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Old 08-04-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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Looking for:
1. A cool urban-ish neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Denver that has a "main" street feel. We can easily walk to cute little bars and restaurants, maybe a grocery and drug store, library etc.
2. Must also be walking distance to a lovely park where we can jog. (We live next to Central Park in Manhattan now... I know that is a tall order)
3. Definitely want more urban or town feel. Don't want to be surrounded by strip malls with gigantic parking lots. Yech.
4. Easy 5 minute commute to Downtown.

Downtown area considered since there is the Cherry Creek Trail, but Cherry Creek Trail looks like it is surrounded by too much streaming traffic.

Capitol Hill looks great too. But what streets exactly?
Any thoughts welcomed!!!
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Here are the areas that fit your criteria best:
1. City Park (east of downtown) - West of York between 17th ave and 23 ave
2. Washington Park (southeast of downtown) - West of Downing between Louisiana and Alameda
3. Cheesman Park (east of downtown) - area between York and Corona, 8th ave and 14 ave
4. Sloan's Lake Park (west of downtown) - Between Sheridan Blvd and Lowell Blvd, Colfax Ave and 26th

Cheesman and City Parks fit the 5 minute commute criteria. Sloan's Lake is about 8-10 minutes away. Washington Park is 12-15 minutes away.

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Old 08-04-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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In addition to the areas already suggested I'd add these to the list:
Highlands: Platte River trail
Berkley: Berkley Lake Park
Tennyson: Rocky Mountain Lake
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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I live in Governor's Park, south end of Capitol Hill, and love it here. Roughly 7th and Grant. Easy walk/run to Cheeseman Park, 1/2 mile to downtown and the Denver Art Museum and Central Public Library. It is a historic neighborhood with tree lined streets, but a mixture of mansions and highrise condos. A large number of restaurants on 6th between Broadway and east for about 1.5 miles. Everything from 2 sushi places to Eastern Indian, Mexican, Pho, BBQ and Asian Fusion. Love to have drinks and listen to Jazz at Dazzle on 9th and Lincoln. There are many bars on Lincoln and on Broadway. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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One answer for you: Washington Park. It's a neighborhood and also a large park. The park has a lengthy bike/jog trail around it. Lots of people use it for exercising. It's got volleyball, tennis, barbeque grills, lakes, etc. The neighborhood is a semi-urbanish area that has a variety of stores/restaurants close by.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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Thanks already for your responses! I'm going to zero in on all your street suggestions. If you know of specifically great apartments right on those streets, I would be even more indebted to you... I have friend requested each of you in case I may inquire any further info? Hope that is alright. Thanks again.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Governor's Park/Capitol Hill, Denver, CO
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Washington Park is great for being a great park, but the surrounding area isn't great for walking to a variety of restaurants, shopping, movie theaters, grocery stores or museums. It is a hot area for homes but few apartments and you will need your car for what you listed above.

Capitol Hill has thousands of apartment buildings as that is what the majority of it is. You won't have problems finding one, but you will need to look carefully at the structure and location. Closer to Broadway or to Colfax will find more pedestrian traffic and noise. More apartments in the north, and northwest sections of Capitol Hill then in the southeastern. Colfax is 15th avenue with a name on it. I would recommend anything south of 13th and east of Sherman/Grant due to the parking and noise. Major grocery store at 9th between Corona and Downing.

You may also want to consider the Uptown area along 17th Avenue and Grant (not 17th street, that is in the heart of downtown). LoDo (lower downtown) has some great new apartments and lofts, but no grocery store/jogging park but tons of restaurants and bars.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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NOTHING in Denver is going to remotely compare to living in Manhattan... that would be beyond apples & oranges. However Capitol Hill might give you a Brooklyn-ish feel if that's what you're looking for. Probably would be best to lower your expectations, and then be pleasantly surprised by what you'll find in Denver, rather than end up being disappointed.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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lohi and central platte valley have easy access to the beautiful parks around confluence park. the apartments there are new and pricey, but definitely more urban than the rest of denver. check out the condos bordering platte st, little raven and boulder across the river.
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