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April 9, 2018

Top 25 Denver Neighborhoods as Ranked By Niche

Officially, Denver has 78 neighborhoods. We've seen some interesting one's spring to life in the past few years, RiNo, LoHi, LoDo, SoBo and even the newly formed SloHi (Sloans Lake & Highlands). With so many neighborhoods to choose from, how can you decide?

A web-based company out of Pittsburgh called "Niche" analyzes and ranks neighborhoods based on Public School Grades, Crime & Safety, Housing, Good for Families, Diversity, Walkability, Public Transport and many other factors to come up with a neighborhood score. They've recently analyzed Denver and here are the top 25 neighborhoods to live in according to Niche. Feel free to click on the neighborhoods to see the available homes for sale in that area.

#1 - South Park Hill - Home to Governor John Hickenlooper, the Park Hill neighborhood is one of Denver's oldest and dearest neighborhoods, full of Denver Squares, charming bungalows and a few Cape Cods dotted throughout. A quick stroll or bike ride away from City Park which is home to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo, makes it a popular neighborhood for families. From here residents have easy access to all of the amenities, including Cherry Creek directly South.

#2 - Country Club - Befitting of its name this area is upscale, yet down-to-earth and proud to maintain the exclusive status for which it was originally created. From here you can walk or cycle to neighboring Cherry Creek for high-end shopping and dining, though there are plenty of low-key options in this neighborhood as well. The homes here have heavy influences from Colonial, French Chateau, Tudor, Santa Fe, and Georgian architecture with a few Denver Squares, bungalows and Victorians mixed in.

#3 - Cheesman Park - One of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver, Cheesman Park is a diverse blend of residents surrounded by coffee shops, bars, shops and restaurants that cater to just about every taste. The park itself boasts mature trees and is filled year-round with locals. This neighborhood offers high-rise condos mixed with historic mansions and always has plenty of activities going on.

#4 - Congress Park - Located just ten minutes to downtown Denver, this neighborhood is home to families, young couples and singles with plenty of restaurants, watering holes, and unique boutiques. Bluebird Theater is a popular music venue where several rock stars got their big break. The park itself offers a playground, tennis courts, and a public swimming pool, as well as a casual hangout for families and friends. Historic 7th Avenue is chock full of gorgeous mansions and incredibly grand homes with mature landscaping and unique architecture. The surrounding streets offer up mostly Denver bungalows and Denver Squares.

#5 - Platt Park - A diverse mix of residents, you will often see families, couples, dogs, runners and cyclists out and about enjoying the local area. Among Denver's most tranquil neighborhoods, Platt Park is also home to Denver's famous Antique Row, Old South Pearl, and the historic Decker's Library. The homes are anything from brick bungalows, to English Tudors and modern new-builds with a few Victorian's sprinkled in for good measure. The lightrail offers easy access to Denver for those who prefer the mindless commute into downtown.

#6 - Washington Park - This established neighborhood is one of the most desirable in the Denver Metro area due to its charming homes and proximity to things like Washington Park, restaurants, and public transportation. The tree-lined streets of this neighborhood offer the peaceful suburban feel right in the heart of the action. Though locals would never call it by its full name, it is lovingly dubbed “Wash Park” and is frequently named Denver’s favorite park. Locals enjoy using the park for a variety of fitness activities, including running, cycling, yoga and more.

Wash Park

#7 - Cherry Creek - This classy neighborhood is chock full of shopping and dining options to suit your every whim. Most widely known for the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, you will find more than 150 stores and some of the most popular restaurants in Denver metro. You will also find an impressive number of galleries, unique shops, luxury hotels and spas.

#8 - Wellshire - Comprised of post World War II brick and frame ranch style homes on sprawling lots along winding streets, Southern Hills / Wellshire Neighborhood offers its residents a quiet lifestyle with a strong sense of community. Toward the Southeast, you will find the ever popular Wellshire Golf Club and the Wellshire Inn.

