December 20, 2023
A SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD WITH GRAND VIEWS
You’re steps away from a city park, a walk to Tennyson Street and a quick pedal to a college, library, recreation center and dog park.
Whether you spell it Grand View or Grandview (there doesn’t seem to be any consensus), this small rectilinear subdivision in the larger Berkeley neighborhood between Lowell and Federal Boulevards and 44th and 46th Avenues is 18 blocks of pure awesome.
A developer established Grand View in 1881, naming it for the vistas of Rocky Mountain Lake, a 24-acre pond that provides the centerpiece of Rocky Mountain Lake Park. For residents on 46th Avenue, the park is an extension of their front yards, serving up mountain views and magenta sunsets and a regular parade of walkers, runners, dogs, picnickers, fisher folk, tennis players and families happy to have their kids burn up their zoomies at the playground.
The area began to develop in earnest in the early part of the 20th century, sprouting bungalows, cottages and later Tudors—homes with custom built-ins, wood floors and ample yards. These beautiful timepieces now share turf with scattered new homes their footprints larger and their styles more diverse, and many of the older abodes have seen their square footages expand with finished basements and additions.
While the vintage housing stock attracts buyers to this city neighborhood, its proximity to bus transit, I-70, I-25 and downtown make Grand View a perfect jumping off point for commutes to work and the mountains. Amenities also abound. Berkeley Park is located about a mile west, home to a popular dog park, Smiley Branch Library and the Scheitler Recreation Center. Tennyson Street with its shops and restaurants (check out Parisi, Post Oak Barbeque, Vital Root or Voghera Apericena for interesting eats) is close by as are major retailers that include Safeway, Petco and Walmart. And, if you’re looking to up your cultural game, nearby Regis University offers free concerts and art exhibits to the public.
More than anything, Grand View has the small-town feel of many Northwest Denver enclaves. Neighbors chat up passersby from their front porches and lawns. Kids play together outside. And people gather in the park at dusk watching the sun sink toward the mountains, a grand view that never gets old.
GRAND VIEW HIGHLIGHTS
Location: Ten minutes northwest of downtown Denver between Federal and Lowell Boulevards and 44th and 46th Avenues.
Housing stock: Early 20th-century cottages, bungalows, Tudors and a smattering of new-builds
Public schools: Denver Public Schools
Public high school: North High School
Nearest hospital: SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center
Nearby parks: Rocky Mountain Park, McDonough Park and Berkeley Park
Fun fact: Rocky Mountain Lake Park on 46th Avenue between Grove Streets and Lowell Boulevard had a pavilion and small steamboat that ferried people around the lake in the 1890s.