Best Neighborhoods and Suburbs

There are lots of options for people to choose the best Denver neighborhoods in the city and in the nearby suburbs.

Generally, suburban schools offer the highest rated public schools. The Cherry Creek School district offer top rated schools in Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills and most of Centennial. Top-rankedDouglas County schools service Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, Parker and Larkspur. Boulder public schools have well rated schools in Boulder, Nywot, Lafayette, Louisville and parts of Broomfield.  Gentrified city neighborhoods offer beautiful brand new and older homes in low crime areas with good public schools that are sometimes as well rated as the best suburbs.

Here are some thumbnail descriptions of the most popular areas. We can help suggest areas based on your criteria. Then, we will send you detailed “Neighborhood Reports” on those areas free by email. Check out our “Neighborhood Finder”.

City Neighborhoods

Better Suburbs

Larger lots near Cherry Creek and Wash Park w/winding streets.
Blue collar to luxury homes. Northwest Suburbia.Charming downtown & Flatirons.
Bonnie Brae New & Older Homes from Tudors to McMansions near Wash Park. Southern Aurora – Affordable, newer homes, Cherry Creek Schools, Southlands Mall
Cheesman Park – Victorians, condos & historic areas. Dinks, singles and Empty-Nesters near great park and action. Bow Mar – Tiny community & private lakes near Littleton. 60’s ranches and total redos on huge lots. Some new custom homes.
Cherry Creek – Like Georgetown w/ fashion shopping, galleries, eateries near downtown. Empty-nester condos, townhomes. Broomfield – Golf Course properties and newer homes in subdivisions near shopping and good schools.
City Park -Denver’s largest park has Zoo, museums, golf and affordable homes, Fixer-ups to renovations. Castle Pines– Gated, Country Clubs in “The Village”. Newer suburban homes in nearby Castle Pines North.
Congress Park
Older Area By Cherry Creek with Older Homes, Big Trees, Pool.
Castle Rock– Off I-25 south from
Castle Pines to quaint downtown to outlying suburbs and horse properties.
Crestmoor – Quiet and Upscale. 50’s to new homes. Private Swim & Tennis Club on windy streets with trees. Centennial – Newest close suburb with great schools. Older to near-new homes east. Easy DTC, Airport commute.
Curtis Park – Walk downtown from historic Victorians, some redone townhomes and some new single family. Cherry Hills Village-Creme de la Creme Homes and incomes to match. Gates & Horses. Or, sprawling 60’s ranch homes.
Denver Country Club
Old Private Club – Old Money – Stately Mansions – Near Cherry Creek.
Douglas County Rural – Horses & exburbs near Castle Rock and Parker. Great schools, golf and views galore.
Downtown – LoDo
Funky to urban sophistication in lofts & condos in the heart of urban action
Older, modest suburb & zip code for larger homes near Greenwood Village.
Highlands – Trendy Urban Pioneers, Tamales, Condos, Clubs & historic homes. Erie- Custom and Semi-Custom homes up north near Boulder and Longmont.
Hilltop – By Cherry Creek. 60’s ranches to huge, new, custom homes. Evergreen /Conifer/ Morrison mountain living like a ski town near Denver
LoHi – Hip, trendy urban living near downtown. Lofts, duplexes and single family homes with top restaurants nightlife. Golden – Eclectic mix of older homes to newer, larger homes out west includes  Lookout Mountain.
Lowry – Redone Air Base Center on Denver’s East Side. Newer Condos & Single Families with Town Center. Greenwood Village – Elegant & near DTC Business Park, shops, top-schools. Subdivisions to horse properties.
Mayfair – Affordable, smaller homes w/ trees and In-Fills near hospitals & Colfax. Highlands Ranch -Large South Suburb. Most popular, planned relocation suburb.
Montclair – A Real Castle to 50’s ranches near Crestmoor and Lowry. Ken Caryl Valley – Red Rocks and views from the southwest near Lockheed/Martin.
Park Hill – Tree-lined Avenues with charm – Older, Residential area NE. Lakewood – All-American near-west suburb with Jeff County Schools.
Platte Park – Washington Park Light w/rails & Sushi, Shops. Bunglalows and some in-fills, re-dos. Littleton
Charming, active downtown. Variety home prices near Light Rail & shops.
Polo Club
Patio homes to true exclusive estates w/grounds near Cherry Creek Shopping.
Lone Tree
Newer homes near RidgeGate, Park Meadows Mall. 40 min light rail downtown.
Southern Hills
50’s-70’s Ranches Near University of Denver.Popular Slavens schools K-8
Longmont – Easy commute to Boulder, Ft Collins or Denver at more affordable prices.
Southmoor Park/Park Vista – Large lots, 60’s to ’80’s homes and some redos. South near DTC. Louisville – Award-winner off US 36 between Boulder-Denver with great schools. Charming downtown
Stapleton – Redone Airport to Urban Chic. Young and Trendy with Shopping areas and new schools. Loveland – Far north exburb half way to Fort Collins. Newer homes, historic district.
University Hills – Walk to U-Hills shopping, rail & coffee. Affordable new home scrappers. Niwot – Luxury, custom homes outside Boulder. Larger lots and country feel.
University Park Professors & McMansions -Walk to Denver University, restaurants and Observatory Park. Parker – SE Suburbs and rural living w/horses and family-style subdivisions.
Uptown – Condos to older homes walk to Downtown and Eateries on 17th Ave. Reunion – New Suburb near Airport is affordable, planned community w/amenities.
Washington Park – Yuppies, Dinks. Antiques and eateries. Bungalows to McMansions near park w/lakes, Cherry Creek. Roxborough – Newer custom homes and value family homes in scenic and secluded red rocks.
Wellshire – Safest. Golf. Small 50’s & 60 ranches and a few new 2 Stories. Sedalia/ Deckers -Far South. Rustic, unspoiled w/trout & trees.
Denver City Neighborhoods Map Westminster – NW Mostly 30’s-70’s starter homes. Trees, Parks and Charm.

