Observatory Park

Where Neighbors Become Friends and Front Porches Become Gathering Spots.
 

Located in the southeastern part of Denver, Observatory Park epitomizes the ideal fusion of historical charm, modern convenience, and tranquil residential living within the confines of the city. Envision yourself meandering down idyllic streets, where graceful historic homes and custom new builds are ensconced beneath the canopy of majestic, mature trees. As dusk falls, neighbors take leisurely strolls with their furry companions, or gather to dine al fresco in their yards, basking in the balmy embrace of summer and the warmth of community camaraderie.

 

Observatory Park's history is woven into the very fabric of Denver's past, with roots that run deep and stories that resonate through time. Initially serving as a sanctuary for faculty and administrators of the University of Denver, it has grown into one of the city's most enduring neighborhoods, preserving its allure and significance across generations. With its central location, Observatory Park offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here, you'll find a true sense of community, where neighbors become friends and front porches become gathering spots.

 

In 1864, under the stewardship of John Evans, the 2nd territorial governor of Colorado, the University of Denver (DU) and Iliff School of Theology were established downtown. However, it wasn't until 1880 that these esteemed institutions found their permanent home in Observatory Park, setting the stage for the neighborhood's rich heritage. Here, the iconic Chamberlin Observatory stands as a proud symbol of this history, its Romanesque architecture a testament to bygone eras. Designated as a National Historic Landmark and gracing the National Register of Historic Places, this grand structure houses a magnificent 20-inch refractor lens telescope, captivating the imagination of all who behold it since its dazzling debut at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

 

Living in Observatory Park means experiencing the charms of a college town, with the University of Denver's positive influence permeating the neighborhood's culture and atmosphere. Today, residents of Observatory Park are privileged to embrace the beauty and vibrancy of the University of Denver campus, which stands as a beacon of intellectual pursuit and cultural enrichment. Within the embrace of this esteemed institution, a wealth of social, athletic, and cultural experiences awaits. Sports enthusiasts can revel in the spirited atmosphere of NCAA Division I athletics, proudly represented by the Denver Pioneers. Anchored by the state-of-the-art Daniel Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, the university's athletic program offers a diverse array of sporting events that captivate fans and athletes alike. Meanwhile, aficionados of the performing arts can immerse themselves in the transcendent world of opera, modern dance, and beyond at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. This cultural gem serves as a dynamic hub for artistic expression, presenting a thoughtfully curated calendar of events. Whether cheering on the Pioneers from the stands or experiencing the magic of a live performance at the Newman Center, residents of Observatory Park are treated to a world-class cultural and athletic experience right in their own backyard.

 

Bordered by Evans Avenue to the north, Yale Avenue to the south, Colorado Boulevard to the east, and University Boulevard to the west, Observatory Park offers convenient access to various parts of the city. Its proximity to Interstate 25 and public transportation options such as the University of Denver Light Rail Station ensures easy connectivity to downtown Denver, the Tech Center, and Park Meadows Mall. Additionally, the neighborhood offers easy access to two major north-south thoroughfares, University Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. Whether you're commuting for work or exploring the city's attractions, Observatory Park provides an ideal location to call home.

 

Along University Blvd and Evans Ave, culinary enthusiasts will find a plethora of dining options from around the world, as well as cozy coffee shops, sophisticated wine bars and laid-back dive bars. Savor the city's finest hummus and shawarma at Jerusalem Restaurant, delight in expertly crafted sushi rolls at Ginza Sushi and Grill, or unwind with a hot latte at Stella's Coffee Haus. For sports enthusiasts, The Pioneer offers the perfect setting to cheer on the DU basketball and hockey teams, all while enjoying delicious tacos and refreshing margaritas on the covered rooftop. Whether you're seeking culinary delights, community camaraderie, or exciting sports action, Observatory Park has something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Beyond the borders of Observatory Park, a treasure trove of vibrant neighborhoods awaits exploration. Just a stone's throw away, you'll find Old South Gaylord in Wash Park and South Pearl Street in Platt Park, each boasting its own unique charm and character. Here, seasonal farmers markets and an eclectic mix of boutiques beckon, offering a delightful array of artisanal goods and locally-crafted treasures. Take a leisurely stroll along the tree-lined streets, stopping to sample culinary delights from a diverse selection of bars and restaurants.

 

For those craving even more culinary adventures, Cherry Creek North is a mere few minutes away by car. This bustling district is renowned for its upscale dining establishments and chic eateries, where world-class cuisine and impeccable service await. After indulging your taste buds, take advantage of the district's upscale boutiques and designer shops, perfect for an afternoon of shopping and exploration.

 

In Observatory Park, the past perfectly intertwines with the present, creating a neighborhood that is as vibrant as it is steeped in history. From its iconic Chamberlin Observatory to its bustling dining scene along University Blvd and Evans Ave, every corner of this community tells a story waiting to be explored. Observatory Park invites you to embark on a journey of discovery and connection. Come and experience the allure of this cherished Denver neighborhood, where every day offers a new opportunity to create lasting memories and call Observatory Park home.

 

  • Spend a rainy afternoon with the family: watching a flick in the MAX theatre at Regal UA Colorado Center and snacking on the endless culinary options available at Junction Food & Drink, a lively food hall with a solid trivia night
  • Have a night under the stars at Observatory Park: University of Denver’s Chamberlain Observatory where you can view the sky’s celestial bodies through their Alvan Clark-Saegmuller telescope
  • Enjoy and afternoon with friends: picnicking, playing soccer and relaxing in the neighborhood’s namesake outdoor space, Observatory Park
  • Explore the local farmer’s market at: University Hills Plaza, the community shopping center that is also home to Target, Panera Bread, Ace Hardware and Timbuk Toys
  • Hop on your bike and discover: Eisenhower Park, McWilliams Park and the Highline Canal

 

 

Overview for Observatory Park, CO

8,135 people live in Observatory Park, where the median age is 41 and the average individual income is $60,910.26. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

8,135

Total Population

41 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$60,910.26

Average individual Income

Around Observatory Park, CO

There's plenty to do around Observatory Park, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

59
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
81
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
45
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Carol Mier Fashion, A Line Boutique, and Arthur Murray Dance Center.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 4.44 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.11 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.13 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.54 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.81 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.55 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Observatory Park, CO

Observatory Park has 3,646 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Observatory Park do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 8,135 people call Observatory Park home. The population density is 7,001.45 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

8,135

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

41

Median Age

45.46 / 54.54%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
3,646

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$60,910.26

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Observatory Park, CO

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The following schools are within or nearby Observatory Park. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Most Precious Blood School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
University Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Parzival Shield Waldorf Preschool Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Accelerated Schools
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available

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