University Park/Observatory Park
University Park, which is south of downtown Denver, and adjacent to Denver
University, and the nearby, smaller Observatory Park area are popular urban neighborhoods for those
who prefer to walk to coffee shops and restaurants and have an authentic
croissant and other urban amenities nearby.
Streets of the area are graced by lovely Victorian-style homes and others,
many of which were initially built to house university faculty. Much of the
housing, built in the 1930s to 1950s is small and ordinary by today's
standards and builders have been leveling them to make way for larger homes.
The university is home of the renowned Sturm College Of Law and Daniels
College Of Business. Observatory Park is named for the site of the
university's Chamberlin Observatory, an astronomical observatory built in
Cost of Housing
Small one-bedroom condos flourish in the low $100,000s. Bigger, unrenovated
three-bedroom bungalows might go for the high $300,000s to mid $400,000s
while enhanced properties and two-story homes cost $100,000 to $200,000 more.
Tudors, Victorians and meticulously restored larger, two-story homes with
four and five bedrooms, with finished basements can easily cost $1 million or
Rents for two-bedroom, two-bath apartments start at about $1,000.
The Denver Public Schools district serves this metropolitan area. An alternative
school that uses an Outward Bound approach to education, the Rocky Mountain
Expeditionary School, is nearby.
The private Denver Academy, a school for students, gifted or with learning
disabilities, who are underachieving in public schools, is also in the
neighborhood. The private University of Denver (DU) is across University
Boulevard from the neighborhood.
University Park has easy pedestrian entry to the lively University of Denver
area, home to an appetizing mix of ethnic restaurants, including a landmark ice
cream shop. The university itself gives an extensive new recreation center open
to the public and a mix of literary and cultural activities.
Also, in addition to its easy access to downtown Denver culture, University
Park/Observatory Park enjoys convenience to Washington Park amenities.
Surface streets provide access to downtown Denver, four miles or 10 to 15
minutes away. Nearby Interstate 25 offers a four mile, 30-minute rush hour
drive to the Denver Tech Center. The Denver International Airport is about 10
miles or 40 minutes away via freeways to the east.