These two distinct areas, also referred to as North Denver, have little competition in popularity as best places to live in Denver. Steeped in rich Italian and Hispanic heritage this area offers a diverse range of residents from families starting out to multi-generational communities.

Architecturally defined by sprawling Queen Ann, bungalows, Denver Squares, ranches, Tudors and newer urban lofts, Highlands neighborhood feel, beautifully tree-lined streets, great schools, tightly manicured yards and a ton of green space all make this neighborhood an attractive area to live.

Tucked quietly on residential corners you’ll find a variety of boutique shops, award winning restaurants, book stores, theaters, coffee shops and so much more. However, it’s Highland Square on 32nd & Lowell that has become the central meeting place for residents. Mondo Vino, Chipotle, El Camino, Posh and many more popular shops and restaurants attract residents from all over.

Lifestyle Highlights

Top Denver Restaurants – With so many great chefs migrating up the hill to the Highlands there are too many great places to list. Click on Top Denver Restaurants to get a list.

Vanity Fur Lo-Hi – Both walk-in self washes and full grooming services will have Fido wagging his tail.

Williams & Graham – Shhh! North Denver’s only speakeasy will definitely have you coming back for more. Enter through the bookshelves and ease up to the bar where you can enjoy a plethora of distinct, hand-crafted cocktails. Get there early or be sure to make a reservation.

Black Eye Coffee – Committed to excellence, owner-operator Ali Elman perfects the art of coffee making. Dedicated to representing the neighborhood, Black Eye Coffee is quickly becoming a favorite.

Sprouts Farmers Market –  Natural and organic foods at remarkably low prices.

Highlands Farmer’s Market – Hosted by H.U.N.I (Highland United Neighbors Inc.), this market runs on Saturday mornings from 9am – 11am, June – October.

Highlands Street Fair – Held annually in June, residents can enjoy live music, great food, beer gardens, over 150 vendors and runs from 10am – dusk.

Highlands Square – Over 90 businesses catering to every want and need.

  • Spectacular city and snowcapped mountain views
  • Voted “Top place in Denver to live” by 5280 magazine
  • Highest point in Denver located at 32nd Ave and Tennyson St
  • Highlands Square
  • Tennyson St Cultural and Commercial District
  • Sloan’s Lake
  • LoHi District
  • Lakeside Amusement Park
  • Denver Bike Routes (D-6, D-5, D-4, D-3, D-1)
  • Driving and plenty of on-street parking
  • Limited RTD bus lines; on main thoroughfares only
  • Totally walkable to most retail and restaurants centers and nearby parks

Neighborhood Boundaries

Sheridan Blvd – I – 25

29th Ave – 38th Ave

Surrounding Hoods



Sloan’s Lake


Public Schools

Edison Elementary (ECE – 5)

Valdez Elementary (ECE – 5)

Cesar Chavez Academy (K – 8)

Bryant-Webster Dual Language Elementary (ECE – 8)

Academia Ana Marie Sandoval Elementary (ECE – 6)

Escuela Tlatelolco (K – 12)

Contemporary Learning Academy High School (9 – 12)

STRIVE Prep Highlands Campus (6 – 9)

North High School (9 – 12)

Defining Qualities

Parks, walkable, neighborhood shopping and restaurants, Denver bike routes, tree-lined streets, golf course, schools, farmer’s market, on-street parking.

“There are so many things about the Highlands neighborhood I love. Most things are within convenient walking distance, it has cool and diverse architecture, I can bike downtown and I love being up high on the west side looking over the city of Denver.” 


Michelle L – 20 year resident of West Highlands