Tree-lined blocks shade pricey new builds and some enduring ranch-style homes—almost exclusively single-family—in this neighborhood just east of the University of Denver campus. At its core is Observatory Park and the school’s Chamberlin Observatory, a Romanesque structure that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The wide streets and grassy lawns make it a pleasant place to walk, and there’s easy access to I-25 and, for bikers, the 2.4-mile East Harvard Gulch Trail. University Park Elementary School also earns high marks.
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
Your best dining options sit across South University Boulevard in the University neighborhood. The Pioneer may have started as a hangout for college students, but its stellar tacos and rooftop patio appeal to everyone. Asbury Provisions brings craft cocktails, 25 taps, and elevated bar food to the ’hood. For an affordable breakfast, look no further than Pete’s University Park Cafe.
The Denver Astronomical Society hosts public nights at the Chamberlin Observatory on Tuesdays and Thursdays ($4 for adults; $3 for children), during which you can get an up-close look at the moon and stars through the venue’s famed 28-foot-long Alvan Clark-Saegmuller refracting telescope. Reservations are recommended.
Also outside the neighborhood’s boundaries, on the DU campus, sits the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. The striking venue hosts a packed calendar of multi-disciplinary events, from modern dance to musicals to an Afro-Latin-jazz orchestra.