#9 - Hilltop - This prestigious neighborhood is known for its central location and beautiful streets, and is a very desirable location. Just about every amenity one could want is nearby including groceries, fitness classes, restaurants and shops, while Cherry Creek is only a few minutes away for high-end shopping. English Tudors and ranch-style homes are mixed in among contemporary new-builds and million-dollar castles. Cranmer Mansion is one of the most notable sites in the neighborhood and sits at Hilltop's highest point.

#10 - North Park Hill - See the Park Hill description above and move it North a bit. The homes in North Park Hill are a little smaller and a bit more affordable. A perfect spot for the first time home buyer.

#11 - West Highland - Conveniently located just across the freeway from downtown Denver, residents are drawn to this beautiful area for its diversity, hilly, tree-lined streets, and dozens of popular shops and restaurants. The homes here range from traditional bungalows and brick homes to new-builds and modern lofts. Aside from having access to just about every amenity one could need, people are also drawn to this neighborhood for its urban feel without the touristy, buzzing energy that characterizes downtown Denver.

#12 - Capitol Hill - This vibrant neighborhood offers plenty of culture and history, and is home to the Colorado State Capitol (360 TIP: the steps of the capitol are exactly one mile high!). The streets here are filled with hundred-year-old mansions and mixed in with plenty of popular museums. This great area claims more than 50 galleries, studios, museums, shops, restaurants, and coffee shops so it’s highly unlikely you will ever get bored if you live in this area!

#13 - Downtown - Living Downtown puts you in the heart of it all. 16th Street Mall, Union Station, Coors Field, and the plethora of shops and restaurants on every street corner. This walkable neighborhood offers museums, art galleries, boutique shops, craft breweries, coffee shops, movie theaters, comedy clubs, theater productions and everything in between.

#14 - Montclair - The Montclair neighborhood is bordered by 6th Ave, Quebec St, Colorado Blvd and Colfax Ave. Mayfair, Its sister neighborhood to the west extends to Ash Street. This quiet neighborhoods was one of Denver's original suburbs, and has many large Victorian and Queen Anne homes on expansive lots, and was later filled in with Bungalows, Tudors and Ranches. The central area of Montclair was one of Denver's first designated historic districts.

$15 - Belcaro- This casual neighborhood offers peace and quiet in the heart of Denver, while maintaining easy access to all the amenities. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Cherry Creek, Old South Gaylord and Bonnie Brae, Belcaro is known for its winding streets, shops and restaurants. The homes are mostly ranch-style and new-builds with well manicured lawns and mature landscaping. The easy access to the freeway is surprising considering how quiet and peaceful the neighborhood feels.

#16 - Cory-Merrill - The residential enclave of Cory-Merrill features large lots and stately homes. Bounded by Mississippi, I-25, University and Colorado, Cory-Merrill offers lush and quiet living not far from downtown. Nearby Washington Park provides miles of recreational paths, lakes and gardens. Residents have easy access to attractions in Cherry Creek, and are close to the charming shops and restaurants of Bonnie Brae and Old South Gaylord.

#17 - Mayfair/ Hale - Though relatively "undiscovered," Mayfair & Hale are a unique combination of great qualities that draw residents to the area. With great proximity to downtown, the neighborhood has a suburban feel with plenty of parks and green space for kids and families. Residents enjoy staying active and can often be seen jogging, walking their dogs, pushing kids in strollers, and catching up with neighbors. The dining options are fairly casual in addition to coffee shops and other amenities that can be found mostly on Colorado Boulevard and Colfax Avenue. The homes found here are mostly Tudors, bungalows and ranch-style with spacious yards and beautiful landscaping.

#18 - University Park - The Homes immediately around Denver University are smaller and more for the students. Get a little further away into University Park and you'll find wide streets with big mature trees and some big beautiful homes.

#19 - City Park - The heart of the City and the biggest Park in Denver. You've got the elephants in your backyard for goodness sakes.  Enjoy a round of golf, Nature and Science Museum, the zoo, the shops of Colfax and so much more.  You're just minutes to downtown and have easy access to I-70.

