Denver plays host to many hip neighborhoods. With so many options to choose from, deciding where to live can be difficult for those moving to town. Here is a primer on neighborhoods to consider in the Mile High City based on your lifestyle. Average rents are based on local listings.
This neighborhood is popular with hipsters and college graduates looking for affordable housing in an eclectic setting. Just a few miles south of downtown, this up-and-coming neighborhood has just the right mix of renovated and fixer-upper homes. There’s an art-house movie theater, trendy vintage shops, startup microbreweries and a lively nightlife, so there’s always something going on. Rent for a small, one-bedroom apartment in a remodeled old Victorian starts at around $1,000 a month
Just up the hill from LoDo (Lower Downtown), Uptown is popular with unmarried 20- and 30-somethings who want to be within walking distance of nightlife and dining but want to pay less for rent than in other areas. This neighborhood has a mix of apartments and homes; for a modern flat, expect to pay $1,400 or more per month.
Just outside Denver’s city limits, but with one of the best skyline views in town, this funky neighborhood on the western edge of Sloan’s Lake tends to offer slightly less expensive rental rates for cute bungalows with big grassy lawns. Rentals start at around $1,300, but for a remodeled larger home, expect to pay upwards of $2,000.
Cherry Creek North
The spacious homes lining the well-manicured streets just north of the Cherry Creek Mall and shopping district are some of the priciest in town to rent. But living here has its perks: You’ll be within walking distance of excellent boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Rentals are mostly in the large homes the neighborhood is known for, and it’s hard to find anything for less than $2,000 per month.
Anchored by the beloved green space whose moniker it bears, this is the quintessential Denver neighborhood, and finding a rental here requires patience. Located south of downtown proper, the leafy streets house classic bungalows with spacious yards, and the neighborhood is popular with families and young couples with large dogs. With the average sale price on homes in the $700,000 range, even the smaller houses start in the $1,700 range to rent.
LoDo (Lower Downtown)
Located downtown, LoDo is popular with young professionals who want to be within walking distance of nightlife and restaurants, and like the feel of living in a modern loft or luxury apartment. They can also afford some of the city’s steepest rents. Don’t expect to find anything for less than $1,500 per month, and for that you’ll likely be in a studio loft (but a very modern one). For more space, expect to pay about $2,200 per month.
This area is so popular it now includes a number of sub-neighborhoods like LoHi (Lower Highlands) and Sunnyside. The Highlands area west of Interstate 25 and north of downtown has been the hippest address in town for years and offers a mix of rental options, plus a lively bar and restaurant scene centered on 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. Rent here varies, but unless you find an older bungalow in one of the sub-neighborhoods, expect to pay between $1,400 and $2,800 depending on size, location and amenities. Also, it isn’t always easy to find anything in this super popular neighborhood.
This diverse neighborhood is a great starter area (and an easy place to make friends) packed with inexpensive apartments in small vintage buildings. It has a distinctively youthful vibe, and studio apartments can rent for as little as $750 per month. The neighborhood is centered around the golden-domed State Capitol Building, and Colfax Avenue is walking- or public-transit-distance to City Hall and is full of dive bars and diverse restaurants.