The Metro Denver area is seeing an unprecedented real estate boom, with many houses flying off the market in a matter of days. As you search for your Colorado dream house in your ideal neighborhood, you may find that you have to expand that search to include different parts of the city. Here are six neighborhoods we think are worth checking out.
A commuter's dream.
Just north of Hampden Avenue between I-25 and Colorado Boulevard, University Hills is near two Lightrail stations, the Highline Canal and the interstate. With wide streets, schools, churches and Eisenhower Park, which has a pool and recreation center, it's a residential neighborhood great for families and empty nesters alike. Most of the homes in University Hills were built post-WWII and are frame ranches, but there has been some new, larger construction in the past few years. Nearby Colorado Boulevard has movie theaters, big box stores, shopping and restaurants. It's a great location for people who commute to downtown Denver or the Tech Center for work but want to live away from the hustle and bustle.
A food-lover's paradise.
The Highlands actually comprises two neighborhoods--Highland and West Highland. Both are bounded by West 38th Avenue on the north and 29th Avenue/Speer Boulevard on the south. But, Highland (sometimes called Lower Highlands or LoHi) includes the area east of Federal to the Union Pacific Railroad lines, and West Highland extends west from Federal to Sheridan Boulevard. Both neighborhoods are a foodie meccas with a variety of eclectic restaurants opening monthly. These highly walkable 'hoods are favorites of young families and professionals and have seen an influx of new residents and countless construction projects. West Highland has Victorians, Bungalows and Denver Squares along with a smattering of modern homes. In LoHi, however, many older homes are being scraped and replaced with towering, modern condos and duplexes.
A tiny neighborhood with big amenities.
You may not have heard of Skyland, because it's a relatively small neighborhood bordered by Martin Luther King Boulevard to the north, East 23rd Avenue to the south, Colorado Boulevard to the east and York Street to the west. But if you love Victorian homes and access to parks and other recreation, this might be your spot. Skyland is near Denver's City Park with 330 acres of running trails, play grounds, golf, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo. Don't forget the renowned Jazz in the Park, free concerts that take place at the pavilion in City Park, starting the first week in June, through the first week in August. Skyland is also close to downtown Denver making it a quick trip for people who work downtown.
Berkley & Regis
A place with green space, local businesses and mountain access.
The popularity of the Berkley and Regis neighborhoods is a result of the recent Highland boom. The area enjoys easy access to I-70 and the mountains, the charm and quirk of the Tennyson Street corridor, the Regis University campus, the funky, old-school Lakeside Amusement Park and several parks. The homes here are architecturally interesting, and many are new or remodeled making it an ideal location for young professionals and couples who may be priced out of the Highlands but still want to be near the action.
West Washington Park
A hipper (more affordable) alternative to East Wash Park.
West Wash Park is close to several retail districts--the picturesque Pearl Street, the unconventional South Broadway and even the swanky Cherry Creek mall. Couples and families love this neighborhood for its shady, tree-lined streets, sweet little Bungalows, Craftsmans and Tudors. West Wash Park has its share of scrapes and duplexes but not to the the extent of other Denver neighborhoods. And, of course, the neighborhood's biggest draw is Washington Park, which is always full of people and activity, regardless the season.
Stapleton & Northfield
A suburban oasis within the city limits.
Walking through Stapleton feels a little like the Truman Show. The neighborhood is idyllic and suburban, even though it's just a stone's throw from downtown Denver. Urban trails connect the parks and residential areas to village-like shopping spots. The architecture is some of the most varied you'll find in the city, with homes built in a range of styles from Brooklyn brownstones to Cape Cod cottages to southern plantations. Stapleton is known for being kid and dog-friendly with 30 percent its land preserved for parks and open space, an 80-acre Central Park and numerous neighborhood pool parks.
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