Denver CommunitiesDenver is vibrant and alive! Learn more about the communities that make Denver special.
Denver is a city for the young and young-at heart. Great restaurants. Wonderful shopping. Bustling inner city and charming neighborhoods. Fabulous performing arts center: Symphony. Plays. Broadway musicals. Opera. Leading-edge art museums. First-class zoo. Children’s Museum. Museum of Nature and Science. Four beautiful seasons. Over 300 days of sunshine. Close to fantastic Rocky Mountain resorts: Skiing. Hiking. Biking. Camping. Fishing. Home to professional sports teams: Ice hockey, baseball, football, basketball, arena football, soccer, and lacrosse. Energetic. Friendly. It’s a community!
Downtown Denver Neighborhoods
Lower Downtown, coined LoDo, transformed in the early 1990’s from an abandoned warehouse district into an energetic neighborhood filled with lofts, restaurants and bars, book stores, and coffee shops. This historic district is bordered by Wynkoop and Larimer, 2oth Street and Speer Boulevard. People of all ages enjoy this urban neighborhood. In LoDo, everything is within walking distance: Coors Field, Pepsi Center, the 16th Street Mall, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Wynkoop Brewery, Union Station, and even Whole Foods!
Other nearby neighborhoods include Central Platte Valley and Riverfront, The BallPark Neighborhood, RiNo (River North), Five Points, and Curtis Park.
Downtown, also known as The Central Business District (CBD) is roughly bordered by Broadway, Colfax, Speer, Larimer, and 20th.
Downtown Denver is a people-friendly place. It offers Larimer Square, the 16th Street Mall with its free Shuttle, a spectacular Performing Arts complex, new hotels and residential housing.
Many of the commercial buildings, such as The Denver Dry and Boston Bank, have been converted to rental apartments and owner-occupied condos.
Nearby neighborhoods include Arapahoe Square and Uptown.
Uptown is a blend of modern developments, venerable brick apartments and East Coast brownstones — set against the gleaming silver backdrop of downtown’s sky-scrapers. Many new developments add density and activity to this once-neglected area. Beautiful Victorians and town homes have been lovingly refurbished into chic urban residences. DPS Administration, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and the Downtown Expeditionary School are all located at 18th and Lincoln. Close to downtown commerce and nearby uptown hospitals, this neighborhood is roughly bordered by Broadway, 20th, 17th, and Park Avenue West.
Nearby neighborhoods include The Hospital District, Capitol Hill, Whittier, and San Rafael.
THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE
Close to downtown, The Golden Triangle is bordered by Broadway, Colfax, and Speer Boulevard. The Denver Public Library, The Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, City and County Buildings and Civic Park anchor this area of offices, art galleries, residences and restaurants.
Older warehouses, such as Cadillac Lofts and Grand Cherokee Lofts, have been converted into housing, and new residential construction is noticeable. Condo buildings and apartment complexes along Speer Boulevard provide easy access to the Cherry Creek bike and running path.
The Highland area is a near-downtown neighborhood, just west of I-25. Homes are being refurbished and new projects are being developed. Highland originated in 1858 when Denver founder William H. Larimer, Jr., waded across the Platte River to stake out high ground on the bluffs northwest of Denver. In the 1890’s, waves of immigrants made their homes in this area. Highland is a 15-minute walk to LoDo and the Central Business District. Broadly bordered by West 38th Avenue, the west side of I-25, Speer and West 29th to Federal, Highland encompasses more than 300 acres of urban living. With a variety of architectural styles, Highland has become a magnet for developers and professionals.
The signature of Highland, Lowell & 32nd, offers quaint boutiques, a wine store, great restaurants, and nightlife.
Close to the City
Here are neighborhoods that circle downtown Denver and beyond.
Named after the Creek that runs through the heart of the city, Cherry Creek has become synonymous with fashion and luxury. The upscale Cherry Creek Mall, tony boutiques, chic art galleries, and gourmet restaurants are surrounded by luxury housing. Pedestrian-friendly, Cherry Creek offers a small-town neighborhood feel with corner coffee shops and side walk benches. Cherry Creek provides an urban lifestyle that many find appealing. The 22-mile Cherry Creek Path is a draw for the outdoor-minded: biking, running, walking. Every 4th of July, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival brings thousands to enjoy a huge outdoor art display.
Nearby neighborhoods include The Denver Country Club, Morgan’s Historic District near the Botanic Gardens, Cheesman Park and Congress Park.
A quick commute to downtown businesses and uptown hospitals, Denver’s Park Hill covers the neighborhood east of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from Colorado Boulevard to Quebec Street and from Colfax Avenue to 28th Street. Magnificent trees grace the boulevards on Montview, Monaco, Forest and 17th. These parkways boast many lovely historic homes. It is not unusual to have Park Hill residents move within Park Hill. There is a strong loyalty to the neighborhood. People who live there love it!
Another close-in community is the Hilltop Neighborhood, bounded by Colorado Boulevard, Holly, 6th Avenue Parkway, and Alameda. Hilltop is a quick trip to Cherry Creek and a 10 minute drive to downtown. Many of the 1950’s ranches have been converted to 2-story “pop tops” to allow for expanding families. Others are being updated into sleek, contemporary residences. Stately homes line the parks and parkways. Developers are also razing some of the older, smaller homes and building grand new ones to accommodate today’s buyers’ tastes. Several parks interspersed through Hilltop, including Cranmer and Robinson, offer spectacular views of the Front Range. The Denver Tennis Club is located in Hilltop.
Crestmoor is the neighborhood just east of Hilltop, encompassing Holly, 6th Avenue Parkway, Monaco, and Alameda. Like Hilltop, many of the homes are being extensively remodeled and rebuilt. Crestmoor has a wonderful family swimming and tennis club. My family joined Crestmoor when we moved to Denver from Boulder. It was a terrific way to meet neighbors and make new friends.
A nearby newer neighborhood is The Lowry Redevelopment where an old air force base is being transformed into a beautiful new community. The main entrance is on 6th Avenue Parkway as you go east across Quebec.
Built in 1899, the 162-acre Washington Park is a local recreational haven. Visitors enjoy the park with its dedicated roadways for bicycling, walking and running. Others come to view the gorgeous gardens and play soccer and volleyball on the vast green space. South High School built in 1926, complete with roof-top griffins, anchors the southeast corner. From I-25 to Exposition and from University to Downing, “Wash Park” is home to all ages and professions. Housing styles are as varied as its residents. Clusters of boutiques and neighborhood restaurants on South Gaylord and South Pearl Streets provide a charming compliment to this popular area. Other neighborhoods include Observatory Park, the DU area, Platte Park and Harvard Park.
Stapleton is a newer development northeast of Park Hill. An expansive mixed-use community of housing and commercial establishments, Stapleton is the site of Denver’s old airport. As a planned development, Stapleton offers new schools, new shopping centers, many parks and bike trails. The original developer, Forest City envisioned a tight-knit community where neighbors gathered to meet one another. Homes are close to one another; pocket parks invite residents to be outside. Close to I-70 and the commuter train, Stapleton is minutes away from downtown, Anschutz Medical Center and Denver International Airport.
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