February 21, 2023
The Union Station neighborhood is right in the thick of things when it comes to Downtown Denver’s meteoric economic boom.
Luxury apartment and condominium high rises surround the neighborhood’s namesake, Union Station train depot, which was renovated in time for its 100-year anniversary in 2014.
This iconic landmark at 17th and Wynkoop is the glittering jewel that makes the area a top spot for high-end urban living in Denver.
Union Station itself is an immensely popular gathering spot for residents and downtown workers as well as locals and visitors. A farmers market and jazz festivals are among the events held there.
Six eateries at the station offer everything from breakfast buffets to happy hours. James Beard Best Chef Southwest Jennifer Jasinski is one of the proprietors of Ultreia in the station’s Great Hall. The food is based on the shared plate pintxos and tapas of Spain and Portugal. Another of favorite is the Cooper Lounge. Located on the station’s mezzanine, Denver’s most glamorous lounge is the place to go for a “proper cocktail.”
But, of course, beyond the station, the neighborhood is a mecca for fine dining. Among local favorites is Mercantile Dining and Provisions, which is not just a restaurant but also a European-style market with everything from cheeses and pastries to breakfast and sandwiches.
The Union Station neighborhood is a great spot to live for young professionals who work downtown. In fact, Niche.com ranks it 8th best for this demographic. It earns an overall grade of A and is considered the 38th best to live in out of Denver’s 75 neighborhoods.
There are almost 7,800 residents, 28% of whom own their homes. The populace is highly educated with 28% holding a master’s degree and 51% holding a bachelor’s degree. The median home value is $768,000.
Across the neighborhood are myriad stores and nightclubs. Denver’s Larimer Square and 16th Street Mall teem with nightlife, as does the city’s theatre district on the neighborhood’s southern border. Nearby are the Ball Arena and Coors Field. And for those looking for outdoor activity, the Platte River and Cherry Creek bike paths make for pleasant walks and bike rides.
Union Station is bounded by the Platte River, 20th Street, Lawrence Street and Speer Boulevard. Regional Transportation District light rail and bus routes offer easy access throughout downtown and beyond, including the A line to Denver International Airport.
If you’re into urban living, the Union Station neighborhood really does have it all.