Sloan’s Lake

Denver's Dynamic Lakeside Neighborhood.
 

Located on the western edge of Denver's city limits, the Sloan's Lake neighborhood stands as a testament to the city's vibrant history and ongoing transformation. Boasting a picturesque lake at its heart, this community exudes charm and character, drawing residents and visitors alike with its unique blend of urban amenities and natural beauty. From its rich history rooted in the accidental creation of its namesake lake to its modern-day resurgence as a hub of activity and growth, Sloan's Lake offers a captivating glimpse into Denver's past, present, and future. With its eclectic mix of architectural styles, thriving dining and entertainment scene, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, Sloan's Lake beckons adventurers, families, and urbanites alike to explore its dynamic streets and scenic waterfront.

 

Sloan’s Lake neighborhood boasts a rich and unique history, unlike any other part of Denver. The lake, which has a fascinating origin story, began to take shape in 1861 when homesteader Thomas M. Sloan inadvertently tapped into an underground aquifer while digging a well for his farm. Overnight, the land was flooded, eventually submerging nearly 200 acres in water. Sloan had initially used the land for agricultural purposes, from farming to raising cattle. However, the accidental flooding transformed the landscape dramatically.

 

As the land became inundated with water, various names for the lake emerged among locals. Popular monikers like Sloan’s Leak circulated before settling on names such as Sloan Lake or Sloan’s Lake. The precise naming of the lake and the surrounding neighborhood has been a subject of debate over the years. While Google Maps refers to the area as Sloan’s Lake, the lake itself is labeled as Sloan Lake.

 

Despite its unconventional beginnings, Sloan Lake has emerged as one of Denver's most vibrant and rapidly evolving neighborhoods. The aftermath of the aquifer tap triggered significant development in the area, leading to the emergence of new shopping centers, residential communities, and recreational amenities. Over the past two decades, Sloan’s Lake has witnessed monumental growth, attracting residents and visitors alike to its scenic shores and dynamic urban environment.

 

Bordered by Sheridan Boulevard to the west, 17th Avenue to the south, Raleigh St. to the east, and 26th Avenue to the north, Sloan's Lake enjoys excellent connectivity to public transportation and is renowned for its pedestrian-friendly layout. Its strategic location near Edgewater, the Highlands, East Colfax, and Downtown Denver positions Sloan's Lake as a highly desirable urban enclave in an area undergoing rapid revitalization. Adding to its allure is a charming commercial district at Tennyson Street and West 29th Avenue, easily accessible by bike. Sloan's Lake benefits from its convenient placement—just a stone's throw from Edgewater's cozy main street and the trendy western neighborhoods. Downtown Denver's lively offerings are just a brief 10-minute commute away, while the neighborhood's westward orientation allows for easy escapes to the scenic Rocky Mountains.

 

Named after Denver's largest lake and second largest park, Sloan's Lake has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years, fueled by new construction projects, particularly townhomes and duplexes boasting rooftop balconies with unparalleled views of the city and mountains. The architectural landscape of Sloan's Lake is diverse and eclectic, featuring a blend of Tudors, Mediterranean revivals, contemporary remodels, duplexes, townhomes, Victorians, mid-century moderns, and original bungalows and ranch-style homes. This mix of styles adds character to the neighborhood and serves as a reminder of its Denver roots.

 

Positioned adjacent to the Highlands neighborhood and Edgewater, Sloan's Lake offers residents a delightful array of dining and entertainment options. The neighborhood has truly flourished in recent years, with new additions continuously enhancing its vibrant atmosphere. Indulge in mouthwatering soup dumplings filled with Gruyere cheese and French onion soup at Cholon or savor the delectable flavors of the Amalfi Pie at Gusto, where they pay homage to the cuisine of Southern Italy. Situated side by side overlooking Sloan's Lake, these culinary gems are just a glimpse of the gastronomic delights available in the area.

 

For those seeking a cozy ambiance paired with great cocktails and delectable treats, a visit to SidePony is a must. This charming establishment offers a welcoming space to unwind and enjoy quality drinks, incredible coffee and a great charcuterie board. Meanwhile, if you're in search of the perfect spot for a Sunday brunch, look no further than The Patio at Sloan's, where a delightful patio setting awaits along with events and live music to enhance your dining experience.

 

Other notable dining destinations in Sloan's Lake include Sloan's Lake Tap, Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen, Leroy's Bagels, and Santiagos, each offering its own unique culinary delights and ambiance. Whether you're craving comfort food, artisanal coffee, or international flavors, Sloan's Lake has something to satisfy every palate.

 

Sloan's Lake Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure. Boasting Denver's largest lake spanning 177 acres, it stands as the city's second-largest park. With amenities like two playgrounds, tennis courts, multiple athletic fields, boating facilities, basketball courts, multi-use trails, and spacious picnic areas, Sloan's Lake Park offers something for everyone.

 

Nestled amidst the urban landscape, Sloan's Lake Park provides a serene escape, offering breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver skyline. It's a favorite destination for boaters, stand-up paddleboarders, fishermen, and those seeking to bask in the beauty of nature. As the sun dips below the horizon, the park transforms into the perfect setting for catching a sunset, with its idyllic scenery casting a magical glow over the surroundings.

 

Sloan's Lake Park is a vibrant hub of activity throughout the year, hosting a myriad of festivals and events that attract attendees from both the neighborhood and beyond. Among the most beloved gatherings is the annual Dragon Boat Festival, a spectacle where participants navigate elaborately decorated Chinese dragon boats across the lake's shimmering waters every spring.

