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Sloan’s Lake | Community of the Month

Sloan’s Lake History

Sloan’s Lake is widely thought of as an oasis near Denver. But Sloan’s Lake wasn’t always apart of Denver’s unique scenery. In 1861, Thomas M. Sloan dug a well with hopes to farm the land. Overnight, the well overflowed and flooded 200 acres. Thomas woke up the next morning to the beginnings of what would eventually be known as Sloan’s Lake.

The area quickly became an attraction to behold. People came on horseback to witness the phenomena and watch as water spread. It wasn’t until the establishment of Fort Logan, spurring the creation of Sheridan Boulevard, that development in the area truly began to take off. Increased traffic near the lake brought with it new residents and new ideas.

In the 1880’s, the concept of Manhattan Beach Resort was born. The resort set up shop on the north shore of Sloan’s Lake, drawing visitors from all over. Although it was abandoned in 1914, the resort was the first amusement park west of the Mississippi. Among other attractions, Manhattan Beach included a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, hot air balloon rides, wrestling bears, aerial acts, and boating rides.

 In 1892, the Poor Sisters of St. Francis opened the doors of St. Anthony’s Hospital to the community. At the time, the hospital only had 180 beds but was still able to provide healthcare to railroad workers and miners alike. The community around the hospital blossomed and the area came to be known as the West Side. As Denver grew, so did the hospital. By early 1990’s the hospital had grown to nearly 1 million square feet. Eventually, St. Anthony’s outgrew it’s 19-acre campus. Plans to build a new facility in Lakewood were announced in 2005, and the Sloan’s Lake location was shut down.

Present Day Sloan’s Lake

The south shore of Sloan’s Lake, once the site of St. Anthony’s Hospital, is being shaped into a sustainable urban neighborhood. Restaurants, breweries, housing, and a new Alamo Draft-house are all coming within the next few years. Placing Sloan’s Lake at the epicenter of an urban revival. Couple that with the quiet surroundings and easy access to downtown or the mountains, Sloan’s Lake is quickly becoming one of Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Sloan’s Lake and the surrounding park are second only to City Park in acreage. It’s a wonderful setting for walking, running, biking, or picnics. The lake also has its own marina for those who enjoy boating activities. And the views from Sloan’s lake are nothing short of spectacular. To the east, the Denver skyline lights up the sky. To the west, the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains are ever-present.

The community itself is very diverse. There are families that have lived here for generations, with a recent influx of young business professionals and transplants mixed in. Housing styles ranging from Victorian to contemporary duplexes, modern condos, and cozy bungalows give the neighborhood an eclectic vibe. Surrounding neighborhoods, Edgewater and the Highlands, are well-known for their boutique shopping and dining experiences, as well as their trendy nightlife scene.

For land-locked Denverites, Sloan’s Lake is truly an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Parker | Community of the Month

Parker | Community

The pace of life in Parker seems more leisurely than the other suburbs of Denver. It has the atmosphere of a small town with aspects of a rural lifestyle. All while boasting the perks of having a big city nearby. Residents enjoy access to an abundance of activities including community farmer’s markets, fly fishing in unbeatable waters, world class golfing, and endless mountain bike, dirt bike, hiking, and equestrian trails. In Parker, you rarely find yourself in search of something to do.

Cultivating culture and honoring history are also prevalent parts of the Parker community. Parker started out as a small cow town, and strives to maintain the authenticity and western flair. They do so by hosting frequent local events, such as Parker Days, that keep the community in touch with its heritage. While Parker was once a sleepy Colorado town, today it is much more vibrant with its own unique pulse. Downtown Parker has a lively nightlife with a diverse bar and restaurant scene, restaurants, live local music, and a brand-new Distillery and Tap House opening in 2018.

For those who desire a taste of the true Colorado lifestyle and an area to plant roots, Parker is a wonderful place to call home. A place where country pleasures combine with modern day necessities to create a picturesque town that truly offers the best of both worlds.

 

History of Parker

Parker was once used by Native Americans for hunting. The trails were later used by early traders, trappers, gold seekers, and frontiersmen, such as John Beck and Kit Carson. The main trail, known as the Cherokee Trail, evolved into a stage line for traveling in and out of Colorado.

After Gold was discovered in Colorado, a one room building was built south of the present-day Parker United Methodist Church. This building handled mail, provided provisions and a place to leave messages. It was name Pine Grove and became a traveler’s refuge. Over time, the building grew to include ten rooms, a ball room, and some buildings to house animals and wagons.

