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Observatory Park, Denver Neighborhood Guide

October 23, 2015

Observatory Park (or University Park) is situated in southeast Denver south of Evans between University Blvd and Colorado, just north of Yale Ave. It is comprised of primarily single-family homes ranging from ranch homes to modern Victorian-inspired properties making it a desirable neighborhood for those wishing to live in a calm environment or raise a family. In addition to housing some of the best real estate on the market, Observatory Park has several attractions and restaurants that make the neighborhood one of Denver’s best-kept secrets.

Observatory Park

The most notable neighborhood amenity is Observatory Park itself. Enjoy pick up games of kickball or basketball, savor a picnic on the grass, or take the little ones to the playground that has a solid supply of donated toys. There’s something for everyone here. The added bonus is that the Chamberlin Observatory is housed here and open to the public. It is generally open Tuesday and Thursday evenings and select Saturdays when the moon is at quarter phase. Go inside and check out the large telescope or bring your own to join the dozens of people who regularly go star gazing at the park. Keep up to date and make a plan by viewing the Chamberlin Observatory’s current schedule.

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

The Newman Center for the Performing arts aims to provide high-quality performing arts experiences for University of Denver students and the Colorado community alike. There is something for every lover of the arts here ranging from student opera performances to presenting a number of concerts with some of the world’s most prestigious performers. Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, Jane Monheit, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the Russian National Orchestra are just a small handful of performers who have graced the Newman Center Stage. You can view the 2015-2016 schedule and make plans for the future.


It’s old news that Colorado is chock-full of some of the best craft beer in the nation. We’ve all heard of New Belgium and its humble beginnings in Fort Collins rising to national recognition, but did you know Observatory Park is home to two incredible local microbreweries? Fermaentra opened in November 2014 and is dedicated to brewing beers “rooted in traditional style, yet amplified to embody the evolution in American craft beer.” They specialize in ales and lagers and always have a rotating tap list that stays up-to-date online. For those wishing to enjoy food with their beverages fear not—they have a rotating cast of some of Denver’s best foods trucks that are also updated weekly so you can plan on enjoying some of your favorite beer and cuisine in tandem.

Bull & Bush has become a Denver staple - currently celebrating its 44th year of business. They opened their doors in 1971 after twin brothers Dean and Dale Peterson cast aside their stockbroker careers to open a brewpub modeled after the original Bull & Bush located in Hampstead Heath, England. It’s homey feel will have patrons enjoying games of darts, sipping on their craft brews ranging from grapefruit pale ale to dunkelweiss and occasionally rounding off their evenings with events like Saturday Night Movies and Sunday Night Jazz.

Jerusalem Restaurant

You probably dismiss any restaurant open until 4 a.m. as a carb-loaded college joint, but Jerusalem is different. Sure, it’s located in the heart of the DU campus and does have lots of college students who frequent it for everything from late night study sessions to post-bar eats, but this place has a long-standing reputation for being one of Denver’s finest, winning the honors of Westword’s best middle eastern restaurant receiving nods from Zagat, and a laundry list of other accolades.  Enjoy one of their signature gyro sandwiches coupled with a cup of potent Arabic coffee and finish your meal with some of their delightful house-made baklava.

Contact Elevation Realty to learn more about the neighborhood and to browse homes for sale in Observatory Park, Denver.