Living in Denver’s Bonnie Brea Neighborhood: A Real Estate and Lifestyle Guide to Bonnie Brae

Bonnie Brae—Small Town Charm and Sophisticated City Living

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Where is Bonnie Brae located in Denver, Colorado?

Bonnie Brae is bordered by Exposition Avenue to the North, Mississippi Avenue to the South, South Steele Street to the East, and University Boulevard to the West. Bonnie Brae is located east of University Avenue between Mississippi and Exposition Avenues, Steele Street, and University Boulevard.

What are the Home Styles in Bonnie Brae?

Defined by large lots, historic architecture, and mature trees, homes in Bonnie Brae vary in style from Cape Cods and tidy brick ranches to two-story brick and timber frame homes, English Tudors, and some of the best examples of International Style and Art Moderne architecture. Gracious streets give way to homes that are meticulously maintained, many with substantial renovations and expansions. The neighborhood's unusual street patterns don't follow the typical city street grid, winding around an elliptical-shaped park. Quaint and luxury mix perfectly in this secluded enclave.

What is the History of Bonnie Brae?

The community was developed in the 1920s on land granted to the Kansas Pacific Railroad in 1870. The railroad was eventually sold to farmers and it later became part of the town of South Denver.

Many of the homes in Bonnie Brae were constructed during the 1920s and 1930s in innovative architectural styles. Bonnie Brae means “pleasant hill” in Gaelic. George Olinger, an active Denver businessman, began accumulating property in the area and strived to recreate the aura of a peaceful Scottish village in Denver.

What to do in Bonnie Brae:

A thriving commercial district is within walking distance of most homes. Nostalgic storefronts offer residents everything from fine dining and coffee shops to ice cream parlors and sports bars. The Bonnie Brae Tavern has remained a popular pizza destination since 1934, boasting original decor and family recipes. Katherine’s French Bakery & Cafe has served scrumptious pastries and European-inspired lunches for over 10 years. And, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream remains a famed Denver location for made-at-the-site flavors. The highly organized neighborhood association has been active for many years, creating community events like the well-attended annual summer picnic.

Located just Southeast of Downtown and Denver’s museum district, it is a serene retreat just a few miles from all the action of the city. It also offers easy access to I-25 via University Blvd. The Eugene Field Branch Denver Public Library is just across the street from Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, and the neighborhood is conveniently located near the world-class shopping of Cherry Creek North and the outdoor haven of Washington Park.

What is the Population of Bonnie Brae:

The population of Bonnie Brae is approximately 1324 residents.


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