Harvey Park South

Neighborhood Profile: Harvey Park South

Harvey Park South History:

Forty-five acres of the Harvey Park South area were first purchased in 1890 for the St. Mary’s Academy. The Catholic girls’ school was run by the Sisters of Loretto and had outgrown its previous location. The school was a five-story, 186 room, Romanesque-style Building. The Sisters almost lost the property in the silver crash of 1893. Mother Praxedes Carty persuaded the mortgage holders to extend the loan, and the school was not only saved but prospered in the coming decades.

Fair Hill farms were the other prominent property in the region. West of St. Mary’s, owner John Flower planted lush gardens, built multiple barns, and had an orchard with many fruit trees. He sold the property to a U.S. Navy Commander who, in-turn, sold it to Herbert C. Stebbins in 1942. Stebbins and his daughter restored the run-down property and named the land Hillcroft. For ten years they ran a small farm and raised varying small livestock. During this time the Catholic school became Loretto Heights College, a four-year women’s college. Herbert Stebbins made a deal with Loretto Heights College to sell the property to them upon his death.

A majority of the neighborhood was untouched until the mid-twentieth century. In 1958 the land was annexed to Denver. During this time the city saw a large increase in population as GI’s were returning from war. The first development platted during this time was Sharon Park. Soon new subdivisions were popping up to the west of the college. Because the neighborhood of Harvey Park to the north was almost fully developed this new area was commonly referred to as Harvey Park South.

By 1960 the neighborhood seemed mostly built-out, yet numerous parcels both large and small remained vacant. Today, high-density apartments have been built on some of those parcels. Others, totaling about 100 acres, remain undeveloped.

Harvey Park South Today:

Harvey Park South is a quiet neighborhood with a suburban feel. A majority of the homes are mid-century brick, ranch-style homes. The community is home to mostly long-time residents and families.

HARVEY PARK SOUTH

Where:
Harvey Park is bounded by W. Yale Avenue to the north, U.S. Highway 285 to the south, S. Sheridan Boulevard to the west and S. Federal Boulevard to the east.

Who Lives There:
The population is 45% married, 32% single and 29% of households have children. The Annual Residential Turnover is 18.29%.

Retail Areas:
Sheridan Blvd.
Hampden Ave.
Federal Blvd.

Median Sales Price:
$342,500 for a single-family residence (2017)

Main Attractions:
Strong community involvement and outreach

Common Complaints:
Grafitti and tagging on buildings

Schools:
Sabin Elementary School
DSST: College View Middle School and High School
Colorado Heights University
Gust Elementary School

Local Parks:
Loretto Heights Park

Public Transportation and Bike Lanes:
Buses servicing neighborhood: 27 (W. Yale Ave./ Raleigh St./ Federal Blvd.), 30, 30C (Lowell Blvd.), 50, 51 (Sheridan Blvd.) and 29, 36, 36L (Federal Blvd.)

Shared lane bicycle routes: D20 (W. Yale Ave.), D1 (S. Raleigh St.), D3 and D22-A (S. Lowell Blvd./ Knox Ct.) and W. Bates Ave. D22 is a bike lane running W. Dartmouth Ave.

Art Venues and Annual Events:
Harvey Park Improvement Association: http://www.harveypark.org


Sharon R. Catlett.
Farmlands, Forts & Country Life: The Story of Southwest Denver

Published by Big Earth Publishing, Boulder, CO.
2007. Print.

“Harvey Park South”
Community Facts: Neighborhood Summaries
http://denvermetrodata.org/neighborhood/harvey-park-south
Copyright 1998, The Piton Foundation. Web.8/2017.

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

Central Park

StapletonNeighborhood Profile: Central Park

Central Park History:

Central Park, (formerly Stapleton) located seven miles outside of downtown Denver, was originally known as Sand Creek or Rattlesnake Hollow. In the early 1920s, the aviation industry was steadily growing in Denver. Mayor Benjamin Stapleton wanted to build a local airport to centralize this growth. The mayor secured Charles Vail, the manager of the Improvements and Parks Department, to help oversee the development. Ultimately the pair chose Rattlesnake Hollow as the best location.

