Denver’s Top

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Hilltop, Denver’s highest neighborhood, is bordered on the west by Colorado Boulevard, on the north by Severn Ave and on the south by East Alameda Avenue. The Eastern border is uneven, but includes Monaco Parkway at the northeast corner of the neighborhood and then zigzags south and west to the west of Crestmoor Park. Yet despite its boundaries, Hilltops impact in the area spans generations.

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Starting in Cranmer park where you’ll find the historic sundial and mountain range diorama, your walk will head downhill in any direction. The actual neighborhood includes Crestmoor Park, several churches and temples, the famous Cableland, the Cinderella House, and even the Shangri-La. But what it contains the most is unique homes custom built by Denver’s wealthy, mostly ranging from the 30s to the 70s with outliers on both sides.

Four Parks and One Parkway

Meandering among four parks and along the beautiful 6th Ave Parkway, every home had history, a story, or an angle. From the Cinderella House which was built and then given away to a runaway bride and groom to Cableland, a complex owned by the City and built by a cable baron, you will enjoy each twist and turn in Hilltop.

Grand and Grander

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Distinct from Country Club and Capital Hill, but serving the same purpose–a getaway for the wealthier–Hilltop was the first neighborhood built in Denver based on an auto scale, not a human scale. You’ll find wide streets with sidewalks leading to a small commercial area within its middle.

No Covenants, Everyone Is Welcome

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At one time, because Crestmoor wouldn’t allow Jews and other ethnicities to live within its boundaries, the wealthier Jewish populations settled here in Hilltop’s Cranmer. To accommodate the orthodox Jews, there’s even an eruv positioned around the neighborhood.

Hallelujah Hill!

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No walk through Hilltop is complete without a skip down the nicknamed Hallelujah Hill, which houses the Jewish Community Center, a Lutheran church, a Greek Orthodox church, and a few other religious establishments.

No matter where you walk in Hilltop, you’ll find interesting stories and beautiful homes to admire.

The route:

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Start in Cranmer Park, where the closest street address is 4501 E. 1st Ave. Go north out of the park along Clermont St to E 6th Ave Parkway. Take a right and walk in the middle of the street in Denver’s longest linear park. Pass the Cinderella House on the right.

Take a right on S Fairfax St. Take a left on E 4th Ave. Take a right S Forest St. Take a left on E 3rd Ave.

Take a right on S Jersey St. Take a left on E 1st Ave. Take a right on Kearney and a right on Southmoor Dr, skirting Crestmoor Park which at one time was a brickyard.

Take a right on E Bayoud, take a left on S Jersey St, take a right on E Cedar Ave.

Take a left on S Fairfax and then a right on E Alameda Ave. Enjoy Hallelujah Hill. Take a right on S Eudora St. Notice the large home on the NW corner with rounded roof edges. Built as a one-bedroom home, after a divorce and a bank repossession, the bank couldn’t sell the home. They added two more rooms, and it sold immediately!

Take a left on E Cedar St. Take a right up the alley. Take a right on E Bayoud then a left on Bellaire.

Take a right on E Ellsworth, then a left on E Dexter Street. Find the foot path on your left back into the park, returning to Cranmer Park, past the original Cranmer House on your right, and back to where you started.

A special thanks to Chris Petty for leading us on the fabulous walk through Hilltop!
Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.