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.
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.
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.
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.