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/ Neighborhood Guide

Five Points

#8

A decade ago, Five Points—which encompasses the microhoods locals know as Ballpark, River North (RiNo), and Curtis Park—was barely a blip on would-be homeowners’ radars. The one-time “Harlem of the West”, known for its rich jazz scene in the early 20th century, was packed with warehouses and artist studios but not a whole lot else. Today, it’s one of the most energetic areas of the city. Apartment buildings and townhomes seem to be the focus in 2019, but a nearly 27 percent jump in average home sale prices between 2017 and 2018 propelled Five Points to third place in our real estate rankings. It’s the locale’s accoutrements, though—the abundance of galleries, restaurants, bars, live music venues, and more—that earned Five Points a spot in our top 10.

Population14,768
2018 average sale price$523,857
New listings in 201846

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank3
Schools Score3
Crime Rank68
X Factor Score9.5

How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 70 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

Looking for proof that Five Points is home to some of Denver’s most exciting food? Six of 5280’s top 25 restaurants are located in the neighborhood (Super Mega Bien and Julep among them), and one—Call—was named a best new restaurant in the country by Bon Appétit.

Plenty of other eateries deserve attention, too, from the pillowy pitas at Safta and New York-style rounds at Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen to the original location of breakfast all-star Snooze and small plates on the Populist’s charming patio. Take a friend along to Denver Central Market so you can try more of the food hall’s 11 dining options.

Cafes such as Crema Coffee House and Stowaway Kitchen & Coffee are favorites for meetings and catch-ups. As the sun goes down, tipple-seekers can choose their own adventure: American Bonded for whiskey. Noble Riot for wine. Death & Co. Denver for craft cocktails. Bar Helix for Negronis.  

Activities

There are plenty of ways to pass the time in Five Points that don’t involve multiplying calories. Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, sits on the neighborhood’s southwestern edge. (Tip: Rockpile tickets, a special section above center field, retail for about $4.) If you’d rather be part of the action, go for a swim at Mestizo/Curtis Park’s public pool or lace up for one of the regular roller-skating parties at Exdo Event Center.

Live music venues are also prevalent in this ‘hood. Enjoy dinner and a show at the funky Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox; experience an array of genres at Mercury Cafe; or jam to funk and hip-hop at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom.

If You Do One Thing…

Take a stroll. Five Points is the heart of Denver’s street art scene. Every September, Crush Walls celebrates the area’s vibrant creativity by adding new works to the walls and streets. As you walk, don’t overlook the galleries and studios that pepper the area’s blocks; the River North Art District counts more than 100 creatives among its members.   

More Spots to Eat

Famous Original J’s Pizza

Noble Riot

TeaLee’s Teahouse and Bookstore

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen

All Restaurants in Five Points