The airport met with resistance from locals right from the start. Many Denver residents were worried about the costs of such a huge commercial venture. Even with the opposition, the airport opened in October 1929 and was named Denver Municipal Airport (DMA.) In its first year, DMA turned a profit and over the next decade, it would steadily grow.

After World War II the number of people flying commercially grew exponentially. DMA grew as well and in 1944 was renamed Stapleton Airfield in honor of the current mayor. Over the next several decades the airport would continue to expand. The original 640 acres of land increased to over 4,00o acres. By 1961 Stapleton was ranked third in the country for total aircraft operations. Soon, the airport was renamed, again, as Stapleton International Airport.

In the 1980’s Stapleton International Airport was outgrowing its location. With an increased demand for national and international air traffic and the size of new aircraft, the airport needed more land to expand. A new airport was built further east and Stapleton International Airport closed in February of 1995. Six years later the city began redevelopment of the land for new housing with a mixed-development community.

Today:

Denver’s continuous growth has made the redevelopment of Central Park essential. Three thousand acres are being developed with 4,000 apartments, 8,000 houses and 2 million square feet of retail space. Over 1,000 acres are designated for parks and open space. When all construction is complete in 2020, Stapleton will house up to 30,000 people.

Where:
Central Park is bounded by E. 56th Ave./ Wildlife Drive to the north, Montview Boulevard/ E. 26th Ave. to the south, Quebec Street to the west and Havana St./ Lima St. to the east.

Who Lives There:
The population is 52% married, 32% single and 53% of households have children. The Annual Residential Turnover is 26.58%

Retail Areas:
Quebec Street
36th Avenue
29th Avenue
Syracuse Street
Yosemite Street
Northfield Blvd.

Median Sales Price:
$538,450 (2017): $382,500 for a condo/ townhouse, $630,775 for a single family residence.

Main Attractions:
There are close to 50 parks in the neighborhood, three public swimming pools and great mass transit, including the RTD light rail.

Common Complaints:
Heavy traffic through the center of the neighborhood. Central Park Boulevard is a straight shot from the new I-70 exit down to Montview.

Schools:
William Roberts Elementary School, Isabella Bird Community School, Swigert International School, Denver School of Science & Technology, Montessori Children’s House of Denver, Westerly Creek Elementary School, Primrose School at Stapleton, Creative Learning Preschool- Denver, Northfield High School, The Goddard School, High Tech Elementary School and Denver Discovery School

Local Parks:
Westerly Creek Park, Puddle Jumper Park, Arc Park, Bouquet Park, Cherry Pie Park, Rumble Park, Sharp Park, Central Park and rec center, Winter Park, Autumn Park, Summer Park, Spring Park, Arrowhead Park, Yosak Pocket Park, Fred Thomas Park, Founder Green, GreenWay Park, Sharpetz Park, Stapleton Off-Leash Park, Constellation Park, Rolling Bluff Park, Pea Pod Park, Cottonwood Clearing Park, Lifted Meadow Park, Willow Basin Park, Willow Park East Dog Park, Harvest Park, Conservatory Green, Pocket Park, Northfield Pond Park, The Green (North), Bluff Lake Nature Center, Runway 35 Park, Quilted Park, Sand Creek Regional Greenway, Smith Road Trailhead, *Aviator Park and Pool, *F-15 Pool in Stapleton and *Jet Stream Pool

Public Transportation and Bike Lanes:
The RTD A light rail stops at Central Park Station.

