Welcome to RiNo
One of Denver’s newest neighborhoods, RiNo (short for River North) lies roughly between I-70, I-25, Park Avenue West and Arapahoe Street. While it is technically part of the officially recognized and historic Five Points neighborhood, RiNo was originally conceived as an arts district, and is emerging as a hotbed of creative work and living space and a shining example of urban revitalization.
Just north of LoDo and the Ballpark district, the area is largely dominated by factories and warehouses dating back to Denver’s turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing boom. But savvy developers, partnered with artists, are quickly turning RiNo into one of the premier destinations in central Denver.
Drawing from the grittiness and industrial design of the original buildings, RiNo now features funky lofts, cutting-edge work/live spaces, and an ever-expanding array of unique fine dining, independent boutiques and popular bars and music venues. The Source—a 30,000-square-foot European-style market built in the shell of an 1880s-era foundry—perfectly encapsulates the spirit of RiNo with its industrial-chic, urban-artisan aesthetic.
While RiNo’s residential options are fairly limited, new and renovated condos, lofts and townhomes are hitting the market at a faster and faster pace and there’s still the rare original Victorian or bungalow to be found. With light rail expanding to the area, and easy access to major highways and Downtown Denver, the neighborhood’s popularity will likely continue to grow.