Mayfair/Montclair is bordered by Colfax Avenue to the North, 6th Avenue to the South, Holly/Quebec Street to the East, and Colorado Boulevard to the West.
Denver’s Mayfair neighborhood boasts roomy lots, and well-maintained vintage homes, many of them English Tudors. “It’s quieter than other neighborhoods and parking issues are non-existent.” says one resident. “The neighbors are friendly and their beautiful homes well maintained. There’s a nice mix of newcomers and long-time residents. I pop out the front door and go jogging on the Parkway (6th Avenue). We can drive downtown in five minutes.”
The upcoming transformation of the former University Hospital complex at 9th and Colorado Boulevard into an upscale mix of new residences, specialty retail, and sidewalk cafes, bodes well for area property values and quality of life.
At East Eighth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, a cluster of shops features a Chipotle Mexican Grill, Einstein Bagels, Snooze (a must for breakfast), Starbucks, and a couple of Oriental eateries. Many homes enjoy lush frontage along historic East 6th Avenue, gateway to Denver’s extensive network of parks and parkways. Sixth helps make the short walk to upscale Cherry Creek Mall and Shopping District, “Denver’s Rodeo Drive,” that much more pleasant.
A steady influx of trendy cafes, bistros, and boutiques associated with the ongoing renaissance of nearby Colfax, continues to imbue the area with a strong neighborhood flavor. The relocated Tattered Cover Bookstore in the historic Lowenstein Theater has become a hip literary center and community gathering spot linking North Hilltop to Capitol Hill, Uptown, and City Park. Joining Tattered Cover are a cozy multiplex theater, Twist & Shout Records, and Encore cafe.
Bolstered by other premier neighborhoods, Park Hill on the north, Hilltop on the south, and the exiting New Urbanist communities of Stapleton and Lowry on the east, the prosperous future of Mayfair/North Hilltop seems assured. For suburbanites seeking the cultural enrichment that only “city close” communities can provide, Mayfair represents an extraordinary opportunity.
Cranmer Park offers a spectacular panorama of the Front Range Mountains from a flagstone promenade engraved with the names and altitudes of prominent peaks. The park name honors George Cranmer, who oversaw Denver’s parks between 1935 and 1947 and helped establish both Red Rocks Park and Winter Park Ski Area.
Cranmer frequently appeared on horseback to enjoy the often blazing sunsets as many locals still do today (though not in the company of horses). There’s seldom want of a breeze, so kite flying is a popular pastime along with the usual picnicking and sunbathing.
Adjoining the park at its apogee, the Mediterranean-Renaissance Cranmer Mansion (a designated Historic Landmark) designed by the renowned Jules Jacques Benedict, is typical of the magnificent homes, both old and new, that grace much of Hilltop.