The heart of University neighborhood is the University of Denver, thus DU (Denver University). The gorgeous campus spreads out on numerous acres north and south of Evans Ave. DU hadn’t always called this location home, the campus was housed in downtown Denver when trustees decided the urban setting wasn’t suitable. A potato farmer donated 80 acres in order to make building of the campus possible and 10 more land owners soon followed with land donations.
Literally hundreds of millions has been donated to the university over the last 2 decades to make the University of Denver one of the premier private universities in the country. The Ritchie Center holds collegiate events of hockey, swimming, basketball, and other entertainment events. The school is known for extremely strong team sports: 2015 NCAA Champions, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Hockey Frozen Four Champions Division 1.
What makes University neighborhood so special is the proximity to Washington Park, many restaurants including the very FIRST ever Chipotle (over 1,200 stores now). Many unique restaurants sprinkle the neighborhood as well – Jerusalem, Urban Roadhouse, Pete’s Diner, Jelly, and many more.
The atmosphere of this Denver neighborhood is young, not just because of the university, but also the people that live there take on a lighter, more youthful spirit. They help each other out in various capacities: Asbury Elementary (a strong Denver Public School) school drives & fundraisers, etc.
“Sticks not bricks!”
An array of homes can be found in this neighborhood. We refer to this neighborhood as “sticks not bricks” meaning most homes are wood frame single story, you will see very few brick homes in this area. Bungalows are prevalent and in recent years modern NEW construction contemporary homes have been scattered throughout.