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#9Neighborhoods: A look at Denver's Villa Park neighborhood

A vist to Denver's Villa Park neighborhood, which sits Northeast of 6th Ave at I-25.

Denver's least expensive neighborhood is situated in an area ready to boom, just west of downtown. With small, single-family homes and several parks, it's worth exploring!

The Villa Park neighborhood is a relatively small area, west of I-25 and North of 6th Avenue. It's primarily residential, with a strong Hispanic community.

The boundaries are 6th Avenue to the South, Federal Boulevard to the West, Lakewood/Dry Gulch to the North and Sheridan Boulevard to the East.

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. The land was sold to circus-maverick Phineas Barnum eight years later in 1879. It was still largely undeveloped.

By the 1900 Census, there were only 50 single-family homes and 16 multi-unit dwellings in the area. Development was slow-going.

From 1900 to 1939, slow but steady residential development began, with an average of 14 homes per year for a total of 577 single and multi-unit dwellings during the nearly four-decade time-span. More than 90 percent of them were single-family homes.

During the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s and 1970’s, multi-unit construction was predominant, particularly on Villa Park's western edge.

Today, it's Denver's least expensive neighborhood; Villa Park costs two times less to rent then the city's most expensive neighborhood which is Golden Triangle. The median home value is $192,000.

About 25% of the homes in Villa Park are affordable housing.

The $98 million 6th Avenue overhaul was completed in Villa Park, with six new bridges built, and six others reconstructed. Right along that reconstruction is the North Barnum Bike Park, offering a place for kids and kids at heart to practice their tricks in the dirt.

Another unique sport, frisbee golfing, has a home at nearby Paco Sanchez Park.

Much of the neighborhood is prime for redeveloping, causing some gentrification concerns as home values increase.

Local elementary school, Eagleton Elementary, has a garden in partnership with the city of Denver as a sustainable neighborhood.

Join us on a tour of Villa Park on our Instagram page! Our partners at the Denver Business Journal are now teaming up with us on many of our #9Neighborhood walks. Join us!

Have an idea where we should go next? Send us an email!

Welcome to Villa Park! Today's #9Neighborhoods tour will feature the small neighborhood just east of I-25 and North of 6th Avenue. It's primarily residential, with a strong Hispanic community. Our partners @denbizjournal are following along today too! #Denver #VillaPark

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Villa Park was recently where the $98 Million 6th Avenue overhaul was completed. Six bridges were reconstructed along with six new ones built, in the area along 6th Avenue near I 25. #travel #infrastructure #Denver #9Neighborhoods

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Villa Park is Denver's least expensive neighborhood to live in. It costs two times less to rent here then the city's most expensive neighborhood which is Golden Triangle. Average rent is about $780 per month. The median home value is $192,000. About 25% of the homes here are affordable housing. #Denver #RealEstate #9Neighborhoods #Colorado

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This Original Hamburger Stand has been a staple in the Villa Park neighborhood since 1979, it's one of only a few remaining locations of the chain in America. It used to be known as #Weinerschnitzel and is an original location. #9Neighborhoods #Denver #Hamburgers #Food

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Paco Sanchez Park is home to a popular frisbee golf course along Lakewood Gulch. The park has walking and biking paths, too. The RTD West Line follows along the path of the gulch. #9Neighborhoods #Denver #Frolf #Parks

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Villa Park, which sits across 6th Avenue from the #Barnum neighborhood, also boasts lovely skyline views of downtown #Denver. The low cost-of-living neighborhood is facing gentrification pressure. Newcomers to the neighborhood are buying homes and fixing them up, which is great for home values, but forces lower-income residents further west, according to our partners @denbizjournal. #Gentrification #9Neighborhoods #VillaPark #Housing #RealEstate

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Along the Villa Park and Barnum neighborhoods is a relatively new bike park, Barnum North Bike Park in partnership with Trestle. Overlooking 6th Avenue at I-25, it's maintained entirely by volunteers! It's been around for about 5 years. This is Jim Vijil enjoying a sunny winter afternoon on the dirt. #Biking #Parks #Denver #Colorado #VillaPark #9Neighborhoods

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Thanks for tagging along on our #9Neighborhoods tour of Villa Park this afternoon! It's primarily a residential neighborhood filled with families and this park, Paco Sanchez Park, which is part of Denver's 'Reimagine Play' development project. Where would you like to see us go next?! #Denver #Colorado #Local

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