2019 rank: 19
South Park Hill was already the priciest of its sister ’hoods (North Park Hill and Northeast Park Hill), but near nine percent growth in home sale prices skyrocketed it to the top of this year’s list. In fact, the City Park–adjacent neighborhood is home to the 10th-priciest abodes in all of Denver. High marks for all three of the area’s schools, an improved safety ranking, and a relaxed, suburban feel—with easy access to downtown—combine to make this architecturally diverse neighborhood an ideal area for families to settle down. Though South Park Hill skews residential, Johnson & Wales University’s Denver campus is located within its boundaries, and there are commercial corridors along both East Colfax and East 23rd avenues, as well as a flourishing pocket on Oneida Street.
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
There’s a surplus of dining options in South Park Hill, often reachable by the district’s bike lanes. We’re fans of the trio that has popped up on Oneida Street and East 22nd Avenue: 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. Longstanding favorites include Tables, Cake Crumbs Bakery & Café, and Phoenician Kabob. Fiction Beer Company hosts a regular rotation of food trucks to pair with its pints.
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; expend some extra energy at Dardano’s School of Gymnastics, Inc.; or indulge in the tea party of their dreams at Wands and Wishes. (While you’re in the ’hood, make an appointment to get your kiddo a much-needed haircut—in an airplane seat—at Little B’s.)