Happy PrideFest 2017, Denver! We have a lot to celebrate - after all, Denver’s first Pride Parade dates all the way back to 1976 and the city boasts an inclusive atmosphere throughout its neighborhoods, an environment that has slowly evolved over years of social progress. In honor of Denver PrideFest 2017, Live Urban Real Estate’s Live Proud has uncovered some juicy gay real estate information.
This month, Trulia cross referenced U.S. Census Data and OkCupid’s available dating information. What they discovered was quite interesting… neighborhoods with high “pride scores” (a zip code in which a comparatively high percentage of gay singles and couples live) tend to sell real estate at a higher cost per square foot: $86 more per square foot than other metropolitan areas, on average. This statistical correlation was seen from Kentucky to New York, but not in Denver, and our Live Proud agents have some ideas as to why:
Cyndi Adams points out the appeal of metro area Denver, with larger lots and mid-century homes. These selling features, along with the social acceptance observed throughout our amazing city, may mean that the LGBT population is more spread out than in other cities, “Most importantly, many of these areas are being easily connected to downtown with the new light rail! [...] ‘Metro-Denver’ is hot.”
Joe Chang’s opinion on the matter is quite simple, gays want what everyone else wants! They want to feel like part of their community and to live in a home that fits their style. “Having worked with lots of gay clients/couples, many just want a good home and have ended up in different neighborhoods. They don't specifically seek out a gay neighborhood - just want to make sure they won't feel isolated or un-welcomed. Though there may be one or two that have a higher population of GLBTQ people, Denver doesn't really have that quintessential gay neighborhood [like the] ones that I'm used to (being from Los Angeles, you automatically think of West Hollywood). Denver seems to be a good model for true integration, which is evident in where 'gay' bars and clubs are. They are no longer concentrated in one specific area and are scattered throughout the city.”
One of Live Urban Real Estate’s founders, John Skrabec, has seen GLBTQ housing and the overall housing culture evolve here in Denver since even before Live Urban opened its doors in 2004. “I think Denver is different than some other major cities in the country. Traditionally, the Denver LGBT community sought out long-diverse neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and Cheesman Park. As the 90s came to an end, we saw the community moving out from the city core, and establishing a presence in the city’s fringe neighborhoods including Curtis Park, Uptown, and the Highlands. Stapleton become a LGBT magnet as it developed in the early 2000s, earning the title of ‘Gaypleton’. Today, when I’m asked where Denver’s gay neighborhoods are, I say “we’re everywhere.”
Perhaps the widespread “Pride Score” phenomenon observed in places like New York could be as simple as Brad Yoshimitsu’s assessment, “[...] one thing that is true; we gays have better style and design sense then most straights and our houses are much nicer and better taken care of!” With Denver’s lack of the “Pride Score” price discrepancy, signs point to the possibility that all of Denver has better style than the most of the country… obviously, the diverse and intermingled population of GLBTQ style has rubbed off on the rest of the city. All the more reason to celebrate Denver’s PrideFest together! Unity and style: two of Denver’s greatest attributes.