I can’t believe it has been just over six years since I moved into what I knew once as Denver’s North Side. Lower Highland has been transformed and gentrified into one of the most fashionable and hip of all Downtown Denver neighborhoods. In all fairness, Old Highland / Potter Highland, LoHi, North Denver (or whatever you care to call it) began gentrifying and transforming well before I decided to plant roots here.
You had the old-time restaurants like Rosalinda’s Mexican Café, Patzcuaro’s, Lechuga’s and Patsy’s. They were popular with the locals long before skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses arrived on the now more affluent new-arrivals. Newer joints as Vita, Lola and Shangri-La were already staples of Boulder Street between 15th and 16th streets as recently as 5 years ago. And Forest Room 5 was already too hip for most the common folk.
Since I moved in to Confluence Heights Condominiums, I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing a pretty impressive transformation of our bustling community. These older eateries have been supplemented with many more excellent restaurants, galleries, night life and boutiques.
New restaurants like Old Major and Uncle have taken the city by storm. Older spots like the then Aztec Sol and Amato’s Fountains have been re-purposed into the Highland Tap & Burger and Breckenridge Brewery’s Ale House respectively.
Now obviously, these bistros, boutiques, bars and restaurants need patrons to keep them afloat and these patrons need a place to live, right? And this is the part of the Highland renaissance that excites me the most. In the past couple of months we’ve been witnesses to the announcement, commencement, continuation and completion of some very high-profile projects – both residential and commercial – for sale and for lease – here in the heart of LoHi. Here’s a quick highlight of 4 upcoming for sale projects in LoHi.
LoHi Place is a new townhome project, which will replace an old mechanics shop on the northwest corner of 35th and Tejon. The project will consist of 12 for sale townhomes featuring contemporary architecture. The units will range from 2,159 square feet at a price of $579,900 to 2,624 square feet for $799,900. All 12 units will feature a private rooftop deck and a basement, which is quite rare in new construction in LoHi.
LoHi Central is another for sale townhome project set to start construction in the very near future. It will be situated on 17th Street between Erie and Boulder Streets across from Hirshorn Park which, as you know, is also adjacent to Linger, Little Man and LoHi Athletic Club. In my opinion, this is one of the more attractive buildings planned to be built in Highland. This project will feature 14 units ranging from 1,900 to 3,250 square feet with massive, hot tub ready, roof top decks. Pricing is from the $500s and 50% of the project is now under contract.
1737 Central St. is a very unique 5–story mid-rise project with only 1 loft per floor. Each unit will feature 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,000 square feet, private balconies, 2 parking spaces in a secure garage and unobstructed views of Downtown Denver’s skyline. Pricing starts at $850,000 for a lower floor unit. This project is expected to complete in Spring of 2014.
Lastly, there’s a project currently under construction on Umatilla just north of 29th. I love this unique intersection where the old Downtown Denver grid meets north Denver. This is where Boulder St., 15th St., 29th Ave., and Umatilla St. intersect.
I was able to do a little digging and got the inside scoop on the project. 12 townhome units each will offer 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a 2-car attached garage, and rooftop decks which should have some impressive views of the Denver skyline. 6 of the units are 1,910 square feet and projected to price in the high $500’s. The remaining 6 are 2,010 square feet and should price in the low / mid $600s.
You can see all the lofts, townhomes and condos for sale in LoHi on our All Denver Real Estate home search. The zip code here is 80211.
With over 11 years of selling luxury new builds, I’ve developed a knack for distinguishing the good from the great. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information on these or any other LoHi projects.
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