Highland it is a
neighborhood in transition. But while some observers suggest
that Highland's fast growth may be peaking, there's still
time to get in on the gentrification of Baker. Bounded by
6th Avenue, Broadway, Mississippi Avenue, and the Platte
River, this central Denver neighborhood features an eclectic
mix of architectural styles, including elegant Queen Anne's,
sturdy Denver Squares, and stately Dutch Colonial Revivals.
The neighborhood also has a good number of galleries and
several top-notch dramatic theaters.
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is one of Denver's most historic and diverse neighborhoods.
Its long standing popularity has made it the center city's
most densely populated neighborhood, due in large part to
its proximity to outstanding transportation infrastructure,
parks, and unique retail and entertainment opportunities.
The neighborhood also offers perhaps the city's widest range
in housing types and price ranges--everything from high rise
apartments to single family homes, apartments in historic
mansions to Denver lofts in renovated commercial buildings.
Capitol Hill was founded in the 1880s as
a new residential suburb for Denver's wealthiest families,
who built extravagant Victorian, Tudor and Greek revival
mansions using sandstone, granite and other materials native
to Colorado. The Colorado State Capitol building (dedicated
in 1890) stands on the neighborhood's far west side at
Colfax Avenue & Lincoln Street.
Today, many of those mansions still
stand, but the neighborhood has evolved into a mixed-use
community with a majority of Denver apartments and condominiums.
After serious population declines in the 1960s, 1970s and
1980s, Capitol Hill has gained 4,000 residents in the past
four years, and some estimates call for 3,000 more new
residents in the next 3 years.
General Boundaries: Colfax Avenue, York Street, 7th
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Central Platte Valley
This neighborhood is largely a blank slate at this time, a
120-acre expanse to the west of Downtown Denver that is home
to about 500 residential units. However, after spending most
of this century marked by rail yards, warehouses, viaducts
and garbage dumps, the area is on track to evolve into an
exciting, mixed-use urban neighborhood with 3,000+ housing
units, and more than 3 million of offices, shops,
restaurants and hotels. Construction of the first housing
units between Union
Station and the South Platte River has begun.
Currently, the most prominent landmarks
in this area are entertainment venues: Pepsi
Center arena, The
Children's Museum, Six Flags Elitch Gardens amusement park,
Denver's downtown aquarium, and the REI Denver flagship store (an outdoor
goods retailer) in the former home of the Forney Museum, a railroad and
Another big shift in the neighborhood has
been the addition of 90 acres of parks along the South
Platte River (Gates-Crescent, Centennial, Fishback,
Confluence, Cuernavaca and Commons parks, and the new Skate
Park). These parks are the anchors for the Central Platte
Valley's residential community (otherwise known as "The Commons"
neighborhood) that will be built over the next 20-30 years.
Commons Park, the 30-acre centerpiece of this park system,
was completed and dedicated in 2001.
In addition to these entertainment, recreation and cultural
amenities, the Central Platte Valley's biggest advantage is
its proximity to Downtown Denver. Shuttle service on the
16th Street Mall (Downtown Denver's primary retail,
transportation and pedestrian corridor) was extended through
LoDo and behind Union
Station all the way to Commons Park in 2001. The
extension brings closer access to the Millennium Bridge, a
pedestrian bridge over the consolidated train track that
remains in the Central Platte Valley. Central Platte
Valley's residents have a 10-minute walk into Lower Downtown
and Downtown's central business district.
enhance access in the CPV, there are plans to develop an
intermodal facility that handles passenger trains, regional
buses, light rail and commuter rail, making it the hub of
Denver's metropolitan transportation system. A 1.5-mile
light rail spur operates in the Central Platte Valley,
linking the Auraria Higher Education Center and Downtown,
with stops at CPV entertainment destinations (such as the
Pepsi Center and Mile High Stadium) and future housing and
While the land on the east side of the
South Platte River is still being developed, the west side
of the CPV between the river and I-25 has some
characteristic red-bricked buildings with ground floor
retail and restaurants and residential lofts above. Commons
Park West, a 340-unit apartment complex, is the largest of
recent developments, along with East-West Partner's
General Boundaries: I-25, Wewatta Street, Auraria
Parkway, 23rd Street
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Home to the ritzy, upscale boutiques of Cherry Creek North,
Cherry Creek is where Denver's wealthy come to
shop. And like the retail meccas in other cities (Rodeo Drive, Michigan Avenue, Fifth Avenue) Cherry Creek
often oozes with a "more beautiful than thou" attitude.
