Where to live in denver?
Denver has so many incredible neighborhoods such as the Highlands, Downtown, Washington Park, Congress Park, Park Hill, City Park, Sloan's Lake, Platt Park, Cory-Merrill, Cherry Creek, Bonnie Brae and more. Take a look at some of Denver's neighborhoods below, and if you want to find out more give me a call and I would be happy to show you around!
The neighborhood of Washington Park in South Central Denver is based on the large urban park of the same name. The area is also known as Wash Park, particularly by the locals. Its central position, excellent transport which links to the rest of the city, and wealth of bars, restaurants and stores makes this one of the most lively neighborhoods in the city.
It's very popular both as both a place to live and an area to dine or relax. The park itself provides some relief from the city, offering residents and visitors a place to relax in the open air, as well as some welcomed greenery in the cityscape.
Congress Park features a range of properties including many of Denver Squares and Bungalows. Most properties in this neighborhood tend to be fairly old, unlike some of the more recently redeveloped areas of Denver; although there are some high-rise buildings dating back to the 1960’s. Other notable buildings include some Art Deco apartment blocks and the many grand houses along 7th Avenue. part of the 7th Avenue Historic District falls within Congress Park. This is one of the most interesting parts of the city, with a range of architectural styles including Victorian, Mission, Italianate, and Dutch Colonial homes.
The Congress Park Neighborhood Association is very active, running an annual series of lectures for residents on the preservation of the area’s historic homes, as well as regular social events. The neighborhood has many attractions of its own, and there are many small stores and family businesses tucked away in its historic streets. The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the most popular attractions in the area. They have an amazing selection of plants and host regular concerts during the summer months. The park has a range of sporting facilities including eight tennis courts, soccer, softball, baseball fields and multi-purpose sports fields, a basketball court, and an outdoor swimming pool. There are several picnic areas, a picnic pavilion, and a children’s playground.
Park Hill, located on high ground east of City Park, remains one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Denver. Shaded by stately American Elms, Park HIll’s exquisite thoroughfares, 17th Avenue, Forest, and Montview parkways are among the most beautiful in the city. To the west is lake-graced City Park, home to the highly regarded Museum of Nature and Science, Gates Planetarium, IMAX Theatre, Denver Zoo, and Municipal Golf Course. Behind the museum, the “H-2-Odyssey” fountain delights children each summer with its sprightly array of water jets shooting geyser-like sprays high overhead.
Although residents enjoy a serene lifestyle sheltered form the urban hubbub, Park Hill is just a 10 minute drive from Downtown, world-renowned Cherry Creek Mall Shopping District, and countless retail stores, restaurants, and hotels along Colorado Boulevard.
City Park and City Park West are home of the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which is one of the city's most popular attractions. City Park also has two lakes: Duck Lake and Ferril Lake. Boating and paddle boats are permitted in the park. For special events, you can rent the picturesque boathouse. The interactive fountain is one of the most popular features of the park during summer months when City Park also hosts a series of free concerts. The City Park Golf Course lies just to the north of City Park.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science was built in 1908. Its situation on the high ground at the eastern edge of the park provides the museum with some of the best views of downtown Denver and the distant mountains that lie beyond it.
The Highlands is one of the most sought after addresses in Denver. With some of the city's most beautiful historic homes, recently redeveloped commercial areas, and excellent transport links to the city's business center in the downtown area, the Highlands has attracted a lot of attention. It is one of the most vibrant and interesting places to live in the city, with a diverse and active community. Highlands also has a wide range of shopping, dining and entertainment venues; and to forget Highlands Square attracts people from across the Denver region.
Sloan's lake is a neighborhood on the western edge of Denver and offers some of the most stunning views of both downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Residents of the area tend to head outside their own neighborhood if they are looking for a night out, either to the city center or to their neighboring Highlands Square. The area has an excellent selection of boutiques, restaurants and shops. The park that now surrounds Sloan's Lake is the second largest in Denver, and therefore it rarely feels crowded. Many people enjoy walking, cycling, and jogging around the park, which has many beautiful trails that wind around the lake. It is even possible to go boating and water skiing on the lake.
The Platt Park Neighborhood is almost an extension of Washington Park. It lies just south of Washington Park on the other side of I-25 and west of the DU area. In the last few years, Platt Park has become well known for its pleasant shopping atmosphere and fine restaurants on Old South Pearl Street. The neighborhood is rich with sprawling mature trees, bungalows, Victorians, and pop tops. In recent years, we have seen some scraper homes being replaced with new construction homes and duplexes. The Old South Pearl Street Business District in the heart of Platt Park, brightly lit at night by black street lamps reminiscent of old-fashioned gas lamps, is the drawing card of the neighborhood. All establishments are busy all week and jammed on Friday and Saturday nights. Interstate-25 is just a stone's throw away from Old South Pearl Street and residents can hop on the Light Rail at the Louisiana-Park Light Rail Station.
On sunny spring and summer mornings, residents stroll the street with family and friends and meet new ones while shopping the famous Farmers Market. Decker Library, a branch of the Denver Public Library, is just a few blocks away, snug up against James H. Platt Park. And if you've got some little ones ready for or already in elementary school, you can enroll them in McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School, near Florida and Arizona streets, whose motto is "Soaring Into Literacy." Platt Park is popular because it's beautiful homes, old and new, and its close community feel.
Named after the schools in the area, Cory-Merrill was once part of Town South Denver. It was founded in 1858 to be a dry town because citizens didn't like the saloons that had taken over Denver. Today the Cory-Merrill neighborhood is changing rapidly. Smaller homes built in the 1930s have since been scrapped and large homes and multi-family duplexes have been built, all while maintaining some of the architectural integrity of the neighborhood. Cory-Merrill's central location between downtown and the Tech Center and the strength of its schools have made this a very desirable location.