Welcome to Cole
A neighborhood truly in transition, Cole lies diagonally northeast of downtown, between Downing Street, 40th Avenue, York Street, and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Historically referred to as the “East Side,” the neighborhood became part of Denver in 1874 and was named for a former superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Carlos M. Cole. While the long history of the neighborhood is evident in its architecture and flavor, it’s experiencing a revival that is combining modern conveniences with its classic character.
Charming bungalows and Victorians line residential blocks here, bisected by alleyways and dotted with corner stores and basketball courts. And while the lots aren’t large, many homes boast garages—a rare bonus in houses of the era. Cars do come in handy to residents, as there aren’t a lot of grocery stores or retail to be found in the neighborhood. But with downtown, RiNo, LoDo, Uptown and City Park all within a short ride, avid bike riders could easily manage without a vehicle.
Cole is an interesting blend of industrial, urban and residential. Bordering on railroad tracks, the northwest corner of the neighborhood is dominated by warehouses and manufacturing centers. But mere blocks away, it transitions to a classic city neighborhood. And while recreational opportunities are limited, St. Charles Place Park and Russell Square Park offer playgrounds, picnic tables, and some grassy sanctuaries on either end of Cole, while the central location means nearby conveniences abound.