The Best Places to Live in Denver

Moving to a new state can be difficult, even if you think you know what to anticipate. That’s why we’ve put together this guide with everything you’ll need to know, if Denver is your next home.

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We’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to. You’ve no doubt seen our Denver City Guide, which includes a short section on a few of Denver’s most popular neighborhoods.

This list is a more in-depth neighborhood guide meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhop—Denver movers and movers throughout the country).

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A Little About Living in Denver

People are moving to Denver because of the incredible lifestyle this city offers. And locals can attest, its just a wonderful place to live. With over 300 days of sunshine, you don’t have to check the weather before going for a hike or bike ride, walking the dog, or taking an exercise class in one of Denver’s 205 parks.

The lifestyle brings people into Denver. And the many job opportunities keep them here. Denver has had a rush of entrepreneurs who are creating many unique jobs opportunities. And the city governor, Jared Polis, has promoted and created numerous clean energy jobs across the city. With an unemployment rate that runs significantly below the rest of the country, most new residents find a job as easily as they find a fried pair of Denver’s classic Rocky Mountain oysters.

The city, as you know, is Colorado’s proud capital, known for its incredible food, settled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, and home to four major professional sports teams. If you’re willing to drive an hour out, the wider region around Denver has some world-class ski areas and prime dirt-bike, rafting, and rock-climbing destinations.

With all these perks, Denver is one of the fastest-growing major cities in the country, and in the past seven years, its added over 100,000 new people to its tenants! — Make that 100,001 once you find the neighborhood that’s best for you.

Washington Park

Located about 5 miles southeast of downtown Denver sits one of our favorite neighborhoods. Washington Park displays trimmed lawns, front-yard fences, tree-lined streets, and close proximity to all the city’s action. Its centerpiece and namesake, Washington Park, offers 165-acres of sprawling grass, lakes, flower gardens, kayaking, walking paths, and hiking trails.

What’s Happening in Washington Park

Old South Gaylord Street is a local favorite, full of boutiques, restaurants and bars, art studios, and cafes. Throughout the neighborhood, locals enjoy the many cafes, bicycle shops, clothing stores, gift shops, and great restaurants. From quirky burger joints to thoughtful sushi shops.

Visit Washington Park’s microbreweries and check out the vast Denver Beer Trail. For more shopping and eating, visit the charming and historic South Pearl Street. We recommend you refresh yourself amidst your shopping at Bird Restaurant.

Schools in Washington Park

Schools near Washington Park include Steele Elementary School, Washington Park United Methodist School, and St. John’s Church & School among others.

Highland

This newly trending neighborhood is a diverse gem in the midst of the city. With Italian and Hispanic families still living in the area from several generations past, Highland offers a unique cultural richness. Highland has the perks of being close to downtown without the big price tag. But that’s been catching people’s attention. Recent construction of new condos and apartments amidst Highland’s historic homes might mean prices won’t stay low for much longer.

What’s Happening in Highland

Highland is speckled with unique independent stores, art galleries coffee shops, clubs, bars, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. The area is very walkable, and during summer months the neighborhood opens up for farmers markets and community events.

To get a feel for local living, join in on First Friday’s artist displays in the Tennyson Street Cultural District. Schedule in the annual Street Fair that brings live music, tasty food, arts and crafts to the neighborhoods. And join the yearly Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, which celebrates Asian culture and moves across Sloan’s Lake.

Highland has easy access to the beautiful Sloan’s Lake Park, which features paddleboarding and walking trails. For the best of Highland’s food and drinks, check out Avanti Food & Beverage and Denver Beer Company Top if off with locally made treats from Little Man Ice Cream.

Schools in Highland

Schools near Highland include North High School and Valdez Elementary School among others.

Littleton

Littleton is the quintessential small town slightly off the beaten Denver path. The area features familiar friendly neighbors, wonderful local shops and restaurants, historic richness, and great recreational opportunities.

