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16 Best Denver Neighborhoods for 2023 (A Local’s Picks)

Denver is changing fast. I know because I’m a Denver local who travels the world to write this blog. I leave for long stretches a few times a year, so I really get a chance to witness the differences each time I return. And boy, is there a lot of change happening in almost all of the best Denver neighborhoods!

If you’re trying to figure out which neighborhoods in Denver are right for you, read on because I’m going to quickly give you an overview of the 15 best areas to live in Denver. I will break down the pros and cons of moving to each Denver neighborhood and will give you handy maps to visualize it all. This post will tell you which neighborhoods of Denver offer what, so you can figure out which is best for you.

Note this article is geared toward looking for a place to live in Denver. If you’re visiting Denver as a tourist, check out my article on where to stay in Denver. It breaks down all the best Denver areas, hotels, and more. And don’t miss my mega guide to what to do in Denver – it’s packed with all the best activities in the Mile High City.

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16 Best Neighborhoods in Denver

RiNo (River North Art District)

One of the coolest neighborhoods in Denver, great for students and nightlife lovers.

View of streets of the River North Art District in Denver, with street art
Larimer Street in RiNo is filled with bars and street art

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: The Source Hotel

Of all the best places to live in Denver, none has changed more over the last decade than the River North Art District, referred to by the shorthand “RiNo.” This former industrial area, part of the historic Five Points neighborhood, has recently seen massive development of hip bars, busy nightclubs, trendy restaurants, and boutique shops along Larimer Street.

It’s definitely the hottest area for nightlife in Denver which, depending upon your perspective, maybe a pro or a con. RiNo features large streets, art galleries, lots of converted warehouse buildings, and some of the best street art in the Mountain West.

Pros of RiNo Neighborhood

  • Probably the trendiest neighborhood in Denver, Colorado
  • Best nightlife options in town
  • Excellent dining and drinking scene
  • Amazing street art

Cons of RiNo Neighborhood

  • It’s very loud – on a weekend, RiNo absolutely floods with partiers
  • Highway and rail track barriers make it harder to walk to nearby areas (you can walk to LoDo, but it’s a long walk)

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City Park

Open green spaces and a lower cost of living draw young professionals to this Denver neighborhood.

View of Denver skyline in backdrop with City Park in the foreground

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: The Catbird Hotel

Both City Park West and City Park East are some of the best neighborhoods to live in Denver if you have a dog, or need to live in the city but like to spend a lot of time outside. You’ll be just steps away from two of Denver’s largest parks: Cheesman Park and City Park.

There’s also a good offering of some of the best restaurants (try Olive & Finch) bars (The Thin Man is great) and coffee shops in Denver, plus many more just south along Colfax Avenue.

Pros of City Park Neighborhood

  • Lots of nearby green and open space
  • Reasonably close to downtown, but considerably more affordable

Cons of City Park Neighborhood

  • The stretch bordering Colfax has elevated crime rates
  • St. Joseph’s hospital complex means ambulance sounds are common

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Washington Park

Arguably the best neighborhood in Denver for families, being safe and largely residential.

View of the author in Denver's Washington Park
Wash Park is fun even on a cloudy day

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: Hampton Inn & Suites Denver-Cherry Creek

Can’t decide between living in the city of Denver or the Denver suburbs? This area might be a good compromise! Located in the southern half of the city, Washington Park is a relatively quiet residential neighborhood with lots of single family homes and townhomes on offer, a Whole Foods Market, and the spectacular coffee shop Wash Perk (popular with students at nearby Denver University).

As one of the safest neighborhoods in Denver, Washington Park is relatively quiet and peaceful. But the area is also close enough to bars and restaurants, with many located along the nearby stretches of South Broadway in Baker or South Pearl in Platt Park.

The big attraction, of course, is the proximity to the excellent Washington Park, where you’ll find miles of biking trails, volleyball nets, two lakes, tennis and basketball courts, and loads of green space.

Pros of Washington Park Neighborhood

  • Gorgeous leafy streets
  • Proximity to Washington Park
  • Quiet, safe neighborhood

Cons of Washington Park Neighborhood

  • Distance – getting most anywhere will require a car or bike
  • Not as many bars, restaurants, or shopping (though several Denver malls are nearby)

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Capitol Hill

Affordable Victorian-era homes line the streets in Cap Hill, one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods.

