West Highlands [a.k.a. Highlands Square]
Hang with the hipsters. This is the place to be and be seen, with a healthy dose of funky personality. People come from all over the city to check out the charming boutiques, eat at a choice of delicious restaurants, or have a few drinks at a neighborhood hotspot. This is Highlands, right on the square. Originally planned as square instead of rectangular streets, this neighborhood still maintains its communal energy. Surrounding the square is block after block of super cute homes, with as much character as their inhabitants.
Highlands sits across I-25, between 38th Avenue, 29th Avenue, Federal, and Sheridan. Scottish, English and Welsh immigrants founded this hip and ethnically diverse area in 1858. It later became an even larger melting pot when Italians, Irish, Germans, and Mexicans arrived. You’ll love the Downtown Denver vibe with easy access to the Pepsi Center, Invesco Field at Mile High, and Coors Field, not to mention the Downtown Aquarium, the Children’s Museum, and Elitch Gardens amusement park.
Highlands is one of the most vibrant places to live in the city, while still offering a cozy, respectful neighborhood feel. It is undeniably diverse and understandably popular. Average list price is $600k, with half-duplex bungalows at the low-end for $350k and new-build construction tipping the charts at $1.2m
LoHi [a.k.a. Lower Highlands and Potter Highlands]
Downtown Denver without the noise. The Potter Highland Historic district occupies much of the neighborhood west of Zuni. Sometimes referred to as LoHi, the section of Highland closer to Downtown Denver, particularly from 15th through 20th Streets (the original Downtown Grid), is rapidly being turned into newer lofts and condos.
Potter Highlands attracts funky, independent shops and boutiques and active residents who love being in the center of the city, but still enjoy the sanctuary of home. Live here and you’ll enjoy the convenience of everything it offers. The Highlands Bridge, a pedestrian overpass, connects the area to Riverfront and LoDo, while local grocers, trendy restaurants, and a sprinkling of remaining historic buildings and homes retain a community feel. Outdoor enthusiasts and weekend warriors love spending time at the massive REI flagship store or braving the baby rapids at Confluence Park. Officially located between 38th Avenue, Speer, Federal, and the Platte River, this diverse and eclectic neighborhood is one of the most inclusive in all of Denver, with homes priced at an average of $520k for a detached home and $390k for a condo.
Berkeley [a.k.a. Tennyson]
The up-and-coming west side. In land-locked Colorado, it’s a wonderful surprise to find a Denver neighborhood with two lakes. Located between 38th Avenue, I-70, Sheridan, and Federal, Berkeley is a wealth of growth and activity. It’s nature plus nurture here. Hike, bike, play tennis, picnic, and bring the dogs to Berkeley Lake Park and Rocky Mountain Lake Park where you’ll find a tennis court, dog park, and rec center. Or nurture your artistic self with concerts at the historic Oriental Theater and First Friday Art Walks on Tennyson.
On the east side of Berkeley is Harkness Heights, a designated historic Denver neighborhood where you can find historic homes. This area consists of larger brick bungalows and Denver squares. Families will like the nearby library, churches, and aforementioned parks.
With homes priced around $585k on average, Berkeley is a terrific living option for those who desire both urban energy and neighborhood charm.
A bright spot. Sunnyside if part of the historic Highlands area in Northwest Denver, bounded by Federal, i-25, i-70, and 38th Avenue. Let the Union Pacific railroad lines take you back to the days when this neighborhood was experiencing it’s original renaissance around the turn of the century. It doesn’t require much imagination. The old-growth trees, modest homes, and corner churches easily bring to mind a time gone by. Old enough to now be experiencing a revival, Sunnyside is indeed having it’s moment in the sun.
Come experience the Hispanic and Latino flavor at any number of authentic south-of-the-border restaurants along Federal and 38th Avenue. Take in the lively music filling the air from many a backyard during weekend family get-togethers. And imagine what it feels like to be living at the intersection of serenity and urban energy, with quiet nights and busy days. So close to Downtown Denver, yet so far from the frantic pace, Sunnyside could be the perfect place for you to call home. The average listing price is around $485k, a relative bargain for this re-emerging neighborhood that is so close to everything hip.
All that’s old is new again. On the northern edge of central Denver lies a cozy older neighborhood that has recently emerged as one of Denver’s rediscovered areas. Between 38th Avenue, 48th Avenue, Inca, and Tejon, replete with small brick bungalows and an eclectic blend of architecture, is Chaffee Park. This area enjoys a direct link to Downtown Denver via 38th Avenue and lies right alongside I-25 for easy access north or south. You’ll find the most commerce along 38th Avenue, where authentic Mexican restaurants, banks and many shops and services keep life convenient. Strewn throughout the highly residential neighborhood are community churches and corner markets.
Chaffee Park, the area’s namesake, includes a basketball court, softball skin infield, playground, and picnic areas where residents enjoy the open land. Within the borders are a fire station, middle school, police station, Boys and Girls Club, and post office. Quiet, community-minded, and filled with character, this is an historic neighborhood with new ideas and an average price point to swoon at – $350k!
Perched on bluff. Jefferson Park was originally part of “The Town of Highland,” considered Denver’s first suburb, overlooking the Platte River. Today, it’s known and named for its park and other historic landmarks like the original city hall, now the site of Denver Fire Station 12, and a mix of 20th century and mid-century homes and apartments.
The neighborhood centers around the 6.7-acre Jefferson Park, named in honor of the third American president. People here are diverse, community-minded, and have a high membership in their United Neighbors Organization—a testament to their commitment to the neighborhood.
Jefferson Park is experiencing a development boom and a bit of a renaissance because developers (and residents) can see the benefits of being so close to Downtown Denver.
To its credit, the Jefferson Park neighborhood has been able to retain its personality and affordable housing options during its on-going period of gentrification. Don’t miss Federal Boulevard, which is teeming with an authentic and ethnic blend of Vietnamese eateries (try the popular Pho), Thai diners, Middle Eastern food, and Mexican restaurants. Of course, you’ll also want to take advantage of nearby Downtown Denver for its sports and music venues and rich mix of bars, restaurants, and retail shops.
Jefferson Park lies south of Highlands and east of Sloan’s Lake, between Speer, Colfax, the peaceful Platte River, and Federal.
Sloans LakeDragon Boats and dragonflies. Every year in July, Sloan’s Lake hosts the Dragon Boat Festival, where 100,000 people come to celebrate and experience Colorado’s Asian Pacific culture, customs, and traditions. It is this creativity and open-armed welcoming attitude that give the Sloan’s Lake inclusive community its well-founded reputation.
Two connected lakes, Cooper and Sloan, compromise Sloan’s Lake’s 177-acre wildlife refuge and nature-lover’s paradise. These lakes are a focal point of the neighborhood bordered by West 29th Avenue, 17th Avenue, Federal, and Sheridan. From pedestrian trails and playgrounds to boat docks and tennis courts, this area is a terrific respite for Denver visitors and Residents.
Primarily residential with the majority of homes built in the 1930′s, Sloan’s Lake possesses pockets of architecturally stunning 19th century structures and includes an electric mix of houses. Visit neighboring Highland’s Square, where you’ll discover plenty of great restaurants, pubs, and charming boutiques.
With easy access to I-25 and I-70, a mountainous view, and a 10-minute ride from Downtown Denver, Sloan’s Lake is a convenient, affordable, and diverse mile-high neighborhood. The median listing of right around $635k, with the highest priced listing coming in at $1.3m.