The beautiful neighborhood of Hilltop is exactly what its name implies; it’s perched high on a hill with gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains. The neighborhood is bordered by 8th Ave. (north), Holly St. (east), Alameda Ave. (south), and Colorado Blvd. (west), and is only minutes from downtown Denver (1). Hilltop was developed largely in the 1940s and 50s and many of the homes built were suburban-style ranches not unlike what was being built in neighboring communities. However, unlike many neighboring communities, Hilltop didn’t have a covenant with religious restrictions and it became a haven for many Jewish residents who were not welcome in other neighborhoods. However, in the 1990s a real estate boom shook the neighborhood and more development was added. Many lots have been scrapped and new, more luxurious homes have been built (2).
The neighborhood is home to many notable structures that are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places including the Joshel House, Amter Residence, and Cranmer House (3). The Joshel House is a private residence that exists as one of the most prevalent examples of International Style architecture in Denver. The International Style, which promotes volume over mass, balance over symmetry, and “the absence of ornament,” is seldom seen in Denver residential buildings. Its official nomination for the U.S. National Register of Historic Places lists the house as “the best example of a post World War II International Style residence in Denver.” Further, The Cranmer House has a completely different architectural style which illustrates the diversity of Hilltop, and the contrasting styles that act in accordance with one another to make a beautiful neighborhood. This house survives today as a two-story Italian Renaissance Revival made of stucco.
Hilltop is a family-friendly haven that boasts many schools and multiple parks including the beautiful Cranmer Park which is widely recognized for its famous sundial (1). It hosts free family festivals, including the Independence Day Family Fun Festival as a way to utilize its amazing parks and get the whole family involved. The neighborhood also prides itself on a wide diversity of religious places of worship such as the Temple Emanuel, Assumption Greek Orthodox, Augustana Lutheran, and many more.
Hilltop – Real Estate Snapshot
Homes usually run from the high $700,000′s into the multi-millions. Several renowned architects contributed to the building efforts in the neighborhood, and examples of many architectural techniques can be observed. As such, a few of the homes are preserved on the National Register of Historic Places, and many more are cherished for their sensible, yet gorgeous designs. However, some houses are being demolished to make way for larger homes, specifically on the medium sized lots.