Exterior view of the Molly Brown House in the Denver Capitol Hill neighborhood
The Molly Brown House is a splendid archetype of Capitol Hill’s style

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: Patterson Inn

Capitol Hill is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, and a lot of the buildings here are late Victorian Era mansions that have since been converted to apartments, condos, or townhomes. The streets are very green, and it’s a highly livable neighborhood that is quite literally in the center of Denver, Colorado.

Capitol Hill does have its drawbacks, especially when it comes to parking. If you’re getting a place in Capitol Hill, try to find somewhere with reserved parking. Fighting for a spot on the street is something that everyone I know who lives on Capitol Hill complains about constantly.

Pros of Capitol Hill Neighborhood

  • Generally the most affordable rent among central Denver neighborhoods
  • Houses offer gorgeous architecture, with great curb appeal
  • Loads of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and shops
  • Many nearby attractions, including the iconic Colorado Capitol building and the Denver Art Museum

Cons of Capitol Hill Neighborhood

  • Many buildings are 100+ years old, are carry the problems that comes with
  • The area, especially around Colfax, tends to have higher crime rates
  • As in much of the city, there is a high number of individuals affected by housing insecurity
  • Parking on street is a nightmare

Lower Downtown (“LoDo”)

The best neighborhood in Denver for a big city, high-rise style living.

Travel Lemming writer, Laura Falin walking at Larimer Square
Larimer Square in LoDo

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: The Maven at Dairy Block

Lower Downtown, or LoDo, was the first Denver neighborhood I lived in after law school. I was coming off a few years living on the East Coast and chose it because this is definitely the most big-city-style neighborhood in Denver. This historic neighborhood puts you right in the middle of the city’s action.

It features many of Denver Colorado’s main attractions, including Union Station, Larimer Square, Coors Field, and the fantastic urban micro district Dairy Block. In fact, about half of the top entries on my list of things to do in Denver are in or near LoDo. You’ll find plenty of modern apartment and condo buildings. But in terms of the cost of living, be prepared to pay a premium for this prime location near Union Station!

Pros of LoDo Neighborhood

  • Location, location, location!
  • The most vibrant part of the city on any given night
  • Many high rise apartments offer amazing views of the Rocky Mountains

Cons of LoDo Neighborhood

  • Rent or housing prices are relatively expensive
  • You won’t find proper houses here, it’s entirely condos and apartments

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Golden Triangle

The best place to live in Denver for a central location and relatively affordable rent.

Exterior view of the Denver Public Library
The Denver Public Library building near Golden Triangle

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: The Art Hotel Denver

Golden Triangle is the Denver creative district bounded by Colfax Avenue to the north, Broadway to the east, and Speer Boulevard along the west. It’s a small area but is home to some of Denver’s best museums and cultural institutions like the Kirkland Museum of Fine Art, the Denver Public Library, and the Denver Mint.

In Golden Triangle, you’re also steps from the golden dome at the Colorado Capitol Building and Civic Center Park. You’ll find a mix of large condo buildings along Speer Boulevard, eclectic townhomes, commercial spaces, and hotels. Be sure to check out the bar at The Art Hotel Denver, one of my picks for the best downtown hotels in Denver, Colorado.

Pros of Golden Triangle Neighborhood

  • Lots of museums and attractions
  • Central location within walking distance to downtown, but slightly more affordable rent

Cons of Golden Triangle Neighborhood

  • Still not a ton of restaurants or bars (though that’s changing)
  • Can feel a little empty at night

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Lower Highland (“LoHi”)

One of the best neighborhoods in Denver for anyone who can afford it!

A basketball court in front of Avanti Food and Beverage in the LoHi Denver neighborhood
Basketball courts in front of Avanti Food & Beverage in LoHi

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Best for: anyone who can afford it!

Lower Highland (or “LoHi”) technically isn’t an official neighborhood, though it’s called one by Denver Colorado locals, so you may find some confusion around terms here. Whatever you call it, this is undoubtedly one of the most expensive Denver neighborhoods – and for good reason.

LoHi is situated just across the I-95 footbridge from LoDo but offers a more traditional neighborhood feel with lots of single family units, green and leafy streets, and some of the best restaurants and dining options in Denver. Don’t miss the rooftop at Linger or ice cream at Little Man!

