’s capital has to offer. But proximity to Denver is only one of several appealing attributes of the south metro community. Here are a few of the most compelling reasons to live in Centennial, ranked 13 on Time Money’s Best Places to Live in 2014.
Rolling hills are a defining feature of Centennial’s topography. Stand atop one of them, and you’re almost sure to be afforded with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and Denver’s skyline. Tree-lined streets and ample green space help the community retain a natural feel. Four distinct seasons, each promising plenty of sun, contribute further to the south Denver suburb’s appeal.
Outdoor recreation opportunities
Centennial’s vibrant park system and extensive trail network make it a weekend warrior’s paradise. Hundreds of miles of cycling, running, and walking trails connect Centennial’s main thoroughfares and parks to Denver’s multipurpose trails. On days when you can and want to get out of Centennial, make Colorado’s world-class hiking trails and ski slopes your playground. Golden’s hiking trailheads are just 30 minutes away and the slopes at Breckenridge and Copper Mountain are less than a two hours’ drive.
The Cherry Creek School District’s excellent reputation is a major draw for families with school-age children. The district has more than 100 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teachers and its schools routinely receive awards and distinctions.
Centennial’s convenient location puts the metropolis’ vast retail and dining offerings at residents’ fingertips. Within Centennial’s borders, the mixed-use Streets at Southglenn host a range of quality shops, services, and restaurants. Its anchors include Macy’s Home Store, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Best Buy. The center also has a 14-screen movie theater and Whole Foods Market. The Streets at Southglenn are just over 10 minutes’ drive from AMLI’s Greenwood Village apartments.
Craft brewing culture
Colorado’s prominence on the nation’s craft brewing scene can be felt in Centennial. Blue Spruce, Halfpenny, Resolute, and Two22 are beloved community microbreweries. Nearby Lone Tree Brewing, celebrated for its triple IPA, is a seven-minute drive from both AMLI at Inverness and AMLI RidgeGate.
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