The Harvey Park neighborhood, located in southwest Denver, is bounded by South Sheridan, Hampden, Lowell, and Jewell. Built in the 1950’s, it’s known for its selection of some of Denver’s best, and most affordable, mid-century modern architecture. Cliff May-style California Contemporary homes fill the neighborhoods’ quiet, suburban-like streets. Enthusiasts are moving to the area, and renovating the homes to their former glory. Harvey Park and Lake are nearby, and retail options are close-by
While Mar Lee isn’t exactly adjacent to downtown, it’s not too far out of the way. Federal and Sheridan see heavy traffic, but compared to many commutes this one is a breeze. This neighborhood also has shopping within and surrounding the neighborhood. Federal Blvd has great ethnic food stores and little family restaurants, but it is also rough in stretches, including this one. Mar Lee is the 45th most walkable neighborhood in Denver with 12,446 residents. Mar Lee has some public transportation and is very bikeable.
Overland Park is a neighborhood in southwest Denver that seemingly has everything. It has access to the South Platte River, a rich history that includes the Montana City settlement predating Denver, two main thoroughfares in Broadway and Santa Fe, a light rail stop and the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi River. Overland Park Golf Course is steeped in Denver history. The original Denver Country Club, this is the oldest running course west of the Mississippi. Conveniently located minutes from downtown, you can enjoy views of both the city and the mountains. Narrow fairways and small greens that are well-bunkered offer a challenge to golfers of any skill level.
The long underused city park is going through an extreme, culturally infused makeover that is expected to turn it into a Denver gem. It’s quite a turnaround for a former landfill with a considerably lower profile than many other parks in the city.
Today the area’s landmark is Ruby Hill Park, an impressive piece of land that’s always had plenty of possibilities, but is hardly considered by folks outside of Denver — or even by those who live here — to be one of the city’s top parks, if they know it exists at all. But Ruby Hill’s time to shine may finally be upon us. Nowadays, one could argue that the park is getting more attention than it ever has received before, even more than it did during the mining period generations ago.