The neighborhoods around Denver have unique identities and real estate runs the gamut of construction age, architecture, lot sizes, price points, and more. They also have distinct community vibes, and various names for the same area—as if learning all the nuances of the neighborhoods wasn’t enough. Not sure where to begin? Here’s a look at the top 15 Denver neighborhoods.
DENVER Neighborhoods on the List
DENVER Neighborhoods on the List
Suburban serenity with city convenience, the Washington Park neighborhood has a quaint, classic Denver charm, with a mix of old – bungalows, tudors, American foursquare homes, and new construction built surrounding “Wash Park” – a 155-acre urban oasis. The neighborhood not only has all the amenities the park has to offer – playgrounds, a lake, running trails, tennis courts, etc., but has easy access to upscale shopping boutiques and restaurants on Old South Gaylord or in adjacent neighborhoods near South Pearl Street, Cherry Creek, or South Broadway.
The average single family home price in Washington Park in 2022 was $1,484,387.
Washington Park Area Restaurants
Tantalizing pastries at Devil’s Food Bakery or breakfast at the Cookery at Myrtle Hill; cold brew
and tasty pizzas at Homegrown Tap & Dough; elevated Mexican classics at Perdida Kitchen.
Lower Highlands, or LoHi, is the best of all worlds when it comes to urban real estate. Renovated craftsman bungalows, late 1800 victorians and lofts house residents who are willing to pay a pretty penny (a 1700 square foot place will cost you between $800,000-$1,000,000) to have a charming neighborhood feel but conveniently be able to walk the hip, yet peacefully pleasant streets of the Highlands, dine at some of the city’s most creative and upscale options and be able to walk LoDo.
Lower Highlands Area Restaurants
Wildflower for upscale Italian; El Five for fusion eats with panoramic city and mountain views; Little Man for homemade ice cream and waffle cones; Avanti for an eating and drinking collectory of vendors; Uncle for the best ramen of your life; Señor Bear for fantastic Latin American dishes; Bar Dough for pastas, pizzas and fancy toast.
Berkeley has become one of Denver’s most up and coming areas. With easy access to I-70, you can jump on the highway and be in the Foothills or on your way to Denver International Airport within minutes. Tennyson Street is a happening scene day or night with eclectic shops, boutique fitness studios, an array of restaurant options, local watering holes, and more. Think a Colorado version of Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA.
Many modern new single-family, duplexes (these are big in this area), townhomes and apartment buildings continue to pop up throughout this neighborhood.
Berkeley Area Restaurants
Il Porcellino Salumi for cured meats and sandwiches; Denver Biscuit Company for killer brunches; Berkeley Donuts for homemade potato donuts; Hops & Pie for artisan pizza and craft beer; and Tacos Jalisco for authentic, casual Mexican.
Colorado’s Brooklyn – River North Art District, or RiNo, is Denver’s trend-setting neighborhood where all the hippest bars, restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, breweries, lounges, street art — and any other cool thing that cool people like to do — exists. Not the ideal place to live for all the light sleepers out there.
A decade ago, you couldn’t find new construction anywhere in this area, but now old industrial buildings are being torn down to make way for contemporary townhouses and single-family homes scattered around high-density apartment/condo buildings.
RiNo Area Restaurants
There are too many incredible places to list because that’s how hot the RiNo neighborhood is, but here are a few — Uchi for premium sushi; Work & Class for a lively vibe and award-winning eats; Cart-Driver for wood-fired pizza and Prosecco on tap; Safta for mesmerizing Middle Eastern cuisine; Mister Oso for creative South American fare; Denver Central Market for top-notch food hall variety.
Lower Downtown, known as LoDo, is a peek into the industrial charm of old Denver. Many historic red brick buildings haven’t been touched while others have been totally revamped, giving the downtown neighborhood an exciting historic yet modern charm. This is true city living with some of the most breathtaking high-ceiling lofts the city has to offer.
Walking distance to Union Station – a hub for not only transit, but also restaurants, shopping, and nightlife, Coors Field, and a Whole Foods Market that opened in 2017.
LoDo Area Restaurants
Citizen Rail for an upscale, trendy scene with excellent food; Stoic and Genuine for fresh oysters and seafood; Tavernetta for authentic and innovative Italian; the Cruise Room cocktail lounge in the Oxford Hotel; the Denver Milk Market for an eclectic food hall with options for everyone; Cholon for modern Asian.
