2019 rank: 29
What a difference a year makes. Tony Cherry Creek fell off our 2019 list largely due to lackluster real estate sales growth, but it’s a different story today. Likely in response to explosive development in the area, Cherry Creek saw the year’s highest percentage change in home sale prices—a shocking 25 percent increase that pushed the average single family home north of $1 million. Add in the abundant amenities, access to bikeable Cherry Creek Trail, top marks for Bromwell Elementary School, and the surfeit of new hotels for visitors, and it’s easy to see why Cherry Creek is in-demand. (And almost makes one forget the area’s trying parking situation.)
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
Where to start? Cherry Creek North has seen an influx of high-end arrivals in recent years, such as Le Bilboquet, Narrative, and Quality Italian. For more approachable bites, consider Fortune Wok To Table or Curtis Park Delicatessen. 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 steakhouse and craft cocktails at B&GC (a subterranean speakeasy at the Halcyon) to the more low-key Cherry Creek Beer Garden and Cherry Cricket.
There are abundant ways to empty your wallet in Cherry Creek, starting with the ever-changing Cherry Creek Shopping Center. (The ground floor play zone has long been a favorite of families.) Stroll the wide sidewalks of Cherry Creek North while exploring our favorite spots for retail therapy: A Line Boutique for trendy-worthy women’s clothing; Suitsupply for men; Revampt and Shaver-Ramsey Fine & Custom Rugs 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 finally something to celebrate, and many of the trendiest venues can be found here. There’s the rooftop pool and gear garage at Halcyon. The rooftop pool (sensing a theme?) and Peloton bikes at the Jacquard. And the pet- and millennial-friendly Moxy Denver Cherry Creek.