This charming neighborhood offers residents an eclectic mix of multicultural restaurants and bustling nightlife spots.
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University Park is located south of downtown and adjacent to the University of Denver. The neighborhood is lively and fun, consistently attracting new residents as the school grows in popularity. As with many college towns, the University Park neighborhood harmonizes with the neighboring school and its attendees. A collegiate spirit is in the atmosphere, and those looking to live in a college town will enjoy the proximity to all things university-related.
Locals frequently refer to this neighborhood as “DU,” in reference to the university, but there truly is so much more than the college. Foodies and craft drink aficionados rejoice over the dining and drinking options this neighborhood offers. Restaurants and bars are vast and varied— ranging from high-end to hole-in-the-wall and everything in-between.
Bounded to the north by I-25 and to the east by Colorado Blvd, this area provides residents with easy access to Denver’s metro area. Platt Park lies just northwest and boasts an increasingly popular weekend farmers market.
The housing options within the University Park Denver neighborhood are varied— from single-family homes to multi-story, high-end buildings. This neighborhood is conveniently located between downtown and the Denver Tech Center, which will most likely continue attracting new residents, as long as the city maintains its steady growth. Locals love the sleepy residential side streets, contrasted by main boulevards with happening nightlife, packed restaurants, and busy sidewalks. University Park often lands on ‘best of’ lists... as well as ‘most expensive’.
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On the weekends, residents can be found picnicking on the lawn of Observatory Park, in the shade of the Romanesque-style Chamberlin Observatory. A breakfast of fried donut holes from Jelly and a late-night cocktail at Pioneer are perfect bookends to a day spent in this neighborhood. Residents enjoy biking through campus or tree-lined streets to get around the area.
The University Park neighborhood is perfect for anyone looking to experience the many facets of Denver. Green residential streets provide a beautiful foreground for single-story homes. Main thoroughfares are dotted with one and two-story buildings that house restaurants and retail shops on the first floor, with office or living space above. Traffic can be a nuisance during rush hour near the main drags of DU but can also be easily avoided by walking or biking.
University Park is easily recognized by the stunning Chamberlin Observatory, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Since this enclave grew alongside the university, residential buildings are not uniform. Instead, they mark the eras and styles of Denver’s various boom cycles. Whether you’re seeking a sleek, elegant vibe or enjoy the character of a mid-century modern building, there are plenty of rentals to choose from.
Residents love to spend evenings at the many parks and green spaces throughout this neighborhood. During a typical weekend, crowds cheer on DU’s teams at the local sports bar, the Crimson and Gold Tavern. Ashbury Provisions, D Station, and Yum Yum Spice are top-rated restaurants in the area and are always full of energy. University Park also sports some of the city’s best ethnic restaurants, including Tatsu Izakaya and Jerusalem Restaurant.
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Hop on the light rail for a quick ride into downtown or for an easy commute to the Tech Center. Parking can be tricky along Evans and South University Blvd, but residents can easily find housing with dedicated parking spots. The neighborhood is active and often utilizes the trail systems, wide sidewalks, and sleepy residential streets for walking, running, or biking. Play frisbee or corn hole on the campus green to meet some new friends, or catch some rays on one of Colorado's 300+ days of sunshine. Rental properties range from multi-story, amenity-heavy, upscale buildings to quaint walk-ups with plenty of character and history.