5.4 out of 10

Montbello

Ranked 30th best neighborhood in Denver
39.7845778030867 -104.825258115468
Great for
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Clean & Green
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 01, 2012
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
Oct 20, 2011

"Transformed from tough outlying neighborhood to a family haven"

Growing up, I remember that my mental association with Montbello was a neighborhood way out in the northeast with a bad reputation. It blurred together with Commerce City as a sort of no-man's land of industry and crime. Although my memories or childhood understanding of this neighborhood might be skewed, this neighborhood has undoubtedly improved tremendously. The low housing costs and more open spaces has made this a wildly popular area for people who are looking for a place outsite the central metro area. This is now known as a great place for families.

Many young couples ready to raise children have flocked to Montbello. It's a suburban neighborhood, although many of the houses here are not new. This is now a mix of older detached homes and new construction. There are established schools and parks. It is pretty out of the way, being closer to the airport than either the city or the mountains, but if you don't mind a commute this could be an option for you.

Probably the most standout feature of Montbello is its access to Rocky Mountain Arsenal. This used to be a weapons manufacturing area, but has been reclaimed as a nature preserve, and is a pretty cool open space. It's a popular spot for wildlife photographers and students of wildlife biology.

Montbello walks a line between an old neighborhood in an industrial area, and an increasingly popular area for suburban families. I think this gives it a bit more character than many suburbs, despite the rather flat feel of the northeastern edges of the city. For those who prefer to be in a suburban area, this neighborhood has proven to be a good choice.
Pros
  • Affordable housing
  • open spaces nearby
  • Family-friendly
Cons
  • Long commute to downtown
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 05, 2011

"A Family-Oriented, Suburban Neighborhood out East"

Located in the arm of the City and County of Denver that reaches east, towards the airport, Montbello is a long commute down I-70 from downtown, and farther from the Tech Center. Aesthetically, the neighborhood looks like suburban Anywheresville: a mix of 1960s and ‘70s split level homes and ranchers with grassy yards, and a few large apartment complexes.

All the basic amenities are accessible: grocery stores, restaurants, and fast food joints. Commercial development is concentrated along Peoria and Chambers, where the large variety of restaurants (Mexican, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and soul food) hints at the area’s ethnic mix. This is a family-friendly neighborhood, and the preponderance of day-care centers, schools, and churches, and the relative lack of nightlife, is in accord with that. There are some pockets in the area that feel neglected, so prospective residents may want to make sure they check out the area on foot.

On the north, Montbello is bounded by the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, a former chemical weapons manufacturing plant closed in 1992 and now home to birds and roaming buffalo. The space is appealing, with large native cottonwood trees and tall grass, though unfortunately access requires a car – it would be lovely to have some access points accessible by walking, biking, or mass transit. Half a dozen smaller parks, however, dot Montbello’s winding streets.

On the whole, Montbello is low-cost, family-oriented, and feels more like a suburb than part of the city. Those looking to take advantage of the low housing costs may love the area, although those looking for accessibility to central Denver’s activities will want to stay further west.
Pros
  • Family-friendly
Cons
  • Long commute to downtown
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

Unranked Streets in Montbello

Altura St

1.5/5
"Low to middle class neighborhood, not the best place to raise a family."
39.788016833312 -104.813563147655
"Great street to cruise when your short on time"
39.7842312772742 -104.809793329264

Peoria St

2.5/5
"A great street to do bussiness"
39.7850224519052 -104.847033328286
"Mostly businesses and apartments."
39.7964473225745 -104.827163610914