Artistic energy is palpable in Denver’s River North Arts District, otherwise affectionately known as RiNo. An eclectic locale in which industrial history delightfully collides with recent decades of creative expression, it is a vibrant and exciting place to both visit and call home.
Just outside of downtown Denver, RiNo encompasses the historic neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, and Cole. Up until the late twentieth century, RiNo played host to several industrial warehouses, shops, and foundries that were contributing to the economic prosperity of Denver. Following an exodus from these buildings, artists and other creatives began flocking to the area. The locale transformed as these historic buildings began to be utilized for art galleries, eateries, shops, studios, and much more. The River North Arts District of today was established in 2005 with the goal of bringing together and supporting the creative community that had gathered there.
RiNo is an ever-popular locale for visitors with its abundance of activities to partake in and diverse creativity to enjoy. Art bursts from the area’s many galleries—sometimes literally in the form of colorful and eye-catching murals on the exteriors of the buildings. RiNo is also a coveted and trendy place to live. In terms of housing, while single-family homes are often hidden gems, the area mostly consists of lofts and condos with distinct urban charm. It is an exciting area from which to enjoy Denver living—one always abuzz with an artistic innovation to experience.