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West Highland

#11

2020 rank: 4

West Highland continues to be hugely popular, but growth slowed a bit over the past year, with average home sale prices rising “just” seven percent. (Read that “just” with a side of sarcasm, as seven percent growth is considered minimal in Denver’s wild market.) Defined by its Craftsman bungalows, Victorians, and modern scrapes, West Highland is a residential enclave. It feels more like a locals’ neighborhood: It’s not quite as trendy as Highland, its sister neighborhood to the east, or Berkeley to the north, but it’s equally well outfitted. West Highland is home to two well-ranked schools, two convenient bike lanes (on West 29th and 35th avenues), a convenient grocery store, and the bustling Highlands Square.

Demographics—Get to know your neighbors

West Highland leans younger, with a median age of 37.3 years old. It’s an educated community: 67 percent of the adult (25 and older) population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Seventy-five percent of neighborhood commuters report the trip takes 15 to 45 minutes. When it comes to housing, 64 percent of all units are owner-occupied. More neighborhood households are singles versus families. The average household income is $104,564.

 

Population 9,252
2020 average sale price $674,079
New listings in 2020 142

Neighborhood Rankings

Real Estate Rank 42
Schools Score 3.5
Crime Rank 35
X Factor Score 8.5

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 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 & Drink

Highlands Square is the nucleus of commerce here. It’s where you’ll find a number of bars and a diverse array of cuisines; among our favorites are El Camino Tavern (Mexican), Himchuli Indian & Nepali Cuisine, Sushi Hai (Japanese), and Salt & Grinder (sandwiches). There are also myriad ways to support artisan purveyors, from the Sunday farmers’ market in the summer to Mondo Vino wine store, Bakery Four (which is relocating nearby this summer), and 47-year-old Seafood Landing fish market.

Sweet tooths can be satisfied at Sweet Cow Ice Cream or the Inventing Room Dessert Shop.

Thirsty? Highlands Cork and Café is a favorite among the work-from-anywhere crowd. Oasis Brewery’s patio is an ideal happy hour spot, and Three Dogs Tavern is a long-standing neighborhood sports bar.

Shop

Ladies will find plenty of shopping options in West Highland, including RusticThread, Sol Shine, and Luna and Jasper. For gifts, look no further than the Perfect Petal’s bouquets or the creative cards at Wordshop. Vert Beauty is one of the best clean beauty stores in town; the shop also offers facials and makeup consultations.

Joy Fill is a sustainable store where you can refill household cleaners and personal care products—and find a variety of eco-friendly products.

Break A Sweat

Sloan’s Lake Park is nearby, but there are plenty of fitness studios within walking distance, too. Choose between spin (Epic Ryde, Rush Cycle), boot camp (Orangetheory Fitness), barre (Barre 3, Pure Barre), and aerial fitness (Air). Nurture—a “wellcare marketplace”—hosts a wide variety of workout classes and is home to a number of wellness businesses, such as acupuncture and massage, and a healthy cafe. Got kids? Let them expend their energy at Ta Da Gymnastic Studio.

Spots to Eat

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About This Neighborhood

  1. Hilltop
  2. Country Club
  3. South Park Hill
  4. Washington Park West
  5. Platt Park
  6. Washington Park
  7. Congress Park
  8. Wellshire
  9. Sloan Lake
  10. City Park
  11. West Highland
  12. Five Points
  13. Hale
  14. City Park West
  15. University Park
  16. Athmar Park
  17. Harvey Park South
  18. Hampden
  19. Washington Virginia Vale
  20. Montclair
  21. Barnum West
  22. Harvey Park
  23. Skyland
  24. Virginia Village
  25. Westwood

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