Uptown, also known as North Capitol Hill, is located right next to the heart of downtown Denver. Bordered by 20th St. (north), York St. (east), Colfax Ave. (south), and Broadway (west) this neighborhood is only minutes away from many of the best attractions in Denver. It sits right across from City Park, the largest park in Denver and home of the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Gates planetarium. It’s right next to downtown Denver, only a short 2.8 miles to the southeast. This area is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods and has recently gone through a revitalization making it one of the most bustling places in the Denver area.
Sunset Magazine called Uptown “one of Denver’s hippest ‘hoods, with lively new restaurants, chic shops, and a cherry progressive vibe” (1). One beloved aspect of this thriving neighborhood is “Restaurant Row,” located on East 17th Avenue, and containing some of the best dining options in the city. One such example of this is the restaurant Ace Eat Serve, which specializes in Asian-inspired dishes served with the interesting option of playing ping pong while you wait. The indoor-outdoor bar also offers Asian beers, fresh juices, homemade sodas, and delicious cocktails. Adjacent to Ace Eat Serve is Steuben’s, which is another must-try and has gained a devout following. It has an upscale 1950s diner feel and serves up inspired interpretations of classic American cuisine. In other words, it’s comfort food that can’t be beat, especially the gravy fries, fried chicken, and lobster roll. If you aren’t too stuffed after the main course, the local favorite D Bar is an upscale dessert and wine bar with some of the best molten cake, chocolate souffle, and churros in the state. Approved by Food Network personality Keegan Gerhard, the sweets are to die for, and the savory snacks available for lunch and dinner don’t disappoint either (2).
The Colorado Black Arts Festival is a widely attended event hosted in City Park West, which is right next to Uptown. The festival has been in existence since 1987, and grew astronomically in just a few years to the point where 60,000 people attended the festival in 1990. It has maintained a loyal following ever since, with the noble objectives of “[cultivating] harmony, pride, self-esteem, and unity” as well as “[providing] a medium for local black talent in the area of visual and performing arts” and “[educating] and [stimulating] cultural awareness”. Musical performances, dancing, and rhythm are all key elements of the festival, which typically occurs for three days in July (3).
Entertainment options near Uptown are limitless and include the nearby Fillmore Auditorium and Ogden Theater which attract many of the biggest names in music. Also central to the area are many medical facilities including St. Joseph’s, Presbyterian St. Luke’s, and Kaiser Permanente. These hospitals employ more than 10,000 workers and Uptown provides quick access to these work sites, as well as the related businesses around them. Living in Uptown is a wonderful option for those who want to be in the center of the action in Denver, and who value a buzzing atmosphere full of friendly people.
Uptown – Real Estate Snapshot
Comfortable older Denver Squares, Victorians, Queen Anne homes, condo conversions and newer flats can be found in Uptown typically starting in the mid $300,000’s. All of these, in accordance with high-rise apartments and lofts make up the lovely neighborhood.
Photo Credits Courtesy of Johnathan J. Stegeman