The Mar Lee, a Denver neighborhood, is a rarely talked about hidden gem of a place to live. Development began in the 1950’s as Denver expanded to the east and west of downtown, and the demand for single-family homes grew. It’s located 6.4 miles from Denver and begins west of Federal. It’s a quaint neighborhood with friendly neighbors, long-time residents, parks, and restaurants.
Garfield Lake Park in Mar Lee
Also, Garfield Lake Park is the core of the neighborhood. The park is loaded with amenities. Take a walk around the lake, cast a line for a fish, bring your binoculars and bird watch or sit and enjoy its beauty.
Garfield Pool, the bike path, playground, and picnic tables make it a great place to bring your family. Perfect for athletes; it also has tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball field, a soccer field, and a football field. At the southern tip of the community, enjoy a 4.8-mile stroll along Sanderson Gulch, which runs the entire span of the neighborhood and attaches to the Platte River Trail and Irving & Java Park. Along the way, stop for a workout or take a break at a picnic table.
Mar Lee Homes
As you drive the area, you will see mostly ranch-style homes on large, well-kept mature lots. The average lot size in Denver is 6,250 square feet. However, in Mar Lee Neighborhood, the average lot size is closer to 7,200 square feet. You may even pass a few tiny WWII homes that still stand. When heading towards Sanderson Gulch, you may notice an increase in brick siding, and randomly placed throughout are a few split-level 1960’s brick homes and original farmhouses.
While still affordable, Mar Lee is gaining popularity due to its convenient location to downtown, the mountains, and authentic-locally owned restaurants. The average sales price is $368,479, up from $318,000 one year ago. Approximately 14,038 people reside here. There are many tenured residents of Hispanic and Latino descent. And, diversity is blossoming. Additionally, here and there, you will see recently renovated homes completed by investors or the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.
Mar Lee Dining
When living in Mar Lee, residents don’t have to travel far for a good meal. Two of the locals’ favorites are Pho95 and Torres Mexican Restaurant who has delicious daily specials. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, stop by Bambû for a Chè, a Vietnamese dessert drink, or a slice of Tres Leche at Anastasia’s Bakery. Are you looking for some old fashion fun? Try your luck at a game of BINGO at Barry’s Bingo conveniently located on Sheridan and Jewel.