Neighborhood Spotlight: Virginia Village
A Brief History
Virginia Village’s history can be traced back almost as far as the founding of Denver. Within five years of the founding of Denver, the area where Virginia Village now sits was already being settled. Levi Booth was one of the original settlers, establishing Booth Ranch, which is now Four Mile House. Prior to the 1950s, the unincorporated area was used mainly for dryland farming and was known as Sullivan area. On Aug. 2, 1950, the first filing for Virginia Village was platted and signed by the owners, Levi R. and Winnifred S. Roop and in 1954 the area became annexed to Denver.
Early on in the 1950s, Virginia Village didn’t look like much. There were no lawns, fences, trees, curtains, or appliances and with a bentonite clay base and water rationing rules from the Denver Water Board, it was difficult to get a lawn going. Early homes in the neighborhood were mostly two and three bedroom ranches priced between $7,500 – $15,000. This price range allowed for many first-time buyers with children to buy homes – which they did, resulting in many blocks having as many as 40 children on them. By the 1960s, Virginia Village looked like quite the idyllic neighborhood with rows of tract homes and 100s of children riding their bikes and roller skating on the sidewalks.
Today Virginia Village is still a popular neighborhood. With it’s proximity to both Downtown Denver and the DTC, easy access to I25 and Colorado Blvd. it is easy to see why. It also has a variety of home styles and price points, making it accessible to a wide range of buyers.
Follow along with me (or check out my highlight) on Instagram (Hilary_Ades) as I check out some of the listings in Virginia Village!
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