Westminster’s Shaw Heights offers homebuyers an affordable option combined with an easy drive to downtown Denver or Boulder. Commuters can leave their cars behind at the Westminster light rail station and the U.S. 36 and Sheridan Station Park-n-Ride.
Chad Murphy, an 8z real estate agent, says living in a neighborhood without a homeowners’ association also appeals to buyers. “People like the freedom to do what they want with their own property.”
The neighborhood also is near amenities like shopping and dining, says Ben Smith, West+Main broker/associate. “It’s a nice suburb just off the highway.”
The neighborhood offers single-family homes. Most are ranch homes built in the 1950s through 1970s, but buyers also can find split-level homes, ranch homes with basements, and some ranch homes with second-story additions. There are a few newer homes built as infill projects.
The houses sit on large lots that give homeowners big backyards and a little space from their neighbors, Smith says.
Prices range from $450,000 to $600,000, depending on the home’s size and location. Like homes in other parts of the metro, they typically sell in a few days after hitting the market.
The neighborhood’s home prices are appealing, Murphy says. “It’s tough to beat that price combined with this central location.”
Who’s moving in?
The neighborhood appeals to first-time buyers or buyers who are upgrading from condos or townhomes, Smith says. “The homes are only going to appreciate, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.”
Strong schools with parks, playgrounds, and open space make the neighborhood attractive to young families.
The neighborhood’s less appealing for younger millennial buyers because it doesn’t offer easy walkability to dining and shopping. “There’s no nightlife. It’s very suburban,” Murphy says. “To get those things, you have to travel out of the neighborhood.”
Shaw Heights also appeals to investors who purchase homes to turn into rental properties, but Murphy says most residents are longtime homeowners.
“When there is turnover, it’s a nice opportunity for a full remodel to bring the home up to current designs and décor.”
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