Pros of LoHi Neighborhood

  • Beautiful streets and homes
  • Lively, but still quiet at night
  • Lots of high end restaurants
  • Walkable to downtown Denver
  • Views of Denver’s skyline

Cons of LoHi Neighborhood

  • Price – average rent or home prices are very high!

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Uptown (“North Capitol Hill”)

Walking distance to downtown, Uptown is one of the best places to live in Denver for young adults.

View of a store in the Uptown Denver Neighborhood

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: Warwick Denver

Technically known as North Capitol Hill, Uptown is one of my personal favorite neighborhoods in Denver. I’m a little biased since I used to own a home there. I recently sold it to focus on my life of world travel, but it’s still a great area to live in Denver.

When I lived in Uptown, I was working as a corporate lawyer downtown, and I absolutely loved being able to walk to work. I really think Uptown is the perfect Denver neighborhood, especially for young professionals or anyone working downtown.

Uptown is near to much of the best stuff to do in Denver, and offers many great restaurants and bars, all while still maintaining a good community feel. The tree-lined streets are super green, and the sidewalks are wide and walkable!

Pros of Uptown Neighborhood

  • Great location in the center of the city
  • Highly walkable
  • Solid dining and bar scene, but still quiet at night
  • Cost of living is reasonable for a downtown neighborhood

Cons of Uptown Neighborhood

  • Public transit connections are not the best (the nearest light rail is 15 minute walk)

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Restaurants, galleries, and spacious parks make this one of the best neighborhoods for families and outdoor lovers.

A woman walking in front of Vital Root, a restaurant along Tennyson Street in Berkeley Denver
The heart of Berkeley is Tennyson Street

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: The Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens

Best for: families, pet owners

Berkeley is a great Highland neighborhood in Denver for finding traditional single family homes along quiet, safe, and relatively walkable streets. It offers a vibrant hub of high end dining and boutiques along the iconic Tennyson Street.

Berkeley is also home to Berkeley Lake Park and Rocky Mountain Lake Park, which makes it a great place to live in Denver if you enjoy the outdoors or have a dog. Plus, it’s close to I-70, giving you easy access to day trips from Denver to the Rocky Mountains on weekends.

Pros of Berkeley Neighborhood

  • Spacious homes, many with yards
  • Lots of restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, and culture
  • Great parks with walking trails, playgrounds, and outdoor space

Cons of Berkeley Neighborhood

  • A little far from downtown


This Highland neighborhood offers a balance of space, location, and cost of living.

View of a large house in Denver's Sunnyside Highland neighborhood

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: Life House, Lower Highlands

Rounding out the Highland neighborhoods featured on this list, Sunnyside is a great neighborhood where several of my friends live. There are lots of spacious single family homes, and many offer expansive yards and friendly front porches. The streets are wide, clean, and covered in greenery. Along 38th Avenue you’ll a few solid restaurants and local businesses. Plus, you’re just over the bridge from RiNo, LoDo, and all that downtown offers.

Pros of Sunnyside Neighborhood

  • Lots of gorgeous homes with yards on offers
  • Cost of living is less expensive than LoHi or Berkeley, but still close to it all

Cons of Sunnyside Neighborhood

  • Not quite as walkable as other central neighborhoods

Sloan’s Lake

Where to live in Denver if you’re looking for nearby amenities including ample outdoor space.

View of sunrise over Sloan's Lake in Denver
Sloan’s Lake is gorgeous at sunrise

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: The Perry Sloan’s Lake

Sloan’s Lake is a large Denver lake offering gorgeous views of downtown Denver to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west.

My mom used to live near Sloan’s Lake and really liked it because it’s a safe part of Denver that offers many different styles of housing options, and is near some solid breweries, restaurants, and grocery stores. It’s also close to several major Denver thoroughfares, making it easy to get around or out of town. You’ll find a mix of Tudor’s, contemporary remodels, duplexes, and townhomes.

Pros of Sloan’s Lake Neighborhood

  • Great running and biking trails in Sloan’s Lake Park
  • Close to downtown Denver

Cons of Sloan’s Lake Neighborhood

  • Cost of living – this is a desirable Denver area

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Baker (“South Broadway”)

One of the most accessible and best neighborhoods for food and nightlife.

