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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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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 of the Month: Hilltop

The creation of the Hilltop neighborhood, like many other areas of Denver, was due in large part to the presence of water. In 1855, the City Lateral Canal, a branch of the High Line Canal, channeled much needed water to the area. The dry terrain of the plains began to transform into a beautiful, lush landscape.

Milo Smith was an early developer of the Denver area and its streetcar lines, another element that drove the development of Hilltop. In 1866, he recognized the allure of the new green hill with expansive mountain views. This realization pushed him to chart the area, creating the Eastern Capitol Hill Subdivision just south of the City Lateral Canal.

Shortly thereafter, William Malone along with Bradford DuBois purchased the land north of the City Lateral Canal. When these two subdivisions were incorporated into the city of Denver in May of 1893, they were combined to form what is now known as Hilltop. The two subdivisions were mapped independently of each other, leading to the quirky disconnect of the streets running north and south, which is still present today.

Hilltop is now a beautiful community where spacious, stylish homes adorn the tree-lined streets. This community was dubbed Hilltop because of its higher elevation compared to the surrounding areas. With a lovely mix of grand old homes and new classics, it has become known as one of Denver’s “status-symbol” neighborhoods where culture and luxury reign.