Denver has made a valiant effort to preserve
its urban vitality. Urban life is a great way
to coexist with the history, culture and the
constant motion of city life.
Whether you live right in the center of downtown or in one of Denver’s 13 diverse city
center neighborhoods, you’ll enjoy the ease
with which you can explore everything from
art galleries and museums, professional sports
games and theater, excellent restaurants and
bars and fun music venues. Exciting adventures are waiting to be discovered around
ACCESSIBLE LIFESTYLE AND
LOTS OF GREENSPACE
One of biggest draws of urban living is
accessibility to everything you need to
live comfortably. Denver’s transportation
systems include bike, light rail, highway
systems and mass transit systems, all of
which have undergone extensive upgrades in
recent years. Choice is the name of the game
when it comes to getting around downtown.
Living in downtown Denver doesn’t mean
it’s necessary to sacrifice time spent enjoying
the outdoors. Downtown Denver boasts
more than 80 acres of parks and open space,
as well as having first-rate cultural amenities.
Nine theaters in the Denver Performing Arts
Complex make it the largest performing arts
center in the region, and the second largest
in the world. Extensive cultural and natural
amenities make it easy to see that living in
metro Denver can make life even more exciting
and enjoyable than you’ve ever imagined!
A SAMPLING OF DENVER’S
Denver’s diverse urban neighborhoods run the
gamut from renovated historic commercial
buildings that have been converted into lofts to
homes on quaint tree-lined streets just minutes
from downtown’s skyscrapers. The following
provides an introduction to some key neighborhoods, as well as areas for experiencing
new activities unique to the urban lifestyle.
Highlands: The Highlands neighborhood
overlooks downtown from its site on the
northwest side of Interstate 25. The area
boasts an eclectic arrangement of row
houses, post-WWII era homes and Victorian mansions, as well as a culturally diverse
community. Highlands is known for being
a family-friendly community, and in recent
years young families have flocked to the
area, fixing up old homes and seeing property values soar beyond the imaginations of
residents who historically lived in the area.
Highlands is conveniently located very close
to downtown (a pedestrian bridge provides
access to LoDo) but maintains a feeling of
being separate from the hustle and bustle.
The Highlands Square shopping area
includes a variety of unique local boutiques
and restaurants. Revitalization in recent
years has brought an influx of fun festivals
to the area, including the 32nd Avenue
Farmers Market and Taste of the Highlands.
Riverfront: The Riverfront neighborhood
has quickly become a favorite destination for
those seeking the excitement of urban living.
Much of the area was previously occupied by
industrial space such as rail yards and warehouses, which has been redeveloped into
living space over the last few decades. The
Riverfront area contains numerous prominent landmarks including Elitch Gardens
Theme Park, the Downtown Aquarium, the
Pepsi Center arena, the Children’s Museum
of Denver, and Commons Park. Riverfront
is a highly sought-after new urban area just
minutes from downtown Denver.
LoDo – Lower Downtown: LoDo, or Lower
Downtown, is the oldest part of Denver. It’s
actually the place where General William
Larimer founded the city in 1858. In the
1980s, LoDo’s old warehouses and factories experienced the beginning of a wave
of revitalization, after decades of neglect.
Revitalization efforts made sure to maintain
the district’s historic charm, and the area is
now one of Denver’s best known. LoDo is
famous for its art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, jazz parlors and specialty retail stores.
Attractions in LoDo include Commons Park
in the Central Platte Valley, the Cherry Creek
bike path, the 16th Street Mall, Coors Field
(home of the Colorado Rockies) and the
country’s largest brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing
Downtown. Photo courtesy of VISIT DENVER