City Park neighborhood highlights: Denver’s largest park, zoo, restaurants

Bordering Denver’s largest park, the City Park and City Park West neighborhoods offer residents an active, urban lifestyle.

“The neighborhood fits Denver’s active lifestyle,” says Rhyan Diller, 8z real estate agent.

“It’s close to the city without being downtown. It has a lot of options for walkability because it’s close to restaurants, coffee shops, and bars.”

And City Park itself is a significant draw. Home to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the park has tennis courts, baseball, football, soccer fields, walking and running trails, two lakes, and two playgrounds. Residents also can compete in recreational sports leagues for activities like dodgeball and kickball or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic. During the summer, the park’s home to the City Park Jazz concert series.

What’s available?

Neighborhood properties include a mix of older Victorian homes, condos, and townhomes. Diller says the Victorian homes typically sell for $845,000, while condos sell for the mid-500,000s to the mid-600,000s.

With little new construction, properties sell quickly and typically are on the market for a week or less.

“It’s still very much a sellers’ market,” Diller says. “I tell my clients who want to live in this area that they need to be prepared to look and then be prepared to commit when they find something they want.”

Who’s moving in?

The neighborhood’s active lifestyle draws a younger demographic, Diller says. It appeals to young people and young families.

Many residents make the short commute to downtown using Colfax Avenue. But with the switch to more remote work, more residents can work from home.

Parking in the neighborhood can be challenging, but it’s still easier to find a parking spot than in downtown Denver or the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Diller says.

Additional amenities

The City Park area is known as a foodie destination, Diller says.

Popular neighborhood restaurants include:

Atelier by Radex: French-influenced cuisine.

Denver Biscuit Company: Biscuit sandwiches and biscuit plates served for breakfast and lunch.

Dos Santos: Tacos and more.

Hamburger Mary’s: Sports bar flair and juicy burgers.

Irish Snug: Takes its name from the small private rooms in Irish bars. Enjoy pub-style small plates, burgers and sandwiches, and entrees like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie.

Kinga’s Lounge: Enjoy dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and more Saturday and Sunday in the old Colmar mansion. All-you-can-eat pierogi for $14 is available during brunch hours.

Pho & Bar: A fun twist on traditional Vietnamese food.

Syrup: Enjoy award-winning corned beef hash, handcrafted syrups, and signature green chili stew.

Popular neighborhood attractions include:

The Denver Zoo: The 80-acre zoo is the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metro.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science: The museum, which is more than 100 years old, offers a collection of permanent and temporary exhibits.

City Park Golf Course: Recently redesigned to improve the 18-hole course while adding a stormwater detention area to mitigate flood risk to nearby neighborhoods.

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