Just west of Denver is Lakewood, a beautiful, tight-knit community beloved by its residents.
Several small lakes and reservoirs are in Lakewood, and the economy is strong in areas like business, education, manufacturing, retail and technology. The medical needs of residents can often be met at St. Anthony Hospital, and college students can attend higher education institutions like Colorado Christian University and Red Rocks Community College.
Lakewood's new town center called Belmar exemplifies the creative reuse of a former mall to create a gathering space for the community to work, shop and eat. While housing prices in Denver are skyrocketing, Lakewood still offers affordable housing options.