Five Reasons Why the Harvard Gulch Neighborhood Rocks!
Harvard Gulch Park – Harvard Gulch is anchored by the Harvard Gulch Park. This lovely green sits on the corner of Logan and Iliff and is a neighborhood gem! The rolling, shaded oasis is bordered by a 1.5 mile trail and is a quiet, intimate alternative to some of the busier nearby parks. The Southeast corner is anchored by a 9 Hole Par 3 golf course that offers Night Golf in addition to normal golf outings. The Recreation Center located at the Northwest corner has many class options including yoga, aerobics, Pilates, art and a full range of youth sports and children’s classes. The Center also has basketball courts, weights and an outdoor pool. Across the street there is a running track for those who don’t like trails and an open space for a picnic or an impromptu game of Frisbee or Soccer.
The Community Garden. There are many wonderful Community Gardens in Denver, but the Rosedale/Harvard Gulch Garden ranks near the top. As one of the oldest and largest community gardens, the Rosedale Garden has over 100 gardeners, huge plots where community members can grow their own vegetables, fruits and flowers and a dedicated, well-organized leadership group. The Garden specializes in growing Heirloom garlic and each fall hosts a “Garlic Festival” where the public is invited in to sample the wares. There are several bee hives in the Garden as well as a small orchard.
Walkability – We Denverites love the ability to walk and bike to local shops, pubs and restaurants. Harvard Gulch scores high on the walkability score. South Pearl is literally just across the street in Platt Park which offers a variety of shops and eateries as well as one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the City. Fermaentra Brewery and Roaming Buffalo Barbeque are neighborhood favorites and are fabulous destinations – the beer and barbeque among the best in the City. The newly revitalized corridor of South Broadway makes up the West border of Harvard Gulch and has become a major draw for those who love antique shops, funky boutiques and great restaurants.
Affordability – housing prices are rising in this quaint neighborhood but they are still lower than nearby Platt Park and Wash Park. We love this area because of the many over-sized lots which give buyers a chance to get into a home at a lower price point, but also gives room to add on or build your dream home in the future. In Harvard Gulch you have all of the amenities of the pricier neighbors with a smaller price tag.
Access to great schools and Cultural Events – If you are looking for schools, this little neighborhood is big in choices. Harvard Gulch has the option of four different top rated schools. The Waldorf School is an arts based, private school and offers classes from pre-school through 12th grade. Asbury Elementary (K-5) and Grant Middle School (6-8) are top rated public schools. Lourdes is a Catholic private school and ministers to preschool- 8th Grade and Mile High Academy is a private Christian school that offers pre-school- 12th grade classes. If you are looking for more grown up selections the nearby Denver University hosts a full slate of adult classes as well as great concerts, art exhibits and sporting events. They also offer a variety of camps for kids. DU is home to nationally ranked Lacrosse and Hockey teams and their music school is one of the best in the region.
These are just a few reasons why Harvard Gulch should be on your list of neighborhoods if you are looking to purchase a home in Denver. As always, we would love to help you. Please give us a call if we can answer any real estate questions or if you would like to go see some homes!