Within West Denver you'll find Highlands, Berkley, Sunnyside, Sloan's Lake, LoHi, Harvey Park, Westwood, and RubyHill . Please scroll below to find some info about these neighborhoods as well as places to check out!
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Sloan's Lake is adjacent to Wheatridge, Edgewater and Lakewood. Sloan's Lake park is on the western edge of the neighborhood and the second largest park in the city. The lake (which did not exist prior to the late 1800's ) is a popular place to fish, bird watch and is the home of the DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL. Architecture in the neighborhood ranges from 1920's bungalows to tudors, to mediterranean revivals, to ultra-modern new builds and the price of housing in this are has risen rapidly in recent years, even for current real estate market standards. Most of Sloan's Lake neighborhood is residential with conveniences close by on Sheridan Ave and Colfax. However, there are some great spots to get a bite to eat like, RISE AND SHINE BISCUIT KITCHEN AND CAFE as well as one of many SANTIAGOS locations. You get great views to the west from the park and are about a 10 minute drive to the heart of downtown and to lots of trendy bars and restaurants in Highland and Berkley.
Jefferson Park named after the park that sits at the top of the neighborhood overlooking downtown was a part of what used to be known simply as, North Denver. This area is west of I-25 and north of Colfax, surrounding Empower Field at Mile High. The architecture ranges from late 1800's cottage homes, to post world war 2 homes and recently erected apartment buildings, part of the boom of Denver development in this area occurring in the new milennium. With the influx of new residents, projects and businesses mixed with residents who grew up in the area, you'll find an honoring of old and new. Grab a coffee at AWAKE or food and a beer at BRIAR COMMON.
The hip neighborhood known as the Highlands was originally a town from the origins of Denver and it's gold rush that was incorporated as simply Highland, without the "s". Today, Highlands is a sought after area with it's historic homes, easy access to downtown and many areas with great options for dining and shopping. The main area in Highlands for shopping and dining is 32nd ave which features several independently owned shops, such as THE PERFECT PETAL and as well as popular restaurants and bars, like BAR DOUGH and SASSAFRASS AMERICAN EATERY.
Harvey Park sits between Federal Blvd and Sheridan, Jewell and Yale Ave. It was developed as an extension of the city in the 1950's for families in the post World War 2 baby boomer generation. Approximately 10% of the neighborhood homes are mid century modern designed by the California architect, Cliff May. The neighborhood maintains several original owners as well as many young families. The Harvey Park Rec Center offers an outdoor pool and indoor rec center and fitness class opportunities. The area is also home to two lakes offering private lake use and lakefront homes in the city. Popular in this neighborhood are JAIME'S RESTAURANT and CROWN LANES.
Westwood was designated in 2017 as a Certified Creative District and the Morrison Road corridor from Alameda to Mississippi celebrates the Hispanic-centric culture of many of its longtime residents where you'll find murals and creative endeavors from community members. Gentrification is a concern to residents working to keep their cultural heritage alive in Westwood. A new Denver rec center is in the works and scheduled to open in 2025. Enjoy some of the favorites along. Morrison Rd. like CULTURA CHOCOLATE and KAHLO'S.
Named for the red stones found in its namesake park by miners, which actually turned out to be garnets, the park in the center of the neighborhood is a popular spot. It is home to LEVITT PAVILLION, an amphitheater offering over 50 free concerts a year to Denver residents. Other sought-after areas in the park are the Ruby Hill Park sledding hill, free terrain park for ski and snowboard (the only one in the country!) and its bmx bike park. The neighborhood is a mix of ages and most homes are post WW2 ranch or bungalows. The majority of businesses are on the Federal Blvd. corridor.