2019 rank: 18
If consistency is key, Southmoor Park is the gold standard—the only neighborhood to hold down the exact same spot on our list. An oddly shaped plot of land that, alongside Hampden South, marks the city’s southeastern border, Southmoor Park saw a nearly seven percent jump in year-over-year average home sale prices. Apartment buildings are redefining the skyline, as is the recently developed Belleview Station, a master-planned, mixed-use community where the neighborhood’s action is concentrated. It’s brought some popular central city eateries closer to a neighborhood we’ll call suburbia-lite). Southmoor Park’s proximity to the Denver Tech Center and Cherry Creek Reservoir also lure homeowners.
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
South Newport Street is lined with the neighborhood’s top restaurants, including Yampa Sandwich Co., Sushi-Rama, Ambli Global, and Le French. Local java expert Corvus Coffee Roasters also has a location on the strip. (Happy Canyon Shopping Center, on the northwest edge of the neighborhood, is slated to become the home of some bigger names soon, including Tai Tai Japanese Hawaiian—from the chef behind Highland’s Sushi Sasa—and a new market hall.)
Fashion arrived at Belleview Station with the opening of A Line Boutique, a trendy women’s store that has two additional locations in town. (Schedule a manicure around the corner at Top of the Town–winning the Nest Nail Spa to complete your new look.) Those hoping to furnish a new home without breaking the bank should set their sights on Joy’s Consigned Furnishings.
Break A Sweat
Cherry Creek Reservoir, a few miles to the east, is a great place to stretch your legs. If you want a serious sweat, though, check out some of the neighborhood’s boutique fitness studios, such as CorePower Yoga, Orangetheory Fitness, Barre3, or Shred415 (located just across the border in Hampden).