|Standing on the west side
of I-25 and overlooking Downtown Denver, Highland is a resurgent center city neighborhood
with a rich ethnic history. The community has been home to many waves of American
immigrants--Italian, Irish, German and Mexicanwho established the neighborhood's
still-thriving churches, businesses, restaurants and cultural events.
Housing types available in Highland are
wide-rangingrow houses, duplexes, apartments above retail shops, grand Victorian and
Queen Anne mansions, and post-WW II era single family detached houses. The streets and the
neighborhood's hilly topography are lined with trees. Highland is also characterized by
its diverse age demographics, and has the largest population of kids aged 0-5 years in the
City & County of Denver.
The Central Platte Valley, the South
Platte River and I-25 create a series of buffers between Downtown and Highland, giving
residents in Highland the advantage of quick accessibility to Downtown, while the
neighborhood remains very much distinct from Downtown's core. 15th Street is the
neighborhood's primary connection to Downtown.
Highland also offers a couple of unique
commercial districts with locally owned specialty retailers and restaurants at 33rd and
Tejon Street, and at 32nd Avenue between Zuni and Clay Streets. Residents in this
predominantly Latino neighborhood patronize these popular districts' restaurants, coffee
shops, bookstores and specialty food stores. Another resurgent and popular commercial
district is nearby at 32nd and Lowell, across Federal Boulevard in the West Highland
Here are some other highlights of the
- Potter's Row: A historic district of
renovated Victorian houses on Bryant Street between 32nd and 34th Streets.
- West 28th Avenue Historic District: Tucked
into a corner of the neighborhood overlooking the Central Platte Valley, this block-long
historic district features beautiful turn-of-the-century flagstone houses and sidewalks.
Also known as "Stoneman's Row."
- Churches: Highland's early immigrant
communities built striking churches that still stand today--Asbury, Mt. Carmel, Our Lady
of Guadalupe, St. Patrick's and others. (Asbury, a sandstone building constructed as a
Methodist church, has been empty for some time and is a possible housing development. Its
tower can be seen clearly from the 16th Street Mall in Downtown's core.)
Federal Boulevard, 38th Avenue, I-25, 23rd Avenue
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