By Donna Fowler
Beautiful views, stunning architecture and a multitude of ways to enjoy the outdoors are what make the Solterra community so distinct.
Nestled between Green Mountain and Red Rocks in Lakewood’s Rooney Valley, Solterra offers nearby biking, hiking, fishing and golf, while also being just a 20-minute drive to downtown Denver.
Bradford Real Estate broker Aaron Hochstein has lived in Solterra for four years.
“Take the drive out to Solterra and experience the neighborhood for yourself,” Aaron says. “You’ll immediately see people out and about on the trails, walking their dogs, with their kids in strollers, running or enjoying a bike ride.”
Solterra has neighborhood trails to Green Mountain and is minutes away from Front Range parks, including Mount Falcon, Red Rocks, Matthew Winters, Apex, Lair of the Bear and Bear Creek Lake.
Aaron will tell you, though, that the neighborhood’s best-kept secret is the people.
“Socializing and enjoying the area’s beauty with your neighbors is a big part of what makes living at Solterra so great,” he says.
Wine tastings, Parents’ Night Out, Halloween and Christmas parties, the Fourth of July Parade and Pancake Breakfast and golf tournaments are just a few fun things you can do at Solterra.
The Retreat, the neighborhood’s clubhouse, hosts many community events and can be reserved for weddings and private parties as well. There is also a pool and a private spa and fitness center that holds yoga and fitness classes.
The neighborhood is a mix of families, from empty nesters to those with young children. Aaron says he knows Solterra will be a great place for he and his wife to raise their family.
“Solterra is part of the Jefferson County School District, which outperforms the state in CSAP scores for reading, writing, math and science,” Aaron says. There are numerous preK-12 private schools within five miles of Solterra as well.
If eating out or shopping are your go-to activities, there are plenty of options close by, including the town of Morrison, which is a short bike ride away. Aaron recommends Café Prague, 209 Bear Creek Ave., offering everything from Hungarian goulash to roast duck to a fabulous wine selection. Morrison also has numerous shops and boutiques that are fun to peruse.
Aaron also recommends 240 Union, near Sixth Avenue and I-70. One of the top restaurants in the Denver area, it is recognized for its seafood as well as contemporary cuisine such as wood-fired pizza and specialty pastas. “It’s worth a visit!” he says.
Another favorite is Simms Steakhouse (Sixth Avenue and Simms), with its breathtaking view of Denver, wonderful Sunday brunch, quality steaks, fresh seafood and decadent desserts.
For a more home-style, kid-friendly experience, Aaron recommends Café Jordano at Jewell Avenue and Kipling Street. This family-owned restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
If you’re looking to do some serious holiday shopping, nearby Colorado Mills Mall has reopened following last summer’s devastating hail storm. “Great shops and the chance to help out the people and businesses that were so affected,” he says. Belmar Shopping Mall, just south of Sixth Avenue off Wadsworth Boulevard, is another great shopping destination.
According to Aaron, Solterra is “friendly, fun and peaceful, all at the same time.”
You can’t get an endorsement much better than that.