#20 - Washington Park West - Beautiful Bungalows, Denver Squares, Victorians and Tudors all intermixed a few modern builds make this a very eclectic neighborhood.  You've got the beautiful Was Park to your East and the hip shops and restaurants on Broadway to your West. A very hip place to call home.

#21 - Highland - Conveniently located just across the freeway from downtown Denver, residents are drawn to this beautiful area for its diversity, hilly, tree-lined streets, and dozens of popular shops and restaurants. The homes here range from traditional bungalows and brick homes to new-builds and modern lofts. Aside from having access to just about every amenity one could need, people are also drawn to this neighborhood for its urban feel without the touristy, buzzing energy that characterizes downtown Denver.

#22 - North Capitol Hill - This vibrant neighborhood offers plenty of culture and history, and is home to the Colorado State Capitol (360 TIP: the steps of the capitol are exactly one mile high!). The streets here are filled with hundred-year-old mansions and mixed in among plenty of popular museums. This great area claims more than 50 galleries, studios, museums, shops, restaurants, and coffee shops so it’s highly unlikely you will ever get bored if you live in this area!

#23 - Byers/ Speer - Seventh Avenue to the north, Downing Street to the east, Alameda Avenue to the south, and Broadway to the west. This centralized area may not be the Mile High City’s top nightlife destination, but between its historic homes, inviting eateries, and quirky shops, it’s the perfect place to for an urban dwelling.

$24 - Southmoor Park - With close proximity to the DTC, this neighborhood is ideal if you're looking for homes built in the 60’s and 70’s on large lots. The neighborhood offers easy access to local parks, Light Rail, I-25, DTC and shopping along Hampden.

#25 - Stapleton - Stapleton has eight distinct neighborhoods and is an integrated mix-use community with multiple retail districts and a wide range of housing types. From affordable and mid-range Family Homes, Town Homes and Condos to Semi-Custom and Urban Estates there is something here for every family. All of these neighborhoods are connected by massive open spaces, parks and beltways.

Link to Data from Niche

Did your neighborhood make the list? Any neighborhoods you think should be listed? Write your comments below.

 

April 2, 2018

Who's Coming to the Denver Milk Market?

Milk Market - Frank Bonanno

Frank Bonanno and company have been hard at work preparing one of the biggest food concepts that downtown Denver has ever seen. The Milk Market encompasses most of the block at 18th and Wazee. Frank personally owns and is creating every concept in his tribute to family, travel and the Dairy Block itself. The Denver Milk Market plans to be Frank's legacy and he's announced the initial restaurant concepts that we'll be able to enjoy this Summer.

 Milk Market Layout

 Milk Market

The Milk Market should be opening this June. It'll be pretty chaotic the first few weeks...

Which concept are you most excited about?

March 29, 2018

Make Your Home More Like an Inspirato Residence

By Ryan Penn, March 29th, 2018

Inspirato is a private vacation club that allows it's members access to its portfolio in 175+ destinations and includes over 900 vacation options. Their homes are incredible, like this $8.7M standalone home just a five-minute drive from downtown Aspen and ski lifts, or this stunning villa in Sonoma overlooking surrounding hillsides and local vineyards. They have epic destinations like this all over the world (someday I will book Villa Pliniana in Como di Lago Italy, someday).

Inspirato Lake Como

What makes Inspirato so unique is the travel experience, both before you ever leave, once you arrive - and during your stay. Their hallmark is the consistency of their homes no matter the location. The level of experience is the same no matter where you stay.

So, what if you wanted to make your own residence just like an Inspirato home? Here's what you would need to do.

Have Your Very Own Personal Concierge

And guess what, you likely already have one. Some of the higher end credit cards come with concierge services, like Citi Cards Concierge & Private Pass or Amex Platinum Card Concierge. If you have a card that comes with concierge, just program that number on your phone and voila. You can book dinner reservations, theater tickets, or send your loved one some flowers. Or take it up a notch with a some of the most exceptional luxury concierge services in the world. Inspirato gives its members access to curated events and local experiences as well.

