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Cherry Creek
Park Hill
Hilltop & Crestmoor
Washington Park
Stapleton

Cherry Creek

Named after the Creek that runs through the heart of the city, Cherry Creek has become synonymous with fashion and luxury. The upscale Cherry Creek Mall, tony boutiques, chic art galleries, and gourmet restaurants are surrounded by luxury housing – mostly town homes. Pedestrian-friendly, Cherry Creek offers a small-town neighborhood feel with corner coffee shops and side walk benches. Bounded by Colorado Boulevard to University, 6th Avenue and 1st Avenue, Cherry Creek provides an urban lifestyle that many find very appealing. The success of Cherry Creek has prompted developers to build more housing south of 1st as far as Cherry Creek Drive South. The 22-mile Cherry Creek Path is also a draw for the outdoor-minded: biking, running, walking, in-line skating. Every 4th of July, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival brings thousands to enjoy a huge outdoor art display.

Cherry Creek is well-known for its walking plazas, boutiques, and fashionable mall.
Cherry Creek is well-known for its walking plazas, boutiques, and fashionable mall.

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Park Hill

A quick commute to downtown businesses and uptown hospitals, Denver's Park Hill covers the neighborhood east of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from Colorado Boulevard to Quebec Street and from Colfax Avenue on the south to 28th Street on the north. Magnificent trees grace the boulevards on Montview, Monaco, Forest and 17th. These parkways boast many lovely historic homes. It is not unusual to have Park Hill residents move within Park Hill. There is a strong loyalty to the neighborhood. People who live there love it!

Park Hill's grand homes, parkways, and botantical inspirations make it a beautiful place to live.
Park Hill's grand homes, parkways, and botantical inspirations make it a beautiful place to live.

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Hilltop & Crestmoor

Another close-in community is the Hilltop Neighborhood, bounded by Colorado Boulevard, Holly, 6th Avenue Parkway, and Alameda. Hilltop is a quick trip to Cherry Creek and a 10 minute drive to downtown. Many of the 1950’s ranches have been converted to 2-story “pop tops” to allow for expanding families. Others are being updated into sleek, contemporary residences. Stately homes line the parks and parkways. Developers are also razing some of the older, smaller homes and building grand new ones to accommodate today’s buyers’ tastes. Several parks interspersed through Hilltop, including Cranmer and Robinson, offer spectacular views of the Front Range. The Denver Tennis Club is located in Hilltop.

Crestmoor is the neighborhood just east of Hilltop, encompassing Holly, 6th Avenue Parkway, Monaco, and Alameda. Like Hilltop, many of the homes are being extensively remodeled and rebuilt. Crestmoor has a wonderful family swimming and tennis club. My family joined Crestmoor when we moved to Denver from Boulder. It was a terrific way to meet neighbors and make new friends.

A nearby new neighborhood is The Lowry Redevelopment where an old air force base is being transformed into a beautiful new community. The main entrance is on 6th Avenue Parkway as you go east across Quebec.

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Washington Park

Built in 1899, the 162-acre Washington Park is a local recreational haven. Visitors enjoy the park with its dedicated roadways for bicycling, walking and running. Others come to view the gorgeous gardens and play soccer and volleyball on the vast green space. South High School built in 1926, complete with roof-top griffins, anchors the southeast corner. From I-25 to Exposition and from University to Downing, “Wash Park” is home to all ages and professions (perhaps with a predominance of 30-somethings). Housing styles are as varied as its residents. Clusters of boutiques and neighborhood restaurants on South Gaylord and South Pearl Streets provide a charming compliment to this popular area.

Classic LoDo warehouse architecture, as seen from Wynkoop Street.
The Washington Park neighborhood boasts an expansive park where one finds runners, roller-bladers, people walking dogs -- all types of outdoor enthusiasts.

Another area close to the center of the city is The Historic Baker Neighborhood, Bonnie Brae, and Observatory Park.

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STAPLETON

Stapleton is a new development northeast of Park Hill. An expansive new mixed-use community of housing and commercial establishments, this area is close to the city and readily accessible to Denver International Airport.

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