Highlands Neighborhood

Physical Boundaries

North: West 38th Avenue
East: Union Pacific Railroad line
Southeast: South Platte River
South: Speer Boulevard
West: Federal Boulevard


The Highlands neighborhood has often been a beacon for the younger generation… as
far back as 1858 when William Larimer, Jr first laid out the townsite. It was “uphill” from Denver
and across the Platte. This was especially appealing to folks after a flood hit the city of Denver
in 1864, wiping out parts of the city.and leaving them wanting to be on the higher side of the city.
In 1875, developers petitioned the Arapahoe County Commissioners (as the City and County of
Denver were yet to have annexed this portion of the city) to establish an official township once
Potter Highlands and Highland Park were annexed. The Town Of Highlands became a city in
1885. A lot of growth happened and the founding fathers maintained it as long as they could.
However, accessibility to the city over the Platte River and the Silver Crash of 1893, it became
financially difficult to keep the city running on it’s own. In 1896 the voting citizens of The
Highlands Township allowed the City of Denver to annex them, officially putting them under the
umbrella of the City of Denver.
People were drawn to Highlands due to it being of clean air (sitting above the smoke and
industry of the city of Denver), clean water (artesian wells provided clean drinking water to its
citizens) and “clean morals”. At a time when Denver was still the “wild west”, the citizens of
Highlands were proud to announce the clean morality of its townspeople. Their main interests
were in cultivating relationships and gardens and having a friendly environment for which to
come home from a hard day’s work.

Sources: Wikkipedia / Visit Denver

Things to Do

Days Out in the Highlands (LoHi!)

Walk It!

Stoneman’s Row – 19th century homes on West 28th Avenue

Tennyson Street Cultural District – complete with antique prints, photographs and
paintings. You can often find live music as well. Start – Tennyson and 5th

Navajo Street Art District – open late! Start at Navajo and 36th

Bike It! Red Bike’s from Denver BCycle’s – (16th and Boulder, 17th and Tejon, or 32nd & Pecos) and try the neighborhood’s hills before heading over the bridge and into Common’s Park, along the South Platte River and into LoDo and beyond.
Swing It! LoHi Tennis – offers tennis for all ages, in different options of class or play – 2804 Umatilla
Try It! Farm fresh food, live music and beverages Farmers Market at Highlands Square32nd and Lowell Blvd, begins June 5th and runs every Sunday through middle of October from 9AM 1PM.
Date It!

LoHi Music Festival – June 11th 2016, rain or shine

Highlands Street Fair – June 25th 2016, at 32nd Ave from Julien Perry Streets. Occurs every June, enjoy music, food, arts & crafts and more!

First Fridays, Tennyson Street Cultural District – galleries and artists display and sell their work

Viva Streets Denver – Aug 11th Activities, music and more Tennyson Street

Restaurant Spotlight

Root Down

1600 W 33rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80211

Website: www.rootdowndenver.com
Monday Thursday and Sunday ~ 5pm 10pm
Friday Saturday ~ 5pm 11pm
Friday Brunch ~ 11am 2pm
Saturday Sunday Brunch ~ 11am 2:30pm

A fun place to drink and dine in the Highlands. In the 1850’s it was a service station and now it serves up innovative food and handcrafted drinks. If you are a vegetarian or a meat eater you will find plenty to choose from.

The patio overlooks Downtown Denver. They have heaters if it’s a bit chilly. At the time of this review, Unlimited Mimosas are $14.00 for the Classic and $16.00 for the Blood Orange Mimosa.

Happy Hour runs 4pm to 6:30pm Great pricing for food and drinks.

Prices for entrees are $15.00 to $25.00.

Price Data

Month Average DOM Close Price to
List Price Ratio
Median Sale
Price, (2 Bdrm)
Median Sale
Price, (3 Bdrm)
Median Sale
Price, (4 Bdrm)
Median Sale
Price (5 Bdrm)
Jun-15 20 98.50% $438,000 $641,000 $519,900  
Jul-15 17 99.10% $469,500 $449,500   $1,300,000
Aug-15 70 99.80%   $715,000 $675,000 $485,903
Sep-15 26 97.70% $360,000 $522,500 $520,000 $950,000
Oct-15 5 103.20%   $450,000 $1,002,500  
Nov-15 23 99.30% $429,950 $536,000   $426,000
Dec-15 66 98.00% $400,000 $592,000 $787,500  
Jan-16 35 99.80% $480,000 $665,000   $780,000
Feb-16 80 97.90%   $402,000 $775,000 $882,500
Mar-16 53 97.70%   $465,250 $687,500  
Apr-16 55 96.10% $419,750 $530,000 $380,000  
May-16 60 98.90%   $575,000 $935,000  

Figures compiled from Denver’s MLS