The Berkeley neighborhood is located in Northwest Denver, west of I-25 and just minutes from Downtown. Although a distinct neighborhood, Berkeley is often grouped together with Sunnyside, West Highland and Lower Highland and called Northwest Denver.
Originally established as Berkeley Farm in 1879 by John Brisben Walker, a businessman and developer, the neighborhood spanned over 1,500 acres. The neighborhood was advertised as a healthy alternative to city living with cleaner air, an abundance of water and easily accessible public transportation. Officially renamed to Berkeley in 1898, it was was occupied primarily by the middle and working classes. Development within the neighborhood was stagnant until the 1950s and 1960s when expansion occurred.
Today, the affordable bungalows and ranch homes, eclectic businesses and a thriving arts community have made Berkeley an attractive neighborhood for homeowners and developers alike. The parks and lakes in northern Berkeley are an additional reason for the neighborhood’s growing popularity. Berkeley Park offers a sheltered picnic area and pools while the Rocky Mountain Park boasts fields for sports and activities. The neighborhood has a diverse collection of art galleries and hosts the First Friday Art Walk every month on Tennyson Street. In 2010, Denver voters approved the Tennyson Corridor Development Plan which included $2.5MM of funds to improve lighting, sidewalks, streets, and streetscapes on Tennyson Street’s commercial district.
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- Parisi – 44th & Tennyson
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