2.1 out of 10

Sun Valley

Ranked 38th best neighborhood in Denver
39.7352693604291 -105.02070201003
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
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Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
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Reviews

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

"World class football but not much else"

The name Sun Valley is the truest definition of a misnomer there is. While the sun does shine here, the name conjures up much more of an image than this area has to offer. A large part of this business area and residential district is taken up by Sports Authority at Mile High, the stadium where the Denver Broncos play. This is a great stadium with seating for 76,125 people. During pre and post game times the traffic in this area can be downright ugly, taking much longer than normal to get anywhere.

As for the residences here, many are housing projects that are located in an area filled with crime and poverty. The median household income here is much lower than Colorado averages, and in 2009 it was a mere $8,718. About 50% of the residents are Hispanic, with the other 50% being made up of a mixture of White, Asian, Black, and a mixed races. Over 50% of the residents haven't finished high school and the median rent for this area is $233, obviously subsidized by the government.

While this is a great place to go and catch a game, I wouldn't recommend staying in the neighborhood otherwise. The crime and poverty are evident and make this area a depressing place to be.
Pros
  • Major sports arena
Cons
  • terrible traffic at times
  • 94% housing projects
  • poverty, crime affects many residents
  • large industrial/commercial/stadium zones
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Good spot for sports, but I wouldnt want to live there"

Sun Valley on the north end is taken up by our football stadium and the surrounding parking. This is the stadium that replaced our old Mile High Stadium, one of the most fun sports venues ever. The spot lost some character with the construction of brand-new Invesco Field. Locals were so p.o.'d about losing thier "Mile High" designation in favor of a company that most of us hadn't heard of that they compromised with "Invesco Field at Mile High". It's just not the same, of course. Now, it's become Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Hard to know what to call it these days. In any case, it's still a fun place to watch football. Those of us who like to avoid the high parking fees park at Auraria and walk to the stadium. This walk led through the concrete pillars of overpasses, down train tracks, and over an old bridge spanning the Platte. It has become something of a tradition, although it's a long hike. There are burrito vendors and people trying to score tickets en route.

As far as the rest of the neighborhood goes, concrete and old streets pretty much sums it up. This is a bad neighborhood. West Colfax and Federal are both rough areas, and driving by on 6th Ave freeway will reveal the uninviting nature of this neighborhood. While areas north and west of here have been revitalized, Sun Valley has remained an ugly area of crime, with little to recommend it.
Pros
  • Major sports arena
Cons
  • 94% housing projects
  • poverty, crime affects many residents
Recommended for
  • Tourists
1/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
2yrs+

"You might have visited without knowing it"

Sun Valley’s name seems to fit it poorly. It conjures up images of green grass, blue sky, perhaps a cute little cottage. The reality, however, is that residents mostly live in public housing projects, and share the valley with a large amount of industrial and warehouse development. The sun shines on parking lots. As, unfortunately, might be expected, the area has a high poverty rate and a very high crime rate. The neighborhood’s location and its small size mean that it’s often overlooked – although the planned FasTracks rail expansion will include a stop in the neighborhood, which may help to bring more investment in. The Denver Human Services main office is located a few blocks west of the housing projects, near Federal Boulevard.

Despite this rather bleak description of the neighborhood, however, tens of thousands of people from Colorado and all over the world visit Sun Valley annually. The reason? Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos, is located here. The stadium and the gargantuan parking lots and freeway interchanges that surround it take up a third or more of the neighborhood’s area. In the context of its neighborhood, the stadium feels like a no-man’s land, and the vast majority of people go to and from the game without realizing that Sun Valley is there.
Cons
  • poverty, crime affects many residents
  • 94% housing projects
  • large industrial/commercial/stadium zones
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2yrs+
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