Busses servicing the neighborhood (including service from Central Park Station): 28, 34, 37, 42, 43, 62, 65, 73, 88, 89 and 105

Bike Lanes in the neighborhood include: D2 (Smith Rd. & E. 47th Ave.), D21 (Central Park Blvd.), D8 (Montview Blvd.), D19 (Syracuse St.), D6 (E. 29th Ave.), D6-A ( E. 26th Ave. through Greenway Belt Park) and Havana Street

Multi-use trails: Sand Creek Greenway Trail, Westerly Creek Trail, Northfield Pond Park and two in Central Park

Resources for Annual Events:
Stapleton Master Community Association: http://www.stapletoncommunity.com


“Our Story”
Stapleton Denver: Community
http://history.denverlibrary.org/capitol-hill-neighborhood-history

Web.6/2017

“Stapleton International Airport”
Stapleton International Airport: Articles
https://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/stapleton-international-airport
Copyright 2016, Colorado Encyclopedia. Web.6/2017.

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

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October 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

The October 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics show a continued seasonal slow down. A large .2% rise in interest rates from September also may be contributing to a slower paced market. However, even with the average days on market increasing to nearly a month, October saw a rise in the number of homes sold. This tells us that even if buyers are taking more time to choose a home, the demand is there. Home prices are dropping slightly which is typical for this time of year, but could also be a reflection of the influence of the now average interest rate of 4.83%, the highest interest rates we’ve seen in seven years.

October 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

Athmar Park

Neighborhood Profile: Athmar Park

Athmar Park History:

Athmar Park originally started out as a few independent parcels. The northeast portion was rural farmland at the turn of the 20th century. A majority of those farms were wheat fields and celery farms. The eastern border was once part of what is now the Valverde neighborhood. And the northwest part of the land was orginally a neighborhood called Mountain View Park.

Athmar Park

Starting in 1902 portions of these lands were incrementally annexed by Denver, starting with the eastern edge. These small annexations continued for more than 30 years. One of the last parcels annexed was Mountain View Park in 1943. The land changed hands three different times before being auctioned and sold to John and Thomas McCusker in 1946. The two brothers developed the land as a Denver subdivision named “Athmar Park.” Supposedly the name originated as a combination of Athea and Mary, the names of the brothers’ two wives.

Athmar Park Today:

Athmar-Park
Athmar Park is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Denver. A majority of the homes were built in the mid- 20th century, but there are the still original 1880s brick style homes and also bungalows from the 20’s and 30s in the old Mountain View Park area. Neighbors take pride in their community involvement and love the many local parks.

Where:
Athmar Park is bounded by Federal Boulevard to the west, South Platte River to the east, W. Alameda Avenue to the north, and W. Mississippi Avenue to the south.

Who Lives There:
The population is 44% single, 35% married and 28% of households have children. The Annual Residential Turnover is 20.29%

Retail Areas:
Federal Boulevard
Alameda Avenue
Jason Street
Mississippi Avenue

Median Sales Price:
$288,000 for a single family residence (2017)

Main Attractions:
Afforable area to buy a home and strong community involvement

Common Complaints:
Higher percentage of petty crime compared to other Denver neighborhoods and not enough casual retail (i.e. drug stores)

Schools:
St. Rose of Lima School
KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
KIPP Denver Collegiate School
Goldrick Elementary School

Local Parks:
Vanderbilt Park
Habitat Park
Aspgren Park
Huston Lake Park
South Platte River Trail

Public Transportation and Bike Lanes:
Buses servicing the area are the 11, 3, 14, 4, 30, 30L, 31, and 36L

The South Platte River Trail is a multi-purpose trail and bike path. Shared lane bicycle routes are the D7 (S. Jason Street) and D5 (Zuni Street).

Resources:
Anthmar Park Neighborhood Association: http://athmarpark.com
Athmar Park


“About Athmar Park”
Athmar Park Neighborhood Association
http://athmarpark.com/athmarpark/

5/2017

“Athmar Park”
Community Facts: Neighborhood Summaries
http://denvermetrodata.org/neighborhood/athmar-park
Copyright 1998, The Piton Foundation. Web.5/2017.

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

September 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

The September 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics show a big seasonal slow down on top of a general slowing down or steadying of the market. September ended with a median sale prices drop, as well as a reduction in the number of sales, and new listings to pre-spring sales season numbers. Despite this market slow down, listing agents are pricing homes at a high average price per square foot of $221. This could help to explain why homes are sitting on the market longer, at an average of 26 days before going under contract. This is great news for buyers who now have more time to find the right home, although historically the winter months offer fewer listings for buyers to choose from. One increase that has remained constant throughout the year is that of interest rates. At an average rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages of 4.63% we now have the highest rates we have seen in seven years.

