2020 rank: 1
South Park Hill is sitting high in our ranks again, with a consistent rise in home sale prices over the past couple of years. (It still outranks its sister neighborhoods, North Park Hill and Northeast Park Hill, which are both far more affordable.) The City Park–adjacent neighborhood is an ideal area for young families to settle down thanks to its top 10 safety rank and Grade A marks for all three of its schools. Residents value South Park Hill for its architectural diversity, relaxed, suburban feel, and the easy access it affords to downtown. But they don’t have to travel far to find what they need: There are commercial corridors along both East Colfax and East 23rd avenues, as well as a flourishing pocket on Oneida Street.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age in South Park Hill is 40 years old, and kids under age 18 make up more than 20 percent of residents. It’s a highly educated community, with about three-quarters of the adult (25 and older) population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Forty-eight percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes between 15 and 30 minutes. When it comes to housing, 78 percent of available units are owner-occupied. The average household income is $124,153, and the majority of area households are comprised of families.
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
There’s a surplus of dining options in South Park Hill. We’re fans of the eclectic offerings that have popped up on Oneida Street and East 22nd Avenue, including: Dang Soft Serve Ice Cream (from the brains behind Little Man Ice Cream); Torpedo Coffee, which serves locally roasted beans; and the second location of Esters Neighborhood Pub. Of course, there are other longstanding favorites to check out, such as Tables, Cake Crumbs Bakery & Café, and Phoenician Kabob. Fiction Beer Company hosts a regular rotation of food trucks to pair with its pints.
Want to handle the cooking yourself? The Local Butcher (which also has an outpost at Denver Central Market in Five Points) is ready with an array of Colorado-raised beef, homemade sausages, and, in case you need a snack, a full-service deli.
Folks of all ages call South Park Hill home, but kids here have it especially good. They can get messy during Art Garage’s creative classes or expend some extra energy at Dardano’s School of Gymnastics, Inc. (While you’re in the area, make an appointment for your kiddo to get a much-needed haircut—in an airplane seat—at Little B’s.)