 

For those who prefer to keep their feet on solid ground, the park's 2.6-mile paved trail offers an ideal route for runners, providing a safe and scenic path for solo or group excursions. Additionally, Sloan's Lake Park features a thrilling pump track, attracting scooter enthusiasts, BMX riders, and thrill-seekers eager to navigate its twists and turns. Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a place to enjoy the outdoors, Sloan's Lake Park offers an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

 

Sloan's Lake stands out as one of Denver's most cherished neighborhoods, seamlessly blending urban amenities with natural beauty. The lake itself provides a picturesque backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities, fostering a strong sense of community and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. With its mix of historic appeal and modern development, unique local businesses, and proximity to downtown Denver, Sloan's Lake offers a distinctive and appealing living experience. Whether you're drawn by the scenic views, the friendly atmosphere, or the dynamic cultural scene, Sloan's Lake is a neighborhood that truly has something for everyone.

 

  • Make a night of it at: Alamo Drafthouse, where you can have food delivered right to your theatre seat while enjoying a movie. Afterwards, visit Barfly Bar, the attached lounge featuring a performance space, cocktails, and regional craft beers
  • Take a whimsical tour of: The Little Man Ice Cream Factory and discover the sights, sounds, and smells of ice cream making. Enjoy a true behind-the-scenes experience where you can order scoops, shakes, and even slide down a hand-built slide
  • Grab your friends and head to: The Electric Cure, a tiki bar that offers the weird, outlandish, and delicious. Try the Satan's School for Girls or Altar Boy Blues cocktails, and don't miss out on their hotdogs
  • Elevate your fitness game at Sloan’s Lake’ top workout spots: Orangetheory Fitness, Rocky Mountain Athletics, Club Pilates, F45 Training Sloan's Lake, or Duality, a treadmill based cardio studio that also offers heated bootcamp and power vinyasa

 

 

 

Overview for Sloan’s Lake, CO

706,799 people live in Sloan’s Lake, where the median age is 34.8 and the average individual income is $50,642. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

706,799

Total Population

34.8 years

Median Age

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

$50,642

Average individual Income

Around Sloan’s Lake, CO

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

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Walking Score
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Bikeable
Bike Score
27
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Que Desmadre, Haykin Family Cider, and Stromans.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 4.92 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.48 miles 25 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.92 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.92 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.85 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.93 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Sloan’s Lake, CO

Sloan’s Lake has 313,926 households, with an average household size of 2.21. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Sloan’s Lake do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 706,799 people call Sloan’s Lake home. The population density is 4,617.35 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

706,799

Total Population

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

34.8

Median Age

50.33 / 49.67%

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2.21

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$50,642

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Schools in Sloan’s Lake, CO

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The following schools are within or nearby Sloan’s Lake. 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
Steck Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Florida Pitt-Waller Ece-8 School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
Teller Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Bansbach Academy At Denver Childrens Home
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Most Precious Blood School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Iliff Preschool Inc.
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
University Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Bromwell Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Bryant Webster Dual Language Ece-8 School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
1st - 5th
5/5
Eagleton Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Edison Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Johnson Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Valdez Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Denison Montessori School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Florence Crittenton High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Polaris Elementary School
PUBLIC
1st - 5th
5/5
KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
2/5
STRIVE Prep - Sunnyside
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
University Prep - Arapahoe St.
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
North High School Engagement Center
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
DSST: Byers Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Reach Charter School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
RiseUp Community School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Garfield Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Good Shepherd Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Parzival Shield Waldorf Preschool Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Ricks Center For Gifted Children
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St John's Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Childrens Garden Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Beach Court Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Columbian Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Cowell Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Emily Griffith High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
International Academy of Denver at Harrington
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
John F Kennedy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Charles M. Schenck (CMS) Community School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Steele Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Swansea Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Cole Arts and Science Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
PUBLIC
K - 12th
1/5
KIPP Denver Collegiate High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
DSST: College View Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Girls Athletic Leadership School High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Colorado High School Charter - GES
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
St Vincent De Paul Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Asbury Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Centennial A School for Expeditionary Learning
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Colfax Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
College View Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Garden Place Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Gust Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Contemporary Learning Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
University Prep - Steele St.
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Academia Ana Marie Sandoval
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
1/5
Stephen Knight Center for Early Education
PUBLIC
PreK - K
No rating available
Creativity Challenge Community
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
DSST: College View High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
5280 High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
American Indian Academy of Denver
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Colorado International School
PRIVATE
PreK - 7th
No rating available
Cheltenham Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Columbine Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Godsman Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Dora Moore Ece-8 School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Whittier Ece-8 School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
5th - 12th
No rating available
Denver Justice High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
STRIVE Prep - Westwood
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Denver Center for 21st-Century Learning at Wyman
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
DSST: Cole Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
2/5
Denver Center for International Studies at Fairmon
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Compassion Road Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Accelerated Schools
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
The Montessori School Of Washington Park
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
St Rose Of Lima Catholic Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Yeshiva Toras Chaim High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Montessori Academy Of Colorado
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
St Elizabeth School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning
PUBLIC
K - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Holm Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Denver School of the Arts
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
5/5
Southmoor Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
DSST: Montview High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Westerly Creek Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Isabella Bird Community School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Stanley British Primary School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Denver Academy Of Torah
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Thw Logan School For Creative Learning
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Ellis Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
McMeen Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Palmer Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Samuels Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Smith Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Highline Academy Southeast
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Denver Language School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Swigert International School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5