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2022 rank: 9

Since the 1940s, Hilltop has stood as one of Denver’s grande dame—and grandly expensive—neighborhoods. And it continues to reign on our list, with one of the city’s largest jumps in housing prices year-over-year.

Hilltop calls to those looking to settle down for the long-term with its combination of classic Mile High City architecture and impressive new construction, wide, leafy streets, and spacious parks. The area maintains a positive reputation thanks to its four well-regarded schools and safe streets, and there are retail and food options aplenty—not to mention adjacent Cherry Creek—to keep residents satiated.

Population 8,795
2023 Median Sale Price $1,620,571

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank 6
Schools Score 4
Crime Rank 9
X Factor Score 7.5

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.

Your Itinerary

Eat and Drink

A trustworthy neighbor would point you toward Cherry Creek North’s abundance of food and drink options, or even the expanding 9+CO development in bordering Hale. But Hilltop does have some enjoyable joints to call its own: a Park Burger outpost, Locanda Del Borgo (Italian), and the Rotary (for slow-cooked, rotisserie-style meats). Our personal favorite when the weather warms—whether it’s June or Juneuary—is High Point Creamery for luscious scoops in unexpected flavors like basil with blackberry swirl.

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

Get Outside

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. (Crestmoor Park also has courts.) 

Spots to Eat

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