2021 rank: 9
Can you tell Denverites like their green spaces? Sloan Lake is another park-adjacent neighborhood—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. Its tree-lined blocks of Tudors, Mediterranean revivals, contemporary remodels, and duplexes and townhomes are in demand with young professionals and families (read: they keep 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 location. It’s 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 36.1 years old. It’s an educated community, with 62 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. When it comes to housing, it skews slightly toward owner-occupied (59 percent). Families comprise half of the neighborhood’s households. The average household income is $89,394.
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.
Eat & Drink
For a ’hood whose footprint is mostly taken up by the park and residences, Sloan’s has a decent food scene. 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 ride get a much-needed tune-up. For brews, check out English-style Hogshead Brewery, Odell’s Sloan’s Lake Brewhouse, less than a block off the park’s southern border, and the rooftop patio at dog-friendly Joyride Brewing Company, across the way in Edgewater.
Break a Sweat
If you need a break from the park’s tennis courts or running path (the south side’s playground and tennis courts are getting an upgrade that’s expected to be done in fall 2022 and will see the addition of pickleball courts), 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 beyond Sloan’s boundaries, you’ll find Row House, High Ride Cycle, and Orangetheory Fitness.
The annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place on the lake every July. Yes, there are actual boats racing, but there are also performances, Taste of Asia food vendors, booths for shopping, and more.