Lot Size: 3,000 - 9,500 sqft
Price Range : $800,000 - $1,200,000
Highlands is an up and coming neighborhood overlooking the city on the eastern high grounds of Denver, hence the name. Located just east of I-25 and the South Platte River, Highlands is a diverse community with an abundance of wide-ranging homes. From newly constructed lofts to Queen Anne Victorians to post-WW II era single-family detached houses, one can find an array of homes to meet anyone’s taste.
In recent years, much of this transitional neighborhood has become gentrified; driving up home prices in what was once an affordable area. Some bargains remain. Two infill developments, East Bay (east of Sloan Lake Park) and Highlands Garden Village at the sight of the former Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, offer opportunities for new home ownership in established neighborhoods.
The community has been home to many waves of American immigrants–Italian, Irish, German and Mexican-who established the neighborhood’s still-thriving churches, businesses, restaurants and cultural events. In the middle of it all is the thriving 32nd and Lowell commercial district. In the last few years, this town center has added much flare and panache to the Highlands neighborhood by the addition of new restaurants such as Bang, Stella’s, Mead Street Station and the Coral Room.
Stroll along this small 3-block town center and find stores for the hip and the small, the caffeine addicts and the hungry. The Central Platte Valley, the South Platte River and I-25 create a series of buffers between Downtown and Highlands, giving residents in Highlands the advantage of quick accessibility to Downtown via 15th Street, while the neighborhood remains very much distinct from Downtown’s core.
Here are some other highlights of the Highlands neighborhood:
Potter’s Row: A historic district of renovated Victorian houses on Bryant Street between 32nd and 34th Streets.
West 28th Avenue Historic District: Tucked into a corner of the neighborhood overlooking the Central Platte Valley, this block-long historic district features beautiful turn-of-the-century flagstone houses and sidewalks. Also known as “Stoneman’s Row.”
Churches: Highland’s early immigrant communities built striking churches that still stand today–Asbury, Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Patrick’s and others. (Asbury, a sandstone building constructed as a Methodist church, has been empty for some time and is a possible housing development. Its tower can be seen clearly from the 16th Street Mall in Downtown’s core.)
If you like the Highlands area, you will also like the Sloan’s Lake, Berkeley, Regis and Chaffee Park areas.
Highlands Square Business District
Highlands Boundaries - 38th Avenue to the North and 26th Avenue to the South, Sheridan to the West and Federal to the East
Potter/East Highlands - Federal to the West, 1-25 to the East, Speer Blvd to the South and 38th Ave to the North