Hard to believe when looking at the beautiful green retreat it’s become, but back in the 1800’s Cheesman Park was originally a cemetery. This neighborhood is one of the oldest in Denver, with city plots dating back to 1868. By 1915, with the completion of the park, the neighborhood was mostly developed with large mansions for some of the city's wealthiest people. Since the 1930s however, the neighborhood has become more dense. In the late 19th century, the land that is now Cheesman Park was Prospect Hill Cemetery, which also included the land that is now the Denver Botanical Garden and Congress Park further east. The long dis-used cemetery was converted to a park that opened in 1907 after city planners felt it would provide an amenity to new residents as land development moved east of the central city.
Cheesman Park neighborhood includes the area between Josephine and Corona to the west, 8th Avenue, and Colfax to the north. The area is surrounded by tasteful high-rises with spectacular views as well as historic single-family homes of varying architectural styles.
“Humboldt Island,” a historic residential district within the Cheesman area, consisted of several old Victorian mansions. There are also smaller versions of the “Grand Old Ladies'' scattered throughout the area. Luxury high-rise condos provide spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain Range as well as Downtown Denver as well as chic townhomes for the urban sophisticated.
When buying in Cheesman Park, you’re buying a home surrounded by a lively, outdoor community. The 80-acre park is perfect for taking the baby or dog for a walk, jogging with friends, or simply lying in the grass and reading. A young-at-heart, involved community keeps the neighborhood artistic and alive with a thriving music and arts scene. The Denver Botanic Gardens on the east side of the park boasts one of Denver’s best outdoor amphitheaters for summer concerts, outdoor art from all over the world, holiday Blossom of Lights, and the new Newman Center which is a $40 million dollar center that broke ground in May 2018 and now boasts 100,000 sf of classroom, galleries, library, preserved plant collections, labs, auditorium, coffee shop, and two outdoor balconies. Cheesman truly has everything conveniently within reach, including supermarkets, coffee shops, schools, and easy access to Downtown Denver. For city lovers who also cherish a little quality outdoor time, Cheesman Park is a private, attractive, exciting neighborhood to call home.