The Park Hill neighborhood in Denver is located in the northeastern quadrant of the city. It’s bordered by East 52nd Ave (north), Quebec St. (east), East Colfax Ave. (south), and Colorado Blvd. (west.) The neighborhood does not include City Park, for which it is named, but sits directly across the street from it. The neighborhood is home to the tree-filled campus of Johnson & Wales University, one of the many satellite locations of the well-known culinary school (1). Park Hill is located five miles from Denver, two miles from Cherry Creek, and 20 miles from Denver International Airport.
First populated in 1878, Park Hill is one of Denver’s most historic residential areas. Today, the area prides itself on its residents’ high level of involvement in the community. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. (GPHC), is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that offers many services to the area, as well as coordinating a variety of events. The GPHC hosts community meetings, manages an emergency food pantry for community members, and puts on family bike rides, a Garden Walk, an Evening of the Arts, a 4th of July Parade, and a Home Tour & Street Fair, among other seasonal activities (1).
The community’s Hiawatha Davis Jr Recreation Center was recently renovated and offers a state-of-the-art gym, indoor running track, and pools. The center also hosts various activities, from sports to art, for every age. Park Hill is also home to two public libraries that offer fun and education activities for young children. The community truly prides itself on its youth, and has a youth job program that pairs kids aged 12-15 with local businesses to provide kids with a unique way to get their first taste of the working world. Many famous people hail from Park Hill, including the hometown hero Chauncey Billups, who went onto play at the University of Colorado before winning NBA finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons and spending time with the Denver Nuggets. Additionally, the current governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, lived in Park Hill before deciding to take his up residence in the Colorado Governor’s Mansion.
Restaurant-wise, Park Hill is a haven. The American restaurant Tables has some of the best pork chops, wonton crisps, and lamb shank you’ll ever try, thanks to the careful craft of chef’s Amy Vitale and Dustin Barrett, who have elected to update the menu seasonally so as to truly offer the best of Colorado’s ingredients. On the Italian side, the Cherry Tomato has been a Park Hill staple since 1997, serving up tasty spaghetti and meatballs, Gnocchi, and Pasta Felese in hearty portions. If you’re from the East Coast, or simply a philly cheesesteak enthusiastic, Famous Philly Cheesesteaks and Beer Garden has you covered with perfect amaroso rolls, generous helpings of meat and cheese, and fast delivery for the nights you just don’t feel like leaving the house. All of this is offered at highly reasonable prices, and Yelp reviewers from New York and Philadelphia have marveled at the quality of these Denver cheesesteaks.
Park Hill – Real Estate Snapshot
Park Hill is divided into three regions: South Park Hill, North Park Hill and Northeast Park Hill. South Park Hill real estate includes gorgeous Tudors, classic bungalows and newly constructed treasures such as Craftsman style homes. North Park Hill homes are moderately priced and include a variety of brick ranches and bungalows. Northeast Park Hill presents the most affordable real estate opportunities. Collectively, Park Hill prices generally range from the high $200,000′s to several million dollars, which depends on many factors, but primarily the location within the community.