2021 rank: 1
Since the 1940s, Hilltop has stood as one of Denver’s grande dame neighborhoods. It may have been bumped from last year’s number-one ranking due to (slightly) slower growth in its housing prices, but it will still cost you a cool $1.6 million to gain entrée into its classic Denver architecture and impressive new construction. Hilltop’s wide, leafy streets and spacious parks appeal to those looking to settle down for the long-term, and it retains a positive reputation thanks to its well-regarded schools and safe streets. There are enough retail and food options nearby—and in neighboring Cherry Creek—to keep residents satiated.
Demographics—Get to Know Your Neighbors
The median age in Hilltop is 44.1 years old, and more than one-quarter of residents are 65 or older. It’s a highly educated community, with 77 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, 74 percent of filled units are owner-occupied. The average household income is $156,376, and the majority of area households are families.
How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 73 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.
Eat & Drink
A trustworthy neighbor would point you toward Cherry Creek North’s abundance of food and drink options. But Hilltop does have some enjoyable joints to call its own: Locanda Del Borgo’s Italian eats, the Rotary (for slow-cooked, rotisserie-style meats), and, our personal favorite when the weather warms, High Point Creamery for luscious 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. He stocks the shelves with fresh, local produce, prepared foods, and Greek specialties, including a variety of imported feta cheeses.
There isn’t a shortage of green space here. 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. But you can stretch your legs in Robinson, Burns, or Crestmoor parks, too.
Those looking to finesse their racquet skills can sign up for lessons at Denver Tennis Club. Or simply drop-in for some hard-court fun.