Living in Crestmoor, Hilltop, and Cranmer Park Neighborhoods
Crestmoor and Hilltop/Cranmer Park—Distinguished Central Denver Neighborhoods
Everything You Wanted to Know About Living in Crestmoor, Hilltop, and Cranmer Park
Crestmoor and Hilltop/Cranmer Park neighborhoods uniquely offer unobstructed Front Range mountain views, large lots, wide streets lined with lush trees and impeccably landscaped lawns. It is a true urban oasis for city dwellers with a perfect mix of old and new, traditional and trendy.
What is the Architecture in Crestmoor, Hilltop, and Cranmer Park?
Crestmoor is characterized by single-family residential homes that include gorgeous English Tudors, two-story colonials, traditional ranches, and custom new-builds nestled among historic mansions of Denver. It is arguably one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Denver. The area offers a calm, quiet environment in the midst of major thoroughfares. The centerpiece is Crestmoor Park, a sprawling field of green which includes a softball fields, soccer fields, and tennis courts.
What is the History of Crestmoor, Hilltop, and Cranmer Park?
The Hilltop neighborhood gets its name from the fact that it is higher in elevation than the surrounding parts of the city. In the center of the neighborhood is Cranmer Park, with a spectacular panorama of the Front Range Mountains from a flagstone promenade engraved with the names and altitudes of prominent peaks. The park name honors George Cranmer, who oversaw Denver's parks between 1935 and 1947 and helped establish both Red Rocks Park and Winter Park Ski Area. The predominant original architecture was built from the 1930s to 1960s.
While these neighborhoods share a storied past, they are now experiencing tremendous growth with many original homes being extensively remodeled or razed to make room for larger homes. New luxury residences have become ubiquitous yet still some smaller, older homes remain. Fortunately, the neighborhood associations are working to maintain the quality and character of the entire area.
What to Do and See in Crestmoor, Hilltop, and Cranmer Park?
There are plenty of open spaces and places to enjoy the Colorado sunshine in these neighborhoods. The area parks have grassy fields for soccer, volleyball, football games, picnics, bike rides, jogging, walking, or simply sitting in the grass. The 90-year-old Denver Tennis Club features a modern clubhouse with plenty of tennis courts. The Crestmoor Swim and Tennis Club is a great family club, with tennis courts, a pool, picnic tables, grills, and a great summer program. The area’s first settlement, a lone cabin erected in 1859 beside the Cherokee Trail—the heavily traveled route led to Denver along Cherry Creek—has been preserved at Four Mile Historic Park. A treat for the entire family, Four Mile’s traditional Fourth of July celebration is not to be missed.
Where to Eat in Crestmoor, Hilltop, and Cranmer Park?
There are numerous restaurants tucked along neighborhood streets, including Noble Hog Charcuterie, La Fillette Bakery, family-owned Stargazer, The Cheese Company, Pete’s Fruits and Vegetables, High Point Creamery, Novo Coffee, Park Burger, and Steep Tea and Coffee.
What are the Schools in Crestmoor, Hilltop, and Cranmer Park?
The neighborhoods are home to many of Denver’s best public and private schools, including Carson, Steck, Temple Emanuel, Graland Country Day and Hill Middle School.
Where are Crestmoor, Hilltop, and Cranmer Park Located in Colorado?
Crestmoor is bordered by Monaco Parkway to the East, Alameda to the South, 6th Avenue Parkway to the north, and Colorado Boulevard to the west, just to the east of Hilltop. Hilltop/Cranmer Park is bordered by 8th Avenue to the North, Alameda Avenue to the South, Quebec/Monaco to the East, and Colorado Boulevard to the West.
Downtown Denver is only 5-7 miles away, and the acclaimed shopping and dining of Cherry Creek is within 2-3 miles from most of Hilltop and Crestmoor. Like most neighborhoods found in central Denver, it’s easy to get to major thoroughfares leading to all the wonders of the Rocky Mountain West. Hop on 8th Avenue for convenient access to I-70 West headed to Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen, and much more.
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