Photo by Rebecca Todd / courtesy of Visit Denver
/ Neighborhood Guide

Central Business District

#23

2019 rank: not on list

Surprised CBD—a fancy name for what most people call downtown—hasn’t made an appearance on this list before? In prior years, it didn’t have enough home sales to qualify, but that changed in a big way in 2019. CBD saw the second-highest growth in home prices, vaulting an area defined by new high-rises into the $700,000 range. Alternatively, it also has the second-highest crime rate (not surprising for an urban area), and its schools score doesn’t make the grade (we couldn’t help the pun). Of course, what really draws people here is the fact that there’s so much to do. From some of Denver’s biggest cultural venues to an improving dining scene to shopping at Denver Pavilions to easily accessible public transportation and bike lanes, CBD is where you live when you want to be in the center of the action.

Population4,107
2019 average sale price$746,867
New listings in 2019320

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank2
Schools Score2.9
Crime Rank73
X Factor Score8

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.

Your Itinerary

Eat & Drink

What used to be the less desirable side of downtown—more focused on businesses and chain eateries—is starting to develop its own flavor. Highlights include Guard and Grace, Sam’s No. 3, Otra Vez, Zocalito Latin Bistro, and Corner Office.

After work or before a game at one of the nearby stadiums, raise a glass at the Greedy Hamster, or, for a drink with a view, check out Peaks Lounge atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel or 54thirty Rooftop at Le Méridien. From June through September, the Skyline Beer Garden provides an open-air venue with plenty of park games.

Afternoon tea at the luxurious and historic Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is a Denver rite of passage (make reservations). For a quicker pick-me-up, swing by the Study at Hotel Teatro or Novo Coffee.

Get Cultured

The city’s theatrical offerings are centered here at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, which encompasses the DCPA Theatre Company, Off-Center, Opera Colorado, Broadway productions, and a regular rotation of events. One block away, the Colorado Convention Center hosts many of the city’s major affairs, including the Great American Beer Festival, which is still slated for September 2020. 

Concerts, comedians, and ski films can all be enjoyed at the 90-year-old, Art Deco-styled Paramount Theatre. For something off-the-beaten-path, tour the Denver Firefighters Museum.

If You Do One Thing…

Go full tourist and snap a pic with Denver’s unofficial mascot, the Blue Bear (formal name: “I See What You Mean”). Standing 40 feet tall, it’s hard to miss late artist Lawrence Argent’s playful, iconic sculpture, who can be found peeking inside the Convention Center.

More Spots to Eat

West of Surrender

Boney’s Smokehouse BBQ

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Zocalito Latin Bistro

Former Saint Craft Kitchen and Taps

All Restaurants in Central Business District

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