View of the exterior of Postino restaurant in South Broadway Denver
Postino is one of South Broadway’s many great restaurants

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown

Best for: young professionals

I lived in the Baker neighborhood for a year, and I really loved this Mile High City neighborhood. It is close to the food and nightlife action on South Broadway, offers a great community, and has decent transit connections. The population is a mix of smaller families and young professionals, and the housing tends to consist of charming smaller single family homes. It’s a very livable neighborhood that I would gladly move back to.

Pros of Baker Neighborhood

  • South Broadway offers lots to do, but it’s still quiet
  • Light rail station

Cons of Baker Neighborhood

  • Housing can be expensive considering the lack of space

Cherry Creek

Luxurious Denver living with high-end homes, fancy shopping boutiques, and highly rated public schools.

View of the sign at the Cherry Cricket in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood
The Cherry Cricket, an iconic watering hole

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: The Jacquard, Autograph Collection

Cherry Creek is definitely one of the more unique neighborhoods in Denver. It’s home to some of the most expensive homes in town, fancy shopping boutiques, the large Cherry Creek shopping center, and some of Denver’s higher rated public schools. It is very expensive to live and far from everything, but the community who lives there absolutely loves it.

Pros of Cherry Creek Neighborhood

  • High end and luxury housing options
  • The Cherry Creek shopping area is very walkable, with lots of boutiques, shops, restaurants, etc

Cons of Cherry Creek Neighborhood

  • Location – a car is mandatory
  • Price – get ready to pony up to live here!

Central Park (“Stapleton”)

Great for families, it’s one of the best places to live near Denver for a suburban feel.

Houses in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Central Park

Central Park, formerly known as Stapleton, is one of the more “suburban” neighborhoods in town. It’s not my thing, but my friends who live there have very different opinions. They love the large houses, suburban style living, and plentiful outdoor space. There’s also a decent smattering of shopping, restaurants, etc. Plus, you’re not that far from the exquisite Stanley Marketplace.

Pros of Central Park Neighborhood

  • Safe, with well rated schools
  • Large homes with lots of space to spread out
  • Easy access to parks and green space

Cons of Central Park Neighborhood

  • Location – you’ll need a car because you’re far from the city center

Curtis Park

Denver’s oldest neighborhood with a long-running history of celebrating jazz culture.

View of the Curtis Park Historical District sign in Denver Colorado

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: The Ramble Hotel

Curtis Park makes up a large part of the historic Denver Five Points neighborhood. Curtis Park is also officially the oldest neighborhood in Denver. Along with the adjoining Whittier neighborhood, the area became synonymous with jazz, at one point being known as the “Harlem of the West.” To this day it plays host to the excellent Five Points Jazz Festival.

Pros of Curtis Park

  • Central location close to RiNo and downtown Denver
  • Great light rail connections

Cons of Curtis Park

  • Rising real estate prices and gentrification may burden local residents and small businesses

Park Hill

With suburban-style living and highly-rated schools, this is one of the best neighborhoods for families.

View of the sign at the entrance to the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver

📍 Google Maps | Neighborhood Website | 👉 Best Hotel for Your Scouting Trip: Renaissance Denver Central Park Hotel

Best for: families

Park Hill is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, and also one of its largest. Expanding over the area just west of City Park, from I-70 down to Colfax, Park Hill offers a lot of single family homes along tree lined streets, giving it an almost suburban feel. Many of the schools also score high on the Colorado Department of Education’s District and School Performance Framework results.

Pros of Park Hill Neighborhood

  • Large homes with yards and space
  • Several well rated school districts
  • Tree lined streets

Cons of Park Hill Neighborhood

  • A bit far from the city center

FAQs About Denver’s Neighborhoods

Is Denver expensive to live?

Denver ranks 43rd in the USA for the cost of living, according to the Numbeo index, making Denver a relatively expensive place to live. Still, Denver is relatively affordable to live in when compared to major coastal cities like New York or San Francisco, though housing prices are increasing rapidly.

What is the nicest neighborhood in Denver?

Higher end nice neighborhoods in Denver include Highland, Cherry Creek, and Lower Downtown. All offer some of the most expensive real estate in Denver.

What is the most expensive neighborhood in Denver?

The Denver suburb Cherry Hills Village is one of the most expensive in the United States according to Bloomberg’s 2020 report.

