Located 12 miles from downtown Denver, the small town of Bow Mar lies in both Arapahoe and Jefferson counties. The area is less than one square mile in size, and the current population rests at about 900 residents. The community is composed of about 300 single-family homes on acre-size lots, and there is both open space and a private recreational lake (1).
Originally an agricultural area, Bow Mar was home to several large farms provided for both Denver and nearby Littleton. The community’s name came from combining the two nearby lakes; Bowles Lake (named for pioneer Joseph Bowles) and Marston Reservoir (named for pioneer John Marston.) The historic Bowles farmhouse can still be south of the town as a monument to its storied past. A significant event in the town's history was the baby boom that accompanied the post World War II era, which led to much of its development and the town we see today. Many of the homes built during this time reflected the Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style that was popular. Many of these homes have since been updated or replaced, but the style and history remain. The town was incorporated in 1958 and had grown slowly but steadily since then (2).
One of Bow Mar’s most spectacular features is its private beach on Bowles Lake. Other amenities include a playground, tennis courts, BBQ/picnic area, volleyball court, and horseshoe pit. The community hosts several gatherings throughout the year, including holiday parties and events, concerts, and boat regattas (3). This beautiful area is perfect for nature-loving families who enjoy the peace and convenience of the suburbs.