2020 rank: 53
A round of applause for Athmar Park—a (mostly) rectangular plot that sits between I-25 and South Federal Boulevard—as it makes its inaugural appearance in our top 25. Locals know the neighborhood as a hub of Asian culture, encompassing many of the city’s best Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants, as well as the first location of the robust Pacific Ocean Marketplace. Even after a nearly 17 percent rise in home prices, Athmar Park’s mostly 1950s-era ranches and bungalows remain affordable, hovering around the $400,000 mark. The multicultural area’s five schools are well-regarded, a number of bike lanes cut through the neighborhood, and there are four parks within its boundaries, including Huston Lake Park and its football, soccer, and softball fields and tennis courts.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age of Athmar Park residents is 35.3 years old, and close to a quarter of your neighbors will be 18 or younger. Around 20 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher; close to 30 percent graduated high school or earned the equivalent. Sixty-seven percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes 15 to 45 minutes. When it comes to housing, 58 percent of all units are owner-occupied, and families make up the majority (67 percent) of area households. The average household income is $51,982.
How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 74 had enough data to be included), and ranked them using four variables: home prices, crime data, school rankings, and an X factor score that accounts for things like access to open space, proximity to public transportation, and restaurant and shopping options. For more on our methodology, return to the main page.
Eat & Drink
Asian cuisine isn’t the only food you’ll find here, but there’s a reason Denverites are willing to drive across town for Star Kitchen’s dim sum, New Saigon’s rice paper wraps, and Vinh Xuong Bakery’s banh mis. There are also more unexpected takes on these gastronomic traditions, like the Asian Cajun.
If you’re buying a new house, then you probably need some new-to-you furniture. Eron Johnson Antiques has long been a favorite of our 5280 Home editors. The extensive showroom brims with more than 3,000 pieces of furniture, lighting, and more from around the world.