Welcome to the Neighborhood

Neighborhood dynamics are changing in many cities across the nation and Denver is no exception.  The neighborhood that I have been living in this semester is a neighborhood of several ethnicities, generations, and time periods.  The original houses were built in the 1950s, but is now being inundated with young families and young professionals.  The three different people groups in the area consist of Caucasian, Hispanic, and an Orthodox Jewish sect.  There are Millenials, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y.  The housing market in Denver is booming, prices are skyrocketing, cultures and generations are mixing, and new apartments and homes are being constructed every day, all of which reflect the human dynamics around them.  In my neighborhood the mix consists of ’50s bungalows, classic or Victorian revivals, and modern styles.

In order to give a sample of these dichotomies, below are a sampling of houses within just a two block radius of my residence.

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House #1:  My Residence, Classic ’50s Bungalow

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This residence has actually been split into three apartments, with a high central two story unit, with lowered side units, brick façade, large roof overhang, and full size windows on the corners of the building.  Since this is my residence, I know that the landlords are Caucasian Baby Boomers, another couple are Caucasian Gen Xers, and another woman is an Asian Gen Xer.

House: #2: My Favorite, Victorian Revival

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This residence is split into two dwelling units.  Whereas my apartment was split into three residences post-construction, this house was meant to look like a single home but house two families.  I love the wrap-around porch with intricately carved posts, the turret on the right, and use of round windows in various places of the façade.  Also, the use of blue paint is refreshing in a world of browns, greys, and whites.

House #3: Modern Multi-family

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Again, this is another home that was intended to look like a single-family home, but made for three families to live in.  With limited floor space, the house extends to three levels, whereas typically homes are thought of as single or double story buildings.  This house also mimics several other homes in the area, with live-able rooftop space.  Utilizing the roof within a packed city is a great way to have personal outdoor space when there is limited space for land or a yard.  Something that I find interesting about these residences made to look like one home is that it reduces the amount of “cookie-cutter apartments and condominiums” but still utilizes space efficiently, and fits in with a neighborhood environment.

House #4: 1950s Bungalow

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Again, this house features tan brick, with windows to the sides of the homes, and long, gently sloping eaves extending over the house.

House #5: Modern Style

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This is yet another multi-family dwelling that resembles a large single family home.  This is more of a modern mountain style, with both brick and stucco façade, large windows, and linear railings and truss work up to the balcony.

House #6: Classical Brick Dwelling

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This home is a tiny house, with a fairly sizeable backyard.  At first I highly disliked the all brick façade, but I have grown to appreciate it with the cottage style of house.  This one is unique for the fact that it features somewhat of a dormer main window in the front room, high pitched roof, and arched front doorway.

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3 thoughts on “Welcome to the Neighborhood

  1. Nice analysis! It is interesting to see the mix of architectural styles and it sounds like it is as eclectic as the neighborhood is becoming. Have most of the newer multi-family houses been inserted on 1 or 2 lots? One of the benefits of having a mix of multi and single family housing is that you naturally get a mix of demographics due to rental rates, land values, existing/long-time owners, and family sizes. The density of older neighborhoods like this can also have a much more active feeling as houses are closer together and attention is given to access to the exterior in the form of porches, balconies, terraces, etc.

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  2. What a beautiful array of styles within one area! I know typically home owner associations can have strict guidelines as far as the aesthetics of a neighbor, do you think that this neighborhood has a home owners association and if they do, do you think they intended to have such a variety within the neighborhood?

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