2020 rank: 29
It’s difficult to pinpoint what sent Washington Virginia Vale over the edge and into our top 25 for the first time, but if we had to guess, we’d say being average has served the eastern neighborhood well. It saw an eight percent spike in home sale prices, but its 1960s and ’70s-era homes are still going for less than $500,000. It’s the 20th-safest neighborhood in Denver. And all five of its schools earned passing grades. There’s plenty of green space within its borders, or in close proximity, and Glendale and Hilltop’s commercial hubs are near enough to give the country-esque enclave the hint of urban cool it needs to draw new residents. The Mizel Museum, an educational nonprofit that explores modern social justice topics through a Jewish lens, also calls the area home.
Demographics—Get to know your neighbors
The median age of Washington Virginia Vale residents is 36.2 years old. Close to half of the adult (25 and older) population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Seventy-one percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes 15 to 45 minutes. When it comes to housing, 55 percent of all units are renter-occupied. Single households slightly outnumber families. The average household income is $57,669.
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.
Eat & Drink
For a suburban spot, Washington Virginia Vale has more than its fair share of places to fill up, particularly along bustling Leetsdale Drive. Start your day at Morning Story. Lunch is served at Las Tortas. Happy hour follows at Inga’s Alpine Lounge. In the evening, check out Banzai Sushi or Nonna’s Chicago Bistro. Save room for from-scratch Turkish desserts at Istanbul Bakery & Cafe or homemade French pastries at Les Delices de Paris.
Cooking at home? M&I International Market focuses on European and Russian specialties.
Watering Bowl is a dog-friendly bar and eatery with an expansive dog park, er, patio. Copper Kettle Brewing Co. is just east of the neighborhood’s boundaries if you’re all about brews.
Like much of the city, Washington Virginia Vale is abundant with open space. Garland Park is a great spot for pick-up volleyball or taking a spin with the stroller. Frances Weisbart Jacobs Park has a rugby pitch. Nearby, CJ Burns Park is speckled with striking sculptures.
The 40-mile Cherry Creek Trail follows the neighborhood’s southern edge and brings bikers right into downtown.
Step Back In Time
At Four Mile Historic Park, you can check out Denver’s oldest standing structure, the Four Mile House. The site provides a taste of the Old West with volunteers showing off how blacksmithing and wool spinning were done back in the day.