Cherry Creek is centrally located, has better-than-average
public schools, and boasts the metro area's highest
concentration of top-rated restaurants, a multi-screen movie
theater, a well-stocked branch of the Denver Public Library,
and a plethora of art galleries.
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Outlined roughly by University Boulevard and Downing Street,
Colfax and Sixth Avenues, surrounds one of Denver's finer
parks, Cheesman Park, and borders one of Denver's finest
and highly traversed amenities, the Denver
Botanic Gardens/Conservatory. Cheesman Park neighborhood
contains two historic districts and has a feel of an
oasis-where the urban dwellers slow down to enjoy their
lives with lots of pedestrians, coffee shops and
neighborhood gathering spots. Cheesman Park is a great place
to buy a Denver home, condo or investment property.
With an eclectic mix of Victorian homes,
mid-rise apartments, condos, and office buildings. The
current population is approximately 14,000. The Cheesman
Park neighborhood surrounds the 80 acre urban open space for
which the neighborhood was named. Cheesman Park is located
at 13th Avenue and Franklin Street. This neighborhood
includes a mix of Denver apartments and single-family homes that
increase in value substantially near the park.
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Still relatively reasonable in price is City Park West, an
urban treasure trove of historic homes going back to
Denver's silver boom of 1880 to 1893. Bounded by Clarkson
Street, University Boulevard and Colfax and 23rd avenues,
it's located between North Capitol Hill and City Park,
Denver's largest central park, containing the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum
of Nature & Science.
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Until the 1950's, the park this area was named after was
called "Congress Park". That park was renamed after the
Cheesman family made a $100,000 contribution to the city in
1957, and the "Congress Park" moniker was handed down to a
smaller park at Eighth Avenue and Josephine Street. Existing
homes in Congress Park are comparable in style and quality
to those in Washington Park.
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Country Club Neighborhood
This neighborhood had its beginnings in 1902
when a group of investors purchased from an estate; 400
acres with the intent of building an exclusive residential
area and a recreational club. The South half was destined to
be the club itself, with the North to be developed into
residential housing. In 1905, the exclusive Park Club Place
on the West side of the area was incorporated into Denver,
and in 1906 developer Frederick Ross annexed the Country
Club area to the city. Architects William Fisher and S.R.
DeBoer both contributed to the style and grace of the area.
From the beginning, homes sites were
spacious with deep setbacks and parkways allowed gracious
separation of the estates. The North Country Club area,
between 8th and 6th Avenues was developed on the early
1900's, with Seventh Avenue becoming a Parkway in 1907 under
Mayor Speers City Beautiful plan. The Denver
Country Club itself, built on 142 acres on either side
of Cherry Creek, became the Club for Denver's elite.
Mansions, some of which stand today, were built along the
South side of the golf course.
Today, the area is one of Denver's
premier neighborhoods. The stately mansions designed by
many of Denver's best known architects show styles ranging
from Colonial to Tudor, from French Chateau to Santa Fe and
Georgian. Victorian's and Denver Squares abound in the North
area, with Contemporaries filling in spaces sold from the
larger estates. Most of the Denver homes have undergone continuous
renovation, with some interiors showing the best of today's
design and finishing. The location, close to Cherry Creek
shopping and Downtown business offers great value.
General Boundaries: Downing Street on the West, 8th
Avenue on the North, University-York on the East, and
Alameda Avenue on the South.
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This district of Victorian homes includes Denver's first
park (established in 1868), a donation to the city from
Samuel S. Curtis, a developer of this pioneer streetcar
suburb. It is Denver's oldest surviving residential
neighborhood. Initially a haven for those with the means to
move out of the city, Curtis Park evolved into a minority
neighborhood during the 1920s and 1930s. Curtis Park is comprised of
Italianate, Queen Anne and Carpenter's Gothic homes and many
other eclectic Victorian styles. The Curtis Park Face Block
Project restored pedestrian ambiance by reinstalling
sandstone sidewalks and street trees. This historic district
enjoys a renewed popularity.
Curtis Park's housing mix is wide
ranging: single story duplexes stand next door to recently
renovated grand Victorian mansions; flat-roofed row houses
next to classic, two-story Denver Square brick houses; Queen
Anne-style houses with second floor porches are also
numerous. There are three designated historic districts in
the Curtis Park neighborhood: Clements, San Rafael and
Throughout the neighborhood's history,
many of Curtis Park's residents have worked in Downtown
Denver, which is only a 15-minute walk or a quick ride on
RTD's light rail (or, in past decades, on streetcars) from
Downtown's businesses and office buildings.
