2020 rank: 17
We’re not surprised that the secret is finally out about this south-central neighborhood. Locals have long recognized there’s a lot to love about Platt Park. The tree-lined blocks of South Pearl Street, its main drag, host a farmers’ market, well-attended food and music festivals, and a plethora of fabulous eateries and boutiques. Surrounding the charming commercial hub is a quiet, but not too quiet, neighborhood of Craftsman bungalows, modern renos, and Tudors that stretch all the way to Broadway, a funky corridor where there’s always something happening. With I-25 running across its north end, a nearby light rail station, and a modest green space to call its own, Platt Park fulfills the location, location, location adage while providing access to two high-achieving schools and big-city amenities in a serener setting.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age in Platt Park is 35.6 years old. It’s a highly educated community, with around 81 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Seventy-one percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes less than 30 minutes. When it comes to housing, 68 percent of units are owner-occupied. Families make up just over half of the neighborhood households. The average household income is $110,243.
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
Sushi Den is the grand dame of South Pearl Street, but there are options for every budget and craving along the short strip, like Hoja (the contemporary twist on matzo ball soup is not to be missed, whatever the weather), Bird, and Quiero Arepas. Wherever you dine, save room for the scratch-made, Japanese-style pastries at Tokyo Premium Bakery.
Broadway offers even more nibbles, from Maria Empanada to Colorado-grown chain Snarf’s Sandwiches. You’ll also find some of the city’s most laid-back watering holes; add Dive Inn and Grandma’s House to your regular rotation. For live music with your pint, check out Herman’s Hideaway.
Though it’s taken a pandemic hit, South Broadway’s Antique Row never disappoints. The eccentric selections at Watson & Co. and 20th Century Interiors are among our 5280 Home editors’ favorites. Back on South Pearl Street, small boutiques reign, like Melrose & Madison (women’s clothing), Second Star to the Right (kids’ and young adult books), and Ruby’s Market (a bazaar featuring food goods and wares crafted by refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous artisans).
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