Living in Sunnyside | Denver CO Real Estate
The Denver neighborhood known as Sunnyside consists of two square miles in close proximity to one major highway and bordered by two others. Located in the north end of Denver, this is a fantastic neighborhood, complete with diverse residents living in a mix of historic and modern homes on tree lined streets.
In the early 1900’s vegetable farmers emigrating from Italy found the location and lay of the land attractive. They settled here and planted gardens and fruit trees, some of which have survived to this day. By the 1930’s, homes were built, many that still grace the tree-lined streets. Today’s residents enjoy the historic ambience and mature trees nestled within the convenient urban environment surrounding the area. Though an extensive trolley system spanned the area in the past, by the end of 2016 Sunnyside will be served by RTD rail transit that will offer efficient travel to other surrounding urban areas.
A strong resident group, known as SUNI, was founded in the late 1980’s. The group includes homeowners, residents, local organizations and businesses. SUNI keeps an eye on development, decides on such issues as liquor licenses and beautification projects, and keeps in close contact with the neighbors via social networking, a website and a newsletter. New residents are welcomed with an informational mail piece, and social gatherings are held throughout the year.
Schools and Services
There are several school choices within or close to Sunnyside. Public elementary schools include Centennial Elementary K-8, Columbian Elementary K-5, Edison Elementary ECE-5, Valdez ECE-7 and Sandoval ECE-5. Charter schools include Brown International Academy, West Denver Preparatory and Trevista at Horace Mann Charter School K-8. Public high school students attend Denver North High School. There are also private schools available in the area.
Community services are available for residents of all ages. Seniors can visit the Center for Active Adults to attend classes and social events. The youngest residents have music programs, sports, college readiness and after-school programs.
Things to Do
Denver is famous for its urban center with close proximity to some of the most beautiful mountains in America. With I-70 at Sunnyside’s northern border, a weekend mountain camping trip is just a short drive away. Enjoy an afternoon picnic in a scenic meadow or go rock climbing and mountain biking in the summer months. Winters can be spent skiing, sledding or visiting some of the colorful winter festivals at nearby resort villages. Fishing and other lakeside activities can be found very close to home at Berkeley Lake, Rocky Mountain Lake Park and Lake Rhoda.
Music and dining out are an important part of living in the Sunnyside neighborhood. Chaffee Park hosts a large outdoor music festival near Labor Day weekend every year. Participation opportunities for local residents include day-of volunteers, or just take a blanket to the park and enjoy the day. Great local restaurants and bars include Buchi Café Cubano, Ernie’s Bar and the Boston Fish Shack.