Monthly Archives: February 2017

LoHi – Another Chapter of North Denver

 

Easy access to Downtown

The pedestrian bridge at 15th st.

Welcome to this week’s Denver Real Estate Hot Topics presented to you by DenverHomesMarket.com. We have spent the last 11 weeks or so writing about some of Denver’s’ most sought after residential neighborhoods. We started with Applewood – The Gateway to the Rockies. We then powered through, as we continue to work our way through each neighborhood highlighted on Denver’s’ premier Hyper-local content real estate website. Next on the list is LoHI or Lower Highlands. The development in Lohi has mostly been where they have scraped older homes and now you’ll find quite a few Townhomes for sale in LoHi.

Last week our focus was on Highland / West Highland – This week we continue the story with a relatively new comer to the next chapter of North Denver – LoHi (Lower Highlands) As the area of North Denver continues its evolution so do the names of neighborhoods evolve. The story of LoHi is really the story of Highland which in time became North Denver and more recently has reverted back to its roots of Highland with several distinctions along the way as the area continues to grow in popularity. Today we have Sunnyside, Berkeley, Highland, West Highland and of course LoHi. Where you will likely find modern townhouses for sale in Lohi. This entire area really exploded in population as residents of Denver were escaping the flood waters of May 1864. There have been several groups of people to call North Denver home.  From the late 1800’s with a large German and Irish Population to the Italians of the early 1900’s to the Latino population that flourished and grew during the mid-1900’s. However, the only constant in the story of Highlands is the constant story of change. As evolution of the area continues and with the huge boost of business development of the 2000’s. The gentrification and development of recent years have created a double-edged sword as prices rise the affordability for the once thriving working class continues to struggle. This may bode well for those who have owned property and have enjoyed the rise in value in their land. However, those who have once enjoyed the lower rents than downtown are now seeing the rents rise and affordability more difficult. Many working class are now looking west and either North towards Westminster and Thornton or to the south to more affordable neighborhoods in Lakewood, Barnum and Harvey Park as Alternatives. However, those areas also are seeing the rise in housing prices.

Today, you will mostly find Flats, Condos and Townhouses for sale in LoHi. Denver Neighborhoods with walkability are some of the most sought after. People enjoy walking to Restaurants, Bars, shops and small offices. The walkability to pretty much everything you need is right here in LoHi. Then you have the 15th street bridge where you can walk from your LoHi Condo, right across the I-25 and into Lower Downtown. (or LoDo as its referred to)

Today as I write this post there are 26 homes for sale in LoHi. Starting out at 315,000 gets you a one bedroom one bath condo of appox 620 sq ft. All the way to a 3 bedroom 3 bath over 3,000 sq foot flat in LoHi for just under 2 million dollars. Click this text to see all the homes currently available in LoHi!!

If you or someone you know is looking for a vibrant place to live with nightlife and shopping nearby, the walkable Denver neighborhood LoHi may just be the perfect spot. For more information on the area or throughout Denver metro please call me direct 720-688-5110. Thank you for reading this week’s Real Estate Hot Topics. Tune in next week as the journey continues with Lakewood.  – Ricky Schoonover of Nostalgic Homes.

Denver Highland-Just part of the North Denver Story

Highland Square Business district.

Highland has great lil pockets of business districts, giving the neighborhood good walkability.

Talk about a mis-mash of neighborhoods the “Highlands” or North Denver can spark some heated debates as gentrification has taken hold and several neighborhoods do their best to hold onto what they know as home. However, The story of the highlands really date back to 1858 when the area was laid out by William Larimer, Jr. and the Native Arapahoe long before that.

What really put the “highlands” on the map, so to speak was the flood in May of 1864 folks needed to get out of the low-lying areas of Denver proper and seek higher/dryer ground. Thus, Highlands was the logical choice.

Over the years many ethnicities have called “highlands” home from early dating back to the pioneer days and the “Wild West” the Irish had a large footprint, seeking gold, to the Italians who brought their brick laying skills in the early 1900’s.  (Thus, my lil two bedroom one bath bungalow built in 1910 and still stands tall today) Yes, I live on W. 29th Ave in what is technically known as Sloan Lake. (I’m on the south side of the road and West Highland lies on the north side of the road) Then after world war two in the early 1940’s and 50’s sub-divisions took off as agriculture, commerce and industry flourished and brought people from all walks of life looking to make their way. Many Latino’s moved here seeking work in the agricultural business. Middle class families were often forced by economics’ to move out ward from the city center and find homes in the outlying communities to continue to live and make ends meet.

The Latino community flourished, the Irish were long gone with the bust of the gold rush, the Italian’s held onto what they could and the community was in transition throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. Today, as you pass through the neighborhoods you will still find many Italian restaurants still serving up many of the staples which help tell the story of North Denver “Highlands”. Then of course from Churches, to restaurants to food trucks to markets there is a strong Latino population that through the 1950’s up until recent years, were the majority demographic in the area. With the gentrification, there is noted tension as the older Denver homes are being demolished and higher density housing is being pushed by the city and pushed back by the residents who see their homes being once again wiped out to make room for the next chapter of Highlands. With newer more modern Denver Highlands townhouses for sale. It’s a mixed bag of younger couples who find charm in the remnants of the areas deep rich culture. Some see these newcomers as a threat while others see the rising home prices as an opportunity to sell their homes and move on to other areas. The push for higher density has not come without it’s challenges yet the community continues to thrive and grow.

Geographically Highland, depending on who you ask, is bounded by Federal Blvd. to the west, the I-25 (and Beyond) to the East, W. 38th Ave. to the North and W. 29th Ave to the South. Then of course we have the new comer to the market with splitting Highland at Zuni to I-25 and calling it LoHi (Lower Highland) West Highland starts with its western border being Sheridan Blvd. Federal on her Eastern border and keeping with W. 29th to the south and W. 38th to the North.

Then you can really go crazy, as over the years’ neighborhoods have worked hard to distinguish themselves from the various styles of homes for sale in Denver Highlands with hyper local grids like Scottish Highlands, Victorian houses for sale in Potter Highlands, Homes for sale near Highland Park and even breaking out Berkeley and Sunnyside to be “Upper-Highlands” Then to really throw you off we have “Highlands Ranch” which is nowhere near Highlands but about 30 minutes to the south.

Bottom line, it’s a wonderful and ever-changing area with an eclectic mix of demographics, and just as eclectic, are the mix of homes with beautiful Victorian homes for sale in Denver or better known as “the painted ladies of Victoria” to the Italian Bungalows, the cute and artistic craftsmen and the California Ranch style homes for sale. More recently, the very modern townhouses that have been cropping up where the land has become more valuable to scrape an old home and build a duplex.

Currently there are 17 homes for sale in Highland/West Highland area. To see all the current listings, click right here.  You will find Interactive maps and fun facts about the area as well as current detailed information on Houses for sale in Denver Highlands .

I would like to thank you for reading this week’s blog.

If you are someone you know is looking to buy or sell anywhere in Denver Metro please call me direct at 720-688-5110.

If you have other questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at RickySchoonover@gmail.com.