8.3 out of 10

Washington Park

Ranked 6th best neighborhood in Denver
39.7011837537093 -104.966433276683
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Childcare
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful neighborhood - Worth a visit!"

I've been driving by Wash Park for years and once attended a symphony there, but have never taken the time to walk around and see what the park has to offer. Oh my gosh, it's beautiful! There's a little ice cream stand near the boathouse where you can rent paddle boats and bike car thingies... What would you call those?

It's neat that you can go to different areas of the park and it's like being in a completely different place. The north end has a lily pond where children 4 and under can learn to fish. There were baby ducks! So cute.

Also, it's a beautiful spot for a wedding or event. The Smith Lake Boathouse is a beautiful, open air covered venue.

The flower gardens are spectacular and apparently it's also the land of volleyball. There were nets everywhere!

I posted a couple of videos at the park in the gallery. They don't show it off as well as I would have liked, so you really should stop by and see it for yourself.
Pros
  • Lily Pond
  • Quiet areas to get away
  • Gorgeous park
  • Historic and upscale housing
  • close to downtown
Cons
  • Busy
HeatherS
HeatherS I have not cruised Wash Park is awhile, it is a great place for people (and duck) watching. A symphony there? I wonder if that happens on a regular basis...sounds lovely:)
2yrs+
Ryan
Ryan It was a great spot for a concert :) It seems like there's always something going on there...
2yrs+
Ryan
Ryan It was a couple of years ago. It wasn't the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (they usually play in Cheesman Park and sometimes at Stapleton). It was the Denver Municipal Orchestra (or something like that).
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Washington Park is one of Denver's most desirable and popular neighborhood"

Washington Park is one of Denver's most desirable and popular neighborhoods. The neighborhood has tree-lined streets, great community shops and restaurants and a diverse housing styles that ranges from luxury high-rise apartment buildings to quaint cottages, Craftsman-style bungalows, sturdy Denver Squares and Tudor Revivals. In the Middle of of the neighborhood is 165-acre Washington Park, which is one of Denver's largest and most beautiful open spaces. The park has two lakes, tennis courts, soccer fields, jogging paths, picnic areas, and a full-service recreation center.

The Old South Gaylord and South Pearl districts have a great mix of retail shops, restaurants, galleries and studios.

One of the best assets of the neighborhood is its central location, a 10-minute commute to downtown and with easy access to Interstate 25, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, the revitalized Broadway corridor and the Cherry Creek and Platte River bike paths.

The housing in this area is a bit pricey for what you get but that is due to the demand in the area.
Pros
  • Gorgeous park
  • Historic and upscale housing
  • Safe neighborhood
  • close to downtown
Cons
  • High housing costs
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Washington Park"

Pros
  • Gorgeous park
  • Historic and upscale housing
  • close to downtown
Cons
  • High housing costs
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A walk in Wash Park"

I have several friends that live in the Washington Park area and it has became my favorite neighborhood in Denver (that I have spent a lot of time in). It seems like a good neighborhood to check out to live in if someone was moving to Denver. I think it is more expensive then say Aurora but its proximity to downtown and its character make it worth it.

I like how the neighborhood is centered around a park that has two lake and lots of walking trails and open spaces collectively known as Washington Park. On the weekend there are literally hundreds of joggers, parents with strollers, speed walkers and couples strolling along with dogs. But the park is pretty big and I like how you can enter it from all sides going into neighborhoods with different kinds of houses and lots of different people.

Downtown is a couple dozen blocks away to the north and there are lots of little streets along the way with restaurants, cafes and little shops. But you do have to cross the busy Speer Avenue area around central Denver so it is not just "a walk in the park" away from downtown. I like how Wash Park feels like you are still in the city but far from the tall buildings of downtown. When you are in the neighborhood it really does feel like a park, open air and spacious. Interstate 25 is literally only 5 blocks from the southern edge of the park but for some reason you just don't feel it when you are there.

There is a mix of old and new housing, renters and owners, students and retirees as well as families. Wash Park is a cool place to live in Denver.
Pros
  • close to downtown
  • Gorgeous park
  • Historic and upscale housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"I haven't lived here but would certainly consider it."

