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C O L O R A D O E X P R E S S I O N

f e b r ua ry / m a r c H

2 0 1 7

WHY IT’S HOT—TRUE COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Harvey, Wolcott and Riviera lakes are a

big draw for residents. “There is a sub-

division called Riviera Circle that has

homes on the lake and it is a skiable

lake.” Homes are considerably pricier in

this subdivision than in the main neigh-

borhood because of the lake amenities,”

says Heikkinen. D.C. Burns Realty &

Trust Company was licensed to build

the pre-fabricated homes from Cliff May

Homes—a California home designer of

affordable mid-century modern homes.

Stevens says, “Most of Harvey Park’s

houses are post-war brick ranch homes;

about 10 percent could be characteri-

zed as mid-century modern. Despite

that low ratio, it is still one of the largest

inventories of mid-century modern

homes in the city.” The Harvey Park

Recreation Center was built in the late

1950s and a swimming pool was added

a few decades later. The recreation

center is part of the Denver Parks and

Recreation system.

A subdivision is named Hutchinson

Hills after the primary builder in the

development. In that subdivision, Bear

Valley Shopping Center was built and

has anchor tenants of King Soopers

and Home Depot. Harvey Park is only

20 minutes from downtown. Heikkinen

says, “The HPIA sponsors neighborhood

Neighbor

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P H o t o g r a P H y :

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THe essenTials

WHere iT is locaTed—souTHWesT denver

Harvey Park (HP) is located in soutHwest denver and is bounded on tHe nortH

and soutH by west Jewell and west HamPden avenues and on tHe east and west

by soutH lowell and soutH sHeridan boulevards. centering tHe vast neigHborHood

is Harvey Park and Harvey lake.

WHaT Makes iT sPecial—affordable Housing

catHy Heikkinen, wHo is President of tHe Harvey Park imProvement association

(HPia) and editor of tHe quarterly newsletter says, “it is interesting tHat tHis area

used to be farms and rancHes until 1954 wHen it was develoPed and annexed into

denver.” sHe adds, “tHe Homes were built Post-world war ii as Housing for tHe

returning veterans.” tHe neigHborHood is one of tHe Hottest selling in tHe denver

metroPolitan area because of tHe affordably-Priced, mid-century modern, all-brick

Homes witH convenient access to local scHools, libraries, trails, a recreation

center and tHree lakes.

THe HoMes—rancH and Mid-cenTury Modern

tHere are 4,200 Homes built on large lots ranging from 7,400 to 10,000 square

feet allowing Homeowners to enJoy lavisH gardens, raise cHickens or build

additions to tHeir Homes.

according to resident atom stevens, “tHere were about 13 builders, but a maJority

of tHe Houses were built by four: d.c. burns realty & trust comPany, carey

construction, HutcHinson Homes and kc ensor Homes.”

Harvey Park