This blog is posted in honor of new DSST faculty and staff members who have travelled far-and-wide to join our team. Welcome to the Mile High City! Newbies and natives alike will enjoy these snippets from the moving guide I send out during the on-boarding process. If you would like a PDF of the whole guide, or have ideas about what we might add to next year’s volume, shoot me an e-mail: email@example.com
Click herefor an in-depth look at various statistics for each Denver zip code, including age and gender demographics, home values, household income, median gross rent, etc.
Check out Mile High Buzz -a guide to Denver’s indie coffee shops.
Did you know…DSST is a corporate member of Denver Recreation (our employees can get an annual membership at 25% off the regular rate)? CLICK HERE to learn more about the program and here to access the DSST membership voucher (scroll through Active Corporate Enrollments list on right side of the page) – you will need I.D. and proof of employment as well (paystub, offer letter).
Check out this link to the latest and greatest article on Denver-living from our most popular city magazine: 5280 Magazine
Denver Neighborhood “Vibes”:
CAPITOL HILL is host to a lively collection of young professionals, families, and “just-out-of-college” types. Capitol Hill features large apartment complexes mixed in with homes. It is not uncommon to see people running, jogging, biking, and enjoying many of the outdoor parks in the area. Parking can be a hassle, sometimes. There are many restaurants, which makes for a bustling night life. Capitol Hill is about 1.5 miles from central downtown. Capitol Hill is ideal for those who want an active social life in a busy, bustling neighborhood. LINKS: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Cherry Creek Bike Path, Park Tavern, Govnr’s Park Tavern and Restaurant, Liks Ice Cream, Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library (Central Branch)
CHEESMAN PARK and CITY PARK are eclectic, diverse neighborhoods, due to funky Cheesman area houses and a plethora of apartment buildings. Colfax Street, which splits the area, has everything you could wish for: amazing restaurants, unique shops and bus access. Residents enjoy endless dining options ranging from ethnic restaurants to Denver staples to up-and-coming new restaurants. It’s a short, cheap cab ride to/from downtown. Cheesman and City Park neighborhoods are ideal for those who like diverse, eclectic and funky surroundings. LINKS: Vine Street Pub, St. Marks Coffee House, Tattered Cover Book Store, Pete’s Kitchen, Cheesman Park, City Park Jazz, Denver Zoo
FIVE POINTS is centered around the 5-way intersection at 26th and Welton and is a historic, increasingly desirable neighborhood. With convenient access by light rail and foot to Uptown, Downtown, LoDo and Capitol Hill, it is a dynamic area that maintains its cultural roots, while embracing economic growth. Rent in this Five Points is more affordable than almost any other location this close to downtown. Five Points is ideal for those who want diversity, a central location and reasonable rent. LINKS: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Quixote’s True Blue, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
HIGHLANDS and BERKLEY are home to an eclectic mix of young professionals, families, retirees and college students (Regis University). Among Denver neighborhoods, these are “small town,” as opposed to true “city living.” Most rentals are renovated older homes with big yards. The region offers multiple running and biking trails, all with out-the-front-door access. The nearby Clear Creek Trail follows Clear Creek for over 15 miles and connects to the Platte River Trail. In short, living in this area offers a retreat from the “hustle and bustle” of metro Denver with easy access to major highways and downtown. The vibe is low-key, artsy and outdoorsy. Highlands and Berkley are ideal for those who want to live in an older home on a tree-lined street, prefer Organic Fair Trade coffee over Starbucks, enjoy walking to the grocery store and own pets! LINKS: Sloan’s Lake Park Walking Guide, Lakeside Amusement Park, Sunflower Market, Highlands Square, Tennyson Street Cultural District
LOWER DOWNTOWN (LoDo) is full of life and is a rapidly growing community of young, business professionals and recent college-grads. There is never a shortage of things to do or places to go, with the majority of museums, bars and restaurants within walking or (free) bus ride distance. All of the major sporting events in Denver are easy to access from LoDo lofts and apartments. LoDo is ideal for those who want to live right downtown and be part of the Denver nightlife. LINKS: Coor’s Field, Pepsi Center, Sports Column Bar & Grill, The Tavern Downtown, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Maloney’s Tavern
STAPLETON islocated on the site of the old Stapleton International Airport and has a family-friendly reputation. Stapleton boasts brand new construction, lots of open space and parks, a convenient town center and close proximity to I-70. Stapleton is near The Shops at Northfield, an outdoor mall complete with a giant movie theater, a Super Target and many other shops and restaurants. Stapleton is about 20 minutes from central Denver. Stapleton is ideal for those who want new construction, open space and a family-oriented environment. LINKS: The Shops at Northfield, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, The Berkshire Restaurant, Casey’s Bistro & Pub
WASHINGTON PARK is affectionately dubbed “Wash Park” by the locals. Mostly, this neighborhood has houses, porches included, for fun times, BBQ and friends! If you like living close to a gorgeous park, then this is the spot for you. Street parking is easy and safe. You’re a few blocks farther from downtown than Capitol Hill, but the environment is awesome! You will be surrounded by young, hip, eccentric Denverites, as well as many families - making this neighborhood homey and comforting and quiet at night – and balanced by DU students and young professionals. Wash Park is ideal for those people who love walk, run, bike and BBQ! LINKS: Cherry Creek Shopping District, Cherry Creek Bike Path, Washington Park, West Washington Park Neighborhood Association