Driving under the string lights twinkling above Larimer Street, visitors and residents alike love Denver’s varied downtown areas. With its distinct neighborhoods, diverse population and proud communities, Denver offers unique flavors, architecture, culture and history for those who enjoy the urban lifestyle. Retaining the historical sense of old Denver through the conversion of industrial warehouses and factories throughout the city, brick and wood beams with a luxurious flare are plentiful and it seems each building and house has a story and colorful history Denver communities are proud to preserve and to share.
Five Points & Curtis Park. Rich in history and known for its gorgeous Victorian houses and luxury lofts, the inner-city Five Points and Curtis Park areas have increased in popularity in recent years. Diverse and long known for their strong African American heritage, these communities come together each May to celebrate soul food, Caribbean cuisine and BBQ at the wildly popular Jazz Festival. Highlighting more than 100 performers from around the nation, jazz greats like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis were known to have played in local clubs like the Rainbow Room and Rossonian. With a large number of its homes named to the National Register of Historical Places in 1975, Curtis Park is great for those love architectural and Denver history. Near the Ballpark, RiNo and downtown business districts, Five Points remains an affordable and accessible place to live with a cool, inner-city vibe.
Ballpark and RiNo. The Ballpark area surrounds the open air Coors Field, home to MLB’s Colorado Rockies baseball team. A few blocks away sits the newly renovated Union Station, an impressive light rail hub that brings Coloradans in and out of the city and with a new route in the works for 2016, will also open a line to the Denver International Airport. River North, affectionately known as RiNo, is a blossoming arts district connected to the northern edge of the ballpark neighborhood. Unique and award winning restaurants and wineries, exciting nightlife and industrial buildings converted to luxury lofts are attracting an eclectic group of young professionals, professional artists, and innovative startups thanks to RiNo’s brick walls, open spaces and creative vibe. The RiNo and Ballpark areas have embraced and preserved classic historical buildings like the former FBI building, and the Parker Paint and Dry Ice Factories by repurposing architecture and to create hip and one-of-a-kind residences.
Lodo & Riverfront Park. The city’s oldest urban village and home to some of the most exclusive and elegant warehouse-turned-loft addresses in the city, Lower Downtown is known as Lodo, and offers top restaurants, high-end boutiques and easy access to freeways. Riverfront Park, both a park and neighborhood area, runs along the Platte River and looks beyond the river to the Highlands area. Cherry Creek with its commuter bike path, creates the western border and offers bridged walkways to nearby University of Colorado Denver, the Elitch Gardens amusement and water park, and the Pepsi Center, home to Denver’s professional lacrosse, basketball, and hockey teams. For a vibrant downtown experience that offers easy access to sports entertainment, high-end shopping, incredible restaurants, business and freeway access, look to Lodo and Riverfront Park for exceptional and luxurious city living.