2021 rank: 52
Belcaro makes its first (re)appearance on this list since 2019, when it also nabbed a second–place ranking. Take note: It’s one of two neighborhoods on this list where the average sale price soared past $2 million last year (Country Club is the other). Certainly, the area has plenty working in its favor: Big homes, newer custom builds, and luxe ranch-style houses on larger-than-average lots; a convenient location between Washington Park and Cherry Creek; and DPS’s high-performing Stephen Knight Center for Early Education. Though it doesn’t have much in the way of commerce, the Bonnie Brae micro-’hood falls mostly within its borders, and plenty of shops and eateries are nearby.
Demographics—Get to Know Your Neighbors
The median age in Belcaro is 52.3 years old. It’s a highly educated community, with 79 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, most filled units are owner-occupied, and nearly half are families. The average household income is $113,098.
How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 73 had enough data to be included), and ranked them using four variables: home prices, crime dataschool 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
Indulge in freshly baked French pastries, crêpes, and sandwiches at Katherine’s French Bakery & Café. For drinks—plus pizza or a burger—look no further than Bonnie Brae Tavern, which has operated since 1934. Osaka Sushi is a familiar standby that serves a fantastic spicy seafood udon. Long-standing family favorite Bonnie Brae Ice Cream sits just across South University Boulevard; expect a line for its two dozen housemade flavors on warm evenings.
Leave your four wheels at home and explore the city via the Cherry Creek Trail, which runs along Belcaro’s northern border. The 40-mile path extends from downtown Denver—at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, where the Mile High City got its start after gold was discovered in the area in 1858—all the way to Franktown.
Unlike nearby Cherry Creek, Belcaro doesn’t have much to offer in the way of stores. But we are fans of Wish Gifts, a locally owned boutique stocked with humorous party favors, greeting cards, home decor items, and cheeky swag for nearly any occasion.