2019 rank: 54
Regis, a rectangular neighborhood that covers the city’s northwesternmost corner, had a strong showing to make its first appearance on this list: It saw an eight percent increase in average home sale prices over the past year. Young professionals and families have flocked to the area as it remains considerably cheaper than Berkeley to the south. While there are no Denver Public Schools locations within its borders, the area does share its name with Regis University, a private Jesuit college.
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 data, school 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
It’s slim pickings, but there are a handful of enjoyable neighborhood eateries. Pastel-hued the Noshery is the highlight here, with a menu of pastries (the coffee cake is a standout) and breakfast and lunch sandwiches. El Taco Veloz slings crave-able tacos; 5280’s food editors are especially fond of filling theirs with nopales (cactus).
Goldspot Brewing Company taps new beers every couple of weeks. Expect to find classic varieties as well as more unique spins and creative collaborations, like the Pink Boots Juicy IPA, which was brewed with Five Points’ Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and incorporates peach, orange, and banana flavors.
Willis Case Golf Course is a favorite among golfers for its mountain views—particularly off the first tee—and the variability of each hole, making it more challenging than other city courses. Bikers enjoy rolling along Clear Creek Trail, a 20-mile path that weaves across Regis’ northwest edge and stretches from Golden to Commerce City. In the springtime or summer, saunter through the gardens or enjoy the paved path at Inspiration Point Park.
Colorado Outward Bound School’s headquarters is also located in the neighborhood. Students can sign up to learn how to safely traverse the wilderness through a wide variety of courses.