As the story goes, it was 1885 when Baron Walter Von Richthofen, a flamboyant early Denver developer, proclaimed Mayfair “The Beautiful Suburban Town of Denver.” Bordered on the west and east by Monaco Parkway and Eudora Street and on the north and south by Colfax and 6th Avenue, Mayfair, claimed Von Richthofen, was “a healthy alternative to the moral dilemmas of city living.”
While the neighborhood wasn’t officially called Mayfair until post WWII, it’s currently named in the top 6 neighborhoods in the city with the most tree canopy, according to www.city-data.com. And as every tree-owner knows, tree canopy equates to cooler temps in the ‘hood.
There are 16,205 housing units in Mayfair ranging from ranches, high-rise apartment buildings, duplexes, condos, and Tudor mansions, with an average build date of 1953. A healthy number of the trees too average that age.
At the center of Mayfair is the eponymous park. More than a quarter of a century ago, when the park was in the design phase, a discovery was made: The old North Smoky Hill Trail ran right through the park. This legendary highway traversed by American Indians crossing the plains. Today, that path is commemorated by the walkway that follows the path of the old North Smoky Hill Trail. During the first couple of years the park was open, Denver city officials brought a herd of goats in to naturally trim the vegetation.