A Diverse Community
Unified by the Unique
Attracted to vibrant walkable districts and high-quality amenities, more and more people are choosing to live in Downtown Denver.
Center City Neighborhoods
The Auraria Higher Education Center is specifically unique as a higher-education community located in Downtown. Its 150-acre campus is home to three distinct academic institutions offering both four-year and advanced degrees, and Connecting Auraria to foster expanded physical and programmatic connections between the Auraria Campus and the rest of Downtown is also one of the seven transformative projects identified in the 2007 Downtown Area Plan. All offer low student/faculty ratios and are easily accessed via a range of multimodal transportation options.
The Ballpark neighborhood lies to the north of Lower Downtown (LoDo) and Downtown Denver’s Central Business District. The southern end of the neighborhood is anchored by Coors Field and stretches almost 20 blocks to the north into a section of Downtown that is still very much a functioning warehouse and light industry district. Now a historic district, most of its original industrial buildings still stand today.
With lots of walkable streets and almost every amenity close by, foot traffic outnumbers car traffic. There is a steady stream of pedestrians taking in the restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutiques. In fact, Capitol Hill’s longstanding popularity has made it the center city’s most densely populated neighborhood. Strolling through the neighborhood, you’re reminded that Capitol Hill was founded in the 1880s as a new residential suburb for Denver’s wealthiest families.
Central Business District (CBD)
The Central Business District is also the commercial core of Downtown Denver, but is also home to more than 7,000 residents. Residents here are surrounded by some of the city’s best dining, shopping, arts and culture. Everything is a quick walk or a short free shuttle ride away, making cars necessary only for trips out of the city. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Art Museum, Colorado History Museum, Cherry Creek bike path, Denver Public Library, Civic Center Park, Pepsi Center and the Paramount Theatre are just a few of the treasures within walking distance for these Downtown residents.
Central Platte Valley (CPV)
One of Downtown Denver’s fastest growing neighborhoods, the amenity-rich Central Plate Valley is home to nearly 6,000 residential units but also something unheard of in an urban setting: 90 beautiful acres of parks. Along the South Platte River lie Gates-Crescent, Centennial, Fishback, Confluence and Cuernavaca Parks, plus the neighborhood’s 30-acre centerpiece, Commons Park.
Five Points was founded in the 1860s as one of Denver’s first residential suburbs, and it features some of Denver’s oldest homes and historic storefronts. Brimming with history and pride, its commercial district was a requisite stop for the world’s premier African American jazz musicians – including Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and countless others – who stopped in Denver on their way between Midwest and West Coast tours to play in Five Points’ clubs and performance halls. Many of them stayed at the historic Rossonian Hotel, which still stands today.
The Golden Triangle includes Civic Center Park, the City and County of Denver offices, the Colorado State Capitol, Denver Art Museum, U.S. Mint Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, among many other iconic cultural institutions, state and federal offices as well as hundreds of unique business, retail and dining, and thousands of residents.
With its hilly, tree-lined streets and eclectic mix of housing, the Highland neighborhood overlooks Downtown Denver. This thriving area has become the place to be for young urbanites wanting to own homes close to Downtown contributing to a boom in home sales, new buildings and the overall vibrancy of the neighborhood.
Just to the south of the Highland neighborhood, a community called Jefferson Park is situated on a perch overlooking Downtown Denver. This neighborhood is sought after by those looking for homes close to the urban core in a district that offers apartments, condos and single-family residences with yards.
La Alma/Lincoln Park
La Alma/Lincoln Park is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, and it lies just to the south of today’s Auraria Higher Education Center campus. This charming neighborhood is incredibly close to the heart of Downtown, housing the Denver Health Medical Center and Denver Public School’s West High School, as well as the Asian and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the Latino Cultural and Visitors Center.
Lower Downtown, or LoDo, includes historically-preserved buildings, new lofts and some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment venues in town. This urban neighborhood is a vibrant combination of historical storefronts, brick warehouses, industrial buildings and commercial structures that have been renovated into offices, lofts and retail space.
River North (RiNo)
Located just north of downtown Denver, RiNo includes a remarkable concentration of creative businesses, including architects, art galleries, designers, furniture makers, illustrators, painters, media artists, photographers, sculptors and an array of studio spaces. RiNo is “Where Art Is Made” in Denver and you can always finds something new and exciting to check out around the neighborhood.
Just to the east of Downtown Denver, Uptown boasts an array of great restaurants, shops and office buildings, including St. Joseph Hospital, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente. Perhaps one of the nicest things about this area is the mix of services and living styles all nicely melded together – restaurants and shops sit next to historic mansions, new construction lofts and condominium projects.
Sun Valley, located across I-25 southwest of the urban core, has more than 1,500 residential units.