There was once a lucky Harvey
It was once the pastureland owned by famed Major Arthur Harvey who had a decorated career with many twists in turns. He served just two years during World War I. He started as a private was promoted to Sergeant. He left the military and went to work in the postal service even worked picking cotton. In which, his production afforded him free room and board. He saved his money and eventually invested in the new and quickly growing oil industry. His investment in what became the East Texas Oil Field paid off and paid off big, he himself would become an oil man. He chose to open his first operation in Marion, Illinois where he discovered the Tonti Oil field. The money he had coming in off of his Illinois boom helped him finance yet another venture in Anderson Texas where after plenty of dry drills he hit pay dirt. He discovered the famous East Long Lake field and unlocked millions of gallons all of which by now was owned by the Harvey Company. He re-entered the military as a Captain in the Army Air Forces and served as an Intel officer and eventually promoted to Major. After the war he returned the US. Where he resumed operations and sole owner of the “Tex” Harvey Oil Company and wrote a book “Creed of an American Business Man”
Harvey Park Grows
Harvey owned the pastureland where Harvey Park and the surrounding neighborhood are located today. After World War II the area flourished with development. One noted Architect, who really had no formal architecture training, was the now famed Cliff May who brought his own style to the sought after “dream Home” the California Ranch. Utilizing the earth surrounding him working into his designs the prevailing wind directions smart angles to take advantage of the natural sunlight and the mid-century modern homes were smart yet affordable and functional. Embracing the space age with the Jetsons style clean lines and plate glass along with cantilever roof lines.
We lost Mr. Harvey on March 22; of 1976 he was buried at Ft Logan National Cemetery right here in Denver, Co.
Into the Future of Harvey Park houses for sale
Fast forward to today and Harvey Park continues to showcase Mr. May’s work with 170 homes by Cliff May and all 170 of them are right here in Harvey Park neighborhood. Younger couple’s years ago bought down here on the southern end of Denver due to its affordability. Get a decent lot of land, grow vegetables and chickens raise a family.
The mid-century modern Harvey Park Homes for sale, are now sought after by those who have an affection for those clean fine lines and the homes are being bought up by a wide demographic of home buyers looking to capture that Cliff May homes spirit and keep the man’s vision alive. Many locals here in Denver don’t know the neighborhood of Harvey Park, that’s part of its charm. Just a few minutes out of downtown the neighborhood lines as most neighborhoods of Denver depends on who you ask. However, generally speaking if you want to find these hidden gems of Denver, Look between Federal Blvd on the East, S. Sheridan on the west all the way North to W. Jewell and down south along W. Yale. There is a renaissance in full swing and the space age homes of yesteryear and being brought back to former glory and cherished by those who love them for their unique look, style, function and simplicity.
Harvey Park has been noted as a neighborhood with some of the fewest bars and restaurants per capita in Denver. However, something tells me that is going to change with the continued interest in the area and as the renaissance continues those new residents are going to be thirsty and hungry. It’s only a matter of time before one mixed use development after another make their way in with Entrepreneurs who want to feed and quench the thirst of those who call Harvey Park home.
If you or someone you know are interested in this quiet suburb, please .Click right here to open a wealth of information complete with maps and descriptions of homes currently available. Currently there are Harvey Park homes for sale priced from 254,900 for a 2 bedroom home to 435,000 for a 3 bedroom home of nearly 2,000 est. sq ft.
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Thank You for reading this week’s hot topics blog. Next week we dive into the neighborhood of Highland/West Highland.