Denver has plenty of cool neighborhoods. Congress Park is one of those! We recently listed a beautiful home in this neighborhood near 14th and Monroe that has to be one of the most walkable locations in town. So, naturally we wanted to share some awesome things about what it would be like living in this home in Congress Park.
(Check out 1372 Monroe St here)
But instead of us sharing all the great things about living in a neighborhood, we want to have actual residents tell you about it! We’re thankful for our clients, Billy and Laura, for sharing some of their insider knowledge about living in Congress Park in Denver.
What do you love about living in your Denver neighborhood?
The walkability! Congress Park has everything you need, plus a really nice neighborhood vibe without being too far away from downtown. There are great restaurants, parks, music and arts venues, and you’re just a short bus or bike from most everything else.
What’s fun to do on the weekends in your neighborhood? Any special events or activities that you attend?
The options are honestly endless. Before the pandemic, we loved concerts at the Blue Bird or checking out last-minute who was playing at Lost Lake, a really tiny music venue tucked in between a nail salon and a liquor store right at the end of our street. There are tons of great restaurants for date night or girls night out. If you want to nuture your inner bookworm, curl up (post pandemic) in one of the cozy spots inside Tattered Cover – it’s easy to spend hours in there looking for the perfect book! We also love the farmer’s market at East High School on the summer weekends.
City Park is home to tons of special events (plus we got married there so we’re biased) and is a great place to be on the weekends. There’s City Park Jazz in the summer, the Colfax Marathon in the spring, plus you’re right next to the zoo and Museum of Nature and Science. Every winter, the 12th and Madison businesses put on a holiday celebration that’s always a fun time, too. If you have kids, Sweet Cooie’s has a ton of family-friendly events like bingo night and painting camp (at least before the pandemic. Bingo night is on Zoom now!). The Botanic Gardens also has an annual plant sale that’s an easy way to upgrade your garden!
Tell us about some of your other favorite local spots nearby.
12th and Madison has some of our favorite local spots. Blue Pan and Sweet Cooie’s are both there, which are my favorite spots for pizza and ice cream, respectively. Under the Umbrella is at the same shopping area, which has the best breakfast sandwiches (get it on a croissant). Wildflowers will always have the perfect gift no matter who you’re shopping for.
Along Colfax, Stella has fantastic Italian food. Yahya’s has a delicious Mediterranean buffet. Lucky Noodles is our favorite Thai spot, narrowly beating out 9Thai on East Colfax. Congress Park Taproom has every beer you could ever want on tap, plus more you’ve never heard of.
If you want an arm workout, or to put a limit on how many impulse buys you make, you can walk to Trader Joe’s at 7th and Colorado for cookie butter and other TJ treats.
Carla Madison is one of the newest Denver rec center, and the membership is a steal if you buy on Black Friday!
Walking down 7th Avenue is beautiful no matter what time of year. It’s a huge, tree-lined boulevard between Colorado and Cheesman Park. My favorite loop is down 7th to Cheesman, around the park’s crushed gravel path, then back home down 11th Avenue.
Is there anything nearby that’s a hidden gem for those living in the neighborhood (ie, something awesome you wouldn’t know about unless you were living there)?
Capitol Heights Pharmacy (and liquor store) is the best local experience. Kristen and her team are the MOST friendly, wonderful neighborhood pharmacists that make Congress Park special. It seems so quaint and old-fashioned to know your pharmacist, but we do! Plus, one year, they ran a promotion to get a free beer with your flu shot 🙂
If you’re celebrating, splurge on dinner at To The Wind. If you’re celebrating but don’t want to get fancy, get pizza at Enzo’s and walk through the shared billiards room to PS Lounge for a drink. Women get a free rose, and everybody gets a free shot with their first drink (it’s not strong, don’t worry!).
What else can you share with us about living in this neighborhood? Do you have any special insider tips?
Get to know your neighbors! The best part of Congress Park is all the wonderful people who make up our community on our block and surrounding streets.
Thanks so much for your insider tips, Billy and Laura!
If Congress Park looks like a great fit for you or someone you know, let’s connect! My team and I would love to be of service.
If you’re interested in our listing at 1372 Monroe St (Charming Congress Park Home for Sale), please let us know. We’d be happy to help with a private showing.
Check out other home listings in the Congress Park neighborhood too! Here are the latest listings!