Located on Denver’s eastern border, Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city. Originally a small farming community, Aurora grew into a military town with the opening of Fitzsimmons Army Hospital (1918), Lowry Air Force Base (1938), and Buckley Air Force Base (1942). In recent years, two of these bases have been converted to new uses: Lowry is now a vibrant master planned community and Fitzsimmons hosts the Anschutz Medical Campus, a state-of-the-art campus with the University of Colorado medical school, a ground-breaking research center, and new facilities for the University of Colorado Hospital and The Children’s Hospital.
In the 1980s, as Aurora began rapidly expanding to the south and east its housing changed. The new homes are much larger and are built in master planned communities with greenbelts, parks, community centers and golf courses. The city currently manages more than 1,800 acres of developed park land, more than 6,000 acres of open space and natural areas, and seven award-winning municipal golf courses. Other recreational highlights include the Highline Canal Trail and Cherry Creek State Park.
The median price for a single family home is $189,603, with homes from $50,000 to $1,050,000. Most of Aurora lies within the boundaries of the Aurora Public Schools and the Cherry Creek Public Schools. However, a few neighborhoods on the outer perimeters are in the Douglas County School District, the Bennett Public Schools and the Brighton Public Schools.