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Best Places to a Buy a Home in Denver

With high job growth rates and proximity to the Rocky Mountains, it should come as little surprise that Denver remains one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Whether you’re a young professional fresh out of college or just starting a family, this is a great place to live.

But where should you try to buy a home if you’re planning on moving to the area? Here’s a closer look at some of the best Denver neighborhoods and suburbs to help you make the right pick!

Boulder

Home Price: $554,500 median purchase
Crime Rate: 14% higher than the national average

Located about 40 minutes north of Denver, Boulder offers a great city vibe and nightlife with the slightly more intimate feel of a college town. Though condominiums are abundant, single-family homes are also available.

Home to the University of Colorado Boulder, residents can enjoy football and other collegiate sporting events throughout the year. Boulder is also home to an active arts scene with several galleries and its own Museum of Contemporary Art.

Boulder also has plenty of activities for outdoor lovers, thanks to its Open Space and Mountain Parks. Residents can enjoy hiking, biking and horseback riding while staying on the lookout for local wildlife. The city is also only an hour’s drive from Rocky Mountain National Park, which offers incredible views of this majestic mountain range.

Centennial

Home Price: $339,300 median purchase price
Crime Rate: 9% lower than the national average

Located south of Cherry Creek State Park, the city of Centennial offers a wide range of housing options for families and young professionals alike. Whether you’re looking for a small condo or a large home, you’ll find it here. Ranked as the 15th safest city in the U.S., the city is also known for its excellent schools.

Those who want to maintain an urban vibe while living in this Denver suburb can spend time at The Streets at SouthGlenn, which is home to a movie theater, upscale eateries, and major chain stores. Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre is also a great destination for top-quality entertainment, where acclaimed musicians perform with a Rocky Mountain backdrop.

Cherry Creek

Home Price: $663,500 median purchase
Crime Rate: 40% lower than the national average

Cherry Creek’s luxurious homes and convenient access to some of the city’s most popular amenities have made it a great place to live in Denver. The Cherry Creek North business district is home to a variety of high-end restaurants and shops, such as Aviano Coffee and Hapa Sushi.

The Cherry Creek Trail also runs through this area, providing bikers and runners with easy access to a wide variety of the Denver area’s best sites. When combined with the neighborhood’s extremely low crime rates, it’s easy to see why the area is in such high demand.

Congress Park

Home Price: $416,967 median purchase
Crime Rate: 40% lower than the national average

Low crime rates, a highly-rated elementary school, and the nearby Cheesman Park make the Congress Park neighborhood a popular choice for young families. The Denver Botanic Gardens, located within the park, also hosts an annual outdoor summer concert series that features national touring artists.

Such kid-friendly areas aren’t the only amenities Congress Park has to offer. The neighborhood is also located near Denver’s historic 7th Avenue area, while Colfax Avenue offers an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. The Humble Pie Store and Tattered Cover Book Store are just a few of the fun shops that can be found in this area.

Greenwood Village

Home Price: $854,700 median purchase
Crime Rate: 43% higher than the national average

One of Denver’s most affluent suburbs, Greenwood Village, has gained popularity thanks to its mix of single-family homes with spacious lots and modern condos.

The Denver Tech Center is partially located within the boundaries of Greenwood Village, and as a result, several major companies (such as Red Robin and Xanterra Parks and Resorts) have their headquarters in the city.

Greenwood Village also has plenty of fun activities for families. The 25-acre Westlands Park has won multiple regional awards for having the best playground in the area, and over 40 miles of trails can be found within the community. Of course, the close proximity to Downtown Denver ensures easy access to the best food and fun the city has to offer.

Hampden South

Home Price: $277,859 median purchase
Crime Rate: 37% higher than the national average

Located adjacent to the Denver Tech Center, Hampden South continues to be one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Denver, even as it undergoes a spike in population.

With affordable prices comes a more traditional, suburban atmosphere. Strip malls and “box stores” make it convenient to take care of shopping and other errands, while short commutes leave more time for family.

The biggest recreational feature of the neighborhood is the nearby Cherry Creek State Park. This 4,000-acre park offers boating, wildlife viewing, camping and more. Year-round access to this incredible facility is sure to be a major draw to anyone who enjoys time in the outdoors.

Indian Creek

Home Price: $277,859 median purchase
Crime Rate: 37% higher than the national average

Though it is located a mere 20 minutes from central Denver, Indian Creek doesn’t share that “in the city” vibe. The neighborhood features single-family housing on quiet cul-de-sacs and residential streets, providing a distinctly suburban feel.

Indeed, you won’t find much in the way of bars or nightlife within the neighborhood, which is likely why it has become a go-to option for many young families.

This isn’t to say that the neighborhood is without anything to do. The Highline Canal and Cherry Creek bike path both intersect the neighborhood, offering opportunities for biking and walking.

Littleton

Home Price: $314,100 median purchase
Crime Rate: Equal to the national average

Littleton is easily one of the best suburbs in Denver. It’s an area enjoying rapid growth, and as a result, home values are appreciating at an above-average pace in comparison to the rest of the country.

The suburb is great for families with Littleton Public Schools having been “Accredited with Distinction” by the state’s Department of Education, while the district’s high schools have been listed as some of the best in the country by Newsweek and 5280.

Outdoor areas like Chatfield State Park and a vibrant downtown area provide plenty of great activities. Western Welcome Week and other festivals throughout the year ensure your family will never run out of things to do. Best of all, RTD light rail access makes it easy to get to the rest of Denver.

South Park Hill

Home Price: $366,040 median purchase
Crime Rate: 6% higher than the national average

South Park Hill isn’t just considered one of the best Denver neighborhoods—many consider it to be among the best in the U.S. In fact, Niche listed this family-friendly area as one of the 30 best neighborhoods in the country in 2017, citing easy access to parks and libraries, quality schools, and safety as chief factors that helped it achieve its ranking.

Of course, South Park Hill isn’t just for families with young children. 23rd Avenue and Kearney Street offer a great mix of restaurants and nightlife. Nearby attractions like the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science provide great date or family activities.

Stapleton

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Home Price: $469,300 median purchase
Crime Rate: 14% higher than the national average

One of the newest neighborhoods in Denver, Stapleton is actually the result of an urban redevelopment project that has transitioned the area from a former airport site into a residential community.

A decidedly modern neighborhood, Stapleton has subsequently incorporated the idea of “public spaces” in its development. Playgrounds can be found every few blocks, front porches are a common home feature, and smaller yards require little in the way of home maintenance.

Stapleton’s 80-acre Central Park offers year-round family fun with bocce ball courts, athletic fields, a RC boating lake, and even a sledding field. Combined with quality schools, it’s little wonder that this area has rapidly become a top pick for young families.

Superior

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Home Price: $456,400 median purchase
Crime Rate: 44% lower than the national average

Conveniently located between Boulder and Denver, Superior has received national recognition for its high quality of life, including being ranked as one of Money’s “Best Places to Live” in 2017.

Among the attributes that set this affluent community apart are its extremely low crime rates, quality schools, and a wide variety of family-friendly activities.

The city’s park system includes 12 playgrounds, as well as public baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor pools, and multiple hiking trails located within city limits. Events such as the Spring Community Yard Sale and fall Chili Fest provide fun for families and young professionals alike. Gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains help complete the experience!

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