Sonos Sound

Inspirato Residences come with Sonos sound systems. Download the app (they also have WiFi), and away you go. The sound is impressive, and you can quickly put Sonos speakers all around your home since the components are wireless. You can launch your Spotify or Pandora app and fire up your favorite vacation playlist.

Le Labo Santal 33 Soaps

Most Inspirato residences come with Santal 33 soaps in all of the bathrooms, and it makes for a luxurious experience while traveling. This one is easy to replicate, just order the soaps from Nordstrom's and place them all around your home. You will soon be bathing in this fantastic scent with smells of violet, cardamom, papyrus, cedarwood, leather, and sandalwood. Whatever it's made of, it smells lovely. And gentleman, please be advised that this scent can be somewhat intoxicating for your female travel companion (you've been warned).

Luxurious Bedding

If you have stayed at a VRBO or Airbnb, you know that great bedding (or the lack thereof) can make or break a trip. The beds at Inspirato are always exceptional and comfy, It's not cheap, but you can replicate Inspirato or luxury bedding at home. Here's a great article on how to reproduce the Westin Heavenly Bed at home (without breaking the bank).

Inspirato Vail

Interior Design & Decorating

Inspirato goes to great lengths to make the interiors of there homes over the top. Their portfolio of homes are welcoming, tastefully decorated, and comfortable. Take a look at the photos of their residences for inspiration, and hire a great local interior designer to capture that same look and feel.

Cadillac Escalade or XT5

Some of the Inspirato homes include a new Cadillac Escalade for your use while you are on vacation. You could buy one for $75,000 or just dial up Uber Black, or your very own personal driver that already has one like Todd Ferris in Denver.

Inspirato Colorado

I also stumbled across this great article 22 ways to live luxuriously on a budget. It covers a lot of the Inspirato principles with more of a lifestyle focus.

Now that your home feels more like an Inspirato residence, you may be tempted to join and travel with Inspirato too.

Ryan Penn is the co-founder of 360dwellings Real Estate & Pure Luxury Group, is a top performing Denver Realtor, and has been an Inspirato member since 2016.

 

March 24, 2018

360review: El Five Restaurant

Denver tops the list with some of the best restaurants in Colorado, so it can be hard to branch out from our tried-and-true favorites. But when the sister restaurant to Linger, Ophelia’s and Root Down opened in late 2017, we knew we had to try it out!

Five floors up in LoHi, El Five did not disappoint with its breathtaking views of the city, colorful décor, and fantastic array of eclectic small plates.

Although the food is on the pricier side, it’s definitely worth the splurge for a night out. El Five is a self-proclaimed Mediterranean focused restaurant and advertises their food as “Tapas De Gibraltar”. Much of the menu’s options are Spanish inspired, while the rest is a mix of countries like Morocco, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

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March 19, 2018

One Perfect Day in the LoHi Neighborhood

In Denver lingo, LoHi is the “Lower Highlands” neighborhood just west of the central downtown area. Technically speaking, it's the neighborhood that is sandwiched between LoDo and the Highlands, or for those who are more familiar with the streets of Denver, the area that extends south of Platte Street, across I-25 and blends into 32nd Street. Are you with us?

When looking for the most happening restaurants, gorgeous city views, and trendy rooftop bars it doesn't get better than LoHi. And while this area has seen significant growth over the past several years, that also means we get to experience some really cool spots as a result of that development. It also has less of a busy city vibe and more of a super hip, laid back neighborhood with everything at your doorstep.

Want to spend the day exploring this unique and fashionable neighborhood?

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March 18, 2018

Top Places to Dine and Drink Outdoors this Spring in Denver

54Thirty

Patio Season is here. Denver has a ton of outdoor eating and drinking options for gazing at the beautiful mountains while sipping an IPA. Here are our favorites:

Zeppelin Station - Our newest global food hall is open in RiNo. Enjoy Upstairs at Big Trouble for Asian inspired treats, Dandy Lion Coffee, Gelato Boy, Last Call and a host of other food stalls to tantalize your taste buds.

Brazen Neighborhood Eatery - A very cool little outdoor space for enjoying a fine wine and new American Cuisine in Berkeley.