The property traded hands a few times before finally coming under the ownership of James Sample Parker in 1874. With Parker at the helm, the Pine Grove prospered. James Parker granted rights-of-way for future roads, ditches, telephone lines, and eventually the Denver & New Orleans Railroad.

Land West of Highway 83 was owned by James Parker. The land east of the highway was owned by his brother George. George established a saloon and played a large role in seeing that other instrumental businesses located to the town. The railroad brought many people to live there, and by the turn of the century Parker boasted a hotel, the post office, two blacksmith shops, water tower and pump house, three general mercantiles, a dry goods store, a saloon, a livery stable, a brick works, a stock yard, a creamery, a barber shop, a school, and a few miscellaneous dwellings.

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Local Wheat Ridge Businesses | Featured Community

Wheat Ridge is home to an eclectic mix of businesses that serve the community and welcome visitors by offering a taste of small town life without the drive! Wheat Ridge businesses provide people with an authentic experience steeped in nostalgia; where tradition, and locally created and crafted goods are valued and where new ideas are nourished and cultivated.

Brewery Rickoli

Location
4335 Wadsworth Boulevard
Hours
Mon: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Tues – Thurs: 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Fri & Sat: noon – 11:00pm
Sun: noon – 8:00pm
Contact Info
303.344.8988 / breweryrickoli.com

Brewery Rickoli is the premiere brewery in Wheat Ridge serving freshly brewed craft beer and offering a relaxed and friendly space to gather. Rickoli’s respects the liquid in the glass and wants to help elevate beer to a refined drinking experience. That’s why they use the finest ingredients and brew in a leisurely manner.

Colorado Plus Brew Pub

Location
6995 West 38th Avenue
Hours 
Sun – Thurs: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Happy Hour
Mon – Thurs: 2:00pm – 6:oopm
Contact Info
720.353.4853 / coloradoplus.net

A place where anyone and everyone can celebrate their love of great food and drink, and a place where everyone is family. It started with a passion for the beer, the food, and the culture that makes the 38th state such a great place to live.

Right Coast Pizza

Location
7100 West 38th Avenue
Hours
Sun – Wed: 10:30am – 9:00pm
Thurs – Sat: 10:30pm – 10:00pm
Happy Hour
3:00pm – 6:00pm Daily
Contact Info
303.431.6077 / rightcoastpizza.com

A laid-back joint with Jersey-style pizza and Colorado craft brews, plus gourmet salads and ample patio seating.

Vinnola’s Italian Market

Location
7750 West 38th Avenue
Hours
Mon – Fri: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Sundays
Contact Info
303.421.3955 / vinnolasitalianmarket.com

Vinnola’s Italian Market has been providing the highest quality Italian meats, cheeses, pastries, oils, pastas, and service to the Denver area for over thirty years! Absolutely everything you could hope an Italian grocer and deli could provide.

Elixir Pilates & Wellness

Location
7047 West 38th Avenue
Hours
Varies Daily
Contact
303.594.9508 / elixirdenver.com

A healing place for body, mind, and spirit. Elixir offers group reformer classes, private pilates instruction as well as a variety of wellness services. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Mile High Drives

Location
4975 Iris Street
Hours
9:00am – 5:00pm
Contact
303.474.4099 / milehighdrives.com

Born at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Mile High Drives is a premier exotic, luxury, and sports car rental company offering unparalleled driving experiences in the Denver metro area.

Santosha Yoga

Location
5810 West 38th Avenue
Hours
Class Times Vary
Contact
720.989.8606 / santoshayogastudio.com

Santosha Yoga is a locally owned and operated studio where all are welcome to experience the benefits and transformational potential of yoga. Staffed by experienced, enthusiastic, and kind-hearted instructors – Santosha Yoga offers classes in the Iyengar Yoga tradition.

Wheat Ridge Lanes

Location
6595 West 38th Avenue
Hours
Mon: Closed
Tues – Sun: 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Contact
303.420.2523 / wheatridgelanes1.com

This awesome old school-style alley has good food, great drinks, decent prices, a cozy bar area, and an incredibly friendly owner. The staff and crowd will make you feel right at home and keep you coming back for more!

Teller Street Gallery & Studios

Location
7190 West 38th Avenue
Hours
Sun – Mon: Closed
Tues – Fri: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Contact
303.424.9273 / tellerstreetgallery.com

Teller Street Gallery & Studios is a local independent, women owned and operated small business. Their goal is to provide an affordable and fun local art outlet for adults and families. They offer quality art classes instructed by artists for kids, teens, and adults. Students are able to learn, express and create their own original artwork!

