Moving to a new city is always challenging. And a large part of that challenge is looking for a place to live. There are so many things to consider when weighing your options-house styles, neighborhood safety, quality of schools, the convenience of location-it all can be quite overwhelming.
This list and our “Best Places to Live in Denver,” “Best Neighborhoods for Families in Denver,” and our “Up and Coming Neighborhoods in Denver” lists are more in-depth neighborhood guides meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas, with links to popular destinations, as well as available houses for sale and apartments for rent (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—movers in Denver and beyond).
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.
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Located about 23 miles north of Denver, Louisville has a great small-town feel with the best of both city and country. The city leaders are passionate about building a close community and the area hosts regular cultural events for locals to connect with each other.
26% of Louisville’s land area is made up of parks and open space, and this room to enjoy the nature and history of the region is of top priority to locals. Residents are very involved in the local government and the projection of their neighborhoods, giving Louisville an even stronger community feel.
Lousiville has plenty of regular and yearly events, like their Street Faire, music concerts in the parks, and winter Parade of Lights. Their 32 miles of trails throughout the town and gorgeous Coal Creek Golf Course keep residents happily active. And their Historical Museum plans programs and offers exhibits about the area’s past.
Located about 30 miles northwest of downtown, Superior has gone from a coal mining area to a tiny residential town to a giant redevelopment and population boom. With the residential build, Rock Creek Ranch, thousands of new residents moved into town. And they were soon followed by new shops, restaurants, community events, 27 miles of trails, and 594 acres of parks.
While Centennial is its own little city, its emphasis is on the open spaces, native wildlife, and beautiful nature surrounding and intermingling with its streets. Centennial is home to some of the region’s most impressive trail networks and recreational amenities. And with two of the top school districts in the state (Littletown Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District) serving its residents, Centennial has been recently ranking as one of the best places to live in the country.
Centennial offers a plethora of things to do, and new local stores, unique restaurant, and interesting activities are continuing to open in this mini-city. The Streets at SouthGlenn are most commonly visited for a great shopping experience. Check out the sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and local and national retailers there.
What is it about a wide, clean path winding through nature? You’re able to immerse yourself in your surroundings, but the path takes the struggle out of it – no need to dodge a root or wearing boots to walk through the woods and along streams. Cherry Creek Trail meets that vision of a tranquil walk by a stream, guided by a wide, 42-mile long paved path with room for joggers, dog-walkers, stroller-pushers, and bike-peddlers alike.
Littleton is the quintessential small town with its familiar friendly neighbors, wonderful local shops and restaurants, historic richness, and great recreational opportunities, that’s slightly off the beaten path. Locals seem exceptionally proud to be living in this safe, family-friendly community.
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.
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.
We hope this was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at Bellhops. As we said, we coordinate local and long distance moving services in Denver, and we would love to help.
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