Highlands’ Garden Village Denver, CO


Shared open space and co-housing at Highlands’ Garden Village

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Interior of Sunflower Farmers Market, a local natural food grocer in Highlands’ Garden Village’s Green Commons

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Site Plan, Highlands’ Garden Village

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Highlands’ Garden Village is a new transit-oriented neighborhood located ten minutes from downtown Denver, on the site of an abandoned amusement park, zoo, and botanical garden. The Village includes 306 residential units, 75,000 square feet of retail space, offices, and a charter school. The community has a tremendous range of housing types and price points: single-family homes, townhouses, carriage houses, senior independent living, market rate and affordable apartments, live-work lofts, and co-housing. Highlands’ Garden Village has a network of gardens, pocket parks, and pathways, and its street grid was designed to integrate with the surrounding neighborhood. During redevelopment, many of the site’s historic features were conserved, including a carousel building that was restored as a labyrinth for meditation and as a public space for farmers markets and concerts. The community’s roadbeds are constructed of concrete recycled from the amusement park.