Stapleton is a newly developing retail and residential community that was previously the site of Denver's main airport between 1929 and 1995. After Denver International Airport was built in 1995, the old Stapleton Airport was decommissioned, demolished and is now evolving into one of the best neighborhoods in the area.
Although much of the area is still being developed and constructed, it didn't take Stapleton long to look and feel like a pleasant, suburban neighborhood. Famous worldwide as an example of what a sustainable community or "green plan" should look like, the former airport site consisting of terminals and runways has been transformed into more than 4,000 homes and hundreds of restaurants and shops over the last decade. Favorites like Starbucks, Target, and the new My Kid's Closet are all thriving in the area and new retailers are constantly popping up. The Shops at Northfield Stapleton are popular for a pedestrian-geared, outdoor shopping experience that is different than most downtown malls or stores.
Besides great retail shopping and new houses, around a third of Stapleton's 4,700 acres have been set aside to be developed as public parks. Plenty of open space, recreation centers and Central Park, the third biggest park in Denver, highlight an abundance of options for outdoor recreation seekers and provide an ideal destination for hikers. The area was pre-planned by designers and Denver civic leaders to be pedestrian friendly rather than automobile-oriented like most other planned communities. Stapleton consists of interlocking trails that link residential neighborhoods to parks, shopping centers and the 17,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge that is a favorite spot to view local wildlife roaming the nearby plains.
Real estate options are almost unlimited in the fast developing neighborhoods of Stapleton. Because the area is growing so rapidly, you can find available and brand new apartments, plenty of single-family housing and both new and traditional elaborate houses in great localities. Stapleton's neighborhoods each have different appearances and homes here come in wide varieties depending on locations that are closing to shopping districts or open space.
By far the biggest neighborhood in Denver, Stapleton is making future plans to triple the amount of the current number of houses that will be served by six schools, a light rail station, open space for parks, office space and space for more retail as well.