Villa Park Denvers Best Kept Secret

Dated: 10/08/2019

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From The Villa Park Neighborhood Plan.

Men and women, one man in a horse-drawn buggy, pose outdoors near the Villa Park House on The Boulevard (Federal Boulevard) in the Villa Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. The two-story hotel has a covered porch, decorative trim, and a sign that reads: "Villa Park House".e title

The Villa Park neighborhood got its start in 1871,when a mixture of Colorado and eastern developers bought 1000 acres in what is now the Villa Park-Barnum area.According to the Rocky Mountain News of August 24,1871,the group planned a subdivision,which would include artificial lakes in ravines on the property,grand views,and streets with pedestrian walkways.Initial plans for the area also included a hotel,landscaping by the man who designed Central Park in New York City,and a design consultation group to review plans for the new housing.

Eight years later,in 1879,the still largely-undeveloped land was sold to Phineas Barnum,whose family was extremely active in real estate development in Denver,and for whom the neighborhood immediately south of Villa Park is named Barnum is also credited with establishing Villa Park School in 1879.

Boys and girls and their teachers pose on the steps of Villa Park School at 845 Hazel Court, Denver, Colorado. The boys sit or stand on the steps or on the ground and wear slacks, dress shirts, ties and jackets. The girls wear long dresses with lace, ruffles and bows. One girl wears a knitted hat.

By 1890, the Villa Park House and hotel was still being mentioned for the area, but development plans were proceeding slowly. In the 1900 Census,there were only 50 single-unit dwellings and 16 multi-unit dwellings in the area. As current residents might expect, historic newspaper articles also indicate that the ditches and ravines in the neighborhood have been an ongoing issue for Villa Park. An article from the March 10,1900, Denver Times, for instance, noted that Villa Park needed sewers much more than a proposed high school for its 40 students.

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From 1900 to 1939, slow but steady residential development occurred in Villa Park.An average of 14 dwelling units was added per year, with a total of 577 single and multi-unit dwellings added during this time.Over 91.5% of these were single-unit dwellings. From the 1940’s through the 1950’s,the area was largely built-out with single-unit dwellings. During the late 1950’s,and into the 1960’s and 1970’s, multi-unit construction predominated,particularly on sites at the western edge of

Villa Park.

Today:

Villa park continues to develop with any eye for the 21st century.

New buildings are popping up all over the neighborhood. Mostly duplex and multi-unit structures as the city aims to densify neighborhoods that boarder our new light rail system.

This breathes new life into a somewhat overlooked neighborhood. Some may say Denver's Hidden Gem!


Take a peak at a current Engel & Völkers Denver listing

Built by Cribbs Construction LLC

Offered by J Steven Opp JSteven.Opp@EVrealestate.com for more details

971 Tennyson St.  Completed in 2019 and currently for sale MLS#8537526



Image titleTop Quality New Build

Just under 3,000 Square Feet

Million dollar finishes. An exceptional open concept new build that offers luxurious West Denver living with breathtaking city and mountain views. Open atrium and over 30 shadow box R9 windows flood this home with natural light. A gourmet kitchen anchors the great room and dining area. Matte black Euro-style pantry shelving conceal Jenn-Air refrigerator. Chef will love the Jenn-Air Pro-Style gas range with griddle. Quartz topped island with under counter microwave. Natural white oak hardwood floors throughout. A custom staircase leads to the Master suite and 2nd bedroom and bath. Fall in love with Colorado sunsets year round on the covered rooftop deck complete with gas grill hookup, water and electricity. The finished double insulated basement feels like it's own living space. High efficiency furnace and on demand water heater. Ring Security System Included. Detached two car garage. Within a mile of Sloan's Lake, 

new restaurants, 

shopping and light rail via Tennyson St walkover.

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One of the very best things about Villa Park is how close it is to Sloan's Lake and the new West Colfax development area.

You are in walking distance to neighborhood amenities.


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Within walking distance 

 Sloan’s Lake Park 0.9 mile

Denver's 2nd largest park, with jogging paths & grassy spots around a boating-friendly lake. 

 Alamo Draft house Cinema Sloan's Lake 0.7 mile

Stylish theater chain for new & classic films features cocktails & creative bites served seat-side. flat-screens. 

 Swift's Kitchen 0.7 mile

Cash only, comfort food, small plates.

 Starbucks 0.8 mile

Seattle-based coffeehouse chain. 

 Little Man Ice Cream Factory 0.7 mile

Ice cream shop 

 Tap & Burger Sloan's Lake .08 mile

Local beer, gourmet burgers & other modern bar food in slick, roomy digs lined with s signature roasts, light bites 

and WiFi availability.

 Seedstock Brewery 1 mile

Craft brewery taproom pouring Eastern European-style beers in laid-back environs with a patio. 

 Perry Station 0.4 mile 

Light rail station. 

 Sheridan Station 0.7 mile 

Transit Station


~video tour of this exceptional newly built home~


If you'd like a personal tour of 971 Tennyson Street, just reach out!  

I'll meet you there with the keys!!

J Steven Opp


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All photos courtesy of the Denver Public Library

History and Genealogy Department Digital Collection

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J Steven Opp

J Steven is a proud native Coloradoan born and raised here in Denver. His love for this city is reflected with his Denver history page on Facebook “Old Images of Denver”. Steve serving in the Colo....

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