I've lived in Barnum West for about six years, and here's my take on Barnum and Barnum West:
1. Architecture. We live in one of the brick post-war veteran's cottages built around 1950. I adore our house and its beautiful architecture. Our living room has these amazing rounded edges on the tops of the walls where they meet the ceiling. And, our doorways have the most graceful arches. We even have *telephone nooks*. I love having such a large yard for gardening -- a rare and beautiful thing so close to the city. There are so many adorable houses in this neighborhood, though admittedly some are in need of a little more care than they've gotten. Very few of the houses are "big" by American standards though, so if you're looking for a very big home for a very big family, or a house that has a master suite with walk-in closets, this may not be the neighborhood for you.
2. Location. It takes me about 12 minutes to drive to the capitol building/art museum every morning -- in heavy traffic. It takes around 6 minutes to drive to Belmar, and maybe 15 minutes to the foothills. For driving, you couldn't even imagine a better location. Within 30 minutes walking distance, we have the light rail, several small grocery stores, a library, a couple of convenience stores, a couple of parks, and a huge number of locally owned restaurants and bakeries -- even two microbreweries. I suppose Dandy Dan's is also within walking distance if you're into that sort of thing.
3. Shadiness? Speaking of Dandy Dan's, this part of Denver in general does have a lot more poverty than other areas, though Barnum and Barnum West are a little better off than the surrounding neighborhoods. Those houses that do look a bit under the weather? They probably look that way because the folks who live there have far bigger problems in life than when they're going to touch up their house paint or reseed their lawn. And Federal Blvd. is maybe one of the hip places in town to deal illegal drugs. The walls around the creek do get tagged pretty often. That said, I moved into the neighborhood as a 25 year old white girl and I've never felt unsafe here, either in my house or walking around alone late at night or early in the morning. Folks outside their houses wave hello as I pass, neighbors chat with me when we're out gardening in the summer. etc. Last I heard, for Barnum and Barnum West, the crime rate isn't any higher than Denver in general.
I recently started a blog to keep tabs on all the new developments in the area and gather together some handy info for all of the new kids moving into the neighborhood (house tours, restaurant reviews, photos, links, etc.). So, if you're looking for more info, please feel free to drop by: http://www.welcometobarnum.blogspot.com
Barnum is one of the older established neighborhoods of Denver. The info, websites, and answers below will help you. It is a diverse community and is in the process of redevelopment and gentrification. But one other way to get a feel for the neighborhood is to take some time and walk through the local parks, visit the restaurants, and partake in local events. That way you can talk to the locals and and determine if it is an area that is right for you. I have sold homes in the community to people that seem to fit your demographic and they love it there. Let me know if i can help further. We are here to help you with all of your real estate needs.
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Here is a link; I wasn't blown away by the information.
If you want to check listings in the area, you can use my website:
http://www.denverhomeguru.com, or I would be happy to do a detailed search for you.
The Barnum area is southwest of Denver and has a lot of older homes. Here is a link that shows you all of the statistics about the Barnum area http://www.leslieheldenbrand.com/community-reports.asp#TPREP
If you have any questions or would like me to send you some properites in Barnum, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Check out the link below to learn more about the Barnum neighborhood. But to answer your question I need to know more about your criteria.
If you want to see the homes for sale in that (or any other) area, I have a wonderful MLS search tool I'd love to enroll you in. Give me a call so we can futher discuss your needs.
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