Like any urban area, Denver also has some names for areas around town that won’t make the list of cities, because these areas aren’t cities but rather neighborhoods. So, as a local Realtor serving the Denver area for over 20 years, Mike Dovel of Re/Max Southeast wants to break them down a bit more for those of you relocating to the area, to help you understand our local lingo.
LoDo: Denver’s Urban Revival Neighborhood
LoDo is basically Lower Downtown. With the redevelopment of the historic Union Station and Larimer, the area has never been more beautiful and visited. In this neighborhood, you will find Coors Field, and on your way there you will pass sports bars, pubs, restaurants as well as art galleries, clothing boutiques and more. Jump on the free shuttle to cruise even more offerings along the 16th Street Mall.
Elitch’s is Denver’s premier amusement park and was moved into the area in 1994 to join the likes of the Downtown Aquarium and Children’s Museum. Truly anyone visiting will experience the best of urban revival that stretches north into Riverfront and the Highlands neighborhoods. Who knew the city could be so charming?
Your Map reference point: 2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
Cherry Creek: Denver’s Unapologetically Trendy, Upscale Neighborhood
Cherry Creek is known for being forever on the cutting edge of trends, style and culinary delight. A few minutes from Downtown, the area is offers shopping, galleries, spas, restaurants and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center that features upscale stores such as Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus and more. Within the area, you will find the Denver Country Club and during the summer, the world famous Cherry Creek Arts Festival.
Your Map reference point: 3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Uptown: Denver’s Historic Cultural Neighborhood
Uptown is home to the Denver Zoo, City Park and the Museum of Science & Natural History. This older part of town is still well maintained and hauntingly beautiful with Queen Anne homes tucked among apartment buildings. The Denver Zoo could be called the US’s greenest zoo, having won the nation’s first LEED Certification for their elephant exhibit. This neighborhood is a staple of what makes Denver what it is: focused on sustainability, the old and new, outdoor space and breathtaking views.
Your Map reference point: 2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205
Capitol Hill/ Congress Park/ Golden Triangle: Where Denver Started
The area surrounding the Capitol with its signature gold dome, is where the city of Denver began. Now home to several museums, the Denver Mint, the Denver City and County Building (which lights up during the winter holiday season) and Congress Park which holds festivals such as the Taste of Colorado and Pridefest, it is a true celebration of Denver’s uniqueness. The Molly Brown House is just one of the historic buildings in the area, offering tours and education about the Denverite who lived through the sinking of the Titanic.
Your Map reference point: 1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203
Wash Park: Denver’s Small Town Neighborhood
Washington Park, known by locals as “Wash Park” has been voted Denver’s favorite park, offering paddleboating, bike & running trails, gardens and lots of lawn space to toss a Frisbee or enjoy a picnic. Denver is known for being very dog friendly, and this park demonstrates that, just as the nearby shops, restaurants, salons and galleries do with their relaxed atmosphere.
Homes in this area don’t stay on the market long, and you will find a mix of rehabbed and converted homes in this older part of town. Trendy and upscale, but with a friendly, cheery feel, this neighborhood is great for all ages.
Your Map reference point: 853 E Ohio Ave, Denver, CO 80209
Lowry & Stapleton/Northfield: Denver’s Urban Suburbs
A blend of urban with suburban feel with shopping, parks and community events, this area of Denver features new and rehabilitated single family homes and attached multifamily units with outdoor space for young, active singles and families. These areas are built to convert the former Lowry Air Force base into a more usable space after it closed in 1994. The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is a cool reminder of that history and is part of the community. Visit nearby Fairmount Cemetery to see their historical landmark, the Ivy Chapel.
Stapleton was formerly Denver’s airport before Denver International Airport was built in an area of Aurora annexed by the City of Denver in 1995. The developers of these communities truly created a new home to honor the changing times in Denver’s history.
Your Map reference point for Lowry: 7711 East Academy Boulevard Denver, CO 80230-6929
Your Map reference point for Stapleton: 8300 Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238