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Best Neighborhoods in Denver + Where to Live

More and more people are flocking to the Mile-High City, and finding an apartment here in the right area can be pretty tough. Where are the best neighborhoods in Denver, CO, to move to, and which ones are still reasonably priced? Use this simple Denver neighborhood guide to help you find where to hang your hat.

The Best Denver Neighborhoods to Rent in for Young Professionals

Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

Becoming a vibrant part of the city ever since the Gold Rush, the lower half of Downtown offers a chill vibe and historic feel. You’ll find Victorian houses, bars, breweries, and coffeehouses and be within walking distance of some of the most interesting parts of the city. This is the best spot for young professionals looking to both live close to work and enjoy the nightlife when they clock out.

Here's Lower Downtown Denver on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Lower Downtown Denver.

Five Points

This is an old, historic neighborhood that was founded in the 1860s that’s become a favorite for renting in due to its authentic culture and easy access to numerous areas of the city by light rail. Luckily, it’s also a fraction of the rent cost of nearby neighborhoods. (The Golden Triangle has an average rent of $2,350 per month, and Five Points has an average rent of only $1,590 per month.) It’s like Downtown if it were super-cool.

Here's Five Points on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Five Points.

Uptown

One of the most walkable areas of the city, this is the area that’s currently being gentrified. Victorian houses mixed with skyscrapers line this center of coolness. This is one of the trendiest parts of town, with "restaurant row" offering plenty of unique eats. Think "funky" and "hip." It’s also a favorite for hipsters.

Here's Uptown on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Uptown.

Capitol Hill/Golden Triangle Museum District

This is the most expensive neighborhood in the city to rent in, at a rate of $2,350 per month in 2015. That’s likely because you’ll be in walking distance to the city’s major institutions. While the city doesn’t necessarily have a "gayborhood," Capitol Hill is possibly the most gay, as it’s the home of PrideFest. This has also traditionally been considered to be the part of the city for the rich elite.

Here's Capitol Hill on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Capitol Hill.

The Best Options for Families

Highland

Sometimes referred to as "the Highlands," this is one of the most expensive areas, and unfortunately for your budget, it’s one of the best neighborhoods to live in. Denver locals consider this to be possibly the hippest neighborhood, with Mexican and Italian cultural influences and plenty of hipsters roaming around. That being said, it has a low crime rate and great schools, making it one of the safest and most kid-friendly options. It’s a nice choice for young parents who want to raise their kid in good area while still having access to some of the fun the Mile-High City has to offer.

Here's Highland on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Highland.

Washington Park

Bordering the park with the same name, it’s a popular neighborhood to rent in because of its proximity to both the park, which is known for its flower gardens, and several recreational areas. If you plan to exercise outdoors in Denver, give this area a look. It also happens to be very family-friendly.

Here's Washington Park on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Washington Park.

Cherry Creek

This area is most famous for its shopping. There are plenty of older homes here, too, and it makes for a very comfortable place to raise kids in.

Here's Cherry Creek on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Cherry Creek.

Stapleton/Lowry Field

Built on top of the old airport, Stapleton is a brand-new development that features many playgrounds and close-together homes. This new part of the city also has some of the best schools.

Here's Stapleton on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Stapleton.

The Top Picks for Artists

Art District on Santa Fe

If you’re an artist, perhaps you should consider moving to the area that has a First Friday Art Walk every month. There are more than 60 art galleries here and plenty of cultural institutions and restaurants in between.

Here's Art District on the map.

And here's a street-level view of Art District.

River North (RiNo)

The second major art district (and one of the best Denver neighborhoods in general) is a jazzy, urban alternative "where art is made." It’s a diverse mix of artisans’ shops, craft breweries, art galleries, and working studios.

Here's River North on the map.

And here's a street-level view of River North.

East Colfax

Musicians would much prefer East Colfax, where auditoriums, theaters, record stores, and live music can be found in abundance. Book and film fans will find local institutions here, too.

Here's an awesome video about East Colfax from Denver.org!

Also...

Naturally, there are plenty of other areas that are considered to be the best neighborhoods in Denver, CO: South Federal, Belmar/Lakewood, Golden, South Broadway, Littleton, and Olde Town Arvada often make other online lists of the nicest areas. And many choose to commute from suburbs like Bolder.

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