Wheat Ridge Cyclery

Location
7085 West 38th Avenue
Hours
Mon – Fri: 10:ooam – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Sun: noon – 5:00pm
Contact
303.424.3221 / wheatridgecyclery.com

At Wheat Ridge Cyclery, they are dedicated to the sport of cycling and all that it encompasses. Their devotion to cycling shines through in their commitment to providing complete satisfaction through unparalleled service, expert advice, and a unique bicycle shopping experience.

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Featured Community | Wheat Ridge

History of Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge first established roots during the Gold Rush of 1859. The city served as a rest stop for miners headed to mountain gold camps. It was later incorporated as a city in 1970 and given the name Wheat Ridge for the golden ridges of wheat noted by travelers passing through. Unsuccessful miners returned to the area and began farming the rich, fertile soil, helping the community grow. Wheat fields were converted to fruit orchards and vegetable fields, attracting buyers from all across the Denver area. Eventually the fruit and vegetable farming gave way to greenhouses and the largest production of carnations in the world. This earned Wheat Ridge the nickname of “Carnation City.”

Community

Wheat Ridge embodies the deep roots of a city with a rich history and strong sense of community. Its central location provides short commutes to major interstate highways, the majestic Rocky Mountains, and the amenities of Denver.  The easy access to I-70 means you can be skiing, hiking or participating in a wide range of mountain sports in less than an hour.

While it’s a quiet community, there are currently strong efforts to make the city a more vibrant and active community. More and more new and trendy businesses are choosing to call Wheat Ridge home, including Brewery Rickoli, Right Coast Pizza, and Colorado Plus Brew Pub. The city even has it’s own Farmer’s Market! Yoga in the park, weekly cruiser crawls, and ride-in movies have all become common place in the past few years. It’s also home to over 20 parks, public spaces, and equestrian trails.

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Featured Community | Art District on Santa Fe Ave.

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF) is a unique, nationally known art and cultural district with over 60 galleries, restaurants and shops located a few short blocks from downtown Denver. The Art District opens its doors freely to lively crowds for popular events such as the First Friday Art Walk, held every first Friday of the month, and Preview Night, a more intimate gathering held every third Friday of the month.

Santa Fe Drive has a long history of artists and artist’s studios. In recent years, galleries and studios began to move into the area as rents in other parts of Denver rose. In 2003, a group of about 17 galleries, museums, and theaters organized the Art District on Santa Fe as a non-profit corporation with the following statement:

Since 2003, membership in the Art District on Santa Fe has grown from 12 to over 60 creative industry members between Alameda and 12th avenues on and near Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street. The rise in membership and creative activity in the Art District, a vital “Gateway to Denver’s” commercial corridor, has become a national model of success in community revitalization led by the creative industries. Our success has been featured in national publications such as Travel & Leisure, USA Today, CNN, Sunset Magazine, and the New York Times, among others. One of the Art District’s “secrets of success” has been the ongoing cooperation and the genuine welcoming spirit between its membership and the general public. The Art District freely opens its doors and welcomes guests from seasoned collectors, to artists, to new art lovers, to join the friendly and welcoming feel of the Art District.

The ADSF works with other neighborhood organizations such as NEWSED and the Maintenance District to improve and beautify the area. For example, the ADSF and NEWSED split the cost of the street banners and the Maintenance District teams with ADSF to tackle graffiti and to beautify the streets and sidewalks.

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Featured Community | Art District on Santa Fe

The Art District on Santa Fe is one of Colorado’s designated Creative Districts, with more than 60 art galleries, studios, and innovative businesses. The neighborhood’s Hispanic roots are evident around every corner, from colorful murals and the exhibitions at Museo de las Americas, to the Latino influence on the neighborhood’s restaurants.

The Art District on Santa Fe is dedicated to promoting public awareness of Santa Fe Drive as a unique art and cultural district, and furthering the arts and art education in the metropolitan community.

For 2016, the district will emphasize art collecting, educating, yoga studios, furniture and lighting stores, book stores, antique stores, radio stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.

Oldest Dining Joint

The district features some of the most authentic Mexican culture in the city. It’s also home to craft breweries and the Buckhorn Exchange, Denver’s oldest dining establishment with liquor license number one. The Buckhorn is a true original, decorated top to bottom in taxidermy and serving steak, rattlesnake, elk, alligator, buffalo, and Rocky Mountain Oysters. It’s located just off Santa Fe Drive.

