August 20, 2019
You’ve heard the old saying – when it comes to real estate it’s all about location. If you find the home of your dreams, it likely comes with amazing amenities, access to main arterials for commuters and near shopping, dining and recreation. That describes the master-planned community of Southshore, and for lake lubbers, the points of interest include an 820-acre lake, the Aurora Reservoir recreational playground.
Shopping and Dining
From the Farmer’s Market every Saturday (May to October), to the shops, restaurants, summer concerts, winter skating rink and movie theater, Southlands Lifestyle Center is a little slice of neighborhood nirvana. Clothing stores, learning centers, hair and massage salons, and restaurants line the streets, and on the perimeter are even more shopping stops via home improvement and big box stores (Office Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart, etc.).
Schools and Learning Opportunities
In addition to the nearby YMCA and Cub Club learning activities, Southshore students go to Cherry Creek schools in the highly-rated public school district which ranks better than 79.8 percent of the districts in Colorado. With more than 54,000 students in grades PK, K-12, and a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1, the schools of Southshore include the new, community-adjacent Altitude Elementary School, nearby Fox Ridge Middle School, and for ninth through 12th graders, Cherokee Trail High School.
Year-Round Recreation and Things to Do
Life at the Lake starts with the water wonderland of the Aurora Reservoir at 5800 S. Powhaton Rd. This 2,500-acre site features swimming, scuba diving, boating, fishing, an 8.5-mile hike-and-bike trail, an archery course and more. You can ride your bike to the rez or rent one there, as well as kayaks and paddleboards.
Don’t be surprised to see wildlife as you walk or bike to the beach – the reservoir surroundings are home to a variety of birds including eagles, hawks, owls and cormorants – as well as ducks, geese and gulls. Aurora.gov has a “Wildlife Checklist” that you can take with you on walks around the area and check off the wildlife you see along your treks!
You’ll have trouble deciding where to swing your clubs with the many options for golfing in Aurora, including six City of Aurora courses and private courses: Black Bear Golf Club; Common Ground Golf Course; Golf Club at Heather Ridge; Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club; Windsor Gardens; and even miniature-golf.
Check out the live high stakes action at Colorado’s only horse-racing track – Arapahoe Park at 26000 E. Quincy Ave. — where you can bet on your favorite fillies and enjoy the energy and excitement of equine competition every summer. The Park raises thousands of dollars for horse charities and is THE place to celebrate Preakness events and mile-high racing in Colorado.
Entertainment and the Arts
The Aurora Symphony Orchestra embraces the community’s rich cultural diversity and appreciation for the arts by performing symphonic music that pays tribute to residents’ heritages and creates a cultural legacy for the future.
The Vintage Theatre at 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora presents classics and cutting-edge theatrical performances, classes, improv, and staged readings that challenge, entertain, and educate audiences of every age and interest. Upcoming plays include the romantic comedy The Best Day of Your Life and The Addams Family! The Aurora Fox Arts Center at 9900 E. Colfax Ave. is in its 35th season of bringing diverse, entertaining and relevant stories to the city of Aurora. A few of the upcoming productions include Miss You Like Hell, Second City’s Twist Your Dickens and Secrets of the Universe.
The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum at 7711 E. Academy Blvd. educates and inspires people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present, and future. With weekly events for adults and kids, and annual special events, this hub of activity minutes from Southshore is a popular spot for families and kids.
In addition, Southshore is 15 minutes from Parker, with its own list of annual events and activities. The Parker Arts Center hosts camps, classes, a gallery and musical, magical, artistic performance spaces and every year – and the Parker Days Festival is a huge extravaganza of carnival rides and foods, live music performances, sports competitions, vendor booths and family fun!
Location and More: Southshore
The master-planned community of Southshore feels like it’s remote – with wide open spaces and a view of the lake, yet it’s near everything today’s home buyer wants and needs. Become part of Life at the Lake with a new home from your choice of multiple floor plans and styles by Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Tour the models and find the perfect in a ranch or two-story home, priced between the $400s and the $700s.