Berkeley is a beautiful neighborhood, located in the center of North Denver. The neighborhood is surrounded by Berkeley Lake Park and Rocky Mountain Lake Park. Berkeley has an assortment of restaurants, spas and boutiques, mostly centered on Tennyson Avenue. This charming neighborhood has recently expanded because of the influx of new residents drawn in by the park and fun neighborhood.

The Tennyson Street Cultural Association hosts a First Friday Art Walk, which attracts people from all over Denver with its comedy shows, movies and music. Berkeley has a high concentration of art galleries and is a very artistic community focused on live music, experimental theater and performance art.

The homes in Berkeley are known as Denver Squares which are generally affordable and very popular with young couples and families. The median sales price of Berkeley homes in the fall of 2011 was roughly $295,000 based on the 42 sales that season. Berkeley Real Estate offers a bit of something for everyone, and satisfies both small-town and city dweller lifestyles.

Berkeley was first settled by a group of homesteaders, who arrived in 1863 and again in 1870. The homesteads were sold and converted in Berkeley Farms in 1879 and the land was used to grow and cultivate alfalfa. By 1892 there were nearly 450 people living in the area and it became known as North Denver. From then on, the area expanded; new stores and services popped up everywhere to meet the growing demands of the expanding town.

Finally in 1898 the area became known as Berkeley and was officially annexed into the city of Denver in 1902. One of the best-known attractions of Berkeley for nearly a century was the Elitch Gardens, which was originally a zoo and botanical gardens. Elitch Gardens became the epicenter of the growing community. The small attraction became more of an amusement park of sorts and attracted all sorts of visitors to Berkeley. Elitch Gardens has since moved into Denver, and many residents were worried that the small town could no longer thrive without it.

Luckily, Berkeley is still an actively growing community, but that hasn’t always been the case. The area struggled in the 1970s and 1980s when more homes were being rented than being purchased and some of Elitch Gardens’ visitors were brining undesirable traffic and commotion. Luckily the housing market turned around and people started settling in and understanding just why so many people enjoy calling Berkeley their home.

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