The Ballpark Historic District is home to the Coors Field baseball stadium, built in 1995 for the Colorado Rockies. The stadium is located in the southernmost area of the neighborhood, and the neighborhood itself is situated to the north of Lower Downtown (LoDo) and Denver’s Central Business District.
The Ballpark neighborhood was once a booming industrial area that revolved around Denver’s rail line. It featured warehouses and factories that catered to train-related activities. As Denver grew so did the neighborhood, and waves of immigrants from around the world left their own personal touches on the area. In 2002 the neighborhood was granted historic district status and there has been an effort to preserve as much of the neighborhood’s rich architectural history as possible. Today it’s still possible to spot train and truck loading docks on many of the old brick buildings (1).
This neighborhood is a baseball fan’s paradise. Union Station is a short walking distance away, which provides convenient light rail transportation. Moreover, Coors field can provide incredible entertainment for those of any socio-economic background, as there are 63 luxury seats and 4,500+ club seats in addition to the plentiful bleacher seats called the “Rockpile” that are as cheap as $4 per ticket for adults and $1 for kids 12 and under and seniors 55 and over. Situated behind the right field stands of the ballpark is the Blue Moon Brewery at the Sandlot, a microbrewery/restaurant hybrid that emphasizes the creation of craft beers on a smaller scale. Further food options inside the ballpark are plentiful, with specialty options such as Rocky Mountain oysters, Buffalo dogs, veggie and gluten free options, Beers of the World, and Xtreme Dog (New York Dog, Chicago Dog, Santa Fe Dog, Diablo Dog, Denver Dog, and the Rockies Bacon Blue Dog). This is the perfect area for those who wish to be close to the business district as well as the vibrant nightlife created by Coors field and the charming shops and restaurants surrounding it.
Not only does the neighborhood provide easy access to the state’s baseball team, it’s also home to North Larimer Street which is a major commercial thoroughfare that provides an eclectic mix of brewpubs, restaurants, jazz clubs, galleries, and other small businesses. Here you can find the local favorite Snooze, a delicious breakfast and lunch restaurant home to some of the best pancakes around. With their made-from-scratch recipes and their commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients, Snooze has carved out an incredible following throughout the whole state of Colorado (2). Later in the day one can dine at Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza, an authentic Neapolitan restaurant- one of only 40 in the country. Marco’s utilizes fresh ingredients not only from Italy, but from the Colorado countryside as well (3).
BALLPARK – REAL ESTATE SNAPSHOT
Ballpark is a great place to truly experience urban living. Many of the old warehouses and factories are now being turned into stylish lofts and apartments as well as Brownstones. Not only have developers turned valueless building into new construction space, many residences are available now, and even more are planned for the future. If you’re looking for a modern, industrial feel, this is a great place to explore your options. There is a wide variety of housing options for different lifestyles, all at different price points (1). Growth and development is frequently occuring in the area, increasing property value at every turn, and providing a wonderful taste of urban life!
3) Marcos Pizza