Mayfair/Montclair is bordered by Colfax Avenue to the North, 6th  Avenue to the South, Quebec Street to the East, and Colorado Boulevard  to the West.

Mayfair/Montclair are two very similar neighborhoods right next door  to each other. Mayfair on the west side of Holly and Montclair on the  east side. These neighborhoods boast roomy lots, nearly double the size  of those found in other urban neighborhoods such as Washington Park, and  well-maintained vintage homes, many of them English Tudors. But, while  Washington Park has enjoyed an extended period of prosperity,  Mayfair/Montclair represents an overlooked gem on the verge of a boom of  its own.

“This area is quieter than other neighborhoods and parking issues are  non-existent.” says one resident. “The neighbors are friendly and their  beautiful homes well maintained. There’s a nice mix of newcomers and  long-time residents. I pop out the front door and go jogging on the  Parkway (6th Avenue). We can drive downtown in five minutes.”

The transformation of the University Hospital complex into an upscale  mix of townhomes, condos, specialty retail, and sidewalk cafes also  bodes well for area property values and quality of life.

At East Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, a cluster of shops  features a Boston Chicken, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Einstein Bagels,   Starbucks, Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, and a  couple of Oriental eateries. For a breakfast that you would enjoy, visit  Snooze at 7th and Colorado.  Many homes enjoy lush frontage along  historic East 6th Avenue, gateway to Denver’s extensive network of parks  and parkways. Sixth helps make the short walk to upscale Cherry Creek  Mall and Shopping District, “Denver’s Rodeo Drive,” that much more  pleasant.

A steady influx of trendy cafes, bistros, and boutiques associated  with the ongoing renaissance of nearby Colfax continues to imbue the  area with a strong European flavor. The new Tattered Cover Bookstore in  the historic Lowenstein Theater promises to become a hip literary center  and community gathering spot linking Mayfair to Capitol Hill, Uptown,  and City Park. Joining Tattered Cover are a cozy multiplex theater,  Twist & Shout Records, and a Euro cafe.

Bolstered by other premier neighborhoods, Park Hill on the north,  Hilltop on the south, and the exciting New Urbanist communities of  Stapleton and Lowry on the east, the prosperous future of this area  seems assured. For suburbanites seeking the cultural enrichment that  only “city close” communities can provide, Mayfair/Montclair represents  an extraordinary opportunity.

Cranmer Park offers a spectacular panorama of the Front Range Mountains  from a flagstone promenade engraved with the names and altitudes of  prominent peaks. The park name honors George Cranmer, who oversaw  Denver’s parks between 1935 and 1947 and helped establish both Red Rocks  Park and Winter Park Ski Area.

Cranmer frequently appeared on horseback to enjoy the often blazing  sunsets as many locals still do today (though not in the company of  horses). There’s seldom want of a breeze, so kite flying is a popular  pastime along with the usual picnicking and sunbathing.

Adjoining the park at its apogee, the Mediterranean-Renaissance Cranmer  Mansion (a designated Historic Landmark) designed by the renowned Jules  Jacques Benedict is typical of the magnificent homes, both old and new,  that grace much of Hilltop.