A current effort that is changing the
landscape of Curtis Park is the rebuilding of the
neighborhood's housing projects through a $26 million
federal HOPE VI grant. Four blocks of two-story apartment
buildings that were built for public housing in the 1950s
were demolished in 2000. The area is being rebuilt to
accommodate market-rate apartments and condominiums
alongside affordable and low income units, creating a more
economically diverse community. Construction of the new
housing is underway, remarkably transforming the
The new transformation in the Curtis Park
area has led to several improvements in the educational
as well. It is no longer necessary to send your
children out of the city for a fantastic education.
General Boundaries: Broadway,
Downing Street, 23rd Avenue, 38th Street. Note: The
boundaries between the Curtis Park, Five Points and Ballpark
neighborhoods overlap. Census tract authorities apply the
name "Five Points" to all three areas, while other
authorities call the entire area "Curtis Park."
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There is a common perception that the
majority of Downtown Denver's housing growth during the
1990s has happened in Lower Downtown. However, the rate of
residential growth in the upper end of Downtown (in what is
often referred to as the central business district) has been
on par with Lower Downtown. Both areas have populations of
approximately 2,180 people. The upper end of Downtown now
has approximately 1,000 rental units and 100+ for-sale
A critical future project for Downtown
residents was the extension of the 16th Street Mall to
Commons Park, linking Downtown with the Central Platte
Valley. The pedestrian mall gave Downtown residents (and
workers) quick access to the 30-acre Commons Park, with a
bridge carrying pedestrians over the valley's consolidated
main line (CML) track.
General Boundaries (central
business district): Broadway, Speer, Larimer Street, 20th
Street. Note: the area between Speer Boulevard, 20th Street,
Larimer Street and Wynkoop Street is Lower Downtown.
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is in many ways a resurrected neighborhood. Much of the old
neighborhood's single family houses were removed during the
fifties, sixties and seventies and replaced by service
businesses, car repair lots and surface parking. Now the
residential population is back on the rise.
The Golden Triangle is bordered by Speer
Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street, just to the
south of Downtown Denver. The neighborhood's current growth
has been driven by several new construction developments
with for-sale condominiums and lofts, as new residents are
attracted by the neighborhood's central location and
proximity to Downtown. The Golden Triangle's north side
hosts some of Denver's most prominent cultural attractions
in the Civic Center Cultural Complex: Denver
Art Museum, Denver
Public Library, Colorado
History Museum, Denver Mint,
Byers-Evans House and Civic Center Park.
General Boundaries: Speer Boulevard, Lincoln,
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One of the three original settlements that became the city
of Denver in 1859, Highland fell on hard times between the
end of World War II and the end of the 20th Century, but has
recently been experiencing something of a renaissance. First
rediscovered by the arts community, Highland boasts the
highest concentration of theaters and art galleries in town.
In addition, some of the area's best and most eclectic
restaurants call Highland home. More recently, the
neighborhood -- bounded by Federal Boulevard, Speer
Boulevard, the Platte River, Inca Street, and 38th Avenue --
has been invaded by couples and families looking for some of
Denver's best housing bargains.
Standing on the west side of I-25 and
overlooking Downtown Denver, Highland is a resurgent center
city neighborhood with a rich ethnic history. The community
has been home to many waves of American immigrants--Italian,
Irish, German and Mexican--who established the
neighborhood's still-thriving churches, businesses,
restaurants and cultural events.
Housing types available in Highland are
wide-ranging--row houses, duplexes, apartments above retail
shops, grand Victorian and Queen Anne mansions, and post-WW
II era single family detached houses. The streets and the
neighborhood's hilly topography are lined with trees.
General boundaries: Federal Boulevard, 38th Avenue,
I-25, 23rd Avenue.
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A well-established, upper-middle-class neighborhood
in east central Denver, Hilltop is bordered by Colorado
Boulevard on the west, Holly Street on the east, Seventh and
Alameda Avenues on the north and south. It's best known for
Cranmer Park's sundial and a stunning view of the Front
Range. Other landmarks include the Denver Tennis Club (est.
1928) and the Cableland mansion, now the mayor's
ceremonial residence. Its first structure, built in 1891,
was a farmhouse that still stands at 330 Bellaire St., just
northwest of the park. Nearly 4,000 people live there in
about 1,600 homes, about half of which are brick ranches
built after World War II.
