The Edgewater Neighborhood
A Community Rich in History
Edgewater is nestled between the cities of Denver, Wheat Ridge and Lakewood. It offers a unique small town atmosphere within minutes of the downtown Denver area. The community provides a quality of life enjoyed by past and present generations.
The history of Edgewater, Colorado is closely tied to the development of Sloans Lake. The lake was created in 1861 when Thomas Sloan, hoping to farm the area, dug a well that overflowed and flooded 200 acres. The City's name 'Edgewater' was derived from its proximity to the water's edge. The formation of the lake initially attracted a few fisherman and ice-cutters to the area. However, it wasn't until the 1887 establishment of Fort Logan that development began to increase, thanks to the creation of Sheridan Boulevard as a major access route. The increase in traffic moving past the lake brought new residents, and spurred the idea for Manhattan Beach resort on the northwest shore of Sloans Lake. Though the resort was abandoned in 1914, when it opened in 1889 it was the largest amusement park west of the Mississippi, attracting many visitors. The following year the West End Street Railroad opened, running along 29th Avenue to Sheridan Boulevard and connecting Denver to Manhattan Beach and the growing Edgewater community.
The mid- 20th century saw substantial growth in Edgewater. The population increased from less than 1500 in 1930 to 5,500 in the mid 1970s. During this period, the City paved its streets, developed new retail along Sheridan, and continued to annex new land for residential development until the surrounding communities of Wheat Ridge and Lakewood incorporated in the 1960s, land-locking the City. The City also established a Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation and Arts Advisory Board to help ensure that Edgewater's history is protected and celebrated into the future.
Edgewater resident's enjoy quiet, safe neighborhoods with plenty of open space where families can play and spend time together. Edgewater provides a blend of graceful Victorian homes, new homes, tree lined streets, beautiful parks and an historic business district to create a warm, hometown environment.
Approximately half of the City's land area is made up of single-family neighborhoods, and more than half of all residential units are renter-occupied. Most of the City's multi-family and commercial development is located at the City's perimeter, along Sheridan Boulevard, 20th Avenue and 26th Avenue, with smaller neighborhood-serving businesses situated along the 25th Avenue "Main Street". The Edgewater and Sloan’s Lake neighborhoods feature a range of home styles and prices for those drawn to the city’s largest and most beautiful lake. Bounded by West 26th & West 13th Avenues, Federal and Sheridan, the neighborhood is an epicenter for urban renewal, with major redevelopment at the old St. Anthony’s site, along West Colfax and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Many new restaurants, breweries, housing, and a new Alamo Drafthouse theater are coming within the next few years, and will join the new library a few blocks away. Residents enjoy easy access to light rail, and the three-mile bike-and-pedestrian path around the lake. Great shopping and restaurants are also close by in the popular Berkeley neighborhood & Highland neighborhoods.