This beautiful Denver neighborhood is bounded by Colfax Avenue to West 29th Ave, Federal Boulevard to Sheridan. Sloan’s Lake (also referred to as Sloans Lake) is a body of water, surrounded by a city park and the neighborhood located surrounding both, located in the northwest are of Denver. The lake is the central feature of the park -two connected lakes, Cooper and Sloan make up Sloan’s Lake and the park area create this 177 acre park. The park includes pedestrian trails, playgrounds, boat docks and tennis courts and is second in size only to City Park in the northeast area of Denver. One of the very few places you can water ski within the City of Denver, for sure. Flocks of geese, fitness enthusiasts and children ages 0-100 love this central park, its views and the residential neighborhood surrounding it. The neighborhood across Sheridan Boulevard is aptly named Edgewater & offers amazing views of the Denver city skyline from the west side of the lake.
The lake shore was once home to an amusement park and swimming facility known as Manhattan Beach. It opened to the public in 1881 and was the first amusement park built west of the Mississippi. It burned down in 1908 and was rebuilt as Luna Park but then competition from Elitch Gardens and Lakeside Amusement Park led to its closure in 1914. Today the city of Denver enjoys hosting great events at Sloan’s Lake like the Dragon Boat Festival each August, as well as outdoor summer movies, and many fund raising runs and walks find their way around the welcoming lake shores. Friendly ducks, flocks of Canadian geese, foxes (stunningly gorgeous but a lot more shy!) and an occasional pelican also grace this lovely city lake.
The homes in the neighborhood are diverse with options including 1920’s bungalows to new, post-modern architecture, though the majority of homes were built in the 1930’s. 10 minutes from downtown Denver with great mountain views to the West, convenient shopping & dining districts along 25th Avenue, Sheridan Boulevard and 20th Avenue add a desired walk-ability to the neighborhood & its very convenient to both 1-25 and 1-70. The upcoming redevelopment of the Saint Anthony’s hospital site adds a level of excitement to the future of this Denver neighborhood and the revitalization of West Colfax Avenue also sparks the interests of entrepreneurs, real estate investors, families and shared city resources (like the incoming Light Rail line to Sheridan & 11th Avenue, just to the south of Sloan’s Lake).