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Get to know Bow Mar

A portmanteau of its two lakes, Bowles and Marston, Bow Mar affords relaxed, Walden-like living just a dozen miles from downtown Denver. Considered a statutory town of Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties, the once-agricultural community was suburbanized after WWII by Lloyd King, founder of Colorado’s ubiquitous King Soopers supermarket chain. The first wave of development consisted largely of midcentury Prairie School-inspired homes that complemented the surrounding landscape, embracing the Usonian sensibilities of Frank Lloyd Wright. Everyday connections with nature remain the raison d'être of one-square-mile Bow Mar, which boasts a residents-only beach that’s host to a series of programs and performances each year. Regattas on the lake are a common sight in summertime — there’s even a yacht club.
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Living in Denver

The sky’s the limit in the Mile-High City, where the maverick spirit of the old west meets a modern metropolis as cutting edge as they come. First settled as part of Kansas Territory during the Pike’s Peak gold rush and initially called Montana City, the once rough-and-tumble settlement was later renamed for territorial governor James W. Denver — the name stuck, though like Dorothy it’s not in Kansas anymore. Denver has served as Colorado’s state capital since its admission to the union on August 1st, 1876. While there’s history everywhere, Denver has downloaded every possible upgrade: it’s one of America’s most advanced cities, from its high-tech business hubs to sleek, new electric commute trains that glide between downtown and the airport. The soaring metropolis—also a county—has 78 defined neighborhoods in total, from Victorian-castled Capitol Hill to the postindustrial-chic RiNo arts district. Couple that with world-class outdoor recreation, from trees to shining skis, and there’s just about every reason to give Denver a Rocky Mountain “hi.”

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