Denver Apartments: Hot Neighborhoods List
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Denver’s housing market is thriving, with the average home value increasing substantially over the last few years. Newcomers to the region often choose to rent before buying a house. Renting in a new city is often preferable, as it is more flexible, easy, and affordable than buying a home in a city you have not been in for very long. Thankfully, there are renting options in the metro Denver area, ranging from single-family homes to hip condos, and everything in between. The first quarter of 2014 saw an estimated 17,539 new apartment units under construction, and developers have proposed projects that would add an additional 16,657 units. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it here, and the options will only get better in the near future.
Locating a home downtown provides residents with the chance to live in the center of it all. Downtown Denver includes neighborhoods like LoDo, the Golden Triangle and Uptown. Young professionals and recent retirees looking to downsize love the housing options in this part of town, which primarily include high-end condos and lofts. Residents pay a premium for the location, but it can be worth the extra cost. Right outside your front door is nightlife, amazing restaurants, culture and proximity to the office. Walking, biking and taking the bus, are easy options when you live downtown, so you might save money by driving less!
“LoHi,” one of the hippest and fastest growing parts of Denver, is filled with young professionals, urban singles, and families just starting out. Located close to downtown, a pedestrian bridge connects the neighborhood to lower downtown. But the area is also removed enough to feel like a real neighborhood, with tree-lined streets and historic single-family homes. An ever-growing mix of modern condos and some of Denver’s most exciting new restaurants, breweries, art galleries, and independent shops make LoHi one of the most exciting places to live in Denver.
Englewood is a well-kept secret among native Denverites, who love it for its charming historic downtown that is rapidly being revitalized. The Arapahoe County town boasts 124 acres of parkland, the highest density of jobs and businesses per square mile in Colorado and excellent schools. You’ll find historic single-family homes from the post-war era here. Although the majority of homes are owner-occupied, you’ll find some rentals.
Located 10 minutes from downtown Denver and a short drive to Summit County ski slopes, Belmar is an innovative new residential and commercial development in Lakewood. It offers a variety of housing options, including one-bedroom loft-style flats, live/work units, three-story walk-ups and everything in between. Belmar was designed to be pedestrian friendly: everything is walking distance for residents, from Whole Foods to movie theaters and an ice skating rink in winter. Belmar is a wonderful option for people with pets: it welcomes your furry friends, too!
Thornton is prized for its location, with easy access to both Boulder and downtown. The area contains abundant rental housing with plenty of affordable family-friendly units. Its affordability and convenient location makes it an ideal place for young families just starting out. This section of Adams County also boasts every major national retailer you could think of and many employment opportunities.
World-famous for its history of liberal politics, laid-back vibe and sporty lifestyle, Boulder continues to attract those who appreciate city amenities in close proximity to countless outdoor recreational opportunities. Numerous employment opportunities present themselves at the University of Colorado, as well as at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Additionally, the town boasts a booming start-up industry. These industries attract a steady influx of engaged and inspired intellects from around the country. The city’s pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall offers dozens of unique shopping, dining and cultural opportunities. Rental opportunities are guaranteed by the presence of the large University of Colorado.
This peaceful suburb of Arapahoe County has beautiful parks and a high-ranking public school system. SouthGlenn’s proximity to downtown Denver and the Denver Tech Center are also selling points. In recent years, the city transformed a dated mall into a hip “new urban” lifestyle destination, making SouthGlenn a community with outstanding shopping, dining, living and working experiences. Renters can choose from sophisticated one, two, and three-bedroom apartments with luxurious high-end finishes are located within walking distance to everything you need.
Broomfield has begun to come into its own in recent years, rejecting its previous identity as Boulder’s “overflow” community. In the ‘90s, the tech industry boomed here, and it continues to provide employment opportunities at companies like Level 3 Communications and Oracle. FlatIron Crossing Mall draws shoppers from all over the region, as well as serving as a community anchor. Numerous housing options present themselves here, from upscale apartments to more affordable choices. The Interlocken Business Park area offers extensive corporate housing that accommodates business travelers looking for short-term rentals.