A small neighborhood just outside of downtown with diverse housing options in high demand.
Suburban · Quiet · Charismatic · Tree-Lined Streets · Dog Friendly · Bikeable · Upbeat
West Highland is easily one of Denver’s most in-demand neighborhoods. For such a small area (about 1 square mile), it is bursting with things to do. Enjoy Denver’s 300+ days of sunshine by strolling down 32nd Ave or Tennyson Street. Here you can window shop, pop into vibrant restaurants, or sneak in that midday caffeine break at a locally owned coffee shop. Exploring West Highland’s independently owned boutiques, bookstores, spas, and coffee shops is a colorful adventure that will never get old.
The West Highland neighborhood is a very dog-friendly area (even for Denver). Most shops, patios, and homes are pet-friendly. Plus, the sidewalks and plentiful green space make it easy for pups to get in their exercise. Residential options are vast and varied: From Victorian masterpieces and 1920s bungalows to ultra-modern townhomes and brand new apartment complexes. If you enjoy this neighborhood but want to be closer to downtown, check out neighboring LoHi.
Hogshead Brewery (cask English ales), Burrito Giant, Matador (delicious street-style tacos), Mondo Vino (interesting wine selection and dog friendly), walking the labyrinth in the old Elitch’s carousel house, shows at the old Elitch’s theater.
Even though this is an “urban” area, it is very much its own little community. Wander this neighborhood, and you’ll find endless hidden gems: a new go-to place to buy bread, a beautifully restored 100-year-old house, or a perfectly manicured garden. With such a strong community feel and a distinct central avenue of shops, it’s easy to forget you’re so close to the bustle of the CBD.
Shop the artisan boutiques on 32nd Avenue. Marvel at the floral arrangements at Perfect Petal, browse unique books at West Side Bookstore and giggle at the greeting cards in Wordshop. Locals rave about El Camino, Three Dogs Tavern, and Fire on the Mountain for a casual spot that never disappoints. For dinner, don’t miss 5-star Italian on the patio of Trattoria Stella, confit duck ramen at Uncle, or Detroit-style pizza at Blue Pan Pizza.
Things to Know
Parking is no problem here. Most homes have driveways or garages, as well as ample street parking. RTD buses service this neighborhood, and the streets are highly bikeable, giving residents plenty of commuter options. Most homes are single-family dwellings with spacious yards. However, as the area booms, a few multi-family and mid-rise buildings have sprung up. Due to the popularity of this area, price points are slightly higher than other parts of Denver.