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Located in the area where Denver was founded in 1858 by
General William Larimer, LoDo as it
is commonly referred to, was once the city's thriving retail
center before it fell into disuse and slid into slums. In
the late 1980s, LoDo underwent a vigorous revival. Today
LoDo is a vibrant 25-block urban neighborhood comprised of
brick warehouses, industrial buildings and commercial
structures that have been renovated into offices, lofts and
Today, LoDo is a mixed-use neighborhood
that is also a regional destination attraction for
entertainment. Art galleries, restaurants, brewpubs, jazz
clubs, and specialty retail stores line the ground floors of
historic buildings. LoDo residents enjoy proximity to
outdoor parks and amenities, including the Cherry Creek bike
path, the 16th Street Mall, and the recently completed
30-acre Commons Park in the Central Platte Valley.
Coors Field, home of the Colorado
Rockies, and the Pepsi Center, the home of the Denver
Avalanche and Nuggets, are located in this neighborhood.
Wynkoop Street is home to historic Union Station, the
Tattered Cover bookstore, and the Wynkoop Brewing Co.,
Denver's first brewpub (and the countries largest) that
opened in 1988.
General Boundaries: Larimer Street, Speer
Boulevard, Wewatta Street, 20th Street.
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This area is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods, lying just to the
south of the Auraria Higher Education Center campus
where Denver was settled in the 1850s by gold seekers. Many Denver
houses in this neighborhood date from the turn of the
century, and its proximity to Downtown and broad range of
housing types make it an attractive center city
The La Alma/Lincoln Park
neighborhood (known to many as the West Side) is often
identified by its primary retail and commercial
corridor, Santa Fe Drive. The street has seen a significant
amount of investment in recent years, as office users,
shops, restaurants and banks have renovated building facades
(nearly 20 buildings on Santa Fe have new facades, including
two refurbished historic buildings). Business owners and
neighborhood leaders have worked closely with the City to
install street trees and other amenities to enhance the
pedestrian environment. Other tenants along Santa Fe include
an authentic Mexican bakery, galleries, a Spanish-speaking
radio station, picture framers and specialty retailers.
The Denver Civic Theater is a Santa Fe
Drive landmark. Opened in the 1930s as a movie theater, the
building was variously used (including one stretch as a
meatpacking plant) before a renovation in 1993 recast it as
a neighborhood arts center with two theaters and a gallery.
Local playwrights and a resident performance company have
used the venue in recent years for a variety of dramatic
Much of La Alma/Lincoln Park's housing is
single family detached houses from a variety of
architectural styles and eras. Two-story brick Victorians,
row houses, duplexes, brick bungalows, new loft projects and
one-story stucco houses line La Alma/Lincoln Park's streets.
The 1,050-unit Parkway Center apartment and condominium
complex is located at 12th & Galapagos Street, with a
prominent frontage on Speer Boulevard. The new South Lincoln
Park public housing facility was completed in 1996,
replacing a dilapidated housing complex that was built in
Downtown is easily accessed from La
Alma/Lincoln Park via RTD's light rail line, which has a
station at 10th & Osage Street on the western edge of the
Also among the neighborhood's landmarks
are: Museo de las Americas (also on Santa Fe
Drive), Denver Health hospital complex, Denver West High
School, Lincoln Park, the Asian and Hispanic Chambers of
Commerce, and Sunken Gardens Park along Speer Boulevard. A
vacant building at the intersection of Speer Boulevard and
Colfax Avenue that formerly housed Denver's courts and
District Attorney offices was recently renovated into a
Latino cultural and business center. Buckhorn
Exchange, a 105-year old restaurant that holds the
state's first liquor license, is also located in La
General Boundaries: West Colfax Avenue, Speer
Boulevard, 6th Avenue, Osage Street.
This is one of those neighborhoods that sits quietly in
the middle of beautiful neighborhoods such as Hilltop,
Crestmoor, Park Hill and Montclair. Mayfair boasts having
the 1st Chiropractic Center in the United States which was
replaced in 1995 with Camberley By-The-Park Town homes. The
family of Speer Medical Center donated the vacant land
across the street to the neighborhood which now has one of
the loveliest small parks in Denver.
Mayfair consists of mostly small ranch
and bungalow style homes, many of which have been replaced
by newer larger homes. There are 2 major grocery stores,
restaurants, coffee shops, hospitals, and easy access to
Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek via Historic Parkways.
General Boundaries: East Colfax Avenue, 6th Avenue,
Monaco Parkway, Eudora Street.