Just about every Colorado resident knows about Washington Park. With over 160 acres of paved trails in the park itself, there are cyclists, runners, roller bladers, and other fitness enthusiasts out almost every day. There are tennis courts and on warm weekends you can see hundreds of volleyball nets set up. Since Denver boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, there are ample opportunities in this area to be active. The park also has tall, beautiful trees, great landscaping and a pond that always seems to be full of ducks. There are other various types of wildlife around as well. This park is one where you see all types of people: young and old, single and families, individuals and teams.

Washington Park is the home to many races and on any given weekend there may be hundreds of runners. The weekends are one of the only drawbacks to this great park. It can be crowded even though it is so large and on race days parking can be difficult at best. There are areas like the local high school where you can usually park and walk just a block or so to get where you are going. Again, this can even be difficult on race days. Otherwise, parking is on the street and parallel parking can be frustrating when you know there is traffic waiting behind you on the somewhat narrow streets.

The homes themselves are all nice and have well manicured lawns. This is an area where the prices are higher, but if you enjoy city living with the comforts of a nice neighborhood and being close to public transportation, this may be the place for you. Both RTD and the light rail are nearby for those who don't want to fight traffic or are 'green' conscious.

I would highly recommend this neighborhood for it's safely, the friendly nature of people who come to visit and live here, and the pretty surroundings, especially the park itself. It is also close to downtown, but far enough away to feel like you're nowhere near it.
Pros
  • Gorgeous park
  • Historic and upscale housing
  • Safe neighborhood
Cons
  • High housing costs
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
2yrs+

"Perennially popular upscale neighborhood"

Washington Park, while close to Cherry Creek and downtown, feels much farther away than it actually is. This is a quiet residential neighborhood with very high-end homes. The only crowds here are not the noisy, partying crowds of neighborhoods to the north, but the swarms of people who spend time in Washington Park green spaces. This park is beautiful and wildly popular. The people who spend time here come not only from the immediately surrounding neighborhoods, but from other parts of Denver as well.

The park is laid out to mimic the gardens of George Washington's stately home. The large planted areas are in bloom every summer, amid lakes, large swaths of green, and the paths that wind through it. It's a popular spot for picnics, jogging, you name it. Annual events like Furry Scurry (a sort of doggie marathon held each May) further boost the foot traffic here.

Leaving the park does not take you away from the green spaces entirely. The residential streets surrounding it have grassy lawns and huge old trees. These homes exemplify the elegant brick architecture of southeast Denver, and they cost plenty. Those who can afford this area have a beautiful space to call home.
Pros
  • Gorgeous park
  • Historic and upscale housing
  • Safe neighborhood
Cons
  • High housing costs
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
2yrs+

"Active Elegance in Wash Park"

Visitors passing by might be excused for thinking there’s a race going on in Washington Park. Runners, joggers, and walkers throng the gravel trail along its perimeter, weaving around each other, overspilling the path onto the grass, talking in pairs, walking dogs, and listening to iPods. This is no special event, however - just an ordinary fair-weather evening in Wash Park. By U.S. standards, Denver’s an abnormally fit city, and nowhere is that clearer than here.

Washington Park itself is a gem: two small lakes, open grassy spaces, a kids’ fishing pond, rental paddleboats, exotic flowerbeds, and a historic boathouse. It makes sense, then, that the neighborhood surrounding the park is a little on the upscale side. It draws many of the people who use its paths to keep toned and fit after they get done at the office, and during the day welcomes moms in yoga pants pushing high-tech strollers. Wash Park residents are well-heeled. The average home price is well over half a million and, fittingly, these classic homes are easy on the eyes. If you’re looking to rent, you’ll have better luck in Washington Park west. A one-block stretch of Old South Gaylord serves as the hub for nightlife, dining, and shopping, and is home to some respectable and well-known restaurants.
Pros
  • Gorgeous park
  • Historic and upscale housing
  • Safe neighborhood
Cons
  • High housing costs
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish

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