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Platt Park

#5

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.

Population 5,874
2020 average sale price $811,690
New listings in 2020 190

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank 6
Schools Score 4
Crime Rank 44
X Factor Score 8

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.

Your Itinerary

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.

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. Of course, the street also has its own brewery: Platt Park Brewing Co.

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.

Shop

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).

Find Your Center

For a small neighborhood, Platt Park is home to more than its fair share of wellness-focused businesses, from Karma Yoga Center to Elite IV Lounge to acupuncture at the Point.

Spots to Eat

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About This Neighborhood

  1. Hilltop
  2. Country Club
  3. South Park Hill
  4. Washington Park West
  5. Platt Park
  6. Washington Park
  7. Congress Park
  8. Wellshire
  9. Sloan Lake
  10. City Park
  11. West Highland
  12. Five Points
  13. Hale
  14. City Park West
  15. University Park
  16. Athmar Park
  17. Harvey Park South
  18. Hampden
  19. Washington Virginia Vale
  20. Montclair
  21. Barnum West
  22. Harvey Park
  23. Skyland
  24. Virginia Village
  25. Westwood

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