2019 rank: 9
While this isn’t the area you move to if you want plenty of culture and dining just outside your front door, the triangle-shaped neighborhood in southeast Denver has a lot more going for it than appears at first glance. Like easy access to I-25, a big-box shopping center (hello, convenience), two movie theaters, and Eisenhower (Mamie Doud) Park. Oh, and even with a nearly 13 percent jump in average sale price, University Hills’ unassuming ranch-style homes and manicured lawns are still coming in under $600,000, which is saying something in Denver’s tight market.
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
University Hills’ best food offerings are of the Middle Eastern variety, like Marrakech Grill and Amira Bakery. There’s also Poppies, a laid-back neighborhood spot, and quick Japanese eats at Kokoro. And there’s more to look forward to: Junction Food & Drink, a 10-concept food hall, is slated to open at I-25 and South Colorado Boulevard in 2020.
There are two movie theaters in the neighborhood—Landmark's Chez Artiste Theatre and Regal UA Colorado Center & IMAX. The latter is next door to Dave & Buster’s, so you can let your inner kid out to play, or, you know, bring your actual kid(s) for some friendly competition.
Swimmers will find pools at both Eisenhower Recreation Center and the Schlessman Family YMCA just across South Colorado Boulevard in University Park. Also across the road, in neighboring Wellshire, is the public Wellshire Golf Course. The well-shaded High Line Canal connects the two ’hoods.