Located on the west side of I-25 overlooking Downtown Denver, Highlands 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 Mexican-who established the neighborhood's still-thriving churches, businesses, restaurants and cultural events.
In recent years, this thriving area has become the place to be for young urbanites wanting to own homes close to Downtown. Its popularity has meant a boom in home sales, new buildings and the overall vibrancy of the neighborhood. Yet traditional bungalows and brick homes remain mainstays up and down each quiet street. Sprinkled among the old homes and new lofts you'll find neighborhood churches, corner groceries and family-owned cafes and shops. There's a little bit of everything from block to block, creating the neighborhood's old-world charm.
Denver's Highlands neighborhood (not to be confused with Highlands Ranch) has undergone drastic changes in the past few years, becoming somewhat re-gentrified. Highlands is now a cove of cozy restaurants, novelty stores and martini bars just outside the bustle of Downtown Denver.
Demarcated by W 38th Ave., Zuni St., W. 32nd Ave., and Federal Blvd, the 250-acre neighborhood has always been known for its ethnic diversity. More recently been given life by its Spanish-speaking population. Remnants of Highland's diverse history are apparent in the Scottish and Spanish street names, and historic landmarks like the mission-style St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Highlands' residential district features quaint architecture, making it a sought-after destination for young families and LoDo business professionals. Building interiors are characterized by their exposed brick walls, winding staircases and other attributes of Victorian architecture. Highland is currently undergoing a housing revival with the construction of a number of new houses, condos and rentals in a variety of architectural styles. Its six recreational parks with youth baseball diamonds, basketball courts, flower beds and picnic benches complement the area's small neighborhood ambiance.
The commercial district along 32nd and 29th Streets, is lined with trendy boutiques, martini bars, Americana restaurants and salons. With its growing allure for residents and businesses, Highlands is evolving into a very desirable neighborhood.
Highlands homes are wide-ranging—row 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.
Hilly, tree-lined streets and an eclectic mix of housing characterize this area. The Highland neighborhood is set up on a hill above the city, and residents say they have the unique feeling of living far away from the city's hubbub while still being a quick bike or scooter ride from the heart of Downtown.