2020 rank: 25
Can you tell Denverites like their green spaces? Sloan Lake is another park-adjacent ’hood—in this case, to Sloan’s Lake Park. Long overshadowed by adjoining Highland and West Highland, Sloan Lake has come into its own in recent years, breaking back into our top 10 for the first time since 2016. Its tree-lined blocks of Tudors, Mediterranean revivals, contemporary remodels, and in-vogue duplexes and townhomes are in demand with young professionals and families (read: they’re getting more expensive). A small commercial district is situated at Tennyson Street and West 29th Avenue and is easily reached by bike. Another perk: Sloan’s convenient location—not too far from downtown, Edgewater’s quaint main drag, and the trendy west end ’hoods, or from the highways that take one west to the Rockies.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
Another young neighborhood, the median age in Sloan Lake is 37.75 years old. It’s an educated community, with 62 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Forty-five percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes between 15 and 30 minutes. When it comes to housing, it skews toward owner-occupied (54 percent). Families comprise about half of the neighborhood households. The average household income is $97,155.
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.
Eat & Drink
For a neighborhood whose footprint is mostly taken up by the park and houses, Sloan has a decent food scene. Case in point: You’ll find carefully crafted Mexican bites at Chile Verde, scratch-made biscuits at Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe, and some of the city’s least expensive, and best, breakfast burritos at Santiago’s.
SloHi Coffee Co. pours a mean cup, plus it shares space with a bike shop so you can relax for a few while your wheels get a much-needed tune-up. For brews, check out English-style Hogshead Brewery; the rooftop patio at dog-friendly Joyride Brewing Company, across the border in Edgewater; and Odell’s new (as of April 2021) Sloan’s Lake Brewhouse less than a block off the park’s southern border.
Break A Sweat
If you need a break from the park’s tennis courts or running path, there are a number of boutique studios in the area. pH7 Pilates runs (very) small-group classes, while White Lotus Therapeutics offers a duo of yoga and massage. Just across Sloan’s boundaries, you’ll find High Ride Cycle.
… The annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place on the lake every July. (It’s shifting to September in 2021 as a result of the pandemic.) Yes, there are actual boats racing, but there are also performances, Taste of Asia food vendors, booths to shop, and more.