One of the oldest areas in the city, Foursquare-style (or Denver squares), Victorian homes and small condo/apartment buildings sit closely next to each other on the tree-lined streets. With little room for new builds, the housing inventory mostly tends to be older here. The area has tons of amenities to offer with City Park, modeled after New York’s Central Park, a 330-acre reprieve from the cement with green space (dogs love living here with their active owners), a historic public golf course, the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and IMAX. There are also a ton of bars, restaurants and music venues, like the iconic Bluebird Theater, on and near Colfax Ave in the City Park neighborhood.
City Park Area Restaurants
Coperta for Southern Italian fare; Cafe Miriam for French brunches or traditional Moroccan dinners; Olive & Finch neighborhood eatery.
Swanky-chic Cherry Creek and the surrounding area has the city’s most upscale real estate, shopping, and dining. The Cherry Creek Mall is buzzing centerpiece of the area’s shopping scene, which continues to expand as it attracts people from all over the state for its world-class brands and variety.
Denver’s Beverly Hills.
The average home price in Cherry Creek was $1,353,750 in 2022.
Cherry Creek Area Restaurants
The Cherry Cricket — since 1945! — for a taste of historic Colorado (get a burger); Matsuhisa for celebrity chef sushi that lives up to the hype; Quality Italian for posh Italian fare; Local Jones neighborhood restaurant; the narrative for cocktails, food, and great people-watching.
A baby sibling to established and “in” West Highlands and LoHi neighborhoods, Sloan’s Lake has been bourgeoning as of late.
The neighborhood, which hugs Sloan’s Lake Park, Denver’s largest lake surrounded by a park with 2.5-mile trail, two playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and boating access, has excellent city views, crazy sunsets, easy access to downtown, Empower Field at Mile High (where the Broncos play) and world cuisine on Federal Blvd.
Modernized Bungalow and Victorian style homes built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, 1950s ranches, tudors sprinkled with sparkling and trendy townhomes and condos make up the housing inventory here.
The average price of a single family home in 2022 was $1,121,394.
Sloan’s Lake Area Restaurants
Check out no frills world cuisine on nearby Federal Boulevard – Chili Verde, New Saigon Bakery for Bahn Mi, Viet’s for pork stuffed fried chicken wings if that is your thing.
This quiet ‘hood is hassle-free – biking, parking, hoping on the light rail to downtown or elsewhere, and getting on I-70 and I-25 to head to the mountains, Boulder or other Denver suburbs is easy. Finding some good grub, a beer or a latte within walking distance won’t be hard either with restaurants, bars and cool coffee spots springing up on 38th Ave and W 44th Ave – more will be following suit for sure.
For the time being this area has, low “ish” (it’s all relative, right?) home prices with decent sized lots. Prime for Airbnb purchases, sweat equity opportunities and just a lovely place to live with the added bonus of appreciation potential. It is Sunnyside’s time to shine.
The average single family home price in Sunnyside in 2022 was $878,542.
Sunnyside Area Restaurants
Bacon Social House for brunch; Radiator for camaraderie and coffee (dogs encouraged); for a relaxing vibe and farm fresh food hit up El Jefe.
Central Park (Previously Known as Stapleton)
(Previously Known as Stapleton)
The largest residential neighborhood within Denver city limits, this planned community has seemingly endless parks and open space, sidewalks on every street, 7 pools, numerous public and private schools, a recreation center and several shopping areas with boutiques, yoga studios, grocery stores, restaurants etc. – suburbia in the city. This is a great spot for frequent fliers as it is located on the Northeast side of Denver with easy access to I-70 – 20 minutes to the terminal.
The homes vary in size and architectural style but most are on small lots with alley garages, front porches, have energy efficient features and were built in the early 2000s. Buyers get a good bang for their buck here compared to other areas – a 3,500 square foot move-in ready home for under $1,000,000 is possible here. Apartment, condos, live/work spaces and duplexes are also available in Central Park.
