Neighborhood of the Week: Union Station

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In 1881 four different railroad stations existed in Denver.  The problem is that passengers had to transfer to other stations to continue their travel, so the four stations came together to create Union Station Denver on 17th and Wynkoop.  In 1884 the station burned down.  In 2001 RTD purchased the station along with the surrounding rail yards.  In 2012 Union Station underwent an extreme makeover, ultimately becoming one of the most popular neighborhoods in Denver.  Attracting restaurants, bars, businesses, hotels, apartments and condos.  Today, it is a must “experience” in Denver for visitors as well as those who live in the area.   It’s hard to come to Denver without making your way to this gorgeous building and neighborhood, filled with history and vibrant energy.

Union Station is considered part of the “LoDo” neighborhood, but we chose to peel it out to highlight its history and spotlight the incredible uniqueness it brings to Denver.

Planes, trains and automobiles!  The underground bus station is one-of-a-kind in modern, clean and sheltered public transportation.  A class act!  The light rail brings convenient and direct access to Denver International Airport and connects Denver’s suburbs to the heart of the city.  Amtrak runs its service out of this station, taking you from Denver to the Pacific Northwest, to California, to the beaches of the south, up to New York and through the Midwest.  But the ride you hear most locals talk about is the one that takes you to the Mountains.  The Winter Park Express takes skiers from Union Station to Grand County on the weekends, starting in January, usually.

But that’s only a small piece of what Union Station offers. You can stay at any of the local hotels like the historic Oxford or the new Born Hotel, but the Crawford, inside the building itself, takes you back in time while providing all of the comforts of a modern luxury hotel.

Lodo is home to some of the best restaurants in the city. Taking the urban dining experience and elevating it, Lodo provides a wide variety of breweries, bars, dine-in restaurants and food hall options for everyone. Take a look at our top dining spots to try out in the Union Station neighborhood of LoDo!

  • Snooze – inside Union Station
  • Next Door – inside Union Station
  • Stoic and Genuine – inside Union Station
  • Venice – across the street on the east side of Union Station
  • Tavernetta – behind Union Station, on the SW side
  • Tupelo Honey – behind Union Station, on the west side of the building
  • Thirsty Lion – on the south side of Union Station
  • Cooper Lounge – inside Union Station, second floor
  • Terminal Bar – inside Union Station
  • Mercantile – inside Union Station
  • Urban Farmer – one block east of Union Station
  • Avelina – one block east of Union Station
  • Jax Fish House – one block east of Union Station

As you might imagine, living in this area is extremely popular.  If you don’t want to rent a loft or condo at the Coloradan, here are several apartment buildings you might like:

  • Union Denver
  • Cadence
  • The Platform
  • The Grand Apartments
  • Alara Union Station
  • City House Apartments
  • The Pullman
  • The Metro
  • The Casey
  • The Manhattan
  • Ashley Union Station
  • 1880 Little Raven

However, some prefer to make Union Station their permanent home or want to invest in this hip and sought-after neighborhood to rent their investment to others.  You can purchase in one of Denver’s historical buildings that have been converted to lofts, or you can find your home in one of the new luxury high-rises.  The Coloradan is the most recent high-rise, 334 units delivering in March of 2019 and directly behind Union Station.  McGregor Square is the next to deliver, in the spring of 2020, and is located 2 blocks north.  Considered to be Denver’s first Urban Resort, this development will change the face of Denver and Union Station, yet again.

Speaking of Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, and what we like to call the “Ballpark Neighborhood,” is 2 blocks north of Union Station, on 20th which is about ½ a mile to I-25 and I-70, so easy access to the mountains, airport or suburbs if you are driving.

About 1 block south of Union Station is the 16th Street Mall where the restaurants, hotels, businesses and urban living continue.  Businesses such as legendary Rockmount Ranch Wear, which has clothed some of the most famous country stars, Slack, DaVita and Inspirato are just a few prominent contributors to our Denver community.  With newer grocery stores like Whole Foods and King Soopers, businesses that serve pretty much every one of our needs, transportation for all, from train, bus, light rail, even accessibility for scooter and bike riders with designated lanes, this community has welcomed the urban dweller and helped create new homes to many.

So even though Union Station is officially located within the LoDo neighborhood, you can see why we consider it a neighborhood of its own, with its personality and charm that provides an experience unlike any other neighborhood in Denver.

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