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Commerce City CO real estate information. Let’s say you’re looking for a home on the north side of Denver, near a lot of exciting new development and the action of the big city, but with wide open spaces. That sounds like Commerce City, Colorado.  Homes in Commerce City are plentiful and generally pretty big for the price. On average you will find about 600 homes for sale (550 single family residences, and 50 condos/townhomes). The average price of single family homes is approximately $228K, while the average price for a condo or townhome is around $179K. Prices can be as low as $64,900 and can range up to $2 million. Both of those extremes are pretty rare.

History of Commerce City, Colorado. The pioneer town of Derby, which was not much more than the site of a Burlington Railroad Depot, was platted out to form a town in 1889. It failed to take root, though, and was abandoned within two years. The surrounding Adams County area remained largely agricultural, with slow growth and occasional small settlements. One of these, with a few stores serving the wheat growers and dairy and hog farmers, was Commerce Town. In the 1920s it was an unincorporated settlement near what used to be Derby.

In 1930, the Continental Oil Company opened a refinery at Commerce Town. The refinery was followed, later in the decade, by grain elevators. And in World War II, the Army started building up the Rocky Mountain Arsenal east of Commerce Town.

In 1951, the City of Denver was considering annexing the entire Commerce Town area, so the 300 residents of Commerce Town voted to incorporate. When Commerce Town itself annexed the adjoining Derby area in 1962, its population grew enough to qualify it as a city, and Commerce City became its official name. In April 2007, residents voted down a proposal to change the name to something flashier and more upscale. Supporters of the proposal had felt a new name was needed to reflect the nature of the city now – one of new homes in attractive developments, parks, schools and modern shopping areas. Tradition and pride were evident in the voters’ decision, with a 2 to 1 margin for keeping the name Commerce City.

Commerce City attractions. Commerce City offers a surprising variety of entertainment and recreational venues.

  • Commerce City’s municipal parks have fifteen miles of trails, including the South Platte River Greenway which links to Aurora’s High Line Canal via the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. Sand Creek runs beneath stands of willows and cottonwoods, and along native grasslands.
  • The Greenways provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including beaver, deer and foxes; and for bird watchers, herons, owls, and egrets.
  • Commerce City was the recent recipient of a 917-acre parcel from the Federal government. Named the Prairie Gateway , it is one of the most significant urban wildlife preserves in the U.S. and includes its own short-grass prairie.
  • The Prairie Gateway is also the location of an under-construction, 18,000-seat stadium for Denver’s major league soccer team, the Colorado Rapids. The stadium will be inaugurated in April 2007.
  • The Mile High Greyhound Park draws dog racing fans from all over.
  • What was the Rocky Mountain Arsenal chemical warfare development site is now the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, with the introduction of its own herd of American Bison currently underway.
  • Commerce City CO homes enjoy the advantages of having “right in their back yards” all the world-class dining, shopping, cultural, and sports venues of Denver.

Commerce City today. Commerce City is currently home to two oil refineries, which have been upgraded to meet the EPA’s clean air standards. Minutes from Denver International Airport, Commerce City offers DIA employees a convenient, affordable place to live. Commerce City has plans to continue the residential and commercial development of the Prairie Gateway parcel, with new Civic, Justice, and Environmental Learning Centers. Commerce City, with all its recent and ongoing development, is truly one of the most exciting communities in the Denver Metro area.

Population statistics for Commerce City Colorado. The population in the city of Commerce City as of the last census was 21,240, and there were 6,907 housing units. (For a detailed analysis and update, click here to see a report commissioned by the City. It gave a figure of 36,049 for Commerce City population in 2006.) The inventory of Commerce City CO homes for sale compared to the total number of housing units can be a good indication of whether the city has an oversupply of inventory, or not, at the time of your purchase. That number could make a big difference in what you end up paying for that home you want.

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