Whittier sometimes gets lost among its trendier neighbors such as Five Points and City Park West, but its residential feel sets the historic district apart. Many of the area’s beautifully crafted brick homes were originally built for blue-collar workers in the late 1800s. Strong walking and biking scores, plus the nearby 30th and Downing light rail station, means residents get the best of both worlds: a community-oriented neighborhood that’s close enough to the city to benefit from all of the best urban conveniences.
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 bet is to the head to the neighboring ’hoods for a meal, but there are a couple of satisfying options within Whittier’s boundaries. The Whittier Pub serves familiar and unexpected pub food (hello, brown butter gnocchi) alongside all your favorite drinks. A few blocks away, Whittier Cafe is a neighborhood hub where all of the coffee (and beer and wine) comes from Africa; don’t miss the Ethiopian coffee ceremony hosted every Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Plimoth, a welcoming, seasonal spot, is just beyond the neighborhood’s edge, on the other side of York Street.
At a bustling intersection, Bella Calla floral studio sells sweet-smelling flowers and botanicals. Get your hands dirty by building your own terrarium or learning to fashion a wreath during one of the boutique’s regular classes.
Fuller Park contains one of 10 city-operated dog parks in Denver. The tree-lined green space also has a playground for the kids and a basketball court.