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.
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
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 Hipping Brewing are also a short drive, or Lyft, away.
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.