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Best Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill

Denver’s Capitol Hill is a bustling hub of restaurants, rentals and hip condos built in former mansions. Located adjacent to Denver’s downtown, the neighborhood is one of Denver’s most accessible via walking, biking and public transportation. With colorful roots—the neighborhood used to be both a resting point for the Beat generation and a sanctuary for the gay community—and even more colorful boundaries—the State Capitol, Colfax Ave and Broadway—Cap Hill is known for its mix of hipsters, young urban professionals, and Denver natives with deep roots in the neighborhood.

With one of the highest rental rates in Denver at 78%, Cap Hill’s transient, always-evolving culture leads it to have an artistic, boho vibe without too much pretense. Locally owned shops, including the famous Wax Trax record store and the first ever Quizno’s, make the area quirky and fun for Denver-newbies.

Just the Facts

Median home listing price: $327,497
Average age: 32
Median household income: $50-75k
Walkability score: 4.5 out of 5

Food & Entertainment

Cap Hill is a neighborhood full of delightful holes-in-the-wall and less-than-fancy dining options. With places like the Bourbon Grill, a tiny shop nestled along Colfax Ave that serves up a large plate of chicken and sides for under $10, and City O’ City, an all vegetarian restaurant, there’s really something for everyone in Cap Hill. More upscale options include Potager and Table 6, while fast-casual options include Snarf’s and Sexy Pizza. There are plenty of bars sprinkled throughout the neighborhood, including Pearl’s (formerly Beauty Bar), the Irish Snug and Pub on Penn.

The neighborhood isn’t just famous for its quirky vibes—it’s also famous for Cheesman Park, the cemetery-turned-neighborhood-chill-spot. Yes, the urban legend is actually true: Cheesman was once a cemetery and yes, some of the graves are still there, though unmarked. The park is bounded by the Denver Botanic Gardens, which also lies on former cemetery land.

In addition to food and parks, Cap Hill has plenty of shopping nearby, including a Whole Foods and a King Soopers (fondly known to locals as the “Queen Soopers.”)

Schools

Public:
Moore K-8 School (Public, PK-8), Rating: 3
Morey Middle School (Public, 6-8), Rating: 6
Contemporary Learning Academy High School (Public, 6-12), Rating: N/A
Compassion Road Academy (Public, 9-12), Rating: N/A

Charter:
P.S.1 Charter School (Charter, 6-12), Rating: N/A
Justice High School Denver (Charter, 9-12), Rating: N/A
Life Skills Center Of Denver (Charter, 9-12), Rating: N/A

Private:
K12 International Academy (Private, K-12), Rating: N/A
Colorado Outward Bound School (Private), Rating: N/A

Transportation

Cap Hill is highly walkable, but the 10 bus along 12th and the 15 bus along Colfax make the neighborhood more accessible. In addition, the 12 bus runs along Downing. Those who own a car in this neighborhood must be prepared to fight for street parking unless they find a home with a private driveway.

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