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Old 04-20-2016, 08:14 AM
 
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Hello Denver-ites,

I am moving to town in June and after debating apartments in a 'faux urban' suburban setting like Belmar and a true urban setting like LoDo, LoHi, or Highland, I decided to stay closer to the city. If Belmar had direct access to light rail that could have been a deciding factor, but having to drive 2.5 miles to the light rail stop wasn't appealing to me.

I have been looking at apartments around Union Station and Coors Field but they are generally very expensive, and the amount of ongoing construction would likely be a nuisance (I'll be working from home full time).

The apartment that best matches my price point (Absolute max of $2,000, but would like to stay closer to $1,500 for a 1 BR) but also puts me close to downtown is 2785 Speer. It has every amenity imaginable, quick access to the highway in all directions for getting out to the mountains, but walkable to downtown (Under 1 mile to the bike trail, Pepsi Center, and light rail). On nice days I can walk, other days I can uber, especially a further destination like Coors Field.

Can anyone shed some light on how busy Speer Blvd is and the desirability of the immediate surrounding area? Would I have any issues walking around the neighborhood, specifically across the river and also to the center of LoHi? There is a sketchy looking hotel next door, but other than that, it looks like a neighborhood in transition.

Thanks.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:44 AM
 
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Can anyone shed some light on how busy Speer Blvd is and the desirability of the immediate surrounding area? Would I have any issues walking around the neighborhood, specifically across the river and also to the center of LoHi? There is a sketchy looking hotel next door, but other than that, it looks like a neighborhood in transition.
Speer isn't as busy as it could be on that side of I-25. I mean, there will always be cars on it, but it isn't usually gridlocked or anything. On weekend mornings, that stretch of Speer is kind of eerily empty.

That neighborhood is pretty desirable, and is actually quite hopping with well-to-do's a few blocks north of Speer. Hotel is indeed sketchy. You won't have any reason to go there.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:10 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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2785 Speer
https://www.yelp.com/biz/2785-speer-denver
https://www.facebook.com/2785-Speer-...402922/reviews

You might look at
Highland Place
I think the location is better.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:38 AM
 
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Speer isn't as busy as it could be on that side of I-25. I mean, there will always be cars on it, but it isn't usually gridlocked or anything. On weekend mornings, that stretch of Speer is kind of eerily empty.

That neighborhood is pretty desirable, and is actually quite hopping with well-to-do's a few blocks north of Speer. Hotel is indeed sketchy. You won't have any reason to go there.
Thanks. The unit I'm specifically looking at would overlook Speer Blvd. I think I would rather have the street view and poke my head out of the balcony for a sliver of a skyline view instead of a claustrophobic courtyard view.

Any issues walking to the Safeway on Federal/27th?
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:56 AM
 
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I wouldn't think so.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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It's an awkward location.

Speer is a busy, loud, and fast automobile oriented street. Yes there's less suburban-bound traffic to/from downtown on the road at that juncture but there's still traffic from people going to/from NW Denver into downtown or onto I25. Crossing I25 towards the river on Speer can also be sketchy with all the people merging on and off the freeways not always expecting pedestrians/cyclists at the crosswalks. As a pedestrian crossing Speer at Zuni can be harrowing at times and no big deal at other times depending on the traffic and the drivers. The only upside of living on Speer is quick and easy access to I25 -and it's likely making your rent cheaper-.

There's also less restaurants/bars/cafes/shops in the immediate vicinity due to Jefferson Park just starting to get more development. You have a few clusters of restaurants/bars/cafes/shops at 25th/Elliott, 32nd/Zuni, and 16th and Boulder which are in walking distance but aren't exactly right out your door. There's also a few other restaurants/shops scattered here and there but not the variety you get a little further north.

If you are fine with that then that should work. Just those are the drawbacks of that specific building.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:05 PM
 
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It's an awkward location.

Speer is a busy, loud, and fast automobile oriented street. Yes there's less suburban-bound traffic to/from downtown on the road at that juncture but there's still traffic from people going to/from NW Denver into downtown or onto I25. Crossing I25 towards the river on Speer can also be sketchy with all the people merging on and off the freeways not always expecting pedestrians/cyclists at the crosswalks. As a pedestrian crossing Speer at Zuni can be harrowing at times and no big deal at other times depending on the traffic and the drivers. The only upside of living on Speer is quick and easy access to I25 -and it's likely making your rent cheaper-.

There's also less restaurants/bars/cafes/shops in the immediate vicinity due to Jefferson Park just starting to get more development. You have a few clusters of restaurants/bars/cafes/shops at 25th/Elliott, 32nd/Zuni, and 16th and Boulder which are in walking distance but aren't exactly right out your door. There's also a few other restaurants/shops scattered here and there but not the variety you get a little further north.

If you are fine with that then that should work. Just those are the drawbacks of that specific building.
Thank you! I did notice it would be a 15 minute walk to those clusters of restaurants, so do-able, but not right outside the front door. 16th/Boulder would be the absolute best location in my eyes, but availability is low and rents are higher. As someone who is more likely to go to the mountains (at least until I know more people) than the city, I am ok with the sacrifice. I do like that I'll be able to hop onto the bike trail very easily, but I'll be sure to watch the pedestrian crossings along the on/off ramps. The construction around Union Station is just incredible right now and I imagine it'll be a headache for the next couple years.

I am hoping for some good retail in 2785 Speer itself, but I don't think it's leased yet.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:56 PM
 
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Thank you! I did notice it would be a 15 minute walk to those clusters of restaurants, so do-able, but not right outside the front door. 16th/Boulder would be the absolute best location in my eyes, but availability is low and rents are higher. As someone who is more likely to go to the mountains (at least until I know more people) than the city, I am ok with the sacrifice. I do like that I'll be able to hop onto the bike trail very easily, but I'll be sure to watch the pedestrian crossings along the on/off ramps. The construction around Union Station is just incredible right now and I imagine it'll be a headache for the next couple years.

I am hoping for some good retail in 2785 Speer itself, but I don't think it's leased yet.
Cool sounds like you should be fine with it, most of my friends who live in that area love it, but they live further into Jefferson Park or Highland.

Just another heads up though if you are trying to avoid construction it's going to be tough. Jefferson Park -like most of Denver- has a lot of construction going on and still some more planned including this proposal right across the street from one of the buildings at the complex you are looking at: New York developer plans to start 15-story tower on La Loma (NOTE: AFAIK still not official although I heard they are planning on starting this year). Jefferson Park is not like the area around Denver Union Station is where they are literally building a neighborhood from scratch in less than a decade, but it's still getting plenty of construction.
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