Cherry Creek

   

Denver’s premier shopping enclave for several decades, Cherry  Creek is the place to live, work, shop, and play. This tiny  neighborhood, once known as Harmon, for George Harmon who owned the  320-acre farm that originally occupied the site, offers the ultimate  urban lifestyle in a lovely central location where quiet, tree-shaded  streets, pocket parks, and trails beckon you to walk, jog, or bike, and  nearby thoroughfares whisk you to all points of the metro area in mere  minutes.

Among the neighborhood’s nearly unlimited diversions are the renowned  Cherry Creek Mall, one of Denver’s leading tourist attractions; a host  of exclusive bistros, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques,  spas, salons, bookstores and galleries; and, a short hop away by car or  bus, the vibrant nightlife and pulse-pounding sports scene (professional  football, ice hockey, basketball, and baseball) in historic LoDo.

Elegant restaurants include, Kona Grill, Elway’s, North, Little  Ollie’s, and Cherry Creek Grill. Classy fashion boutiques such as Max,  Homer Reed, Eccentricity, Lawrence Covell, White House & Black  Market, Andrisen Morton, Garbarini, and Mario DiLeone are rapidly  transforming the area into the Rodeo Drive of the Rockies.

Come spring, the Cherry Creek Sneak, one of the most popular races of  the year, draws runners from around the region and across the nation to  help kick off the summer running season. A favorite of joggers,  walkers, bicyclists, and in-line skaters, the 22-mile Cherry Creek bike  path, links to a metro-wide network of trails including ones that  traverse the scenic necklace of parks lining the banks of the South  Platte River.

In early July, things really start to sizzle around Cherry Creek  homes as some of the nation’s foremost artists show their work at the  internationally acclaimed Cherry Creek Arts Festival, one of the world’s  largest outdoor galleries. For three action-packed days, visitors are  treated to craft demonstrations, live music, performance art, and fine  foods at booths hosted by popular neighborhood restaurants.

Housing in Cherry Creek has experienced an unprecedented revival  during the last decade, with many modest-size, pre-World-War-II homes  supplanted by luxury condominiums, townhomes, and single-family homes in  an amazing array of architectural styles, from stunningly Contemporary  to more traditional Tuscan and French County. Almost magically, the  diverse newcomers conspire to complement one another while enhancing the  community’s serene ambiance.

Already an inviting, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, Cherry Creek  keeps getting better as new families, businesses, and upscale shops move  in, drawn by the area’s irresistible charms. Sidewalk cafés, quiet  plazas graced by trees and fountains, and streetscapes featuring  colorful plantings and comfortable seating make this a great place to  hang out, visit with neighbors, discover new friends, and revel in  Denver’s annual allotment of 300 sunshiny days.