2019 rank: 43
Locals think of Speer as the Cherry Creek-adjacent thoroughfare that carries them into and out of downtown. Named for the city’s 26th mayor, the neighborhood that has grown up to the boulevard’s north and south is an up-and-comer. Proof: The 15 percent increase in single family home prices over the past year. The area’s middle and high schools are top performers, and though Speer is populated mostly with renters (Niche.com estimates only 30 percent of the population owns), you’ll also spot historic houses with plenty of character. Access to the Cherry Creek Trail itself is an obvious perk, and the Alamo Placita and Hungarian Freedom parks are both welcome respites. One of three Trader Joe’s locations can be found here, as can an eclectic collection of edible offerings, which are clustered primarily along South Broadway on the western edge and West Sixth Avenue to the north.
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
Speer’s latest additions include Ivy on 7th and Uncle, the second location of chef Tommy Lee’s always crowded ramen joint (the original is in Highland). They join standbys like brunch spot Lucile’s Creole Café, Odyssey Italian Restaurant, Thai Monkey Club, and Sweet Action Ice Cream. Those devoted to a plant-focused lifestyle are sure to become regulars at Nooch Vegan Market.
Remote workers will enjoy the sunlit Spur Coffee or back room couches at the Bardo Coffee House. Happy hour is best enjoyed with a beachy cocktail at Adrift Tiki Bar, at dive bar favorite Don’s Club Tavern, or at one of the area breweries, such as Banded Oak Brewing Co. or Baere Brewing Co.
Stretch the right side of your brain at the 33-year-old Art Students League of Denver. It offers classes—in a range of mediums—for both those who make art for a living and those who dabble. Sign up your kids starting at age six.
If You Do One Thing…
Catch a flick at the historic Landmark's Mayan Theatre. The 90-year-old, three-screen cinema’s ornate Art Deco–inspired design was restored in 1986, and the venue remains a favorite for independent and foreign language films. Plus, there’s an in-house bar.