Located about 12 miles south of downtown, Littleton makes it easy for people commuting to and from Denver for work. And with the RTD Light Rale Station right at Mineral Street, it’s a straight shot to the city. Finally, Littleton Public Schools have won Colorado’s highest academic accreditation rating seven years in a row.

What’s Happening in Littleton

Littleton is buzzing. And this vibrant community offers a wonderful historic downtown packed with local restaurants and shops (over 220, actually). The Littleton Historical Museum will walk you through the story of the area’s past. And Hudson Garden hosts cultural and science entertainment events and concert series.

The area boasts of over 1,400 acres of green space and 200 miles of trails. Chatfield Reservoir is a recreational paradise with swimming, paddle boarding, boating, and a beachfront. Roxborough State Park features exceptional views of red rock formations. And the Mary Carter Greenway Trail (accommodating more than a million people a year!) lets locals and visitors ride their bike, jog, or walk along the miles of well-kept, paved trail-way.

Littleton’s new addition, the well-known Breckenridge Brewery, offers delicious brews, a screened in porch, and a beer garden. Also, check out NoNo’s Cafe for some of the area’s best locally-made meals.

Schools in Littleton

Schools near Littleton include Highland Elementary School, Littleton Academy, and Mackintosh Academy among others.

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Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek is known for its shopping and dining destinations – mainly due to the upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center, which is visited by nearly 18 million people a year. The area also offers a plethora of art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes outside this shopping center. Cherry Creek gives off a luxurious elite vibe, with unique and high-end shopping destinations and dining experience from chefs who have gained national recognition.

What’s Happening in Cherry Creek

There’s so much to do and many lovely places to visit in Cherry Creek. But we have a few must-visits to get you started:

First, grab a delicious cappuccino from the clean, upscale, and trendy Aviano Coffee. Now peruse the beautiful plants in the midst of the metro, and take a morning stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Next, pick up your local produce and an artisan lunch on Wednesdays and Sundays at the Cherry Creek Fresh Market. Hop on your bike and pick a section of the 40-paved-miles of the scenic Cherry Creek Regional Trail. Then, shop along the 16 blocks of Cherry Street North.

Finally, stop at Barolo Grill. Order yourself the black truffle risotto, and braised duck. And sip down a glass of fine wine.

Also, don’t miss the popular local events like Cherry Creek Arts Festival, with 35,000 people coming through town over this three-day-long event. And join the crowds at the Cherry Creek Food and Wine Festival for delicious drink samplings.

Schools in Cherry Creek

Schools near Cherry Creek include Joliet Learning Center and Rocky Mountain Prep Creekside Elementary Charter School among others.

Homes in Cherry Creek

They come big and beautiful in Cherry Creek. But homes vary in price, size, and style in the neighborhood.

Downtown (LoDo)

Downtown Denver displays how extremely active and lively this city is. With tons of shops, restaurants, bars, craft breweries, and nightclubs, the options are endless. LoDo is extremely walkable and bike-friendly, with one of the first electronic bike share systems. It also proudly displays its support of local art, and almost every building, plaza, and corner has a mural or some sort of art installation. LoDo is busting with attractions and is home to many happy locals.

What’s Happening in Downtown

We don’t have to really say it, but there is so much to do in Downtown Denver. Historic sites, museums, shops, eateries, and cultural events happening every month. But let’s get you started on a few top spots.

The Tattered Cover Book Store is a local hot-spot with a cafe and shelves upon shelves of books, magazines, and newspapers. Larimar Square offers blocks of historic buildings filled by unique shops, restaurants, and boutiques. And the massive Denver Performing Arts Complex covers four-blocks and is where you can catch the symphony, the opera, and the ballet.

Potentially our favorite place to eat and drink in LoDo is Briar Common Brewery + Eatery. Check it out and see how you like it.

Schools in Downtown

Schools near Downtown include Byers Middle & High School, Cole High School, and Colorado High School Charter among others.

There you have it: the best places to live in Denver!

We hope this was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at Bellhop. As we said, we coordinate local and long distance moving services in Denver, and we would love to help.