The Highly Desirable Communities of Denver

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It’s no surprise that people are flocking to the communities of Denver by the thousands. The wonderful lifestyle and culture that this city has to offer is immense!  There are over 300 days of sunshine, so you don’t have to worry about checking the forecast before heading to one of the city’s 205 parks. Denver is also a haven for entrepreneurs who are creating hundreds of unique job opportunities and attributing to an unemployment rate well below the rest of the country. Denver is truly the ideal place for working professionals.

Are you thinking of moving to Denver? Whether it’s the stunning mountain views or the great job opportunities drawing you in, moving to this beautiful city is exciting but can also be overwhelming. If you’re not familiar with the area, researching the various neighborhoods may seem like a headache. There are so many highly desirable areas in Denver where you can live, but what exactly makes them more desirable than other neighborhoods? We’ll cover these differences, the price points for the local markets, and which features set them apart from the rest.

Central Park

Central Park, also known as Stapleton, is one of the more “suburban” neighborhoods in all of Denver. The community features large houses and plentiful outdoor space – if large homes and lots are what you’re looking for, Central Park should be on your radar. There’s plenty of shopping and restaurants. It’s safe with a low crime rating and excellent schools. This area is ideal for families with children. According to realtor.com, the median listing home price in Stapleton was $725k in March 2022.

Cory-Merrill

Cory–Merrill is a quaint enclave in the center of the city. In this highly sought-after community of Denver, you’ll find contemporary luxury homes, bungalows, and brick ranches. Schools are top-rated. There is a good selection of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Families and young professionals make up the majority of the community. The median listing home price in Cory-Merrill was $1 million as of March 2022.

Virginia Village

Virginia Village is a quiet neighborhood in Denver located about five miles southeast of downtown. The community is best known for mid-century modern architecture and single-family homes. The neighborhood even features a Mid-Century Architecture walking tour. The area has limited retail, so if shopping is important to you, you’ll need to venture downtown. The average home price in Virginia Village was  $695K in March 2022.

Sloan Lake

Sloan’s Lake is a small neighborhood that features the popular Sloan’s Lake Park. Located on the city’s western border, Sloan’s Lake Park is The Mile High City’s second-largest park with the largest body of water. The residential community has a blend of architectural styles, including 1920s brick bungalows, Tudor ranches, modern townhomes, and brand-new construction. As it grows in popularity, its amenities grow too. There are popular eateries, charming boutiques, and laid-back coffee shops. People living in Sloan’s Lake enjoy  serene mountain views and activities like stand-up paddleboarding. The median listing home price in Sloan Lake was $850K in March 2022.

Bonnie Brae

Bonnie Brae was originally developed in the 1920s. The community is known for large lots, historic architecture, and mature trees. Homes in Bonnie Brae vary in style and include Cape Cods, brick ranches, two-story brick and timber frame homes and English Tudors. Nostalgic storefronts provide residents with fine dining, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and sports bars. The Bonnie Brae Tavern has been a popular pizza destination since 1934. More and more younger families are moving to the historic neighborhood. However, the homes in Bonnie Brae are a little pricier than most communities of Denver. As of May 2022, the median list price of homes for sale in Bonnie Brae is $2 million.

Denver Highlands

Denver Highlands is a trendy neighborhood and tops the list of hottest places to live in Denver. This area is notorious for Victorian-era homes and buildings and lush landscaping. There are plenty of hip independently owned shops, art galleries and restaurants. It’s a popular place for Denver tourists. You can find live music venues and great international foods here. The neighborhood includes a mix of historic and ultra-modern architecture. You’ll enjoy incredible views of the Highland Bridge and downtown Denver. There’s something for nearly every price range in Denver Highlands. As of May 2022, homes from sale range from $380K to $2.8M. The average sale price was $825,000 in March 2022.

River North (RiNo)

River North Arts District (RiNo) is a historic neighborhood in north Denver and cited as one of the hippest places to live. Years ago, the neighborhood was home to abandoned industrial spaces, vacant lots, and railroad tracks. In 2005, entrepreneurs and artists saw opportunity in the rustic buildings and started transforming them into mixed-use spaces. RiNo has been attracting visionaries ever since. There’s plenty of things to do here, including bar-hopping or visiting an art gallery. You’ll find renowned murals and artwork lining the streets. Many residents of RiNo feel they don’t need cars to get around. The entire neighborhood is walkable, but residents often cruisedenver via electric scooters, bike rentals, or pedicabs. Homes in RiNo are listed from $375,000 to $925,000 in May 2022.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these high-desirable Denver neighborhoods or want some perspective on which area would best suit you and your needs, contact us at Halo Group Real Estate.