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  1. I live in Central Park and do t need a car forgot our commuter rail station with direct access to city center or DIA.
    Curious why the North Highlands didn’t make your list ? Bike to. Lodo, union station, restaurants and Coors field .
    I can tell your young..the trending neighborhoods are
    Mentioned without thought to many others…..
    Thanks !

    1. Thanks for stopping by Collette! Great to hear you can get by in Central Park without a car. As for Highland, there technically isn’t a neighborhood named North Highlands in Denver. Both Sunnyside and Berkeley, which are what most think of as the north Highlands, make the list though. LoHi does too, so we’ve got Highlands probably better represented on the list than any other area in town. I agree it’s a great place to live though!

        1. Highlands Square (HS) is not a neighborhood, it’s a commercial area partially in the ‘Highlands’ neighborhood. Around Newton St. the neighborhood becomes ‘West Highlands’, which is an actual neighborhood name! So HS is actually in both Highlands and West Highlands neighborhoods. ‘North Highlands’ does not officially exist, but I’ve heard people (Relator’s, mostly, trying to get someone to lose focus of living in one of the coveted Highlands neighborhoods) try to claim it exists, it’s actually ‘Sunnyside’.

  2. You don’t mention that half these neighborhoods are swamped with homeless camps and have become dangerous.

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for stopping by! It’s certainly true that Denver faces an ongoing crisis of people affected by housing insecurity. The same is true of pretty much other major city in the US, unfortunately (I know because travel is my job).

      I do not agree the neighborhoods are dangerous though – that’s just not what the statistics show at all. All rank pretty low on crime indexes, except a couple I’ve highlighted in the text. Overall, Denver is by some metrics even considered the safest large city in America.


  3. Hi Nate, I’m moving to Baker, and it does seem that the crime of burglaries, and homeless invasions in apartments common areas has increased. Should I be concern with Baker compared to other neighborhoods ?

    1. I used to live in Baker a few years back and personally found it generally safe, though in some parts I did pay extra special attention when walking alone at night. You can look at the Denver City Crime Map and narrow it down to Baker to see how that neighborhood stacks up in terms of your risk tolerance. Homelessness is unfortunately a continuing issue in just about ever Denver neighborhood, so I don’t think it’s unique to Baker. Honestly, it’s not even unique to Denver – we get comments about homelessness on just about every neighborhood article we write across US cities.

  4. Great info but you didn’t mention quite a few good neighborhoods like Lowry (similar to Central Park but smaller and better location), Hilltop, Crestmoor etc. Those neighborhoods are very nice and adjacent to Cherry Creek and they are about 20 minutes or so to downtown and 25 minutes or so to DIA so they are great locations!

  5. I have kind of a unique situation. I have a job in Highlands Ranch but don’t want to be too far in the suburbs or deep down town, so I’m not really sure where I should look into. I’m 24 and from Miami. Would love to hear if you have any suggestions

    1. Washington Park or Platt Park are nice and might work based on what you describe. Cherry Creek or Baker if you want to go further towards downtown, or Littleton if you want to go further into the early suburbs.

  6. Nate,
    My son (18) just got hired with an airline, never lived away from home (not from Colorado), won’t be making much, with no car. He’ll be working at the airport 4-5 days a week. Where is the best area ir place to stay?

    1. The A line goes straight to the airport, so anywhere along there could work, although those neighborhoods tend to be expensive. Capitol Hill is the most affordable neighborhood that is also walkable, though the commute would be a bit longer.

      There are also suburbs north of Denver that may be cheaper, though the issue there is that most require a car to get around.

  7. Do you have comments for the Goldsmith neighborhood? Safety? I am a nurse and will be moving and working at Rose memorial.

    1. Hi Gayle! To be honest, I don’t have a ton of experience with Goldsmith personally. It’s right near Cherry Creek, which is overall safe and comfortable. I do see that by some rankings Goldsmith has a higher rate of property crime reports, but that may just be because it’s measured on a per capita basis. Personally, I wouldn’t have any qualms about living there if it was convenient for work, but I would suggest checking out Facebook groups for that area and seeing what neighbors report.

  8. I am moving to Denver soon…….. Will be working at Rose Memorial Hospital. What area do you recommend? Also on a budget and have never lived there. Need to be safe.

