Article by Donna Fowler
Just under 110,000 residents call Centennial home. The city, just south of Denver in Arapahoe County, has beautiful, well-kept neighborhoods, picturesque open spaces and parks, two award-winning school districts (Cherry Creek and Littleton) and a robust business environment with lots of places to shop, eat and take care of the essentials of daily life.
For these reasons and more, Centennial has racked up numerous awards. In 2017 alone, it has been named:
- 8th Best City for First-Time Homebuyers (NerdWallet)
- One of the Best Cities for Families (Apartment List)
- One of Best Cities to Start a Family (LendEDU)
- One of the Best Places to Move/Open a Business (Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards)
- 2nd Healthiest Housing Market in Colorado (SmartAsset)
Recent national rankings include Money Magazine’s 13th Best Place to Live in America in 2016, and USA Today’s 4th Best Place to Live in America in 2015.
None of this comes as a surprise to Teiah Cox, a Bradford real estate agent since 2007. “Centennial really is a desirable place to live,” she says. “It offers many of the benefits of living in the big city, but combines it with the slower pace of suburban life.”
On the more urban side of life in Centennial, Teiah recommends The Streets at SouthGlenn, a redevelopment of the former SouthGlenn Mall. The Streets at SouthGlenn builds on its neighborhood character to create a community with shopping, dining, living and working experiences. You’ll find sidewalk cafés and restaurants, gourmet bistros and unique local and national retailers—all in one location. Or if you’re looking for great family entertainment, check out Topgolf, 10601 E. Easter Ave, featuring golf games for all skill levels, upscale bar food and drinks, music and more.
For outdoor relaxation, Centennial offers some beautiful open spaces, including Centennial Center Park, north of Arapahoe Road between South Revere Parkway and South Vaughn Street. This 11-acre, award-winning park hosts all kinds of events, including concerts, the Chalk Art Festival and a holiday lighting celebration.
If you are a fan of Trader Joe’s, you’ll be happy to know that Centennial has one of only two in metro Denver. If you’ve never been, you should check out its amazing selection of food and drink from around the globe and around the corner. It’s located at 5910 S. University Blvd.
Do you enjoy a good breakfast? Teiah recommends visiting Snooze, 6781 South York St. Snooze offers a fabulous a.m. dining experience with an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service. You won’t be disappointed!
“Centennial has something for everyone,” offers Teiah. “Lots of live music, movies, car shows, laser light shows, food trucks and much, much more.”