In the 1930s and 40s, the Five Points neighborhood in Denver was the Jazz Mecca of the West
Five Points, aptly named after a location in the area where five streets intersect, has been many things throughout Denver’s history. In the 1930s and 40s, Five Points was the Jazz Mecca of the West, routinely hosting some of the best musicians in the business. As the Jazz boomed faded however, Five Points changed from a bustling destination to a forgotten neighborhood. During the 1980s, as Denver experienced extreme growth and skyrocketing financial success, Five Points began to change from a run down, partially vacant neighborhood to a vibrant and diverse area.
In the current restore-and-renovate-real-estate world Five Points has become a sought out neighborhood; it’s only a few blocks from Downtown dining, nightlife and culture, but offers homes at a fraction of the cost of Downtown real estate (there aren’t actually any single-family homes Downtown, only loft spaces). The neighborhoods of Ballpark and Central Platte Valley are also right next door, making Five Points an affordable gateway to the entire city.
Location isn’t the only factor drawing hordes of people back to Five Points. The houses here have real, old neighborhood character that, even through extensive home-renovation, has been maintained and embellished upon. Forget look-like-your neighbor, cookie-cutter boxes; the homes here are distinguished from each other in color, shape and size. Although each Five Points home is unique, certain elements are found throughout the neighborhood-Victorian pillars highlight inviting front porches, extensive brick work abounds and Queen Anne woodworking-details quaintly display Denver history.
As a mainly residential area, you’ll find parks and schools within walking distance from most homes in the area (and enjoy some of Denver’s oldest and largest trees while walking). You’ll also notice Five Points residents milling around the neighborhood-this is a place where people sit outside, walk around, talk to neighbors and generally ‘connect’ with each other. It’s a charming part of Denver’s history that’s back, with a bang.