Located only 2 miles northeast of downtown Denver, the boundaries of the Whittier neighborhood are Martin Luther King Blvd. (north), York St. (east), 23rd Ave. (south), and Downing St. (west.) A residential area since the nineteenth century, many of the homes in this area were built in the 1940s or earlier. Whittier is named after famed abolitionist poet, and founding member of the Republican political party, John Greenleaf Whittier. The community was ethnically integrated from its inception and today remains vibrantly diverse (1).
In addition to its own five parks (including the Fuller Dog Park, which has shaded area, clean-up bags, and water readily available), the neighborhood is also bordered by the City Park Golf Course on its southeast corner. Established in 1913 in the Pueblo architectural style, the course is an eighteen hole regulation course preserved on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. Right below the golf course is City Park, the largest park in Denver and home to countless entertainment destinations including the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Gates Planetarium, and City Park Greenhouse.
Shopping and dining is also plentiful in the neighborhood. Check out the Whittier Pub for its legendary burger menu, chili cheese tots, and comfortable outdoor patio. Perhaps one of the best aspects of the pub is its authentic atmosphere, featuring “a bar from an old saloon in Boston, door frames from the Armory in Greeley, and booths from one of Little Pub’s first bars, The Spot” (2). Or for a pick-me-up, grab a coffee, beer, pastry, or glass of wine at KJ’s Coffee Bar. Then there’s the Whittier Cafe, a newer establishment with artsy decor and an unprecedented kind of service with a smile. Whittier is a historic and thriving urban neighborhood that is close to all the wonderful assets of downtown Denver.
Whittier – Real Estate Snapshot
Whittier homes include stately Denver Squares, adorable bungalows, Victorians, and modest ranches with prices starting in the $200,000’s. It has long been a spot for young professionals and their families to relocate, with craftsman homes of the twentieth century offered at reasonable prices.