About Highlands Square


Located just northwest of Downtown Denver, West Highland provides a convenient haven for its lucky residents and a charming dining and shopping destination for all. Bound by Sheridan to the west, Federal to the east, 38th Avenue to the north and 29th Avenue to the south, West Highland is the true heart of the Highlands. Not only is it the area’s original central neighborhood, it’s also enjoying a strong and steady renaissance as one of Denver's hottest neighborhoods. The neighborhood is bursting with a mix of distinctive architecture — including artful Bungalows, Victorians, Denver Squares, Classic Cottages and quite a bit of new construction as well. Locals love the pace of life in West Highland with its tree-lined streets and friendly neighbors.

The West Highland epicenter is 32nd & Lowell, known as Highlands Square. Highlands Square is lined with a variety of local Denver businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, boutique retail shopping, workouts, as well as a number of service providers — ranging from real estate to salons and everything in-between. Visitors and locals flock to the area to enjoy the comforts of city living in a cozy atmosphere. Highlands Square is the perfect place for you to bring your friends, family and your pooch to shop, munch on premium cuisine, sip a cocktail, and enjoy a stroll in a vibrant community! Through the Highland Merchants Association, our neighborhood plays host to many of Denver’s favorite events including the Highlands Farmer’s Market each Sunday in June through September, The Highlands Street Fair each June, Holiday In The Highlands each December and many more! Visit our event calendar to learn all the ways to join us!

Our History

East Highland and Highland Park were annexed in 1885 to form the Town of Highlands. Highland Park still remains and is set on the eastern boundary of West Highland. Businesses centered themselves around the original trolley stops located at various points in the Town of Highlands. The stop at 32nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard is barely recognizable, but the stop at 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard is still vibrant and created what we call Highlands Square, the epicenter of West Highland today.

The Town of Highlands was promoted early on as a quieter, cleaner, safer setting above the then smog-filled den of iniquity that was Denver, with quality living, limited drinking, no cursing, no spitting, and no marble playing on the sidewalks. Clearly, the temperance has eased greatly in the neighborhood, and what remains is its rich architecture and a rich history of residents — including, but not limited to, political leaders, industrialists, land developers, and notably some of the first women in Denver to ever own real estate. Today’s Highlands citizenship is a broad mixture of diverse people from all walks of life and from every socio-economic background.