Residential Housing Developments
The City is proud to have diversified the housing stock over the last 10 years with the addition of a wide range of residential development including high end detached single-family, small lot single-family homes, attached single-family homes (townhomes), and both affordable and market rate apartments.
Several of the City’s guiding documents call for a diversity of housing types. The City’s 2005 Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy called for an increase in housing options to attract a wider range of household types. Similarly, in the 2009 Comprehensive Plan, one of the six key values organizing the document is the promotion of an array of housing options. The plan also recognizes that higher density and senior living options are appropriate in high priority areas, including Wadsworth, Clear Creek Crossing and near the Wheat Ridge· Ward commuter rail station. The plan also recognizes that new housing options are necessary to support a strong and diversified economy.
In 2012, Council commissioned a Housing Diversification Strategy. It echoed similar themes from earlier documents and noted that compact, dense, walkable, and contemporary development was critically missing from the Wheat Ridge market. The updated 2019 Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy included data analysis of the housing market in its interim and final reports. The City’s housing stock is considerably older than neighboring communities with nearly 80% of single-family units built between 1940 and 1979. As of 2016, only 12% of single-family units in Wheat Ridge were built 1980 or later.
Diversifying the housing stock and adding units at appropriate locations helps support a vibrant economy. “Retail follows rooftops,” as is said, and many of the City’s economic goals and citizen desires for different retail and restaurant options relies upon residential development and investments. The following residential developments represent new housing options in Wheat Ridge, and they are diverse in their types, builders, and locations. In addition to new development, investment in existing housing stock has increased over the last 10 years, with residential addition and remodel permits exceeding $85M in valuation from 2010 to 2020.
New Housing Options Since 2010
- Applewood at Fireside – detached single family on 38th Avenue at Tabor Court
- Quail Hollow – detached single family large lot (1/4 acre+) north of 32nd Avenue at Quail Street
- Hilltop Estates – detached single family large lot (1/4 acre+) north of 32nd Avenue at Hillside Drive (under construction in 2021 by Workshop Denver)
- Yukon Grove – detached small lot single family north of 32nd Avenue at Yukon Court
- Incarnation – mix of detached single family, duplex and attached single family at 39th Place and Fenton Court
- Station 53 (fka Quail Run) – mix of detached single family and attached single family at south of 54th Avenue at Quail Street (under construction in 2021 by Wonderland Homes)
- WestRidge Rowhomes (fka Yarrow Gardens) – attached single family south of 44th Avenue at Yarrow Street (under construction in 2020-2021 by Thrive) – winner of 2020 Department of Energy Grand Award In Housing Innovation
- Riverside Terrace – attached single family on 44th Avenue east of Tabor Street (under construction in 2020 by Creekside Homes)
- Clear Creek Terrace – attached single family on Tabor Street north of 44th Avenue (under construction in 2020-2021 by Creekside Homes)
- Hance Ranch – attached single family north of the Wheat Ridge· Ward commuter rail station at 52nd Avenue and Tabor Street (under construction in 2020-2021 by Remington Homes)
- Ridge at Ward Station – attached single family adjacent to the Wheat Ridge· Ward commuter rail station at Ridge and Ward Roads (under construction in 2020-2021 by Toll Brothers)
- The Parallel – market rate apartments immediately north of the Wheat Ridge· Ward commuter rail station at Ridge Road and Taft Court (under construction in 2021 by Forum Group)
- Fruitdale School Lofts – workforce apartments on 44th Avenue at Oak Street (Wheat Ridge Housing Authority project in partnership with HEI (developer/owner) and the City)
- Town Center and Town Center North – income-restricted apartments for seniors on 44th Avenue at Vance Street (facilitated through Renewal Wheat Ridge’s (URA) acquisition of the property in 2008)
- Ridge House – market rate apartments for seniors south of 44th Avenue at Vance Street (under construction in 2021 by Wazee Partners)
- West End 38 – market rate apartments on 44th Avenue at Upham
- The Edison at the Corners – market rate apartments on Wadsworth Boulevard at 35th Avenue (under construction in 2020-2021)
- Outlook at Clear Creek Crossing – market rate apartments on Clear Creek Drive north of 40th Avenue (under construction in 2020-2021 by Evergreen Devco)