Feature

LoDo Lofts

March 1996

Two years ago, real-estate broker Josyln Green and her architect husband James Leese sold their award-winning Boulder home and moved to Lower Downtown.

“We tried life on the cul-de-sac,” says Green. “We weren’t coming to Denver to replicate that. We were coming to try something different.”

Taking up residence at the Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts, 1863 Wazee St., their new home is two blocks from Coors Field and two blocks from Union Station. Many of Denver’s finest restaurants and cultural attractions are within walking distance.

Like any neighborhood, LoDo has its share of problems. The area still lacks many of the basic amenities, such as nearby schools and grocery stores, that other Denver residents take for granted. And LoDo’s booming nightlife — which gives the area much of its cachet — can mean dealing with late-night noise from traffic and rowdy barhoppers.

But for an ever-growing number of Denver residents, the pluses outweigh the minuses. After several decades of gradual renovation and gentrification, LoDo has become one of Denver’s hottest residential neighborhoods. So hot, in fact, that developers are now scrambling to build new projects that would triple the number of available lofts in LoDo by the end of the century.