Named for its proximity to the State Capitol building, the Capitol Hill area is a diverse Denver neighborhood that is popular with many young professional and artists alike. Bounded by major roadways Broadway, Downing, Colfax, and 7thAve., this area is right near the heart of downtown Denver. Excellent public transportation is available in this area making commutes a breeze.
The Capitol Hill area is buzzing with nightlife, being home to some of the premier concert venues in Denver. The Ogden theater was built in 1917, and has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places. With a capacity of 1,600 people, the Ogden plays host to well known artists and up-and-comers alike, all in an intimate concert setting. On the slightly larger side is the Fillmore Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of 3,700. While there are still more obscure names that play there, the artists booked at the Fillmore are typically more recognizable. Some past examples include Marilyn Manson, Paramore, Bad Religion, and more recently Meghan Trainor, Three Days Grace, Third Eye Blind, Nick Jonas, and Damien Marley. As such, the Fillmore often ranks in the top tier in both gross and attendance for American concert venues (according to both Billboard and Pollstar magazines).
Capitol Hill also contains some of the most popular Denver night clubs, including Club Vinyl and The Church. Both of these venues are known for their highly skilled DJs and lively, upbeat atmospheres. In addition to nightlife, there are a plethora of restaurants and eateries in the area, including the cult classic Voodoo Doughnuts that opened in Denver in 2014 to much fanfare. Some fan favorites include the Maple Bacon Bar and Portland Cream, doughnuts that have carved out an impressive following despite Voodoo’s “cash only” policy. Or, if you’re not in the mood for sugar, grab a drink and some pub food at the new Oblios Cap Hill Tavern or pair your drinks with some video games at the 1 Up Colfax Arcade and Bar.
Capitol Hill also offers a unique and eclectic shopping experience. Look for some trendy jewelry and accessories at Pandora on the Hill, or browse the hip second-hand selection at Buffalo Exchange. The Kilgore Used Books and Comics store is a must-stop for any bookworm, and Wax Trax Records is an actual record store for vintage music enthusiasts. There’s plenty of places to shop, eat, or visit in Capitol Hill.
Capitol Hill – Real Estate Snapshot
Capitol Hill is the most populous Denver neighborhood. The diversity of the area is reflected in the range of home prices from condo conversions in the mid $100,000′s, to mansions surpassing $1,000,000. Once the home to wealthy Denverites, homebuyers can still find stately Tudors, Victorians and Greek Revival style architecture. Further, condos and apartments are plentiful for those looking for a nice urban atmosphere without shelling out huge sums of money.
Photo graciously provided by Johnathan J. Stegeman.
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