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2022 rank: 3

Wash Park, as locals know it, is a 160-acre beauty where you take visitors when you’re trying to show Denver off, so it follows that the surrounding neighborhood is a mainstay in our top 10. In a city full of green space—more than 250 urban parks at last count—Wash Park stands out as one of the largest and most beloved. The grid of tree-lined streets calls to both empty nesters, who value quiet, safety, and walkability, as well as active, young families, who want to meet up with friends to play volleyball while their kids explore the expansive central playground, before strolling back to their remodeled early-20th-century Victorian homes, brick bungalows, or more opulent new builds. (That is, if they have $1.6 million banked for a new home.)

The neighborhood’s prime location and high-scoring Steele Elementary and South High schools are major draws, as is its proximity to the charming Historic South Gaylord and South Pearl streets.

Population 7,560
2023 Median Sale Price $1,633,551

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank 24
Schools Score 4
Crime Rank 11
X Factor Score 9

How we got these numbers: We utilized the city’s official list of 78 neighborhoods (only 73 had enough data to be included), and ranked them using four variables: home prices, crime dataschool 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 and Drink

Washington Park’s F&B offerings are concentrated along South Gaylord Street, where park-goers can replenish lost calories with scratch-baked pastries at Devil’s Food Bakery or coastal Mexican fare at Perdida. Beyond that cluster, it’s worth checking out the fresh pasta at Restaurant Olivia and the rotating selection of house-made treats at Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, which opened in 1986. Campus Lounge is a longtime neighborhood watering hole.

Break a Sweat

If you’re just hanging out in the neighborhood, you’re probably at the namesake park. There, you can run around the 2.6-mile gravel path or battle it out on the tennis or basketball courts. We suggest renting a pedal boat or stand-up paddleboard to tool around Smith Lake, one of two tarns in the park. (Locals’ tip: Stay out of the way of the moody Canada geese.) Rainy day? Try a Pilates or yoga class at Center Strength or Whole Body Studios or a strength class at Commit Fitness.


Considering it’s only one-block long, Historic South Gaylord Street is home to its fair share of worthwhile shops. Among them: Silk Road (gifts), Sports Plus (new and used outdoor gear), Bottle Shop 33 (liquor), and Wish Boutique (women’s clothing).

Spots to Eat

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