Downtown Denver in Top 10 for Residential Revival

Aracelli, a 236-residence, Class A, NGBS Green-Certified Gold high-rise broke ground in the Denver Tech Center in September, 2022. Rendering courtesy of Legacy Partners.

The renaissance of the American downtown as a place to live has come in response to people’s changing attitudes and lifestyle preferences. Even as working from home enabled families to move to more affordable suburbs or to less expensive parts of the country, many people are heading back to city centers to take advantage of their unique economic and social opportunities.

Every major city around the county has been working towards revamping its urban core to house more residents, but few have done it better than Denver. In fact,Denver’s downtown area has had the 7th most impressive transformation of the decade, with no less than 10,700 new apartments built from 2013 to today. That’s according to Yardi’s most recent research of the fastest-growing downtown apartment markets in the 100 largest cities in the US.

Some key highlights that brought Denver’s city center to the top:

  • Denver increased its downtown apartment inventory by 58% over the past decade.
  • While office workers aren’t yet returning in droves, people still seem interested in living in downtown Denver, which has another 2,796 new apartments currently under construction with completion dates spanning approx. two years.
  • Despite pandemic setbacks, 2021 was very active in terms of apartment construction, logging about 1,500 new units.
  • With urban cores becoming the place to be for an increasing number of renters, the need for more space transferred to downtown areas as well. Denver’s downtown area saw the addition of almost 290K square feet of self storage space from 2013 to 2022.

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