# 10

2022 rank: 27

Rounding out our top 10 is a newbie—sort of. (The south-central neighborhood hasn’t appeared on this list since 2016.) Although it has one of the city’s smallest populations, Rosedale has all the familiar assets that mark a top neighborhood: ample green space, courtesy of Harvard Gulch Park and the City of Kunming Park; a convenient location, near the University of Denver and Platt Park’s South Pearl Street; and commercial segments, along South Broadway and South Downing Street, that offer just enough to satiate when you want to stick close to home. Residents of its pop-tops, Tudors, ranches, and bungalows also enjoy one of the lowest crime rankings in the city.

Population 3,021
2023 Median Sale Price $863,583

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank 22
Schools Score 4
Crime Rank 20
X Factor Score 6.5

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.

Your Itinerary

Eat and Drink

This quaint enclave’s eateries are clustered along its east and west borders. On South Broadway, find the Post Chicken and Beer (fried chicken) and Taste of Thailand, among others. On South Downing Street: Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que and smoothie-juice haven Green Giraffe Bar.

When 5 p.m. hits, there’s the always-packed Denver Beer Co. or Cana Wine Bar. Looking for a great dive bar? Gennaro’s Cafe Italiano has cold long necks, pool tables, and decent pies.

Get Outside

Rosedale’s center is taken up by a trifecta of parks. Harvard Gulch is the largest, keeping the neighborhood busy with a rec center, volleyball court, softball fields, outdoor pool, and nine-hole, par-three golf course. For other green space options, check out Rosedale Park and its community garden or City of Kunming Park, which is named after one of Denver’s sister cities in China.

Local Institution

For more than four decades, Swallow Hill Music has been gifting our ears with family-friendly concerts, music education, and a packed lineup of classes. Fun fact: The nonprofit is the second-largest acoustic music school in the country.

Spots to Eat

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