Welcome to Hampden
In the southeast corner of Denver lies Hampden, a slice of the suburbs with city convenience. Located between I-25, Yale Avenue, South Havana Street, and—of course—Hampden Avenue, the neighborhood takes full advantage of the major commercial strip of the Hampden/Havana hook, while still offering residents a quiet retreat from more hectic city life. With a combination of single family homes, apartments/condos, recreation and retail, Hampden is almost more of a mini-city all its own than a neighborhood.
Named after railroad agent and four-time Littleton mayor Hampden H. Shepperd, the area might have a long history, but the neighborhood itself truly formed in the 1960s and 70s when many of its homes were built. Positioned along the small looped streets and quiet cul-de-sacs that make up the neighborhood’s interior are brick ranches, Dutch Colonials and split-levels perched on spacious lots.
In stark contrast to the tranquil subdivisions at its core are the busy thoroughfares at its borders. Hampden Avenue features a plethora of grocery stores, chain restaurants and smaller shops before hooking north and turning into the car dealerships and strip malls that line Havana. There’s no lack of green space here though, with the James A. Bible, Hampden Heights, Hentzel and Babi Yar Parks all within neighborhood boundaries. The High Line Canal and Cherry Creek Country Club hug the northern border, while Kennedy Golf Course lies just to the south, adding to the area’s outdoor opportunities.