Where It Is—Morgan’s Addition
This small, quiet community is located between 8th and 9th Avenues on the south and north boundaries and Josephine and Race on the east and west. Morgan’s subdivision is a group of approximately 60 substantially-sized homes adjacent to Denver Botanic Gardens.
What Makes It Special—Walkability, Convenience
Long time resident Charlie Woolley, CEO of St. Charles Town Company says, “We bought our house about 10 years ago, but my mom and stepdad have lived in the neighborhood—across the alley—since 1976 and because of that I feel I’ve spent a lot of time with the neighbors.” In the early 1900s, many of Denver’s prominent citizens chose to build houses in the new subdivision to escape the pollution and smog in downtown Denver. “There were a lot of big mansions on Pennsylvania, Logan and Grant, but I think as the city grew more people wanted to move east and to higher ground to get away from the pollution from the big smelters,” Woolley explains.
The Homes—Crafted with Detail
“The homes were crafted with a lot of detail in the house structures. Some of the architects who contributed to the designs of the homes were Jacques Benedict, Fisher and Fisher, Lester Varian and a few other notable early 1900s architects,” states Broker Barb Perry with Perry & Company. Woolley says, “Benedict homes have a significant place in Denver history as he was the most common residential architect who designed larger homes on large lots. You can see a lot of his details in the frescoed ceilings.”
Why It’s Hot—A Spacious, Comfortable Community
“There are 10 homes spread out on each city block so you get a feeling of space. The neighbors are the nicest people and many have lived in the neighborhood for a long time. The homes don’t turn over frequently,” Woolley states. Perry agrees and says, “The average homeowner stays in their home for 20 to 25 years before they decide to sell.”
Both Perry and Woolley say it is the neighborhood community, walkability and peaceful environment that appeal to residents.
Perry describes, “It is not a through neighborhood so it is quiet, the quality of houses is consistent and it is incredibly convenient to Cheesman Park, Cherry Creek and downtown.” Shopping, dining and entertainment prevail with the proximity of Denver Botanic Gardens on the northern border of Morgan’s Addition. Woolley says, “This is a neighborhood that is very walkable. We walk to Oliver’s and Satchel’s on 6th Avenue, Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market and on weekends we go to Daz Bog on 12th Avenue for coffee. And, there were some retired attorneys who walked to work downtown, which is only a 35-minute walk.”
Who Lives Here—Families and Couples
It is predominantly populated with couples and families. “Our neighborhood is unique and because we have a small number of homeowners we have a strong neighborhood organization. Everyone knows each other and there are very few anonymous homeowners,” Woolley describes. Their Christmas party is one of the annual events that Woolley says, “Is always very well attended.”
What You Will Pay—Seven Figures
The houses range in price from $1.6 to 8 million and range in size on average from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet. Perry states, “People who live here take great pride in their homes and maintain them. They are not afraid to invest in the upkeep of their homes.”
“The style of home varies from neo-classic and Mediterranean to English Tudor and beaux art architecture,” says Perry. Of the overall architecture, Wooley describes, “The housing stock architecture is exceptional with exquisite details and in the neighborhood you get an incredible sense of aesthetics.”
Many of the homes have been renovated and updated. “My company specializes in commercial historic renovation and we debated about renovating our house. We did an extensive renovation to the infrastructure but kept the room plan the same,” explains Woolley.
Most of the children attend Denver Public Schools at Bromwell Elementary, Morey Middle School and East High School. Good Shepherd and St. Vincent de Paul are private schools nearby.
Bio: Kathy Smith is a freelance writer and regular contributor to the New West Publishing family of magazines, as well as other local and national titles. She has a keen interest in writing about architecture and interior design, profiles, food, restaurants and anything Colorado. She is a chef, mother of four and a fitness enthusiast. She loves the neighborhood in which she lives, but if that were to change in the future, she would pick any one of the featured neighborhoods in Colorado Expression magazine.