Our annual guide to the hottest 'hoods in town (look closely, there are some surprises in there). PLUS: The changing definition of "location, location, location," four things to do when looking for a Realtor, and why now is (perhaps) the best time to buy in a generation.
In normal years, assessing Denver's hottest neighborhoods is pretty predictable business. Of course, 2010 is, and 2009 was, anything but normal. As the Mile High City—and the nation—begins the slow recovery from the housing crisis, many of the city's most desirable neighborhoods have seen marked corrections. That's not a bad thing, per se, as these communities (think East Wash Park, University Park, and Country Club) are still highly sought after, even if the sales data aren't quite as rosy as they've been in the past. The good news, though, is that the benefactors of these micro-market corrections are, mostly, the areas around the city's classic neighborhoods—and the long-term effect of this phenomenon will be to expand Denver's overall livability. Whether you're buying, selling, or staying put this year, these are the places to be in Denver right now.