Three miles from the Central Business District and
primarily residential, Park Hill used to connect the old
Stapleton Airport facilities. But now, with the new Denver
International Airport (DIA) relocation much further to the
northeast, Park Hill has returned to a quieter, more
dignified neighborhood of brick bungalows, mansions and some
classic art form Tudors and ranches and 2-stories
particularly up and down Montview Blvd. The east part of
Park Hill anchors Denver University's Law School branch.
Park Hill has worked to gain and maintain its proud and
The neighborhood begins just east of the
Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Colorado Boulevard to
Quebec Street and from Colfax Avenue to as far north as 52nd
Avenue. Montview Boulevard, developed in 1882, and Monaco
Parkway are main thoroughfares and typify the wide,
tree-lined neighborhood streets. Park Hill's nationally
recognized neighborhood organization sponsors an annual tour
of the many historic homes in this welcoming community.
Lying to the immediate east of Downtown Denver,
Uptown offers an eclectic mix of elements: restaurants,
retail, historic mansions, new construction loft and
condominium projects, hospital campuses, small office
buildings, entertainment venues and neighborhood gathering
places. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular
neighborhoods in the city, due in large part to its ease of
accessibility to Downtown's core.
The architectural styles and housing
options in Uptown cross the spectrum from Denver Squares,
Victorians, apartment complexes, bungalows, Queen Anne-style
houses with second-story porches and much more. A majority
of the neighborhood is single family detached houses, with
tree-lined boulevards that separate sidewalks from the
Uptown's southern boundary is Colfax
Avenue, Denver's traditional retail and services corridor
that is undergoing a remarkable recovery. New retail,
housing and office development is changing Colfax's
landscape, and the refurbished Fillmore
Auditorium and Ogden Theater draw music fans for live
performances. The numerous restaurants on 17th Street have
resulted in a "Restaurant Row" destination attraction.
A longtime anchor in the Uptown
neighborhood has been a complex of hospitals in the
neighborhood's core. St. Joseph's, Presbyterian/St. Luke's,
and Kaiser Permanente occupy three hospitals near the
intersection of 18th & Franklin Street, and many hospital
supply, doctor's offices and related businesses are located
in nearby buildings. The hospitals employ nearly 10,000
General Boundaries: Broadway, Colfax Avenue, 23rd
Avenue, York Street.
Since the late 1970's the Washington Park neighborhood has
become one of Denver's premier inner city places to call
home. With Denver's largest traditional park at the center,
Washington Park East and Washington Park West display home
styles from the craftsman bungalow on the east to Victorian
on the west. Homes constructed of brick, most of them built
from 1900 to 1940, are set back from tree lined streets,
with the park easy walking distance from every residence.
Those folks relocating to Denver and desiring to live in the
city will find wonderful Denver, CO real estate
values in this charming neighborhood.
The area first began to develop in the
1860's with sporadic development around a buffalo wallow
that later became Smith Lake in today's park. By 1886 the
population justified the creation of South Denver, the big
city's first suburb. Economic hard times forced the area to
annex to Denver in the mid 1890's and by 1899 construction
was started on the park. Traffic moving south to the now
established University of Denver (chartered in 1889), and
middle class pressure to get away from the city helped to
fuel serious growth after the turn of the century.
By the 1900's, row after row of neat
bungalows were built from the park east to University
Boulevard. By the late 1970's, these well built homes were
perfect for updating. Homes have been and still are being
rehabbed, reconditioned, rebuilt, 'top-popped' and in a very
few cases, scrapped out and new homes built.
Today, Washington Park is one of Denver's
largest and finest parks, with lawn bowling, tennis, the
city's largest flower gardens, a recently built recreation
center, summer concerts, volleyball, great cycling and of
course, just a lazy nap under a tree.
The Whittier Neighborhood subdivisions were developed in the
period after the Civil War. In the 1870s, a Whittier real
estate boom occurred in anticipation of the city's
connection with transcontinental railroad. This boom was
heightened by the discovery of silver. As anticipated by the
platters of the early subdivisions, the railroad extensions
to Denver included the Kansas Pacific railroad on the 40th
Avenue alignment north of Whittier.
Development of homes in Whittier followed
in the 1880's and 1890s. The majority of the homes were
built by owners of Denver businesses. This neighborhood is
one of the oldest communities in Denver. As a result, many
of the buildings and homes date back well over 100 years,
contributing to the historic charm that attracts so many
people. Today, new energy and revitalization have resulted
from the introduction of RTD's Light Rail which connects
Whittier and Five Points to downtown. Businesses and
residents alike are flocking to this vibrant neighborhood.