Welcome to Denver’s most well-loved neighborhood!
Live in Picturesque Washington Park
Imagine a neighborhood where the people are friendly, where local shops and restaurants thrive, where spacious streets are lined with a mix of modern and historic homes. Now picture this just 10 minutes from Downtown Denver, and with the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. This is Washington Park, or Wash Park, as the locals call it.
It’s a neighborhood in South Central Denver that many describe as “Rockwellian” for its established communities, lush parks, and pedestrian-friendly shopping districts.
Why Washington Park?
Known for large homes, wide streets, and excellent schools, Washington Park is one of Denver’s most well-loved neighborhoods. Its location is perfect for young professionals and executives with a quick commute to downtown Denver. Athletes love it because it offers easy access to Denver’s best parks and recreation areas. It’s great for families that are looking for a community-focused atmosphere with lots of activities at their doorstep, or for anyone who wants to experience urban living.
The Washington Park area includes a few neighborhoods, such as:
- East Wash Park – Rated as one of the top 10 areas to live in Denver by 5280 Magazine, East Wash Park boasts mature trees, stunning single-family homes, proximity to shopping on South Gaylord Street and a light-rail stop.
- West Wash Park – On the other side of Wash Park, you will find more hip coffee shops, trendy bars, and younger crowds, according to Washingtonpark.com.
- Bonnie Brae – Its name means “pleasant hill” in Gaelic and is notable for its winding streets, elliptical-shaped central park, lively Main Street, and luxury homes.
- Cory-Merrill – Originally founded as part of a ‘dry town’ in South Denver during the prohibition era, this small neighborhood is still an idyllic community for families with a mix of original homes and new custom builds.
- Belcaro – One of the most exclusive areas in Denver, where you’ll find luxury homes on large lots without sacrificing accessibility to local shops, restaurants, and up class watering holes in neighboring Bonnie Brae, 5280 Magazine reports.
Landmarks and Architecture:
The most famous landmark in the neighborhood is its namesake, Washington Park. The 165-acre recreational area, designed by Reinhard Schuetze in 1889, is complete with two lakes (Smith Lake and Grassmere Lake) and two flower gardens, according to the Denver Public Library. One of which was designed as a replica of the garden at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plantation. Within the park, you’ll find landmarks such as:
- The Boat House on Smith Lake
- The Field House
Washington Park is a beloved urban retreat for neighborhood residents, but it also attracts people from across the Denver Metro area. Denverites come to roam its pathways in the shade of mature deciduous trees, play a match of volleyball or tennis on the courts, or picnic in the largest meadow in all of Denver’s parks.
In the Washington Park neighborhoods, you’ll find a mix of architecture amongst its established homes. There are cozy turn-of-the-century bungalows with covered porches that have been completely remodeled within to reflect contemporary tastes, as well as classic modern designs on large tree-lined plots. And in the sprawling English Tudors, there is something for every taste in the area.
Small town charm with everything and urban center has to offer
Washington Park is an established neighborhood with gorgeous homes on landscaped streets. The community is strong and supports local businesses. It offers residents access to the city’s best parks and hosts numerous local events. Combined, all of these give Wash Park its reputation as one of the most desirable places to live in Denver.
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Events locals love
One of the reasons why people love living in Washington Park is that there's so much to do within the community. Here are some of the most popular annual events in Wash Park:
Volleyball in the Park
Throughout the spring and summer, Wash Park is buzzing with volleyball matches. On sunny days, it’s common to see a number of leagues (some competitive, others just for fun) meeting up and playing on the grass in Wash Park.
A Thanksgiving tradition in the Mile High City. Last year’s Turkey Trot Marathon was the 43rd annual, and more than 9,800 participants ran the 4-mile course through Washington Park.
“Running at altitude is a lot more fun when it’s through beautiful environs like Denver’s scenic, tree-lined Washington Park – and toward a beer garden,” reported Runner’s World.
Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., locals head to South Pearl St. to support community vendors and find the freshest produce at the Farmers Market. Since it started in 2001, the weekly event now has over 100 vendors and hosts a series of events throughout the summer and fall that include a car show, a pet adoption fair, a chili cook-off, and a Halloween Parade.
Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife
Just a few minutes away from Washington Park, you'll find yourself on bustling South Pearl Street.
Described by Denver.org as “one of Denver’s most historical, charming, and popular shopping districts,” this is where most locals like to stroll and window shop in the neighborhood’s locally owned businesses. It’s also a great area to sit down for a bite to eat in one of its cafes or restaurants, such as:
- Platt Park Brewing
- Stella’s Coffee Haus
- Black Pearl
- Park Burger
Old South Gaylord Street is another hot shopping district in Washington Park. It’s the second-oldest in Denver and was named ‘Top of the Town’ for 2017. The area, located in East Wash Park, is a hotspot for shopping, dining, and nightlife. It’s home to cute boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, bars and popular restaurants, including:
- Devil’s Food Bakery
- Homegrown Tap & Dough
- Tavern Wash Park
- Max Gill & Grill
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