Living in the Observatory Park Neighborhood: A Real Estate and Lifestyle Guide to Observatory Park, Denver, Colorado

Observatory Park— Family-Oriented Neighborhood Steeped in History

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Where is Observatory Park Located in Denver, Colorado?

Observatory Park is bordered by Evans Avenue to the North, Yale Avenue to the South, Colorado Boulevard to the East, and University Boulevard to the West.

What Is the History of Observatory Park?

Since 1880, the University of Denver (DU) and Iliff School of Theology have been located in Observatory Park. Renowned architect Robert Roeschlaub designed University Hall, the school's first building, and Humphrey Baker Chamberlain donated money for the telescope now housed in Romanesque Chamberlain Observatory. The telescope’s remarkable 20-inch refractor lens had been displayed at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. DU is the cultural heart of the neighborhood, offering theater, concerts, seminars, and lectures. DU’s Ritchie Center is home to Magness Arena, Coors Fitness Center, Gates Field House, and Hamilton Gymnasium.

What to Do in Observatory Park?

The area surrounding DU offers residents of Observatory Park many delightful cafés, coffee bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and a myriad retail stores. The quaint shopping district of South Pearl Street offers bookshops, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Sushi Den is one of the most popular restaurants in Denver, and Stella's Coffee attracts a diverse crowd of locals, students, and professionals. At the nearby University Hills Plaza, movie lovers flock to Chez Artiste, which showcases the finest independent films and foreign language cinema. For first-run features, there's Colorado Center Stadium 9, at Colorado and I-25, next door to Dave & Buster's arcade and restaurant.The newly streamlined I-25 corridor and RTD light rail offers easy accessto Downtown, the Central Platte Valley, Denver Tech Center, and Park Meadows Mall.

What Schools Are in Observatory Park?

Ricks Center for Gifted Children was named a Top 5 Private School in Colorado by Colorado Parent magazine. Located on the University of Denver campus and part of the Morgridge College of Education, the school offers an exemplary program for approximately 225 students ranging in age from preschool to eighth grade.St. Anne’s Episcopal School is an independent, coeducational day school for pre-K to 8th grade students. There are 427 students enrolled with a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1.

How Many People Live in Observatory Park?

The population of Observatory Park is approximately 8,000.

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