In the mid 1800’s, Sloans Lake was not a lake at all, it was actually the location of the main road from Golden to Denver! A local farmer who owned the land in 1861, Thomas Sloan, accidentally tapped into an underground aquifier and it flooded the land which is now 177 acres of lake with boating, tennis courts, basketball, bike trails and the annual Chinese dragon boat races. The boundaries of the second largest park in Denver are Colfax to 29th and Federal to Sheridan.
In 1891 Manhattan Beach was located here, it was the largest amusement park west of the Mississippi. It has also been the location of St Anthony’s Hospital (1893) and the Lakeshore Drive-In Theater (1951).
More recently, the neighborhood has become one of the fastest growing hip areas in Denver. Just down the street from the Denver Bronco’s “Mile High Stadium,” you will find Sloans Lake and the newest neighborhood surrounding the Lakehouse Condominiums. It’s a neighborhood mostly populated by homeowners in townhomes and condominiums, but if you’re lucky you’ll find a couple apartment complexes or condos and townhomes that are available for rent. You will also find some original single-family homes from the 60’s, it’s a sweet mixture of downtown meets the suburbs with incredible view of the mountains, the lake and downtown Denver.
It’s sometimes hard to grasp what this neighborhood is because you don’t find a lot of walkability in terms of restaurants and bars (however the football stadium is right down the street), but when you hang out near the new Lakehouse Condos, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the activity that is making its way into this area from Alamo Drafthouse Movie theater, to fun and hip restaurants and bars and even Starbucks.
Transportation to downtown is easy, so if you aren’t interested in living in the heart of downtown but want to be close, and in an neighborhood that is up and coming, with easy access to the mountains, and offers everything Coloradan’s love about their outdoor lifestyles, this is a neighborhood you should check out!
*Historic image credit to Denver Public Library