University Neighborhood Denver

Neighborhood Profile: University

University Neighborhood Denver History:

The University neighborhood Denver owes much of its history to Denver University. John Evans founded the school as Colorado Seminary in 1864. The name changed to the University of Denver in 1880. Just a few years later the school was outgrowing its original site at Fourteenth and Arapahoe Street. The board of trustees accepted an offer of 150 acres southeast to move and expand.


There were conditions to this offer; the land had to be laid out on a street grid with trees planted. Most notable, no alcohol could be made or sold in the area. Gifts of land and cash helped the University holdings increase to almost 500 acres.  At the time University was part of the incorporated town of South Denver. Nearly ten years later the silver crash of 1893 would cause citizens to approve annexation into the City and County of Denver.

The population boomed in University after WW II, very similar to other Denver neighborhoods. Veterans stationed in Colorado decided to relocate permanently. Using GI Bills, many attended DU. The school became known as “GI Tech.” The federal government generously provided funding for construction of permanent housing in the area.

University Today:

A majority of the population continue to be college students. Close to mass transit, it’s very easy to get around the city. There are still many of the original mid-century brick homes but modern contemporary, new style craftsman and a few victorian styles can also be found.

University neighborhood Denver

University is bounded by South Downing Street to the west, South University Boulevard to the east, I-25 to the north, and East Amherst Avenue/ East Dartmouth Avenue to the south

Who Lives There:
The population is 48% single, 37% married, and 19% of households have children. The Annual Residential Turnover is 27%.

Retail Areas:
Evans Avenue
University Boulevard
Downing Street

Median Sales Price:
$535,000 for a single family home (2017),  $505,000 (condo) and $545,000 (for a detached family residence)

Main Attractions:
Close to Denver University, many parks, and the RTD Light Rail.

Common Complaints:
Many of the homes in the area are used as rentals for college students.

University of Denver
Asbury Elementary Schoo
Colorado Women’s College
University of Denver High School
The Joshua School
Illif School of Theology
St. Anne’s Episcopal School

Local Parks:
De Boer Park
Harvard Gulch Trail
Carnegie Green
Harper Humanities Gardens
Harvard Gulch Mini Park

Public Transportation and Bike Lanes:
The E, F, and H RTD Light Rail Lines stop in the neighborhood

The buses that service the neighborhood are the 24, 21, 12, and 27

Shared lane bicycle routes are the D22 (Dartmouth Ave.), D11 (Franklin St.), and D20 (Iliff Ave.) The Harvard Gulch trail is a multi- use trail

Fisher, Steve. A Brief History of South Denver & University Park.
Published by The History Press. Charleston, SC, 2012. Print.

Statistical data collected from Metrolist, Inc. RE Colorado – powered by Matrix.

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