2019 rank: 41
Originally known as the Northside (you might still hear native Denverites refer to it this way), Highland continues to see massive growth, with average home prices now topping $700,000. In recent years, an influx of new residents and popular eateries, bars, and retailers has propelled downtown’s neighbor into one of the hottest expanses in the city. Though the powers that be consider it one big neighborhood, locals separate the eminently walkable area into three distinct sections: Highland, LoHi (Lower Highland), and Platte Street. Each has a slightly different feel, but wherever you go, expect to find a blend of young families, new homeowners, and long-timers taking up residence in classic Denver squares and recently constructed apartments.
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
Highland likely has one of the highest food and beverage offerings per capita of any neighborhood in Denver. The area is home to one of 5280’s best restaurants—Spuntino—and one of the city’s first food halls, Avanti Food & Beverage. Longstanding favorites include Patzcuaro’s for Mexican eats and My Brother’s Bar for burgers.
Imbibers can stroll almost anywhere in the ’hood and find plenty of venues to enjoy beer (Denver Beer Co.), craft cocktails (Room for Milly), coffee (Black Eye Coffee), or even kombucha (American Cultures).
Catch A Show
The small but mighty Navajo Street Art District is no more as creative venues have been priced out of the area. But the Bug Theatre—built in 1912 as a movie house—is still standing as a community gathering spot for oft-humorous theatrical performances, among other creative endeavors.
Highland is not just one of Denver’s most historic neighborhoods—it used to be its own city, incorporated in 1875. Its residents were so devoted to planting gardens and trees that the district was nicknamed the Garden City of the Plains. It was annexed to Denver in 1896.