Shopping for a mountain view? Study city maps first

by | Apr 1, 2020 | Blog, Denver Neighborhoods

city park denver real estateColorado is known for its sweeping vistas. No wonder homeowners cherish a mountain view nearly as much as the home itself.

But when considering buying a home with a view, it’s important to understand one fact: “If you happen to live in an area where, from your house or from the balcony of your tall building, you have a big view of the mountains, that makes you lucky,” a senior city planner with Denver Community Planning and Development told Denverite. “But…we don’t protect private views.”

Denverite recently interviewed two women who live in a three-story building with a view of Red Rocks and the Rockies – but not for long. A five-story building will soon destroy their line of sight.

It came as a surprise to them—as it would to many—that they have little recourse to stop the view-blocking development.

For this reason, those determined to buy a magnificent view should first consider the views the city does protect: public spaces. Denverite notes that the city prevents “development from blocking vistas from places where people gather, mostly parks.” These are called “view planes.”

The city has 14 view planes: 

  • Cheesman Park
  • City Park
  • Civic Center
  • Coors Field
  • Cranmer Park
  • Hirschorn Park
  • Old City Hall
  • Park at 51st and Zuni
  • Ruby Hill Park
  • Sloan’s Lake Park
  • Southmoor Park
  • State Capitol
  • State Home
  • Washington Park

The view is only protected from a designated point at each place, so homeowners studying such planes should keep that in mind—and realize that there are few guarantees that your cherished view will be permanent when purchasing a home.

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