2019 rank: 46
Can you tell Denverites like our green spaces? Sloan Lake is another park-adjacent ’hood—in this case, Sloan’s Lake Park. Long overshadowed by adjoining Highland and West Highland, Sloan Lake has come into its own in recent years. 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. Bonus: Sloan’s convenient location is not too far from downtown, Edgewater’s quaint main drag, the trendy west end ’hoods, and the highways that take one west to the Rockies.
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
For a neighborhood that’s footprint is mostly taken up by the park and houses, Sloan’s 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 cheapest (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; dog-friendly Joyride Brewing Company, across the border in Edgewater, recently added a rooftop patio that’s always packed.
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 in July (the 2020 event is canceled due to COVID-19). Yes, there are actual boat races, but there are also performances, Taste of Asia food vendors, booths to shop, and more.