2019 rank: 33
Skyland isn’t a name that rolls off locals’ tongues. Adjacent to City Park and a handful of budding northeast neighborhoods, this square of land—and its bungalows, Tudors, and new-build duplexes and townhomes—often gets lost in the conversation. It feels like a place yet to be discovered, but you may want to take a look sooner rather than later. The transitioning neighborhood’s location combined with consistent growth and homes hovering around $500,000 mark it as an up-and-comer. Though there isn’t much to speak of in terms of shopping or feasting, Skyland’s borders do include the public City Park Golf Course, which closed in November 2017 for a $45 million update that includes a new layout and clubhouse; it’s slated to reopen in summer 2020.
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
Denverites will drive across town for a meal at the Plimoth and its ever-changing menu of seasonal eats. Next door, Sweet Sweetz serves sugar rushes in a variety of formats—ice cream, pie, brownies, and more. Venture to City Park or City Park West for a wider variety of options.
Across Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Rivers and Roads Coffee has a fantastic selection of drinks and house-made eats. Its commitment to community is laudable: The cafe hosts a family dinner on the second Thursday of the month; the neighborhood meal is free, but donations are encouraged and support area projects and the work of local organizations.
Take A Walk
Directly south, City Park encompasses much more than just its namesake 314-acre park (in normal years, the free summer concerts through City Park Jazz are a summertime ritual—the 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19). It’s also home to the Denver Zoo—have you seen one of the newest additions, Joona, an Indian one-horned rhino yet?– and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.