First Friday Art Walks

First Friday Art Walks and Third Friday Collector’s Previews attract both locals and visitors each month throughout the year. Art lovers can meet and mingle with artists and gallery owners, while discovering contemporary, traditional and emerging art in unique and creative spaces.

The Art District offers a free shuttle for First Friday Art Walks. The shuttle runs in a loop around the district from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Access it at the light rail station on 10th and Osage streets and at the parking lot at West High School on Galapagos Street.

Denver Beer Trail

The Art District on Santa Fe is included on the Denver Beer Trail, which is a self-guided tour of Denver’s thriving craft beer industry. Check out Black Sky Brewery where you can find edgy music and pizza as well as locally crafted libations, or visit Renegade Brewing Company to sample this taproom’s Imperial Pilsner and Consilium Pale Ale.

National Attention

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe has gained attention in the national press in recent years. Publications include Sunset Magazine, Desert Living, and Travel Leisure Magazine. In addition, the cities of Cleveland, OH, Sacramento, CA, and Glendale, AZ recently contacted the district to learn how to create a successful art district in their cities. The Art District on Santa Fe’s continuing membership with Visit Denver has contributed to its growing cultural tourism business. Check it out this summer.

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Featured Community | What to Do in RiNo

There are so many incredible neighborhoods in Denver, but few offer the wide variety of businesses, restaurants, and community events as the colorful River North (RiNo) neighborhood.

Neighborhoods that some might have been intimidated to live in a decade ago are now some of the most popular neighborhoods in the city, and RiNo is definitely that.  The restaurant scene is amazing.  The Populist and Amerigo Delicatus were both featured as two of the Best New Restaurants in Denver by 5280 Magazine.  Cold Crush was selected as the Best New Bar in Denver by Westword.

RiNo also boasts a great music scene.  The Walnut Room, Larimer Lounge, and Meadowlark are all good places to catch a live show. Rocketspace is a relatively new space that offers five rehearsal studios at which local bands can rehearse.  Every first Friday of the month, galleries and businesses open up for an evening celebration.  More recently, the Music Walk and Urban Bazaar includes live music at different RiNo venues, with artwork, food and more.

The Source is a highly curated European-style artisan venue housed in an iconic 1880’s ironworks building.  The Source boasts a bakery, coffee roaster, taqueria, brewery, butcher, produce vendor, bottle shop, wood-fired restaurant, a bar and more.  The Source is located at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, phone 720-443-1135.

Jake’s Food & Spirits is open for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night dining and entertainment.  Jake’s menu features an assortment of hearty entrees and what some say is the best buffalo wings in town, not to mention outdoor dining on one of Denver’s biggest patios.  Jake’s is located at 3800 Walnut Street, phone 303-295-3800.

Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery offers a very cool open-to-the-public tasting room known as the Wine Lab.  Sourcing fruit from Colorado’s fertile Western Slope, all of Infinite Monkey’s wine is made in Denver.  The Infinite Monkey is located at 3200 Larimer Street, phone 303-736-8376.

River North Brewery is a purveyor of fine ales just two blocks from Coors Field.  Specializing in Belgian brews and American styles with a Belgian twist, River North has quickly become a big hit with the city’s craft beer aficionados.  On Wednesday through Sunday, the brewery is visited by some of the city’s best food trucks, too, so you’ll have some great eats to go along with the great beer.  River North Brewery is located at 2401 Blake Street, #1, phone 303-296-2617.

The Walnut Room is one of Denver’s most vibrant music venues.  It’s also a friendly neighborhood restaurant with a killer thin-crust pizza, great sandwiches, and a laid-back patio.  The Walnut Room is located at 3131 Walnut Street, phone 303-295-1868.

In addition to all these tasty places, art galleries in RiNo are abundant.  The RULE Gallery features abstract and conceptual art.  Blue Silo Studios used to serve as a creamery before it was turned into an art gallery.  And the award-winning Pattern Shop Studios showcases the work of Sharon Bond Brown.

RiNo is as fun and vibrant as it gets.  Residents and visitors can get a massage, enjoy banking services, a small print shop, health care, storage units, and a variety of possible employment opportunities.

Most recently, Zeppelin Development announced it would develop a creative office, housing, and retail center on a 5.5-acre site in RiNo.  The affordable housing will be designed for urban families.

