2021 rank: 33
Berkeley is back in our ranking after a one-year intermission. Though home sales are growing at a slower pace, it’s a stable and safe community with reliable schools, making it one of Denver’s most cherished locales. A blend of Denver Squares and Tudors with modern townhomes and duplexes, this northwest neighborhood is residential but close to all the necessary amenities—an ideal combo for young families, first-time home buyers, and empty nesters. Berkeley is anchored by the fabulous restaurants, bars, and shops along Tennyson Street, a main drag that continues to grow and change. Attention pup owners: Berkeley is home to one of the city’s 12 dog parks.
Demographics—Get to Know Your Neighbors
Berkeley residents have a median age of 37.6 years old. It’s an educated community, with 66 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, 72 percent of filled units are owner-occupied, and there’s a relatively even split between family and non-family households. The average household income is $103,286.
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
Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it in Berkeley: more than 50 sandwich options at the Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery; Asian street food at the Ginger Pig; vegetarian and vegan fare at Vital Root; or fry bread, a traditional American Indian dish, at Tocabe. Locals’ tip: Five mornings a week, Hops & Pie doubles as a doughnut shop; for those wondering, there are gluten-free and vegan options. Those who have a sweet-tooth should also add Colorado Cherry Co. Pie & Provisions to their lists.
Downpours Coffee serves delicious pick-me-ups (and breakfast burritos), while Bakery Four is all about fresh-baked goodies (plus coffee). When happy hour hits, head to Berkeley Untapped, BookBar—“a book shop for wine lovers”—or the Tatarian for craft cocktails and some of the funkiest wallpaper in town. Beer nerds have a number of area options, including Call to Arms Brewing Company and FlyteCo Brewing.
Spending can be a little too easy along the Tennyson Street corridor. Real Baby sells the sweetest clothes and toys for tiny ones. Locally owned Feral Mountain Co. is all about making sure you’re prepared for the outdoors and even rents gear. Lady Jones is stocked with fashionable women’s apparel. Guys can pick up all-natural grooming products at Spruce, one of the “eight coolest barbershops in America,” according to Men’s Journal. And for special occasions, there’s Sarah O.’s one-of-a-kind fine jewelry, which incorporates ethically sourced natural gemstones and diamonds.
Berkeley Lake Park is popular for its sizable dog park. Lakeside Amusement Park sits across Sheridan Boulevard, and Rocky Mountain Lake Park has tennis courts. The smaller Cesar E Chavez Park is loved for its playground, which is almost always filled with kids on sunny days. Indoors, the Oriental Theater hosts a diverse array of local and national entertainment.