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Because everyone has different criteria, identifying Denver's best neighborhoods is a subjective process. Schools and safety top some home buyers' lists. For others, the ability to walk to trendy restaurants and access public transportation is essential. We put together a list of hour metro Denver 'hoods some high on family-friendly conveniences, others on urban appeal.

Union Station

A city-dweller's wonderland.

The Union Station neighborhood is infilling old surface parking lots and other eye sores quicker than any other area of Denver, possibly the country. Currently, 13 buildings are in various stages of construction. That's over 4,000,000 square feet. These large, mixed use buildings contain apartments, stores and workout facilities. Union Station is (obviously) super close to public transportation to, well, anywhere really; the area scores high on walkability; it's packed with top-tier restaurants; and a hop-skip-jump to sporting events, museums, and bars.

And as the South Platte Valley continues to grow up, businesses come in to serve the burgeoning community, like the King Soopers being built in the Riverfront Park neighborhood northwest of Coors Field and northeast of Union Station.

Wellshire

A well-kept secret.

Perhaps one of Denver's best-kept secrets, Wellshire sits between University and University Hills and is an ideal spot for the suburban-minded looking for a bucolic neighborhood close to the amenities of a city. Wellshire has the second-lowest crime rate in metro Denver, expansive lots, wide streets, a mix of historic mid-century ranches and modern architecture, and one of the best K-8 schools in Denver, Slavens.

It's a short distance from Observatory Park, Eisenhower Park, Wellshire Municipal Golf Course, and a 20 minute drive to downtown Denver.

Lowry Field

A mini city unto itself.

Strolling through Lowry Field, you might forget you're still within Denver city limits. The neighborhood, located on the site of the former Lowry Airfare Base, feels self sufficient with homes and condos available from the high 200,000s to over a million sitting along winding suburban-esque streets, its own town center, and even a university.

Lowry is pretty far from downtown Denver nightlife, but it has a smattering of restaurants and bars, like the Tavern Lowry and Lowry Beer Garden. It's also home to Colorado Free University found in the old Lowry Fire Station where you can take affordable classes and workshops on a variety of subjects or music lessons through the legendary Swallow Hill Music School.

Cory-Merrill

A residential enclave close to it all.

Featuring large lots and elegant homes, Cory-Merrill is a residential enclave with a suburban feel. Bordered by Mississippi Avenue and I-25 on the north and south and University and Colorado Boulevards on the east and west, Cory-Merrill is near the paths and ponds of Washington Park, the swanky stores of Cherry Creek, and the charming shops and restaurants of Bonnie Brae and Old South Gaylord.

What's more, Cory-Merrill is home to one of the best public elementary schools in Denver—Cory Elementary.

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