Central Park Area Restaurants
Cholon for modern asian; Pizzeria Locale for Neapolitan pizza you will dream about; Four Friends Kitchen for yummy brunch.
capitol hill (Northern section is often referred to as uptown)
(Northern section is often referred to as uptown)
(Northern section is often
referred to as uptown)
Classic turn-of-the-century mansions turned into individual apartments and condos, contemporary townhomes, high density residential and commercial buildings, with Denver’s best museums and government buildings sprinkled in. This area has very New York City urban feel to it. East Colfax – which first popped to serve the mansion district, then transformed into a street where the motels charged by the hour, and now is home to everything from tattoo shops to trendy restaurants – intersects the neighborhood. Cap Hill is an area with eclectic people and places (and a very frustrating parking situation).
The average price of a single family home in 2022 in this area was $1,095,400 (sales of the old mansions brings the average up in this area. You can get a single family home easily here in the $700,000 – $800,000 range) and the average price of a condo in this area in 2021 was $361,468.
Capitol Hill Area Restaurants
Sassafras for Southern-inspired eats; Levan Deli Co. for an upscale take on a New York Jewish Deli, I dream about their breakfast sandwich; Voodoo Doughnut for whimsical creations; or take your pick from any number of exciting ethnic options from tacos to kebabs to Ethiopian restaurants.
A suburban-feeling urban haven – the boulevards and lush greenery mask that this neighborhood sits a 10-15 minute car ride to Downtown, the largest teaching hospital in the region – The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Cherry Creek Shopping District and a plethora of other urban amenities and commercial areas. Storybook tudors with manicured lawns, brick bungalows and mid-century ranches sit along the tree-lined streets of Park Hill.
The average single family home price in this area in 2022 was $955,484.
Park Hill Area Restaurants
Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant for authentic Ethiopian food with a a personal touch.
Platt Park is a gem usually overlooked by neighboring and well-known Wash Park to its north and the University neighborhood, home to University of Denver to its east.
This neighborhood has a quaint, friendly, community-feel, is mostly made up of tudors, craftsman bungalows, and some new modern homes and has adorable South Pearl Street within its borders. South Pearl hosts farmers markets, festivals and is brimming with delicious, locally owned restaurants, coffee shops and small boutiques. The local library hosts story times and concerts.
Conveniently located blocks from Wash Park, Denver University, a Whole Foods, three miles from downtown, close to South Broadway and has fast access to I-25 and a light rail station for easy commutes. A good location to live if you want to be close to city center but work in the Denver Tech Center.
Platt Park Area Restaurants
Izakaya Den for small plates with Japanese roots; Sushi Den for the best, fresh sushi in landlocked Denver; Chook for a James Beard Award-winning chef’s chicken creations.
If you’re a sports fan, you can walk to three of the four professional sports teams’ arenas and stadiums from the centrally-located Riverfront area. Revitalization efforts starting in the early 2000s have added river access and a new park where you can soak in some sunshine, drop a fishing line into the South Platte River, or sip on a coffee after doing some shopping at the REI Denver flagship store, located in the restored 1901 Denver Tramway building or walk the opposition direction over the Millennium Bridge to Union Station/LoDo.
Most of the housing in and around Riverfront Park are rental apartment complexes, townhomes and high-rise condo buildings.
The average price of an attached dwelling unit in Riverfront Park in 2022 was $956,824.
Riverfront Park Area Restaurants
My Brother’s Bar for classic burgers in Denver’s oldest (since 1873), most laid-back bar; Denver Beer Company for great beer and dog-friendly patio vibes.
Baker or South Broadway, as it sometimes is referred to, started being developed back in the late 1800s. The installation of Broadway’s cable car and the railroad system enticed Denverites to move to this part of town. Today, the access to public transportation remains a draw to this neighborhood with a light rail station. Baker has historic charm and an abundance of character, with narrow streets, eclectic historic housing, and walkability to a variety of different nightlife options – dive bars, dance clubs, live music venues, craft breweries – funky vintage shops and restaurants.
The housing inventory is made up mostly of small historic victorian homes nestled closely to one another.
Baker Area Restaurants
Uncle is a must. For some good Colorado BBQ check out Smokin Yards; Moxie is good for vegetarian friendly sandwiches; Sweet Action for those ice cream cravings and Thai Monkey Club is good.
Loving the look and feel of a neighborhood is an important step in finding your dream home, but here are some resources as you consider other factors such as local schools, crime, and traffic.
- School ratings: Denver Public Schools’ School Performance Framework
- Crime data: Denver Police Department’s crime information dashboard
- Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure information
- Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) (bus and rail information)
- City of Denver map
- Moving to Denver