Located in the picturesque foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is Denver, CO. This laid-back mountain metropolis is known for its “no-worries attitude,” incredible vistas, and of course, chilly winters. Economically, the “Mile High City” has experienced a large jump in wage and job growth over the last few years. However, despite that growth, Denver real estate prices have remained relatively low. With a median sales price of $300,000, Denver remains one of the nation’s most affordable, yet fastest-moving markets.
Looking for a great family home? Check out the park adjacent to Cherry Creek. Seeking a more urban experience? Consider Capitol Hill, just a stone’s throw from bustling downtown Denver. In addition to cost-effective real estate prices, a home for sale in one of Denver’s many diverse neighborhoods boasts abundant access to the great outdoors. Adventure seekers will discover incredible mountain trails just a couple of hours outside the city, while the area’s many lakes, ponds, and creeks are hot spots for angling enthusiasts.
Tuckered out from a full day outdoors? Denver is known for its delicious craft brews, and exploring the city’s various taprooms is a favorite local pastime. Don’t just take our word for it, see what some Denver locals had to say about their city’s biggest attractions.
What is the best part about living in or around Denver?
“Denver is a big city, but its neighborhoods can give you a small-town feel. Tree-lined streets and walkable stores and restaurants can be welcoming for someone moving to Denver from other parts of the country. If you want a downtown vibe, a small-town neighborhood, a suburban feel, or a rural home with land and views, Denver can provide it all!” — Michael Kearns of RE/MAX Alliance
“Denver has a perfect balance between big-city attractions and outdoor recreational activities and easy access to world-class mountains.” — Rowland Wasgatt of Denver Brewery Guide
“Denver experiences over 300 days of sunshine each year! Many choose to move to Denver because it’s a large city where you can experience live shows, sports, great art and food, but you also feel the Western/laid-back vibe. People here are very friendly, in general, and there’s plenty to do!” — Audrey Keller of Trelora
What is the best neighborhood in Denver for millennials?
“LoDo — or ‘Lower Downtown.’ It’s close to the bars, has lots of great restaurants, and surrounds the Rockies Stadium and the Pepsi Center.” — Emily Scott of Christy Sports
“Those who crave the urban scene live in Capitol Hill. Its proximity to concert venues on Colfax, shopping and nightlife downtown, and other bars and restaurants make it a millennial favorite. Baker is a fun neighborhood for those who can afford it, but there aren’t a ton of renting options (most homes are single-family residences, but there are a few townhomes). It’s close to South Broadway, which is experiencing a revitalization right now (new bars, old dive bars, used-book shops, quirky clothing stores, great restaurants).” — Audrey Keller of Trelora
“Highlands and Sloan’s Lake, in northwest Denver, offer traditional Denver bungalow homes with great shops, restaurants, and craft breweries. Where else can you walk to brunch, buy some gourmet cheese, enjoy a craft brew, and then visit a dragon boat festival all in the same day?” — Michael Kearns of RE/MAX Alliance
What is the best neighborhood for families in Denver?
“Highlands Ranch or Hilltop” — Rowland Wasgatt of Denver Brewery Guide
“Highlands Ranch. It’s a nice suburban community but still has access to the light rail to get downtown and see what’s going on in the city.” — Emily Scott of Christy Sports
“In Denver proper, Cherry Creek is a fantastic neighborhood close to parks, shopping, and Denver’s best schools.” — Audrey Keller of Trelora
What is Denver’s best-kept secret?
“It’s a great city for people who like to be outside. You’re going to hate it if you like to stay indoors.” — Emily Scott of Christy Sports
“The city’s thriving cultural arts scene and bike paths!” – Rowland Wasgatt of Denver Brewery Guide
“Everyone knows the Rocky Mountains and many state parks are within a short drive of Denver, but many newcomers don’t realize that Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in city limits. There’s plenty to do outside of town, but the countless adult sports leagues and casual weekends at the park make Denver stand out (compared to many other large metros).” — Audrey Keller of Trelora
What is the best winter resort in the Denver area?
