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Hilltop

#23

Since the 1940s, Hilltop has stood as one of Denver’s grand dame neighborhoods. Its reputation is propped up by well-regarded schools, safe streets, and proximity to Cherry Creek. In 2018, the residential area’s classic Denver architecture mixed with pricey new construction finally dropped below the six-figure mark, meaning Hilltop is maintaining its tony title but, perhaps, is finally within reach for some. Its leafy streets are also benefitting from some new additions, including Denver-born, Pilates-on-steroids boutique fitness studio, Fierce45.

Population9,210
2018 average sale price$934,063
New listings in 2018169

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank69
Schools Score4
Crime Rank3
X Factor Score7

How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 70 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.

Your Itinerary

Eat & Drink

A trustworthy neighbor would point you toward Cherry Creek’s abundance of food and drink options. But Hilltop does have some enjoyable joints to call its own: Locanda Del Borgo (Italian), Basil Doc’s Pizza & Bistro (pizza, duh), and, our personal favorite, High Point Creamery for luscious, house-made scoops in unexpected flavors like Earl Grey and shortbread.

For your grocery needs, pop into Pete’s Fruits & Vegetables. Pete Moutzouris has owned the shop since 1974, and stocks its shelves with fresh, local produce, prepared foods, and Greek specialties, including a variety of imported feta cheeses.

Get Outside

Cranmer Park—once the highest point in Denver—is the star of the neighborhood thanks to its large, open meadow, mountain views, and six-foot sundial (returned to its full glory after a $2 million restoration project was completed in 2018). Robinson, Burns, and Crestmoor parks all fall within the neighborhood’s boundaries, too.

Up your racquet skills by signing up for lessons at the Denver Tennis Club. Or just drop-in for some hard-court fun.

Don’t Miss…

…the Denver Greek Festival. This family-friendly celebration has been going strong for more than 50 years; it’s held every June at Assumption of the Theotokos Metropolis Cathedral of Denver, which sits just across East Alameda Avenue in Glendale.

More Spots to Eat

Locanda Del Borgo

All Restaurants in Hilltop