Our Town: 10th Annual Best Places to Live

SLOAN’S LAKE 

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BOUNDARIES: 29th Avenue to the north; 17th Avenue to the south; Federal Boulevard to the east; Sheridan Boulevard to the west

The ’hood
If you’re looking for an up-and-coming neighborhood with gorgeous sunsets, easy access to the mountains, the cit y’s largest lake, a family-friendly park and a huge new development that will include retail, restaurants and lots of new housing, Sloan’s Lake is it.

Why it’s tops
Sloan’s Lake has some of the best views in Denver (of both the mountains to the west and the city skyline to the east), rising but often still affordable housing prices and proximity to the Highland shopping district, the West Line light rail, downtown and Mile High Stadium, the Denver Aquarium and the Children’s Museum.

Known for
Sloan’s Lake (which abuts Cooper Lake with a 2.5-mile paved path circumnavigating both) and the surrounding 177-acre park (Denver’s second largest after City Park), rife with joggers, bicyclists, sailboats, powerboats, kayaks and water skiers.

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Courtesy Joyride Brewing

On the horizon
Seven square blocks on the old St. Anthony Hospital site are being redeveloped and will include the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (slated to open in late spring or early summer), retail shops, restaurants including the already-opened Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger, a community garden, green spaces and pedestrian spaces for future farmers’ markets or outdoor concerts, a health-care clinic run by St. Anthony Centura, plus residential units that include townhomes, condominiums, rental apartments and both senior and affordable housing. The plan is that the entire development will be finished by the end of 2018. Also, Little Man Ice Cream is opening a “microbatch creamery” a few blocks west on West Colfax.

Historic tidbit
The lake actually came about accidentally after Thomas Sloan, the farmer who owned the land, dug a well in 1861 only to find it slowly turning into a lake. He placed an ad in the Rocky Mountain News 11 years later to sell the property.

Top picks
Locals swear by the gouda grits and other breakfast specialties at Rupert’s at the Edge, with great views across the lake to the city; Get Battered Fish & Chips for English pub fare including bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie; Sarto’s for upscale Northern Italian; Chili Verde for Pueblan-Mexican fare; and Joyride and Seedstock breweries.

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Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Courtesy Claudia Hernandez-Ponce/Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Don’t miss
The 17th annual weekend-long Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, one of the largest pan-Asian celebrations in the country, will be held July 29-30 on Sloan’s Lake. More than 100,000 people came out last year to watch the boat races and the more than 100 performances on six stages.

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Courtesy Linda Brunn

 Local love
“Sloan’s Lake is great because we are so close to downtown and to the light rail. The lake is a big bonus because it’s a great place to walk, bicycle or picnic, and from the lake the views of both the mountains and downtown are spectacular. We also like the diversity of the neighborhood; there’s a wide variety of architecture, from Victorian to ultra-modern, and it’s also diverse socioeconomically.” —Linda Brunn, a Sloan’s Lake resident for 43 years and a member of the Sloan’s Lake Citizens Group

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