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University Hills

#9

Even with a nearly 22 percent jump in average sale price between 2017 and 2018, this southeast Denver neighborhood—and its unassuming ranch-style homes and manicured lawns—remains relatively accessible for middle class families. 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 has a lot more going for it than you may notice at first glance, like easy access to I-25, a big-box shopping center (hello, convenience), two movie theaters, and Mamie Doud Eisenhower Park, which is bordered by the a portion of the 71-mile path known as the High Line Canal.

Population5,918
2018 average sale price$530,624
New listings in 2018165

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank6
Schools Score4
Crime Rank46
X Factor Score6

How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 70 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.

Your Itinerary

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. Wherever you go, save room for Taiwanese-style shaved snow in flavors such as green tea and strawberry from Snowlab.

Activities

There are two movie theaters in the neighborhood—Chez Artiste Theatre and Regal UA Colorado Center & IMAX. The latter is next door to Dave & Buster’s, so you can let out your inner kid, or, you know, bring your actual kid(s) for some friendly competition.

Swimmers will find pools at both Eisenhower Park and the Schlessman Family YMCA just across South Colorado Boulevard in University Park.

Also across the road, in neighboring Wellshire, is Wellshire Golf Course, a public club. The tree-lined High Line Canal connects the two ’hoods.

Shop

Our food editors swear by the minute Sawa Meat & Sausage for sausage (duh) and pierogi. Otherwise, the shopping in University Hills is limited to a couple of big-box plazas on the western border. There, you’ll find Ulta Beauty, Pier 1, and an expansive liquor store, among other retailers.

More Spots to Eat

Amira Bakery

Marrakech Grill

Poppies

Kokoro

All Restaurants in University Hills