Cherry Creek inhabitants have a reputation for sipping tea in fur coats with their pinky fingers at attention and playing bridge in angora sweater sets. As trite and petty as this imagery may seem—and as far from reality as it probably is—Cherry Creek is populated by some of Denver's most well-to-do citizens.
Framed by Colorado Boulevard and University Avenue on the north and south respectively, and 6th Avenue and Exposition on the east and west, Cherry Creek is so centralized that one can to remain in the neighborhood without sacrificing any amenities: gyms, cafes and supermarkets (including a Whole Foods, which incidentally offers valet parking). Cherry Creek Mall, just off University Avenue, is the best, most well kept shopping center and has the highest saturation of top-notch stores: Coach, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. among others.
The gated communities exude Victorian charm on a grandiose scale. Houses go for $800,000 on average, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. The waiting list to become a member of the Denver Country Club, located, of course, in Cherry Creek, is almost as long as the 22-mile Cherry Creek Path, a superhighway during the warmer months for bikers, skaters. Come summer time, Cherry Creek really gets heated up with the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, a three-day outdoor market in early July where patrons can buy art, interact with exhibitors and simply enjoy an award-winning gala.
The neighborhood is such a balanced mix of old-school architecture and modern comforts, that it is easy to ignore its pretentious rap and dive right in (though we wouldn't suggest actually diving into Cherry Creek; it's a little dirty, and honestly, quite shallow).