2019 rank: 49
A primarily residential ’hood to the east, Hale is centered around Rose Medical Center (earplugs may be a good investment), but a rising tide of new businesses and apartments have drawn increased interest in recent years. Prices for its broad array of house styles—established bungalows, Tudors, and brick ranches, among them—are up yet still relatively affordable, especially when compared to neighboring enclaves. (Congress Park residences will set you back around $200,000 more.) The solitary elementary school has a moderate rating, and Henry S. Lindsley Park is great for families with its playground, tennis and basketball courts, and softball field. Residents can easily access downtown via East Colfax Avenue or spin down the bike lane on East 12th Avenue. The majority of the area’s retail is situated along Colfax and Colorado Boulevard, so you won’t have to travel far to find what you need.
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
With new apartment and condominium buildings popping up near the up-and-coming Ninth and Colorado microhood, chefs are finding a growing audience in Hale. Recent additions include all-day cafe Frank & Roze, the second location of Chook Charcoal Chicken, and Hank’s Texas BBQ. Morning treats are especially good in the area, including La Fillette Bakery’s sweets, a broad selection of tea at the Kochi Cafe (formerly Steep Tea & Coffee), and City Donuts.
While there is a Trader Joe’s within the boundaries, locals know to visit Marczyk Fine Foods, a longstanding neighborhood market that’s always well-stocked and hosts community events like summer burger nights.
Not all boots are made for riding. At Ghost Rider Custom Cowboy Boots, Mickey Mussett crafts stylish, custom boots that reflect the wearer’s personal sense of style. A pair will set you back a couple thousand bucks—but they’ll be one-of-a-kind.