This oft-overlooked hamlet is shedding its sleeper status. Hampden’s winding streets and expansive ranch homes—averaging in the mid-$300,000s—appeal to young families and folks working in the nearby Denver Tech Center. Conveniences are limited to mostly big-box offerings along East Hampden Avenue, but proximity to the Southmoor light rail station makes trips downtown a breeze. Plus, suburbia lite has one big perk: lots of green space.
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
Two of the city’s longstanding Jewish delis are located in Hampden: New York Deli News, where the matzah balls are the size of the bowls they’re served in, and the Bagel Deli & Restaurant, once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
There are no excuses for staying inside in Hampden. James A. Bible Park has it all: baseball and softball fields; basketball and tennis courts; a football field; a playground; and access to the High Line Canal Trail. But the neighborhood also encompasses Theodore A. Hutchinson Park, Golden Key Park, Hampden Heights Park, Paul A. Hentzell Park, and—and!—Babi-Yar Park.
Kennedy Golf Course, just outside the neighborhood’s boundaries, has a nine-hole, par-three course for those not wanting to commit to a full 18-hole round.
Test your brain power at King’s Escape Room. Or, sit back and relax at either of the two movie theaters in neighboring Hampden South, Regal Cinemas Continental 10 & RPX and Elvis Cinemas Tiffany Plaza.