8.7 out of 10

West Highland

39.7642795942508 -105.039335238478
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
2yrs+

"As trendy as it gets - deservedly"

West Highland, along with Highland to the east, is now one of the most in-demand neighborhoods in the city. The wonderful thing about it is the way that the old neighborhoods have been restored instead of razed and filled with new construction. The homes here often date back 100 years or more, and no one wants to knock them down. Instead, they are being carefully brought back to life. Of course, that comes with a price, and home values here are extremely high.

Businesses here are run with the same loving care as the home restoration. In fact, many new businesses have opened out of the same kind of old homes that people are living in. Others are in buildings that have always been commercial, and tend to be old brick shops or garages converted to stores. These independent stores and restaurants are full of character. The restaurants here are the best in the city, but they are run with a casual vibe and without five-star prices.

I would move here in a second, except I can't afford it. Instead, I visit regularly, along with many other locals, to window-shop and try new restaurants. If you can afford to live here, you won't be disappointed.
Pros
  • some of the city's best small restaurants and stores
  • historic character
Cons
  • peak housing market
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
2yrs+

"Now one of Denvers most wanted"

A rectangular extension of the Highland neighborhood west of Federal Boulevard, West Highland serves as the slightly more affordable, family-friendly version of the Highland neighborhood to the east. And many people are recognizing that: the neighborhood is gentrifying, with all the positive and negative implications that word carries. Lots of relatively well-to-do couples are drawn to this area to start families in a neighborhood that has great character, is distinctly urban, yet feels safe and welcoming. There are a lot of great reasons to live in West Highland: beautiful homes with yards (this area is less dense and has more single-family homes than Highland), manageable commutes, and easy access to the gourmand’s and urbanite’s paradise that is Highland to the east. As for reasons not to live in West Highlands, there really aren’t many, unless you’re on the lookout for quieter, cheaper, or less developed. Not all of West Highlands’ advantages are derived from proximity – far from it. The area has a “main street” type district, Highlands Square at 32nd and Lowell, that is worth visiting in its own right. There are trendy boutiques, some great restaurants, and plenty of nice architecture to ooh and aah over as you take your family/partner/dog for a weekend afternoon stroll.
Pros
  • Highland Square
  • historic character
Cons
  • becoming more expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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