Centennial, Colorado is a suburb south of the Denver Metro area. It’s well known for its close proximity to the city and to the Denver Tech Center, making it a great central location for commuting to work or downtown.
Centennial is a fairly new city that was formed in 2001 from unincorporated Arapahoe County land. Centennial offers a broad range of housing opportunities, but it also has a large commercial area that hosts the Centennial Airport and the Denver Broncos Training Facility and much more!
West Centennial, meaning west of the I-25 Interstate; East Centennial which is largely East of South Parker Road (Hwy 83); and Central Centennial which is mostly a commercial area.
Each area offers unique housing which was built at different times. In this article, we will break down what to expect in each area when performing a Centennial home inspection.
East Centennial Neighborhoods
East Centennial is mostly filled with residential single-family homes. There are many “named” neighborhoods in this area with large areas of non-grid-designed streets and cul-de-sacs.
The majority of the neighborhoods in east Centennial were built in the late ’80s through the ’90s. This means a lot of 2-story homes, multiple-car garages, and now, semi-mature trees. Make sure you look into HOA rules in these areas as well.
If you move south of Arapahoe in this region, you get into more expensive custom homes on bigger lots. This area appears to be under development now with many new homes being built.
When performing a home inspection in east Centennial, you would expect to find similar defects as other ’90s homes. This includes things like EIFS siding, aging windows, and original mechanical systems.
At the time of this writing, homes built in the ’90s are coming up on the 30 year mark. 20-30 years is when many of the major systems of a home tend to reach the end of their life. If we see original furnaces or roofs in these areas, we are generally calling for an evaluation or replacement.
Central Centennial is the area between South Parker Road and I-25. We think of this as the commercial district of Centennial as it is filled with commercial real estate, the Centennial Airport, the Broncos’ training facility, the Centennial Top Golf location and many other office structures and hotels.
However, some residential housing is interwoven in this area but it is almost exclusively multi-family apartment buildings and townhomes.
Inspecting multi-family housing is a different animal than single-family. For starters, the building HOA may cover a variety of items including the exterior wall coverings or the heating and cooling systems. It is important for clients and their agents to understand what is/is not covered by the HOA, and to communicate that to the inspector.
Regardless, we call out what we see during inspections and document accordingly. Many of the buildings in this area are similarly aged as housing in East Centennial.
This means we are looking for the same items, including furnaces or AC units that may be approaching the end of their usable life. In condos, we also focus on balconies and railings to ensure they are safe and in good condition.
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We consider West Centennial the neighborhoods west of I-25. This expansive area includes neighborhoods with a mix of single-family homes and ground-level townhomes. This also includes areas like Castlewood and Southglenn.
This area is slightly older than east Centennial with the majority of the homes built in the ’70s or early ’80s. There are some exceptions to this with a few newer neighborhoods as well.
The great thing about this area is its location and mature landscapes. There is great proximity to the Tech Center, the Denver University area, and quick access to almost every major highway in the Denver area.
’70s and ’80s homes have a few specific issues that we look for during a Centennial home inspection. Primarily, the issues were electrical since, during this time, it was common to use aluminum wiring and Federal Pacific electrical panels.
Our inspectors are always on the lookout for these types of items, but particularly in late ’70s homes, our inspector radar is going off. This is just one part of what we look for during a home inspection, but these time period-based issues can clue you into what to look for.
Centennial Home Inspections
Centennial is a great community and an exciting area to live along the Front Range of Colorado.
The neighborhoods and solid location make this an ideal place to raise a family or if you value being closer to the metro area. The home prices are comparable to other Denver suburbs where the homes are much older and smaller which can be an added benefit as well. Consult with your agent for more details!
If you do go under contract, we hope you will consider using our services for your home inspection in Centennial. To learn more about our inspection services or our Denver Home Inspectors, follow the links below.
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