  9. Hey Nate! What a fantastic and informative article! Really appreciate your bite-sized perspective on the top neighborhoods. My wife and I will be moving to Denver this next summer and based on your recommendations we feel LoHi, Highland, or maybe even Central Park could be a good fit, but wanted to see if that checks out with you. We’re in our late 20s, are high-earners, enjoy modern amenities, restaurants, and breweries and want to prioritize safety. We, too, lived that #digitalnomad life for a few years, and will likely be making several trips to the airport, so a short drive or Uber would be great as well. Walkability to fun would be ideal, and we’ll have season tickets for the nuggets, but care more about the cleanliness and modern feel of the neighborhood. Any place stick out to you in particular? Thank you again for the article!

    1. Hi Vince! Yes all of those places check all the boxes you mention. Of the three, LoHi is the most walkable and probably the one I would say is most likely to best fit you based on what you described, mostly just because it is more walkable, but all three could work. Bear in mind that LoHi is also substantially more expensive. I lived there for several years and loved the neighborhood. LoHi and Highlands are going to have a bit going on more in terms of restaurants and breweries than Central Park (which is a bit quieter), but also rent/home prices will be higher there (especially in LoHi).

      Finding an available place in Denver is a challenge these days, so I would suggest searching all three neighborhoods until you find a home that works for you. I hope you love Denver! Be sure to check out all our Denver guides to help you explore the city.

    2. I would say, that West Highlands is your best bet. Highlands is cool, but it’s so crowded that you can never find parking and when you do you will come back to random damage to your car from people that try to squeeze in to a parking spot. I have seen people hit cars and act like they didn’t do anything, and stay in their parking spot! My car has a lot of damage because of this. West Highlands is great, lot’s of street parking available and homes with decent size yards, several small parks here and there as well. It’s a longer walk to the Nuggets stadium but you can take a scooter and side streets to get their quickly, $4 scooter tops. Uber is a little more but you pay for the convenience.
      Walking to Sloans Lake and the surrounding amenities is fun and relaxing, it’s a win/win in West Highlands. Oh, and there is no homeless people tenting all over West Highlands, it’s perceived as too far from downtown and also most people have fences in their front yard and tress/rocks/bushes on the area beyond the sidewalks, so there is no room for a tent (or it’s extremely uncomfortable)!

  10. Thanks for doing such an indepth report. I appreciate it immensely!!
    I grew up in Denver, and am considering moving back. Are there a lot of homeless downtown near the 16th St. Mall? I’m 64, but have always been more urban than suburban. I’m in the bay right now, and prior to that in LA, so a reprieve from that level of homelessness would be nice. I’ve looked online at rents, and they really rival the bay area (except for SF proper), which was a HUGE surprise to me.

    1. Hi Vicki – Yes, there are many people affected by homelessness on the 16th Street Mall and Capitol Hill especially, but housing insecurity is an issue all over the city. And, yes, Denver rents have gone through the roof in the past decade! Still, I think Denver is a great city.

  11. This is such great information! I’m torn between a few of the popular spots, wanting to be close to downtown without dealing with parking but also safe enough to walk around. I’ll be new to the area relocating from TX, and am torn between LoHi, Uptown, Rino/Ballpark/Union Station, or Cap Hill. I’m a single 29 year old female, and am wanting things in walking distance (park, bars/restaurants, groceries). I plan to get a dog too so would like to feel safe taking it out, and have some green space around. Any tips to narrowing it down? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah! I think you’ve identified the neighborhoods that are likely to be a good fit for you based on what you described. Safety may be more a concern in Capitol Hill, but it depends on where specifically and Capitol Hill is going to be noticeably more affordable than the other neighborhoods. LoHi or Uptown will be better for a dog, but all of Denver is dog friendly really. Rino, Ballpark, and Union Station are definitely closer to more bars, restaurants, and groceries (I didn’t love my grocery situation when I lived in LoHi!). Overall, I would suggest searching for places within all those neighborhoods and then deciding in the context of the specific apartments/homes that you like.

    2. You probably already moved, but the best place to walk a dog close to the downtown area would be around Sloan’s Lake or north of the lake. It’s a beautiful area and the houses are so cute, even ‘some’ of the new ones they are building. I would not recommend any of those places you listed, as they have higher crime rates and I know people that have been mugged and even beaten in all of those areas, except LoHi. I would be careful late night in LoHi as well, I used to walk from downtown all the way to 32nd and Lowell every weekend and I never had any problems, but I’m a guy. I take my dog for walks at night all the time in the West Highlands area and never have any issues.

