2020 rank: 9
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. Housing prices for the residential area’s classic Denver architecture and tony new construction saw a big jump last year, with average sales rising 26 percent—the second-largest increase in the city (Country Club took the top spot). It’ll now cost you nearly $1.5 million to gain entrée into the neighborhood, but Hilltop’s wide, leafy streets and spacious parks call to those looking to settle down for the long-term, and there are enough retail and food options nearby to keep residents satiated.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age in Hilltop is 44.4 years old, and nearly a quarter of residents are younger than 18. It’s a highly educated community, with 80 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Forty-four percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes 15 to 30 minutes. When it comes to housing, 70 percent of available units are owner-occupied. The average household income is $160,478 (the second-highest in the city), and the majority of area households are comprised of families.
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 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’s abundance of food and drink options. But Hilltop does have some enjoyable joints of its own: Basil Doc’s Pizza, the Rotary (for slow-cooked, rotisserie-style meats), and, our personal favorite when the weather warms, High Point Creamery for luscious scoops of ice cream 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 (returned to its full glory after a $2 million restoration project was completed in 2018). 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.
In 2022, residents will begin moving into the Co-Own Company’s first cooperative housing development in Denver. The six townhomes are designed for co-living, with private bedrooms and bathrooms and shared common areas like kitchens. At $150,000, they’ll also make the neighborhood significantly more accessible.