Linger - If you're not too creeped out by the fact that this was Olingers Mortuary before turning into a hip restaurant, you'll enjoy some tremendous views and fine Asian street style food.

Linger

The Populist - No surprise that RiNo has so many cool outdoor spaces for eating and drinking. The Populist has a really neat outdoor space with Community tables, emerald green walls of Ivy and lightbulb strings all around. Very cozy.

Avanti Food & Beverage - The Grand Daddy of outdoor spaces in Denver.  There is stadium seating devoted to viewing, arguably, the best view of our beautiful City. Different chefs incubate new food concepts and there is a steady change of offerings at Avanti.

Recess Beer Garden - This cool new spot in LoHi conjures images of your elementary school playground. Bring your dogs and human friends and enjoy craft beers and American Food.

54Thirty

54Thirty - Check out one of the coolest rooftop decks in the City on top of the new Meridian Hotel. Super cool.

Our Mutual Friend Brewing - Of course another one in RiNo. They won a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their wood and barrel aged sour.

El Five -  Arguably the best view of Denver from one of the nicest patios in town. If you're looking for a perfect place to meet for Happy Hour, this is the place. I've been there 4-5 times around 4:30 PM and it's not crowded so you'll have the pick of the best seats on the patio.

El Five

Los Chingones - A perfect deck for sipping on some of the best Margs in town, it's Chingones! (Spanish slang for Bad A$$)

Briar Common Brewery & Eatery - This Jefferson Park neighborhood restaurant and brewery features a great rooftop deck overlooking the park.

Recess

Historians Ale House - A very unpretentious rooftop patio with a full bar, 2 TV's, Mountain Views and more. Grab a burger and a beer.

Kaos Pizzeria - After a day of play in Wash Park, head over to this quaint spot and grab a Pizza in the front yard of an old home turned pizza shop.

Do you have any favorites not listed here? Please post them in the comments section below!

 

March 9, 2018

360tip:How to Make Your Spring Cleaning A Breeze

As the weather warms and we come out of “hibernation," it can only mean one thing: it’s time for spring cleaning! (Or is that just us?!) By the time spring rolls around, chances are your house is in need of a deep cleaning: your closet is overflowing with clothes, dust has accumulated in places you didn’t know existed, and clutter is popping out of drawers all over the house.  Luckily, there's no need to be overwhelmed by cleaning your house this year. We’ve got you covered with our favorite little known tips to clear out clutter and purge old items for a clutter-free spring. Who's with us?

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March 1, 2018

10 Unique Things To Do In Denver In March

Spring is just around the corner, raise your hand if you're excited! With more hours of daylight, March is a wonderful time to get out and explore Denver’s performances and local happenings around town. Whether you want to explore an indoor event, brave the warming temps with an outdoor activity, dive into something cultural, or sample some delicious cuisine, there are options for everyone! We searched high and low for the most unique things to do this month and found plenty of options for singles, families and children alike.  Check out our favorites below!

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Feb. 23, 2018

13 Things To Know When Relocating to the Centennial State

 colorado flag

With Denver quickly becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the country, it will come as no surprise to learn that there are a lot of new people in the state. If you happen to be one of these people, welcome to the Centennial State! We are so glad you are here and contributing too all of the things that make this one of the best states in the country (in our opinion!). Depending on where you moved from you may find a lot of similarities and a lot of differences between your previous home and your new one, but there are some extra special things you should know to help you settle in fully. 

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Feb. 16, 2018

360tip: Where to Find The Best Coffee in Denver

best coffee in denver

One of the first things people research once they move into a new home is where their nearest coffee shop is (or is that just us?!). And while caffeine might be what drives us there, we also want a place where the faces are smiling and the atmosphere is inviting. So we created our own list of criteria for finding the best coffee in the Denver area. They all had to have a place to sit (no to go-only places!), good coffee, friendly staff, easy parking, and of course, wifi.

This list could literally go on forever (or pretty close!), but we rounded up some of our favorite spots around the city that meet all of the requirements.

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