Guide to Highlands

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Northwest of downtown, just across highway I-25, the Highland neighborhood is both charming and trendy. It’s an eclectic mix of old and new homes, restaurants and retail stores.

Highlands Square, around 32nd Street and Lowell, features a diverse range of restaurants and popular dining destinations. It is also home to a local farmers market, harvest festivals and street fairs. The nearby Tennyson Street Cultural District has many art galleries.

Lower highlands, or “LoHi,” has grown into a popular residential area with houses, apartments and condos among established bungalows.

The neighborhood has always been known for its ethnic diversity since its founding in 1858. Home to Scottish, German, Italian and English immigrants during the 19th century and recently by its Spanish-speaking population. Remnants of Highland's motley history are apparent in the Scottish and Spanish street names, and historic landmarks like the mission-style St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Highland's quaint architecture, characterized by exposed brick walls, winding staircases and other whimsical attributes of Victorian architecture, has made it a sought-after destination for young families and LoDo business professionals. Recreational parks with youth baseball diamonds, basketball courts, flower beds and picnic benches complement the neighborhood ambiance.

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