Reader: Barnum offers a refuge from Highland

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While people debate the changes in Highland, one refugee sings the praises of Barnum, which Jef Otte celebrated in "O, Barnum! An ode to Denver's least desirable neighborhood."

This neighborhood may be named after circus promoter P.T. Barnum, but its fans aren't clowning around.

Says John D:

Used to live in highlands and moved to barnum a few years ago. lo and behold, my old next door neighbor purchased a house on the same street not long after. we both enjoy the non pretentious attitude, proximity to the city and an insanely affordable mortgage. with light rail a few blocks up and more and more people moving to the city, barnum's cockroaches become more charming every day. remember when people were buying bungalows in highlands for 80k a pop? i do.

Is Barnum the best deal in the city these days? Post your thoughts below -- and don't miss the conservation on Highland going on here, in Cafe Society.

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If you would've told me 5 years ago I'd be living in a neighborhood like Barnum, and enjoying it, I would've told you to smoke more crack.




My Wife and I bought a beautiful home (Built in 1906) which we love.  You could scrape our house up, plop it down in 5-points/Highlands/Platt Park and it would still be one of the nicer houses on the block.  Our lot is 1/3 of an acre.  We like living frugally so we can afford to travel and live without the stress of a massive mortgage payment...we bought the place for $160k and put about 16k into the yard and numerous other projects.  


The article(s) I read on Barnum, are for the most part, accurate.  The neighborhood lacks charm, with not much in the way of boutique shops or beautiful Victorian houses.  Many of the streets are worse than third-world and are in major need of re-paving.  The area needs more local shops and restaurants/cafes.   It is amazing to me how badly this area has been neglected.


All of that our 1.5 years in Barnum so far, we have seen several remodels, several scrape and builds and we've read about some money being funneled into the infrastructure in the area. The area, still not great, seems to be turning a corner and we're seeing more investing going on in the area.  It's close to Downtown, Sloans, BelMar and Highlands... logistically, it fits our needs perfectly.


With Weir Gulch, a few great parks, a nice rec center, a nice library and school, the area has the foundation to be a good neighborhood.   Would I rather live in the Highlands, or back over in 5-points?  Absolutely...but my mortgage is cheap and I'm excited to see what the next 2-3 years bring!







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