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Featured Community | RiNo

Denver’s River North neighborhood, or RiNo, is one of very few pockets left in and around downtown Denver that offers abundant opportunities for new development. According to the River North Art District, RiNo is considered to be the area northeast of Park Avenue, east of I-25, south of I-70, and northwest of Arapahoe Street. This area is just north of Coors Field and Lower Downtown where residents and visitors can enjoy bicycling, a variety of nightspots, trails that meander along the South Platte River, and, of course, baseball.

RiNo is rapidly becoming the hotspot for artsy types in Denver with a remarkable array of creative businesses, including architects, art galleries, furniture makers, illustrators, painters, media artists, photographers, sculptors, and a wealth of studio spaces. While retaining its industrial character, RiNo has become fertile ground for established and emerging arts and artists. You’ll also find a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, charming boutiques, and lots of friendly people who enjoy the inner city Denver lifestyle.

RiNo also boasts a great music scene, and people can catch a live show nearly every night. In addition, there is potential for a new flagship brewing company, dance studios, live theater, and more. The River North Art District is dedicated to promoting and supporting the people and businesses that reside in the area. RiNo Neighbors is a registered neighborhood organization dedicated to promoting and securing prosperity for neighborhood businesses, residents and visitors. The group serves as the community’s promoter, advisor, protector and advocate.

RiNo is the only area immediately adjacent to downtown that still has an abundance of vacant buildings and lots, warehouses ready to be infused with new life, and a relatively blank canvas on which entrepreneurs, planners, and developers can paint a masterpiece. The area is experiencing a renaissance featuring a variety of housing styles, including rowhomes, townhomes, condos, and lofts. RiNo as a whole will be transformed in the next several years, with help from the new light rail line that travels through RiNo, Union Station, and out to DIA.

RiNo is simply a great place to live, work and play with its close proximity to professional sports venues, outstanding shopping, and a variety of recreational and entertainment opportunities.

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Featured Community | Genesee

The community of Genesee sits at over 7,500 feet above sea level where the mountains meet the city, tucked just south of I-70 as you leave the bright lights of the city behind you. In this residential mountain town every home is nestled between Aspens and Pines, and the panoramic views of downtown Denver and Mount Evans are unparalleled. Residents coexist with deer, elk, and wild turkey, while Golden, Lakewood and Denver are just a quick trip down the highway.

I70 at Genesee Overlook by Brian
Photo Credit: www.geneseefoundation.org

Currently, Genesee has around 3,850 residents and 880 homes that have all been sensitively and sustainably constructed across 2,000 acres of land. There is also 1,200 acres of open space which is dedicated to endless hiking trails and Genesee Mountain Park, the largest of the Denver Mountain Parks, which is also home to a heard of Buffalo. Locals also have access to two clubhouses, two outdoor pools, one playground, four tennis courts and a well-equipped fitness center.

Gen Buffalo
Photo Credit: www.geneseefoundation.org

Although living in Genesee allows for privacy and serenity, it is also a prime location for some of Denver’s more unique attractions. Buffalo Bill’s grave-site and museum are just a few minutes away and the Mother Cabrini Shrine is a short hike up cemented steps. Lookout Mountain is right across the road where you can catch beautiful views of metro Denver and stunning sunrises. Living here you truly get the best of both worlds.

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Photo Credit: www.geneseefoundation.org

 

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Featured Community of the Month: Five Points

Resting on the northeast edge of downtown, wrapping around Coors Field and stretching along Welton Street lives Five Points; one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. In 1881, the area was dubbed Five Points for the five-way intersection of 26th, 27th, Washington and Welton Streets. Here you can find some of the oldest turn of the century homes in the city with block after block of beautiful Victorian homes with luxury lofts and new housing developments sprinkled in.

The community originated in the 1880’s as an upper-middle class neighborhood for professionals and business men. Residents were predominately German, Irish and Jewish. In the early 1900’s Five Points experienced a population shift and began growing into an African-American community. Many found work laying the track for railroad companies, while African-American doctors, lawyers and dentists also made their home in Five Points.

Being culturally rich has always been a staple of the Five Points area. It was once one of the best jazz hubs of the West and attracted many legends including Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. This reputation earned it the name “Harlem of the West”. Five Points is also home to the Black American West Museum located in the home of Colorado’s first African-American women doctor, Dr. Justina Ford.

Five Points is currently experiencing a resurgence of interest after years of dormancy. The community recently received a historical district designation and important buildings along Welton have received state preservation money for restoration. It’s close proximity to the city and landmarks such as Coors Field and City Park along with its rich cultural history make it a desirable location. While much of the area is still over due for a revitalization to preserve its history, it is still in a powerful position to become Denver’s next “it” neighborhood.