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Being a young professional working in Denver means being connected, social and ready for anything. With Denver’s tech industry growing more and more each year, along with its population of young professionals, choosing the right neighborhood can make all the difference. Check out the following Denver neighborhoods that won’t let you down with their choice of activities, nightlife and, of course, proximity to the office!

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Union Station

Living near Union Station is urban living at its finest. The area is being renovated at an increasingly rapid rate, with condos and high-rise apartments popping up all over the previously undeveloped area, not to mention the proximity you have to some of the best restaurants, clubs and shopping in the city, all along the 16th Street pedestrian mall.

For those who are working in Denver’s downtown area, you’ll find the Union Station neighborhood convenient to the office. And there’s no need to worry about rush-hour traffic because you’ll most likely be walking, biking or hopping on one of the city’s buses or shuttles for your short commute.

Even in the middle of the city, you’ll never be far from enjoying the outdoors. Denver’s Confluence Park is just a stone’s throw away. It’s the perfect place for weekend picnics, Frisbee games or, if you dare, tubing in the river’s rapids. If you’re looking for something more peaceful, check out the Cherry Creek trail, where runners and bikers enjoy the miles of trail that winds through Denver’s downtown.

Other neighborhoods close to downtown: The River North neighborhood, or RiNo, has a unique vibe with defunct warehouses-turned-luxury-condos and microbreweries with food trucks that rule the night. Or check out the Highlands, where yoga studios and wine bars line the trendy Tennyson Street neighborhood. Not sure you can afford to live so close to the bustling center? Calculate how much you can afford to pay for rent with this handy rent calculator.

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Baker

The up-and-coming Baker neighborhood is close to downtown, so public transportation will get you there in a flash. But unlike the Union Station area, you’re more likely to find colorfully renovated Victorian homes and trendy bungalows for rent rather than apartments. If you’re looking for a place to have backyard barbeques with friends, Baker is definitely the neighborhood for you.

With South Broadway Street just steps away, you’re within walking distance to a vibrant bar scene and hip restaurants. For a late night treat, check out the always-packed Sweet Action Ice Cream, which boasts flavors like Colorado Peach and Garam Masala. Some of Denver’s funkiest shops can be found in the neighborhood too, including consignment shop Buffalo Exchange, where you can pick up vintage outfits to look your best at the office.

On the first Friday of each month, don’t miss out on visiting the nearby Santa Fe Arts District, where you can rub elbows with fellow art lovers and enjoy live music while munching on tasty local treats.

Similar neighborhoods: The Uptown neighborhood is smack dab between downtown and City Park. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love “Restaurant Row” on 17th Street, where you can find everything from Asian fusion to Italian trattorias. Wash Park West is also a good choice near the Baker neighborhood but closer to Denver’s Washington Park, where you can bike, play tennis or rent a rowboat, all in the same afternoon.

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Hampden South

In recent years, more and more startups and tech companies have been opening offices in the Denver Tech Center area due to rising costs downtown. For those working out in the DTC area, traffic along the I-25 highway can be your worst nightmare. If you’re not ready to resign to the suburban life, the Hampden South neighborhood may be a good choice for you.

Though Hampden South is mainly residential, you’ll find microbreweries and a wide variety of restaurants close by, not to mention the surprising number of sports bars near DTC; you’re sure to find a happy-hour deal any day of the week.

While the DTC area may be a little quiet, its location to businesses in the Tech Center is unbeatable. Imagine all the time you’ll save not commuting to work!

 

 

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Kelly is a writer, baker and lover of travel currently living the mountain life in Denver, CO. She has lived in Argentina and France and traveled extensively through Europe and South America. Read about her travel and baking adventures on www.riseandbake.com.

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