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Harvey Park South

#17

2020 rank: 26

Harvey Park South, a first-timer on this list, isn’t an obvious hot spot. Closer to Lakewood and Englewood than Denver’s city center, the southwestern neighborhood flies under-the-radar. Originally developed around Loretto Heights Academy (more on that below), its safe streets—known for their curving shapes, which don’t follow a typical grid pattern—and four high-achieving schools appeal to those looking to enter the market. Unlike much of the city, it remains reasonably priced: Even with a nine percent jump in average sale price, Harvey Park South’s 1950s-era brick homes are still gettable for under $450,000; apartments have also come online in recent years. Enjoy the outdoors via two parks (if you include Bear Creek, just across the southern border) and three crisscrossing bike lanes.

Demographics—Get to know your neighbors

The median age of Harvey Park South residents is 34.95 years old, and 25 percent of residents are younger than 18. Around one-quarter of the adult (25 and older) population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Sixty-three percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes 15 to 45 minutes. When it comes to housing, 57 percent of all units are owner-occupied. Families comprise the majority (59 percent) of neighborhood households. The average household income is $68,324.

Population 9,638
2020 average sale price $443,980
New listings in 2020 44

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank 25
Schools Score 4
Crime Rank 15
X Factor Score 4

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 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.

Your Itinerary

Eat & Drink

HPS isn’t known for its food and beverage offerings, with fast-food chains being the primary options. But don’t overlook Doghouse Tavern, a neighborhood sports bar with a pub menu.

Pop across the southeast border to Englewood where you can dig into Italian eats at Gallo Italian Supper Club and Bakery or upscale classics at Steakhouse 10. Kaladi Coffee Roasters and Dead Hippie Brewing are also a short drive, or Lyft, away.

History Lesson

In 1891, Loretto Heights Academy—with its trademark bell tower—opened as a Catholic school for girls. It later became the sole four-year women’s college in the region. Today, the site’s 72 acres are in the process of being redeveloped.

 

  1. Hilltop
  2. Country Club
  3. South Park Hill
  4. Washington Park West
  5. Platt Park
  6. Washington Park
  7. Congress Park
  8. Wellshire
  9. Sloan Lake
  10. City Park
  11. West Highland
  12. Five Points
  13. Hale
  14. City Park West
  15. University Park
  16. Athmar Park
  17. Harvey Park South
  18. Hampden
  19. Washington Virginia Vale
  20. Montclair
  21. Barnum West
  22. Harvey Park
  23. Skyland
  24. Virginia Village
  25. Westwood

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