Denver City Living

Of course these areas are pricey. Be prepared to pay more in the best city areas than the suburbs.

Downtown Denver neighborhoods include Lo-Do, Lo-Hi, The Central Business District, Golden Triangle, Uptown, Curtis Park and City Park. Lofts, traditional condominiums, town homes and renovated “Grand Old Ladies”, the Victorian homes as well as bungalows comprise the housing stock here. These areas are popular with younger folks looking for the nightlife as well as empty-nesters enjoying the amenities of the ‘Big City’ including theater, sports, shopping and world-class dining.

Urban pioneer neighborhood include the Highlands just Northwest of downtown, Baker just south of Speer Blvd and west of Broadway and the Curtis Park neighborhood just north of Coors Field,

Chic shopping, boutiques, art studios and the “Georgetown” of the West” can be found in Cherry Creek.This area is very popular with empty nesters who enjoy the lifestyle of the affluent without children at home.

Denver Suburbs

Denver suburbs offer less crowded living but with all amenities of downtown. Most suburbs are within 2–40 minutes commute downtown. Anything further is so far away it could be called an “exburb” or an extreme suburb. Those would be Perry Park, Elizabeth, Franktown and Larkspur near Colorado Springs.

The south suburbs along with I-25 corridor are generally considered Denver’s “executive belt”. Homes are more expensive there generally and neighborhoods are generally very safe and well kept. Both Cherry Creek Schools and Douglas County are among the best in the State.

Littleton, Evergreen, Morrison, Roxborough  and Conifer are picturesque suburbs located southwest offering more of the “Colorado atmosphere”. Lakewood, Golden Westminster, Arvada are located on the west side too and are good choices with good schools. Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette and Louisville are on the Northwest side of town with easy access to Flatirons Shopping mall, good schools and easy access to high tech companies located between Boulder and Longmont.

Other northern suburbs are Commerce City, Thornton and Brighton which offer very affordable homes in nice neighborhoods with generally average schools according to test results. Reunion is the new planned community by Shea. Schools there test above average and the amenities of the community are excellent.

Niwot, Erie and Longmont are further north but with upscale neighborhoods and some excellent schools. Many gated and luxury home communities are located in this corridor between Boulder and Longmont.

Aurora is Denver’s largest suburb on the east side. neighborhoods on the north side have only fair schools but very affordable homes. Southern Aurora is like an entirely different city with upscale homes and the renown Cherry Creek Schools. Shopping there is enhanced with the expansive Southlands Mall.

Denver has many choices. To find out which is best for you, use our “Neighborhood Finder”. Just answer a few questions and we will personalize neighborhood reports to what you want in a neighborhood.