Situated four miles south of downtown Denver, the Platt Park neighborhood is bounded by Broadway, Downing, Evans, and I-25. This thriving enclave is steeped in neighborhood pride and tradition, with its history spanning back from the twentieth century. Today, the area is being revitalized with many homes being remodeled and rebuilt.
Platt Park has a highly active neighborhood association, which goes by the Platt Park People’s Association (3PA.) This organization represents residents and business owners in the area, and deals mainly with the influx of new construction going on in the area. They publish a newsletter, The Platt Park Post, six times a year to ensure residents are always up to date on the community happenings. The association also sponsors a number of fun activities throughout the year including fundraisers, happy hours, and an annual picnic in the park. They even participate in Old South Pearl Street events such as the Halloween event, Fall Harvest Festival, and Winterfest (1).
One of the finest aspects of the neighborhood is Old South Pearl Street, a thriving local business district that some of Denver’s finest restaurants and shopping locations call home. With a history dating back to 1900, this business district saw many ups and downs until the lure of the new regional shopping malls in the 1960s rung a death knell for the local mom-and-pop businesses of the area. However, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the low rental rates of the area attracted a wave of painters, sculptors, potters, and other artisans to the area. When the economy rebounded, further businesses and restaurants were attracted to the area (2).
Now, Old South Pearl Street is home to some of the best restaurants in Denver, including Sushi Den, which is highly acclaimed for its unbeatable sushi and vegetarian options. In particular, guests have raved about their kobe beef rolls, jalapeno sashimi, and spicy tuna rolls. Their secret to success is purchasing ingredients directly from the fish market in Japan, thus bypassing Colorado’s limitations as a landlocked state. They are one of the first sushi bars in the United States to utilize this practice, and it has paid off greatly. Platt Park is also home to the award winning burger joint, Park Burger. Park Burger has an uncanny gift for making incredible sweet potato fries, turning those iffy on this acquired taste into believers. Of course, their burgers are beloved as well, particularly the El Chilango, which features the delicious combination of jalapenos, guacamole, and cheddar cheese for only $8.50. For a relaxing cup of artisan coffee, Stella’s Coffee Haus will have you eschewing big brand coffee for good. Stella’s also features local, original art and live music every weekend. Finally, for all the beer lovers out there Platt Park Brewing has been named one of the “Ten Hottest Beer Gardens Around” and one of the “Hottest Taprooms in Denver” by Zagat.
Further businesses in the area include some of the best boutiques on the Front Range. Shop the selection of fashionable second-hand clothing (or consign your own clothes!) at Common Threads, or look at the trendiest pieces of new fashion at Paige on Pearl. One of the more eclectic shops on the block is Murder By The Book, which is a mystery bookstore featuring mystery fiction, author events, and mystery book clubs. They have gained such traction that there are different categories for the book clubs you want to join, including cozy, hardboiled, and firsts, which allows you to delve into new works and find the next great mystery author (2). Platt Park is the perfect place for anyone who craves vibrancy and authenticity, with so many local shops and restaurants taking great pride in their work.
Platt Park – Real Estate Snapshot
Homes range from bungalows and Tudors built in the late 1800′s to new construction and scrapes. A duplex (half) generally starts in the $300,000′s and certain single-family homes command prices in excess of $1 million.