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Harvey Park – Denver’s own Mid-Century Modern Enclave

Denver's best kept Mid-Century Modern secret

Denver’s best kept Mid-Century Modern secret

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.

If you have questions regarding buying or selling a home throughout the Denver Metro area do not hesitate to call me direct at 720-688-5110. You can also email me here.

Thank You for reading this week’s hot topics blog. Next week we dive into the neighborhood of Highland/West Highland.

 

LoDo- Boom to Bust to Destination

Beautiful condos

Just one of the many re-purposed warehouse buildings of LoDo

 

LoDo also known as…

– Lower Downtown Denver from Boom to Bust to DESTINATION number one of Denver’s many success stories of re-inventing and revitalization.

The major recent changes really started in 1988 and have continued through today. New businesses continue to add a nice vibe to the eclectic mix of LoDo high-rise condos for sale, mid-rise and historic residences. There are even re-purposed warehouses that are now restaurants, bars, architecture, offices and flats.

Stepping back in time the area that is often referred to now as simply LoDo. The area was once home to the Arapaho Tribe of
Native Americans who were established along the South Platte River. That all changed with the European explorers who continue to push west and continue to establish the wild west. The year was 1858 and the discovery of gold in the river, lower downtown is the first city of Denver and just as today was a bustling city center where things could get rowdy and unruly at times.

However, by the time the mid-twentieth century the boom went to bust and what is now LoDo had fallen into despair and was commonly known as skid row.

The area had its share of ups and downs over the years.  Until the early 1980’s when then Mayor Frederico Pena and city council put forth an aggressive Denver revitalization agenda. Pena felt the old warehouses could be re-purposed and offer lofts for sale in LoDo. The revitalization took off well into the late 80’s and beyond. Following the revitalization and a renewed energy and focus towards the preservation of the old buildings, the tide had turned as the Urban Plan for Lower Downtown worked to protect the historic buildings from demolition. However, property owners resisted the “Historic Designation” many saw this as an infringement on their rights as property owners. They were soon subject to strict re-design and re-development controls limiting what could be done with the buildings. The property owners felt this would diminish the values. Despite the heated battles, protests and opposition, the city council in 1988 passed the Lower Downtown Historic District Ordinance. The fears of the property owners proved to be the exact opposite and the revitalization continued to flourish, property values rose and the city-scape continued to improve. In 1995, Coors Field was built for the Colorado Rockies baseball team on the northeastern end of the neighborhood. Then in 1999, the Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Nuggets NBA basketball team opened on the west side of the neighborhood. Today LoDo is home to over 3,700 housing units. With many LoDo Townhouses for sale.

The historic designation provided investors two things that helped spur the development. First was the historic buildings were protected and there were no more being built, this helped limit the density and increased scarcity. The second catalyst the protection provided was certainty. Investors were assured the unique charm and overall feel would be preserved. These two elements proved to be instrumental in the contend growth and investments. That spirit of progress yet preservation continues it’s delicate balance. Offering some historic homes for sale in LoDo. You’ll also find townhomes for sale in LoDo.

There are currently 48 homes for sale and you can search all 48 by clicking on this text. Beautiful condos and many historic re-purposed buildings are now urban LoDo flats for sale  and are some of the more sought after dwellings in the area. You can view all of the listings currently available for sale. The prices range from 339,500 for a nice one bedroom condo of 731 est sq ft all the way to the exquisite masterpiece located in Riverfront Park, boasting 21 ft ceilings, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4,753 est sq ft currently listed for 3,995.00. If you seek the ultimate in urban living with everything you could need just steps from your door and transit options abound to get you around town. LoDo just might the neighborhood for you to call home.

If you or someone you know are looking to purchase a home in Denver Metro or you just have questions regarding real estate or your home’s current value,  please call me direct at 720-688-5110.

 

Curtis Park Neighborhood of Denver

Vibrant community of Curtis park

Vibrant community of Curtis park

Curtis Park, “Denver’s first streetcar suburb.”

Curtis Park was once marked remote and un-valuable.  However, it was along the horse drawn rail line utilized to transport revelers out to Billy Wise’s National Park. A resort at the end of the line where, east of the city limits “suppers for Private Parties” and the “purest liquors” awaited.

Much has changed in this not-so-little off the beaten pass neighborhood, which has ridden  its various peaks and valleys through the ages.  One of the most historical moments came in or around 1893 with the crash of the silver market and the boom to follow with just a population of 4,759 in 1870 to 106,713 in 1890. Wow, Denver was the fastest growing city in the nation during this period.

By the 1940’s, as the older population began to leave the neighborhood, Mexican Americans started to move in, originally to rent and eventually to buy up homes in the area. As the outbreak of world war 2, large numbers of Japanese also came to call Curtis Park area home.

Despite the growth and stability brought forth to the area by both Mexican American and Japanese American residents by the late 1960 and into the 1970’s Curtis Park was clearly in decline. Old torn down houses, now sit vacant lots. Despair of residents doing whatever they could to amass just enough money to move away from this distressed area and put behind them the stigma of living in a run-down, inner-city.

Fast forward to 1975, where the city received its district designation on the national register of Historic Places. The area had not lost its charm to attract a new wave of residents who treasured the homes of yesteryear preserved and saved some of the historic homes for sale in Curtis Park.

Curtis park today is once again making its mark on the Denver landscape as diverse are the housing options are its residents.  Who continue to thrive with the ebbs and flows of the overall economy and political landscape. You’ll find newer townhouses for sale in Curtis Park.  If you love sports you may want to find a Denver condo for sale near the Ballpark.

Today with the area expanding in growth and population. Houses for sale in Curtis Park  have held their own all while being part of the ever changing Denver “Five Points” neighborhood.

Your search for Curtis Park homes for sale in Denver

If you are interested in checking out all the Curtis Park homes for sale currently listed in the MLS for sale in Curtis Park, look no further than this link to be instantly taken to more information regarding homes in the area and more insider information. Click here for direct link to all Curtis Park homes listed in the local MLS.

If you are someone you know is looking to buy or sell a home in Denver Metro area, please have them call me direct at 720-688-5110.