Neighborhood Profile: North Park Hill
North Park Hill History:
A Prussian German named Baron Allois Guillaume Eugen Von Winckler is credited as “the father of Park Hill.” He purchased the plot of land that is now South Park Hill and platted it, “Park Hill” in 1885. Winckler died thirteen years later and upon his death investors bought the Park Hill holdings. The original land owned by the Baron was annexed to Denver in 1893, while land composing the greater Park Hill (North Park Hill and Northeast Park Hill) was added ten years later.
Investors construction efforts were focused mostly in the South Park Hill Area. Post WW II however, there was a housing shortage in Denver. Park Hill developers built more homes to accommodate this growth. You can see this with the majority of modest mid century homes in North Park Hill. The U.S. Supreme Court also ruled that housing restrictions were unenforceable. African American families were moving to North Park Hill from neighborhoods like Five Points. Initially the neighborhood experienced “white flight.” There were new and old time residents however, that wanted to make integration work. In 1972 the City of Denver divided Park Hill into three sections. As a result much of New Park Hill became what in now, North Park Hill.
North Park Hill Today:
The America Planning Association declared Park Hill among the top ten “great places to live in America” in 2008. With quiet streets, cute mid-century brick homes, and the strong community involvement, North Park Hill just seems to get better with each passing year.
North Park Hill is bounded by Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the north, East 23rd Avenue to the south, Colorado Boulevard to the west, and Quebec Street to the east.
Who lives there:
Married couples make up a majority of the neighborhood (over 40%), 35% are single, and children are in 25% of the households. Annual Residential Turnover is almost 16%.
Median Sales Price:
$492,000 for a single family residence (2017)
Strong community involvement, large sized lots
No retail or restaurants within the neighborhood
Montessori Children’s House of Denver
Smiley Middle School
Stedman Elementary School
Hallett Science and Tech Academy
Thomas Earnest McClain Park
Public Transportation and Bike Lanes:
Bus Lines that run along and through the neighborhood include the 28, 28B, 40, 43, 20, 65, and 73.
MLK Boulevard has a designated bike Lane. Shared lane bike routes in the area include the D15, D6, and the D17.
Goodstein, Phil. Park Hill Promise: The Quest for an Idyllic Denver Neighborhood.
New Social Publications. Denver, CO, 2012. Print.
“Park Hill Neighborhood History”
Denver Public Library: Neighborhood History Guides
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