2021 rank: 30
Cherry Creek has a history of bouncing on and off this list. This year, it’s on an upswing: Average home sale prices surpassed $1 million (one of five neighborhoods to do so) with a 10-percent year-over-year increase for its modern homes and traditional ranch-style properties. Plus, Bromwell Elementary School continues to earn top marks. But what really catapults Cherry Creek onto this list is its abundant amenities—retail, restaurants, fitness studios, boutique hotels, etc. Access to the bikeable Cherry Creek Trail, which winds its way directly into downtown, doesn’t hurt either.
Demographics—Get to Know Your Neighbors
Cherry Creek has the oldest median age on this list: 55.3 years old; nearly 40 percent of residents are 65 or older. It’s an educated community, with 74 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, it’s split almost a fifty-fifty split between owners and renters. Non-family households are slightly more common (57 percent). The average household income is $129,139.
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
Where to start? Cherry Creek North has seen an influx of higher-end arrivals in recent years, such as Le Bilboquet, Toro, and Quality Italian. For more approachable bites, consider Fortune Wok To Table, Cherry Cricket, or Zaidy’s Deli. Caffeinate at Aviano Coffee or Ku Cha House of Tea, which sells more than 170 varieties.
Speaking of liquid joy, watering hole options span from rosé on the patio at Elway’s steak house and craft cocktails at Five Nines (a speakeasy-like bar at Clayton Members Club & Hotel) to the trendy-but-relaxed Local Jones and low-key Milwaukee Street Tavern.
There are abundant ways to empty your wallet in Cherry Creek, starting with the ever-changing Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Shop al fresco by perusing some of our favorite spots for retail therapy along Cherry Creek North’s wide sidewalks: Denver Darling Boutique and Vail-born Perch for women’s clothing; Suitsupply for men; Revampt Goods or LoLo Rugs and Gifts for home goods; Kendra Scott for jewelry; and Artisan Center for gifts.
Book a Staycation
Even mansion dwellers need an escape. Thankfully, Denver’s boutique hotel scene is something to celebrate, and many of the trendiest venues can be found here. There’s the rooftop pool at Halcyon. Hotel Clio debuted a multi-million-dollar renovation in spring 2022. And the aforementioned Clayton Members Club & Hotel also has a rooftop pool. Finally, the pet- and millennial-friendly Moxy Denver Cherry Creek has small, but chic, rooms.