2019 rank: 6
Though sales have grown at a slower pace this year, Berkeley remains one of Denver’s most cherished, and fastest-changing, neighborhoods. A blend of Denver Squares and Tudors with modern townhomes and duplexes, this northwest community is residential but close to all the necessary amenities—an ideal combo for young families, first-time homebuyers, and empty nesters. Attention pup owners: Berkeley is home to one of the city’s 12 dog parks. The neighborhood is anchored by the fabulous restaurants, bars, and shops along Tennyson Street, a main drag that has completely reinvented itself in recent years.
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
Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it in Berkeley: more than 50 sandwich options at the Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery, Texas BBQ at Post Oak Barbecue, vegetarian and vegan fare at Vital Root, or fry bread, an American Indian specialty, at Tocabe. (Hot tip: Five mornings a week, pizza purveyor Hops & Pie doubles as a doughnut shop.) We’ll stop there, though we could go on.
Those hunting for a caffeine fix should hit up Allegro Coffee Roasters and Downpours Coffee for delicious pick-me-ups. When happy hour hits, head to BookBar—“a book shop for wine lovers”—or the Tatarian for craft cocktails and some of the funkiest wallpaper in town. Beer nerds also have a number of options, including husband-and-wife-owned Empourium Brewing Company.
Spending is easy along the Tennyson Street corridor. Real Baby sells the sweetest clothes and toys for tiny ones. Locally owned Feral Mountain Co. will help make 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.) Rocky Mountain Lake Park has tennis courts. The smaller Cesar E Chavez Park is beloved for its playground, which is almost always filled with kids and their parents on sunny days. Indoors, the Oriental Theater hosts a diverse array of local and national entertainment.