  12. Hi Nate,
    I am considering moving to Denver later this year, I am 58 years old and single, and an outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy nice restaurants and lounges, and would love to be able to walk in my neighborhood and feel safe. What neighborhoods would you recommend I look at first? Sandra

    1. Hi Sandra, my great Aunt lived in the Union Station area and really enjoyed it. If you want to be central, LoHi and LoDo fit the bill, but are expensive. A little further out, you might look at the Baker neighborhood. I used to live there and found it quite walkable even though it is further from downtown. Highlands/Tennyson street is also a very safe and walkable area with lots of nice restaurants and lounges.

  13. Hi! My 25 year old son is going to spend 3-6 months in Denver starting in May. He’s moving there from NYC to just “try a new city”, hike, bike, meet new people his age etc. he’s very active and social. He will be working remotely from home, and is pretty flexible with rent costs. He Will have a car so needs safe parking. What’s the best neighborhood that you’d recommend for someone like this? His first choice is RiNo but seems to be having a hard time finding a sublease there. (He wants a furnished sublease). Thanks for any advice you have!

    1. Hi Alison – for someone in that situation moving from NYC, I would indeed suggest RiNo or LoDo as a first choice. They are the densest neighborhoods in Denver in terms of walkability and amenities, so the ones most likely to satisfy someone used to NYC. For finding a furnished sublease, I suggest contacting all the larger apartment buildings in the area and inquiring. I know at least a few apartment buildings in Denver, including Sentral Union Station, offer furnished options on monthly leases.

      1. Hi, Nate! Thanks for such a thorough list. I’m curious your thoughts on University (not University Park) for a family with young kids who have Platt Park dreams but not the budget 😅 We love the perceived walkability and proximity to our daily commute. Is it mostly a student residential area?

        1. Hi Meagan – So I’ve never lived in the University neighborhood myself, but I’ve found it to be a lively and interesting. As you say, it’s pretty walkable and reasonably centrl. I think it could work if you find the right place!

  14. Hi Nate,

    Fantastic article! My family and I will be moving to Denver for work. My husband will be working close to the airport and we’re trying to figure out some areas that are close to work, safe (we have a baby and another on the way) but that there are still things to do as well (bats, restaurants, parks etc).
    Can you recommend any areas?

    1. Central Park sounds like a good neighborhood to consider. It’s residential, but still has some bars, restaurants, and the like. Plus it’s close to the A Line, which goes to DIA.

  15. Hi Nate, can you give me some insight into the cultures and safety of the Arvada neighborhoods? Thanks, Kelly

    1. I spent a summer living in Arvada several years ago, while I was in between places and staying with a friend. I can’t speak to individual neighborhoods within Arvada, but overall it’s a pretty quintessential Denver suburb, with the noticeable benefit that it has a lively and walkable Old Town that is really cool. Overall, I would say Arvada is pretty safe.

  16. Hi, I lived in Denver in the late 90s and early 2000s, a friend just went to downtown Denver last week and said it was pretty bad said there were tent city all over and said they stayed at a hotel on 14 st downtown and and got up and left in the middle of the night and drove out of town. Are thing’s really getting that bad with the homeless there?

  17. Hi, I’m moving to Denver soon. Is cherokee street (next to Baker gardens) considered Baker? How good is the Baker area?

    1. I lived on Cherokee Street for a year. It is considered the far boundary of Baker, yes. I like Baker a lot. Has a nice neighborhood feel, but is still walkable to the bars and restaurants on Broadway. It is also pretty close to the light rail station, and there is easy access to the highway.

    1. I don’t know much except Lone Tree is a nice suburb. My sister lives nearby in Highlands Ranch and likes it.

  18. Hi Nate,
    congrats for this precious information!
    I’ve just moved to Denver area with my family of 4.
    I’m see myself in what you defined “young adults” category. I’m currently renting in Arvada, which has nothing bad, but nothing much to offer too.
    We would like to get closer to Denver to feel in town, but also have a little bit of space to breath and raise my kids safely. Any good suggestions?

    1. Depending on budget, Washington Park, Highland, City Park could work. Or Lakewood, Edgewater, or Wheat Ridge a little further out. Other readers may have more suggestions.

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