7.0 out of 10

Jefferson Park

39.7523050513977 -105.018188883208
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
2yrs+

"A hot spot between Highland and LoDo"

Jefferson Park, at first glance, doesn't seem like anywhere you'd want to visit, much less live. It lies along an extremely busy stretch of highway, and seems like it's just the fallout from downtown. However, this is a great spot. With LoDo to the east, Highland to the north, and Sloan Lake to the east, this is a can't miss spot for city lovers.

Jefferson Park lies in the center of trendy, artistic, vibrant, new neighborhoods. Actually, a lot of it is old rather than new, but has had new life injected into it in recent years. It includes Downtown Aquarium and many refurbished houses and new businesses. There is no longer the sharp divide from one side of I-25 to the other. Good neighborhoods lie on both sides of the highway, and they are now connected. This has resulted in neighborhoods like Jefferson Park, where there is always something interesting to see and do.

Housing in these neighborhoods is expensive and rising, but there are still some good deals to be found if you can scour the neighborhood. This is not the kind of place for anyone who wants lots of open space and quiet neighborhoods with big yards. But for those who love the pulse of the city, this is a really good place to be.
Pros
  • something for everyone
  • easy access to other vibrant neighborhoods
  • historic character
Cons
  • crowded and increasingly pricy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
2yrs+

"Catching the Northwest Denver fever"

South of Highlands, north of Invesco field, and across the river and I-25 from downtown, Jefferson Park is an up-and-coming neighborhood. Having badly deteriorated in the ‘90s, locals and the city invested in the area and it has made a big turnaround. Today, it’s gaining popularity as locals realize that housing is affordable and that the neighborhood has a good vibe and historic character (sometimes with homes from the 1890s to the 1960s coexisting on the same block). There are also some larger, upscale lofts being built. Residents enjoy their proximity to downtown, the local Mexican places on Federal, and, for fancier fare and more nightlife options, the nearby Highlands neighborhood.

Jefferson Park is still a neighborhood in transition, as it faces challenges of poverty and responsible development. One striking example of the latter is a proposed large-scale, upscale residential development project on the east side of the neighborhood, which would allow residents to take in the neighborhood’s extraordinary skyline views of the city – and, according to local opposition, block the views of the homes behind it. Locals have fought the project for four years, and, in the worst case scenario, the project will still go forward, but with a less monolithic design. In any case, score one for the home team.
Pros
  • neighborhood in transition - housing values will rise
  • neighborhood spirit
  • historic character
Cons
  • poverty still exists in the neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

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