By Donna Fowler
Sitting on a bluff just to the northwest of Denver’s Downtown core sits Jefferson Park, a quaint neighborhood named for the beautiful 6.7-acre public park that lies at its heart.
Just west of I-25, and bounded by Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue to the north and south, and Federal Boulevard and the Platte River to the east and west, Jefferson Park was made a focus neighborhood by the city of Denver in the 1990s, bringing beautification efforts and investment in infrastructure. Since then, Jefferson Park’s proximity to downtown and neighborhood feel has drawn the attention of those seeking an urban lifestyle.
“This hidden neighborhood is coming into its own,” says Bess Fuller, a Bradford Real Estate agent and Jefferson Park resident. “The secret is out!”
Jefferson Park is marked by a variety of housing styles and architecture. You can find a single-family home from the late 19th century next to an apartment complex built in the 1950s. And, of course, the current development boom has brought an influx of construction, including a recently purchased 0.8-acre site at West Byron Place and Alcott Street set to become a 12-story apartment building.
If you are looking for a home with minimal landscaping to maintain, there is a large concentration of townhomes, making it a great neighborhood for you to consider, according to Bess.
For commuting, you’re minutes away from I-25, I-70 and Speer Boulevard. Plus, Jefferson Park is within walking distance of Downtown, Elitch Gardens, the Children’s Museum, the flagship REI store, Downtown Aquarium and Sports Authority Field at Mile High ‒ which brings up the fact that Denver Broncos games do impact the neighborhood. “It is always a blast to see the crowds of fans during game days,” says Bess. “But if you park in the neighborhood, beware of the parking signs!”
There is a thriving community at Jefferson Park and an active community organization, Jefferson Park United Neighbors (JPUN), which sponsors annual events like the Music @ Jefferson Park concert series, Clean-up Day and the Dog Days of Summer community POOCH-luck.
Jefferson Park is home to some of Denver’s hottest eateries, including Bess’ all-time favorite, Sarto’s (2900 W. 25th Ave.). “This Italian restaurant is definitely a neighborhood gem. They serve a wonderful weekend brunch and you can grab homemade goods at their retail shop next door.”
Bess also recommends a home delivery from Sexy Pizza (2460 Eliot St.), the classic French dishes at Amass (2240 Clay St.), a cold beer from the 10-barrel system at Little Machine Beer (2924 W. 20th Ave.), the burgers at Federal Bar and Grill (2544 Federal Blvd.) and the funky atmosphere at 2914 Coffee (2914 W. 25th Ave).
Among her other favorites are two newer establishments in the 2200 block of Clay Street: Briar Common Brewery + Eatery, with its great rooftop patio, their own brewed beers and a funky food menu, and the wonderful wine selection at Mackenzie’s Cocktails and Wines.
“I’ve lived in Jefferson Park for about two years now,” Bess says, “and I absolutely love it!”