By Donna Fowler
Sunnyside epitomizes what it means to be a neighborhood, with a mix of historic bungalows on quiet tree-lined streets and modern homes with welcoming front porches as well as amenities that make for great living.
Nestled between I-70 and 38th Avenue, Federal Boulevard and the Union Pacific Railroad line, Sunnyside is a welcoming place, according to Bradford real estate agent Colleen Cozad, a former resident of the area.
“Whether you’re walking your dogs around the neighborhood, shopping at local businesses, enjoying a meal at a neighborhood haunt or chatting with new friends and neighbors along the way, you’ll find Sunnyside is a friendly, inviting neighborhood,” Colleen says.
Sunnyside’s easy access to I-70 and I-25 makes for convenient commuting or jaunts around town, to DIA or the mountains. The G line light rail between Union Station and Wheat Ridge has experienced issues that have delayed its opening, but RTD hopes to have the line operating soon. When it does, Sunnyside residents will be able to hop on to their destinations in the northern metro area.
Sunnyside is surrounded by some of the hottest and hippest areas in Denver, including LoHi, downtown and the Highlands. But there’s really no need to leave the neighborhood, because all along 44th are great spots for foodies as well as those looking for entertainment. A few of Colleen’s favorite haunts are Ernie’s Pizza, Sunny’s, which, Colleen raves, has the “best breakfast in town,” Bacon Social, Common Grounds Coffeehouse, complete with a Farmers Market on Saturdays, and Colleen’s favorite hangout, the Monkey Barrel, a restaurant and bar that features live music. There’s also El Jefe Denver, a gourmet, farm-to-table Mexican restaurant.
Sunnyside also features some unique shops on 44th Avenue. Colleen recommends Cheese + Provisions, a Denver-based artisan cheese and salami shop that offers gourmet groceries, cheese-pairing classes, catering and more, and Honeycomb & Co., a market-style flower shop and full-service florist specializing in weddings and events that also sells gifts, jewelry and home-décor items.
There are some fun spots elsewhere in the Sunnyside neighborhood, including the newly renovated Original Chubby’s Burger Drive-Inn, 1231 W. 38th Ave., as well as Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St., and Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St.. Both offer a variety of delicious local craft beers as well as food trucks and theme nights. Are you a budding brew master? Factotum’s Brewing with Us program allows guest brewers to use their facilities.
An engaged community makes for a great neighborhood and the nonprofit volunteer organization Sunnyside United Neighbors, Inc., actively engages residents, businesses, schools and churches in planning and building for the future, improving the present and preserving and restoring the past.
“Sunnyside, with all its charm, thriving businesses and diversity, is truly a hidden gem,” Colleen says.