If you love art then you’ll LOVE RiNo. Originally home to industrial companies, until the 80’s and 90’s, RiNo became a sought after neighborhood to artists as those warehouses became vacant and the neighborhood was an affordable downtown option to live and eventually express their creative sides.
RiNo is comprised of four historic neighborhoods in Denver. Five Points, Cole, Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. In 2004 Denver supported the revival of this distinctive neighborhood to help it become what we consider to be Denver’s outdoor art museum. Today you will find galleries, restaurants, breweries, music venues, and some of the most unique businesses in Denver.
When we toured the neighborhood to take pictures and do research beyond what we already know about this great area, we ran into a new business opening on July 4, 2020, yep, during a pandemic. Just one of the many reasons we were impressed with this business owner. The storefront is what originally caught our attention, then when we peeked inside we were drawn in. Sitting at a table was a breathtakingly beautiful girl who we eventually discovered owned this intriguing business, Mangata. After talking for a couple minutes, we learned she wasn’t officially open but she welcomed us in and showed us her store and one of her event spaces in the back yard. It was like entering another world. It won’t be long before Denver High-Rise Living will be hosting an event in her fabulous space! This store represents the owner, Alycia Ann, in its creativity, beauty and truly a place you want to visit and surround yourself with, you should definitely check it out.
If you have not experienced a new age food hall, then you have to start in RiNo. With over 40,000 feet of food vendors, grocery and restaurants in two buildings, you might think there is no reason to ever go anywhere else, until you walk down Larimer and find even more, that is. We highly recommend:
- Denver Central Market: 26th and Larimer https://www.denvercentralmarket.com/
- The Source Market Hall: 33rd and Brighton Blvd https://thesourcehotel.com/markethall
On June 25th, 2020, Andy Feinstein, known as THE developer of RiNo today, spoke at the Downtown Denver Partnership Development Forum. “RiNo is a ‘when’ story, not an ‘if story.” RiNo has added over 1 million sqauare feet of new office space that is as unique as the neighborhood itself, and over 2,000 apartments, which was expected to double before Covid-19. When asked how he sees things moving forward he reflected on the where RiNo has come from and where it is today, here you find cultural and socio-economic diversity, a place to live, work and play. Not only does he feel it’s still a “when” story, but he commented on the importance of refocusing and adding even more, addressing the need for diversity in the neighborhood and his goals to help us get there.
Currently there are not many homes to purchase in the neighborhood, most of what has been built has been apartments. You will find some renovated buildings and lofts, and a few row homes and town homes, but not many condos. Here a few newer ones we like, including a new one on the way!
- S*Park – 25th and Arapahoe/Blake. Now delivering new homes.
- Benjamin Moore Building – 25th and Walnut. Historic building with loft living.
- Fireclay Lofts – 31st and Blake. Mis of old warehouse industrial and new construction.
Whether you want to live, work or play in this hip neighborhood, we highly recommend you take a full day to experience what RiNo has too offer, making sure you look around the side of every building, even peeking inside buildings that are open, in search of the art and people that make this neighborhood so special.