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Old 08-04-2009, 10:10 PM
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I've seen a few posts where people are starting to look at the neighborhood just north of Lowry as an affordable, single family home option. I just thought I'd give our opinion of the neighborhood as we live here. I often hear that Quebec is the border of the good/bad neighborhoods, specifically between 11th/Colfax. Well, in my opinion that border is moving eastward, and I'd feel safe to extend it to around Wabash or Willow, with a few qualifications. I would not recommend living next to the low-income community at 11th/Syracuse, or next to the very dinky looking lower rent apartment duplexes scattered throughout the area, specifically off of Willow/11th and just west of Syracuse/11th. Most of the actual homeowners in the neighborhood are great, quirky people and it's very diverse. However, in the apartments you do get a lot of the gangsta type people and in my view those are the kind of bad apples of the area. I think the actual homes are trending upward and many that I see are in the process of being remodeled or are being sold after being remodeled. Many newer residents are the younger hipper crowd. It's still a block-by-block basis on some streets.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:13 PM
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Oh you're talking about East Colfax. Generally it was seen as a bad area, but it's improving quite a bit. The bad part of it is way further east near N. Aurora (another very sketchy area it borders), but the west area near Quebec is a lot safer, and gentrified- just occasionally shabby looking buildings. But nothing wrong with it.! Though the Colfax and Yosemite intersection has seen shootings, muggings in the past- although now just mostly shady characters. Nothing that bad goes down.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:41 AM
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Great assessment of the area Ladyfish. I live in the same East Colfax neighborhood, except I live north of Colfax and south of Stapleton. I've also noticed a lot of houses being fixed up and remodeled. It doesn't appear that the economic recession is having much of a negative effect over here compared to other areas. It might even have some positive effects because lower priced homes are selling faster right now.

This neighborhood is definitely on the upswing, but I would say it's still under the radar. Some people still have a negative view of the area. It doesn't help that some of the most blighted properties lie along major roads like 11th, Colfax, and Montview. But the houses here are being fixed up at a relatively fast rate, and as that happens more and more people will start to overcome their preexisting negative assumptions about the area.

It's a neighborhood that's surrounded by on three sides by other great neighborhoods (Historic Montclair, Stapleton, Lowry, South Park Hill). On the east it's bordered by Aurora, which is also seeing some improvements (although it has more obstacles to overcome).

Whatever other people think, I love it here and over time more people will come to discover what you and I already know.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:07 PM
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What's up with that house full of thugs on Syracuse near 12th that always have car wheels, tires, microwaves, wheelchairs, you name it on the front lawn wieh more people stopping by and adding to the pile all day long?
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:12 PM
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Well XAFLOC good to hear it's improved- although from what I've heard and seen in the past few years of East Colfax has been pretty bad.

Steveindenver, there's also another house on 11th between Verbena and Yosemite that was the site of a police blockade following a shootout- across from a school. And when there's not shootouts happening, there's always a bunch of guys on the porch um, dealing various things.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:48 AM
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Trust me, I've lived in this neighborhood for 2 years and have never seen or heard about any shootout. I don't doubt that particular house is a trouble spot, but you paint a picture of bullets flying everywhere which is far from reality. I've never felt unsafe in my East Colfax neighborhood, even riding the 15 bus home after midnight. I've talked to my neighbors who've lived here longer than I have who can recall some shady incidents from years back but the neighborhood has improved a lot since then.

Of course there are some blighted houses scattered around the area, but there are even more houses that are kept up and there are a bunch of houses being fixed up from the inside out. Stapleton and Lowry are having a very positive effect around here.

I think Ladyfish is right in that you have to take it block-by-block. Some streets are just a lot further along in their progress (Rosemary from Colfax to Montview comes to mind as one of the nicer streets). There is a bar on Syracuse in the 1100 block that I would definitely avoid, but north of Colfax Syracuse is actually a decent street that borders our neighborhood park.

Overall, I love this neighborhood and I could honestly recommend living here. I would certainly be cautious about buying a house on certain blocks, but overall it's a great neighborhood. In a way, I'm thankful for some of the negative perceptions because I was able to buy a great house at a great price. I looked at a similar house in Wash Park that cost 3 times as much, and I'll take my working-class neighbors over the richy-rich Wash Park crowd any day.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:15 PM
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Great. I'd heard some problems in the area before, and I knew it was cleaning up a lot, but that post was very informative. And I can see how the negative perceptions would be good for living in E. Colfax.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:36 AM
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XAFLOC & Ladyfish - you all still live there? My partner and I just put an offer on a house in your neighborhood and (with any luck) should be moving in to our new home next month. Would love to meet new neighbors! Also, is there a neighborhood association for East Colfax? Any updates, since I'm responding to a two-year old thread - to your opinions and experiences living here? Thanks, and hope to meet you one of these days!
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:38 PM
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This post seems to be a good place to ask about an apartment complex we're looking at - Lowry North Apartments on 11th between Tamarac and Ulster. The area right around it seemed to be very nice, but a few blocks away seemed kind of sketchy. Is this a safe area? My husband and I have just moved to the area for work and we are expecting, so I'm looking for somewhere safe to walk the baby and the dog. Any help appreciated.
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