“Winter Park/Mary Jane or Aspen/Snowmass.” — Rowland Wasgatt of Denver Brewery Guide
“If you’re looking for a big resort area, Vail is about two hours away and has a great trendy feel while still offering walkable activity off the slopes. If you’re up for a longer drive and more native Colorado feel, head up to Steamboat Springs.” — Michael Kearns of RE/MAX Alliance
“Locals love to ski and ride at Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin to those who know the local lingo). The food is amazing and cheap, but there aren’t any lodging options. Breckenridge is the ‘big daddy’ when it comes to large resorts with many amenities — it’s great for families, while A-Basin is preferred by seasoned skiers.” — Audrey Keller of Trelora
Denver is home to lots of great bike trails. Which are your favorites and why?
“Take the Greenway Trail along the South Platte River. Start and end your ride at the REI flagship store near downtown Denver’s Confluence Park, where you can ride a trolley car, watch kayakers navigate man-made rapids, and hang out at mini-festivals all summer long.” — Michael Kearns of RE/MAX Alliance
“Green Mountain, because there’s trails for all ability levels and it’s never too crowded.” — Emily Scott of Christy Sports
“The Cherry Creek Bike Path runs parallel to Speer Boulevard (a major artery) from the REI flagship store in lower downtown, all the way past downtown, Coors Field, Sports Authority Field, Cherry Creek mall, etc. The creek itself is pretty and the path is easy-peasy.” — Audrey Keller of Trelora
Where are the best hiking trails near Denver?
“You could hike for years and never do the same trail twice! If you head up Highway 36 to Boulder, you’ll see the stunning Flatirons surrounded by Chautauqua Park. If you like hiking in a postcard, this is the spot for you.” — Greg Smith of BoulderHomeSource RE/MAX Alliance
“Boulder boasts the best hiking trails — including the Flatirons. The best hiking trails near Denver are at Red Rocks — they’re not challenging, but they’re gorgeous and have great views of the city!” — Audrey Keller of Trelora
“Hiking trails are everywhere in and around Denver, from the loop at Wash Park in town to Chautauqua up in Boulder or Elk Meadows Park in Evergreen — there’s a trail here for every fitness level. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes and drink plenty of water.” — Michael Kearns of RE/MAX Alliance
What is your favorite weekend activity in or around Denver?
“Trying new restaurants. There’s so many great places to eat, and there’s always new ones popping up (like any other city, I’m sure).” — Emily Scott of Christy Sports
“Broncos football! Also, a tour of breweries via bicycle.” — Rowland Wasgatt of Denver Brewery Guide
“Skiing in the wintertime, grass volleyball in the summertime, and self-guided bike tours between breweries when the weather permits.” — Audrey Keller of Trelora
Where can you find the best local cuisine in Denver?
“Great steakhouses and craft beer brew pubs are the hallmarks of Denver cuisine. Visit LoDo and head over to Euclid Hall to experience an innovative menu of pub-style food paired with an extensive beer menu.” — Michael Kearns of RE/MAX Alliance
“Denver Chop House and Brewery or Root Down.” — Rowland Wasgatt of Denver Brewery Guide
“Burritos! So many great burrito places. With the large Hispanic influence in Denver, you can find a lot of great burritos, from breakfast burritos to Chipotle to the true enchilada style.” — Emily Scott of Christy Sports
Where can you find the best craft beer in Denver?
“Downtown. There’s a bunch of mom and pop breweries all over downtown. Denver Beer Co. is one of my favorites, but there’s so many, it’s hard to choose.” — Emily Scott of Christy Sports
“This question will even get the ‘it’s all good’ Colorado residents into a heated discussion. Avery Brewery, Boulder Beer, and Left Hand Brewery are just a few popular breweries. Nearly every area has its own favorite, or even several favorites.” — Greg Smith of BoulderHomeSource RE/MAX Alliance
“Great Divide Brewing Co. or Comrade Brewing.” — Rowland Wasgatt of Denver Brewery Guide
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