 

September 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

Whittier

Whittier - Manual High SchoolNeighborhood Profile: Whittier

Whittier History:

The Whittier neighborhood was one of the first neighborhoods to extend beyond the bounds of Denver’s original Congressional Grant. The neighborhood was named after a local school. The school was named in honor of the nineteenth-century abolitionist poet, John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier wrote about the injustices of slavery and questioned the hypocrisy of a nation founded on freedom. In the early 20th century Denver put restrictive housing covenants and color lines in place. African Americans had to live within the boundary lines of Whittier and Five Points.

Segregation did not stop residence from pushing to make their lives and circumstances better. One example, is that of Marie A. Greenwood. Greenwood was hired by Denver schools as the city’s first African-American teacher. She was under a three-year probation period. No other black teachers could be hired until she passed this probation. Her success gave many African-Americans the opportunity to be teachers in the school district. By the 1950’s housing restrictions had been ruled unconstitutional. Although people in the community were moving to new suburbs and neighborhoods like Park Hill, many chose to stay in Whittier.

Whittier Today:

The many fine craftsman that once lived here left a legacy of great architectural styles. The Whittier neighborhood still boasts many victorian homes with ornate details. There are many parks with wide streets and larger lots. The neighborhood is very diverse and more young families are moving in every year.

Where:
Whitter is bounded by Downing Street to the west, York Street to the east, East 31st Avenue to the north, and East 23rd Avenue to the south

Who Lives There:
The population is 48% single, 31% married and 21% of households have children. The Annual Residential Turnover in 24.26%.

Retail Areas:
Race Street
Downing Street

Median Sales Price:
$484,000 for  a single family home (2017)

Main Attractions:
A diverse population, great architecture and close to downtown

Common Complaints:
High crime rate compared to other Denver neighborhoods

Schools:
St. Elizabeths School
Manual High School
Whittier K-8 School

Local Parks:
Fuller Park/ Fuller Dog Park
George Morrison Sr. Park
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Park
Madame CJ Walker Park
Frederick Douglass Park

Public Transportation and Bike Lanes:
The RTD D line Light Rail stops at 30th and Downing

The Buses that service Whittier are the 12, 32, 34, 24, 43, and 28

Shared lane bicycle routes are the D6 (E. 29th Ave.) and D11 (Lafayette Street and Franklin ). There is a designated bike lane on E. 31st Avenue.

Whittier


“History of the Whittier Neighborhood”
Whittier Neighborhood Association

http://www.whittierneighborhood.org/whittier-neighborhood-association/history-whittier-neighborhood
5/2017

”Five Points- Whittier Neighborhood History”Denver Public Library: Neighborhood History Guides https://history.denverlibrary.org/five-points-whittier-neighborhood-history
5/2017

June 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

The June 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics show a steadying of the market. For three months in a row, and three of the historically best months for real estate, the median sale price for all homes within the greater Denver Metro area has remained the same, at $415,000. This is the first time in years that we have seen this kind of price stabilization. The stabilization might be due, in part, to the continued rise in interest rates. Interest rates in June dropped ever so slightly to 4.57% for average 30 year fixed rate mortgages. The number of new listings dropped slightly, but the number of homes increased slightly as well. The average number of days a listing stays on the market remained unchanged from to May 2018. Have we reached our maximum median sale price for 2018? There are only a few months left before the summer real estate market comes to an end.

June 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

Cory-Merrill

Cory-MerrillNeighborhood Profile: Cory-Merril

Cory-Merrill History:

The Cory-Merrill neighborhood was originally named Coronado by S. Allen and Henrietta Long. The couple platted the land in 1883. Coronado was then part of the town of South Denver. The Long family, with help from John Babcock, persuaded school district #35 to open an academy in their area. Babcock was instrumental in the development of the University Park neighborhood and by 1886 he had erected the Coronado School. Babcock would also serve as the head of the school board but the Coronado school would start to fade by 1904.

