CENTRAL PLATTE VALLEY

Once a major rail yard, the redevelopment of the Central Platte Valley was initiated in the late 1980s. It wasn’t until the late 1990s the Riverfront Park Project established what is now the most vibrant mix-use districts in Denver. The 30 acre Commons Park is at the center of it all and draws the young professional, residents ready to retire and anyone else who can imagine having the biggest back yard and ZERO yard work.

LODO

Established officially in 1988, Lower Downtown or “Lodo” as it is typically referred, is a thriving 25 square block neighborhood in Denver’s principal historic district. With over 100 restaurants and clubs and home to many professional, service and retail businesses, Downtown Lodo’s mix-use neighborhood is attractive to all.

DOWNTOWN

Ah, the luxury of city living! On any given day of the 300 sunshiny days in Denver, you’ll find the young and old basking themselves on restaurant patios or rooftop decks. Beautifully restored and renovated buildings have preserved Denver’s historic legacy.

Brownstones, Luxury Lofts and High-Rise Condo’s make up the majority of architecture not only in Downtown but Lodo and Central Platte Valley as well. With 90 acres of open space living, great restaurants and shopping within walking distance, this area a perfect place to call home.

Lifestyle Highlights

Sakura Square – Japanese-American community with several shops and restaurants and small Japanese garden. Don’t miss the Cherry Blossom Festival in June!

Larimer Square – Literally where it all began. This was the first block in Denver and now is host to the cities best shopping, dining and entertainment.

16th Street Mall – Pedestrian-only mall located in the heart of Downtown. Free shuttle bus takes you down the mile-long promenade of outdoor cafes, shops, restaurants and retail stores.

Denver Pavilions – Located on the 16th Street Mall the pavilion features over 40 shops and restaurants, bowling alley and movie theater.

Tattered Cover Book Store – One of the foremost independent bookstores in America, Tattered Cover Book Store has been a favorite of locals for over 40 years.

Top Denver Restaurants – This is one of those situations where there are way too many great restaurants to list so please click on “Top Denver Restaurants” and link to a great list.

Savory Spice Shop – Best spice shop in Denver offering high-quality herbs, spices and seasonings.

Wynkoop Brewing Company – Colorado’s first brewpub founded by Denver’s own former mayor and Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper. Highly acclaimed small-batch beers.

  • Exactly one mile high in elevation (5280 feet)
  • Brews more beer than any other city
  • Seven professional sport teams
  • Pepsi Center
  • Riverfront
  • Union Station
  • Coors Field
  • Elitch Gardens Amusement Park
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Metro State College
  • Colorado Convention Center
  • Capitol Building
  • Denver Skate Park
  • REI Flagship Store
  • Denver Bike Route (All major routes come through)
  • Highest concentration of RTD bus line stops
  • Metered and parking lots
  • Over 20 Denver B-Cycle stations
  • Multiple Light Rail stops
  • Close to I-25
  • Definitively walkable Downtown
  • 16th Street Pedestrian Mall shuttle

Neighborhood Boundaries

South Platte River – Broadway

N Speer Blvd – Park Ave W

Surrounding Hoods

Highlands

RiNo/Ballpark

Five Points

Uptown

Defining Qualities

Parking, walkable, neighborhood shopping and restaurants, Denver B-Cycle stations, nearby golf course, farmer’s market, metered parking and lot parking.

“This is the best neighborhood in Denver. Just look at the view. One step out my door and I’m either in a park or surrounded by the best restaurants, wine shops and even bike trails. What’s not to love about city living?”

 

Richard S – 8 year resident of Riverfront Park