2021 rank: 5
There’s a lot to love about Platt Park. The tree-lined blocks of South Pearl Street, its main commercial drag, host a farmers’ market and First Friday art walks and a plethora of fabulous eateries and boutiques. Surrounding the charming commercial hub is a quiet, but not too quiet, neighborhood of Craftsman bungalows, Victorians, modern renos, and Tudors that stretch all the way to Broadway, a funky corridor where something fun is always 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 (McKinley-Thatcher Elementary and Grant Beacon Middle School) and big-city amenities in a serene setting.
Demographics—Get to Know Your Neighbors
The median age in Platt Park is 35.5 years old. It’s a highly educated community, with 78 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, 65 percent of filled units are owner-occupied. Families make up a little over half of the neighborhood households. The average household income is $111,168.
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
Sushi Den is the grande dame of South Pearl Street, but there are options for every budget and craving along the short strip, like Hoja's contemporary Mexican cuisine, family-friendly Chook, and Quiero Arepas. Wherever you dine, save room for the scratch-made, Japanese-style pastries at Tokyo Premium Bakery.
Nixon’s Coffee House—with its garage door windows—or the patio at Steam Espresso Bar make for ideal out-of-the-house work spots. Like any reliable Denver neighborhood, Platt Park is also home to its own brewery: Platt Park Brewing Co.
Broadway offers even more nibbles, from Maria Empanada to Adelitas Cocina y Cantina. 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.
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), Where the Sidewalk Ends (toys), and Ruby’s Market (a bazaar featuring food goods and wares crafted by refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous artisans).
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