At the turn of the century the neighborhood was annexed to Denver. A majority of the land was farms and orchards. In 1906 St. Thomas Aquinas Theological Seminary was founded on 60 acres of land. Backers of the seminary liked the fact that it was so secluded with a lot of open space. Sponsors hoped it would “restore the health of those aspiring to the priesthood” and “redress the way tuberculosis ravished many hopeful theologians.”

In the 1940’s, farmland was donated to Denver Public Schools by Mr. Armstrong. To replace aging facilities, the school district built Cory Elementary and Merrill Junior High School. Both schools were named after influential Denver educators, John J. Cory and Louise A. Merrill. Developer, Les Tremblay purchased plots around the school at the same time. He built tract homes to house soldiers coming home from WWII. The single story homes became known as, Les Tremblay small houses. Soon after the neighborhood would become the Cory-Merrill neighborhood.

Cory-Merrill Today:

Cory-Merrill is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Denver and has become quite popular with young families. The seminary is still thriving and the namesake schools, still going strong. Many of the Les Tremblay houses have been scrapped for larger and more modern homes.

Cory-Merrill

Where:
Cory- Merrill is bounded by E. Mississippi Avenue to the north, I-25 to the south, S. University Boulevard to the west, and S. Colorado Boulevard to the east.

Who Lives There:
The population is 48% single, 37% married, and 21% of households have children. The Annual Residential Turnover is 28.13%.

Retail Areas:
Colorado Boulevard

Median Sales Price:
$743,000 for a single family home (2017)

Main Attractions:
A quiet neighborhood, close to the light rail, close to Washington Park, strong community involvement

Common Complaints:
Cory Merrill is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Denver

Schools:
Cory Elemetary School
Merrill Middle School
College America
St. Vincent De Paul School
Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missonary Seminary

Public Transportation and Bike Lanes:
Buses servicing the neighborhood: 11 (Mississippi Avenue), 24 (University Blvd.), and 40 (Colorado Blvd.)

There are three shared bicycle routes: D13 (Steele Street), D18 (Florida Avenue), and D16 (Mississippi Avenue)

Annual Events & Resources:
Lights of Love “Luminaria” (Nov./Dec.)

Cory Merrill Neighborhood Association: http://www.corymerrill.org

Cory-Merrill


Phil Goodstein. The History of South Denver: The Haunts of Washington Park
Published by New Social Publications, Denver, CO.
2009. Print.

“Cory-Merrill Neighborhood History”
Cory Merrill Neighborhood Association
http://www.corymerrill.org/wp-content/uploads/cmn_takreda_allred_history.pdf
Copyright 1998, The Piton Foundation. Web.6/2017.

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

May 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

The May 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics are out and show a big boost in the number of listings and the number of sold homes, which is exactly what we expect to see this time of year. However, what is most surprising about these May 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics is that the median sale price of $415,000 for all residential properties in the greater five county area did not rise one bit over what we saw in April. What could this mean? Well, demand is still high, in fact we saw a drop in the average days that a listing stays active on the market so buyers are still snatching up properties as fast as they can. Digging deeper into the May 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics, the median list price also remained the same through April and May at $424,900 and was slightly higher in March at $425,000. The median sales price of $415k for two months is in direct correlation to the median list price. Interest rates continue their slow climb, ever closer to an average 30 year fixed rate of 5%.

May 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

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April 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics

Hot Spring Market 

Despite interest rates continuing to climb, (up to 4.7%) these April 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics show home values continuing to rise. Many more listings hit the market in April and we should see even more before the summer months. Buyers are still competing for homes in this strong seller’s market. Median home sales prices for attached and detached homes in our greater five county area is at an all time high of $415,000. Sellers saw their average price for square foot grow to $222 and the average day on the market shrink to just 20 days. No surprises that this spring real estate market is as hot ever.

April 2018 Denver Real Estate Statistics