Baker, Denver Real Estate

The neighborhood of Baker in Denver, Colorado is a community with roots reaching back to the 1870s.  The diverse real estate in Baker is testimony to the changes of the years, with homes that date back to the 1880s standing alongside newer multifamily, commercial and industrial developments.  Read more about Baker real estate.

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LOCATION
The Baker neighborhood of Denver is bounded by 6th Avenue (N), Lincoln (E), W. Mississippi (S) and by the South Platt River (W).

REAL ESTATE

Industrial and commercial construction borders I-25 and major arteries like the intersection of Broadway and Alameda.  Residential construction is roughly in the middle, with a variety of single family homes, row houses and some multifamily condo dwellings.  Small retail shops and businesses are interspersed with residential buildings.

The biggest real estate draw in Baker is arguably the largest group of Queen Anne style homes in Denver, built in the late 1800s.  There are nineteen flamboyantly designed houses produced by William Lang and Marshall R. Pugh.  These are contained within the Baker Historic District / South Side Historic District.

AMENITIES

Several bus lines serve the Baker area and there are two Light Rail stops, one at Alameda and one at I-25 and Broadway. 

Baker is close to Broadway’s Main Street, which affords residents easy access to shopping, dining and access to various businesses and services. 

HISTORY

When Denver was first established, Baker was known as “South Side” or “South Broadway. It was originally a 160-acre tract of homestead land established by William and Elizabeth Byers in the early 1800s.  The Byers family were accompanied by Elizabeth's brother, Edward Sumner, mountaineer James Bedwourth and John Dailey, who brought along a printing press and published Denver's first newspaper in 1859: The Rocky Mountain News.

The area was a rural suburb of Denver for decades, providing much of the city's produce. Broadway, one of the main thoroughfares through the modern Baker district, was created after the 1864 Cherry Creek flood. Thomas Skerrit dragged a log behind his farm wagon to create a 'broad way' from the rural areas surrounding the city into the downtown core.

The South Side was annexed in 1883 and, although the land had been platted in 1872, most development began at that time.  The 1880s would see significant amounts of development due to the establishment of horse-drawn streetcars as public transportation. The Circle Railroad was another innovation that made the area desirable to residents.

Many homes built in the late 1800s and early 1900s can still be seen today. Baker is considered Denver's oldest neighbourhood, due to the age and number of its historic homes. The Mayan Theatre is located here - built in 1930, it was saved from demolition in the 1980s and now features independent and foreign language films.

The area was renamed Baker for Denver’s first high school principal and president of Colorado University, James A. Baker.

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Listing information last updated on August 21st, 2017 at 7:49am MDT.