The streetcars that ignited the Berkeley district in 1887 have become ghosts of the past, leaving behind the unmistakable historic imprint that Berkeley is now known for. But, Berkeley today has not traded away its quaint neighborhoods or family centered back yard BBQ’s. It has simply initiated a vibrant and trendy makeover that is nothing short of remarkable. The Streetcars have long since rattled into history but today a stroll down Tennyson Street, the main artery of Berkeley, reveals a very flamboyant personality as you take an evening walk during the pink dusk that comes with being nested below the Rockies. You might be meandering through art galleries for First Friday or stopping by the wine bar at Potager to mix with the downtown crowd who make Tennyson Street their first stop for some of the best food in Denver.
The Berkeley neighborhood, lined with mature trees, brick trim and front yard gardens has been traditionally called Northwest Denver, and is located just 10 minutes west of Downtown, only minutes to all main highways and the interstate. Boulder is only 30 min away. Berkeley is perfect for anyone looking for that urban neighborhood oozing with charm! From Arts and Crafts Bungalows, Stately Tudors, Cozy Cottages and the occasional Art Deco Beauties, this popular, colorful community is full of turn of the century Victorian houses, stylish boutiques, yummy gourmet stores, one of a kind gift shops and cutting edge art galleries. This eclectic district, with its friendly main street feel, was voted “Best Neighborhood Shopping” for 2011
Berkeley appeals to socially conscious residents and entrepreneurial business owners who know and support each other, and where you can walk anywhere, the streets quiet and safe. Berkeley is full of active, educated and progressive singles and professionals, young families and innovative businesses with a thriving commitment to growth and prosperity. The Berkeley District is home to the Tennyson Cultural Arts District, which is alive year round with music, performance, film and a wide variety of visual arts opportunities.
“Tennyson Street is poised to become Denver’s next trendy shopping nook”, says the Denver Post. Tennyson is the jugular for the Berkeley Neighborhood and boasts yoga and Pilate’s studios, a great bookstore, a specialty shop for runners, an organic health food store, and an experimental performance theater and avant-garde cinema. The dog park at Berkeley Lake has become a popular outing for our four-legged family members and the trout can be hooked at Rocky Mountain Lake. Playing golf at the Willis Case Golf Course is another popular way to spend an afternoon.
But the real heart of the Berkeley Neighborhood is none other than an iconic Merry-Go-Round:
“My absolute FAVORITE place in Berkeley, the Tilden Merry-Go-Round is a dream come true. I’ve been going here since before I could walk. It’s a truly heartwarming feeling getting the opportunity to see my childhood favorite carousel horse still being well taken care of and loved by many.”
And just down the road is the magically illuminated Lakeside Amusement Park.
“I was eight years old. My Grandmother lived on Zenobia St. and Lakeside was where every night it was New Years Eve. The sounds and smells are permanently etched in my memory”.
Other landmarks include the turn of the century Historic Elitch Gardens Carousel House, and the Moorish revival inspired “Oriental Theater”.
There are 17 schools in a two-mile radius of Berkeley. Most of the schools are rated four stars with some five star reviews. A local parent describes the school her children go to:
“This school has the most dedicated teachers and principals that I have ever met. They truly care about each and every child and follow each child’s progress closely to make sure they are improving and reaching goals. I have not witnessed this much attention to detail and effort at any other school.”
But in the end, it comes down to food. It is said that every human being is inspired at the end of a stressful work day, when the kids are looked after by grandma, on that first anxious date, or when you simply need to get out of the house and stop watching re-runs of West Wing…well, all humans are inspired by food. And Berkeley has food to satisfy every palate. From Breakfast to Bars, Asian Fusion at Bones, Late Night Dining at the Vine Street Pub and Brewery and Farm to Table creations, every ethnic flavor dots the streets of Berkeley. Numerous four-star restaurants call Berkeley home.
And “Active” is a hallmark attribute of Denverites. Berkeley Park is a families best friend and features a large lake, a basketball court, bicycle/pedestrian pathway, fishing, indoor pool, outdoor pool, recreation center, soccer field, softball field with grass infield, lighted tennis court, shelter, picnic area, playground and library. The Berkeley Neighborhood contains two lakes surrounded by more parks and great public pools. Berkeley is one of the real gems of Denver.
Condensed Demographics for Insert:
Berkeley Population Demographics
|White Collar||76.12 %|
|Blue Collar||23.89 %|
Number of Households
|Households With Children||5,239|
|Households Without Children||18,513|
|Average People Per Household||2.11|
|No High School||2,396|
|Some High School||2,851|
Household Income and Average Income
|Average Household Income||$61,080|
|Average Household Net Worth||$506,387|
|Median Home Sale Price||$264,962|
|Sales Tax Rate||3%|
Averages Weather for Berkeley
|Average High in January||46.70° F|
|Average Low in January||15.60° F|
|Average High in July||88.30° F|
|Average Low in July||54.70° F|
|Annual Precipitation||18.17 in.|
|Air Pollution Index||94.00|
Crime Rate and Statistics
|Below Average||Above Average|
|Total Crime Risk||225|
|Personal Crime Risk||170|
|Property Crime Risk||234|
|Automotive Theft Risk||371|
Schools: There are 17 schools in a two-mile radius of Berkeley.
Most of the schools are rated four stars with some five star reviews. A parent describes the school her children go to: “This school has the most dedicated teachers and principals that I have ever met. They truly care about each and every child and follow each child’s progress closely to make sure they are improving and reaching goals. I have not witnessed this much attention to detail and effort at any other school.”
Sex Offenders: Could not find anything for Berkeley so here is closest area…Lakewood.
According to our research of Colorado and other state lists there were 6 registered sex offenders living in Lakewood as of September 24, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Lakewood to the number of sex offenders is 24,253 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a lot smaller than the state average.