Being within walking distance of Downtown Denver, Uptown is one of the best neighborhoods in Denver for young professionals.
Filled with condos, high-rise apartments, and buzzing restaurants, young people are flocking to this area for an affordable lifestyle.
If you’re thinking about moving to Uptown Denver, this guide will give you everything you need to know.
Looking for the best neighborhoods in Denver for kids? Head to our next guide on Central Park to learn more about this family-friendly neighborhood.
A short history of Uptown
Just thirty years ago, Uptown Denver (better known as North Capitol Hill) looked totally different. There were real issues with crime and poverty, and the area was known for government buildings and corporate offices.
However, Uptown Denver has seen a surge of development over the past couple of decades, and it’s now a favorite place to live for millennials and working professionals.
Throughout the neighborhood, you’ll find coffee shops, boutiques, hotels, and exercise studios, along with a friendly atmosphere.
Top things to do in North Capitol Hill
If you’re moving to Denver and are looking for things to do, you’re spoiled for choice. Huge attractions like the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum are right on your doorstep. But here are a couple of little-known things to do in Uptown.
Grab a bite
17th Avenue is known as Restaurant Row and is the heart of the neighborhood. A few of our favorite places are Olive & Finch, Stoney’s Uptown, and Steuben’s.
If you’re vegan, you’ll love WaterCourse Foods – they serve delicious vegan comfort food and have a great drinks menu to match.
Visit Monster World
If you’re into horror movies, Monster World is a must-visit. It’s a pop-up event in North Capitol Hill featuring animatronic monsters made of latex. Many are used as props in movies, and you’re allowed to get up close and personal with the exhibits for pictures. Be warned – you’ll have more than a few jump scares!
Catch a show at The Beacon
The Beacon is a trippy bar with immersive art rooms that will make you feel like you’re in a different dimension. The cocktail menu is great, the staff is friendly, and it’s easy to get lost in the colorful exhibits.
One of the best things about Uptown Denver is the eclectic mix of houses on the market. From apartments and lofts to 1920s townhouses, there is something to suit almost any style and budget.
The boundaries of Uptown Denver are 20th Ave, Broadway, Colfax, Downing, and Park Avenue. If you’re in the market to buy a home, the median price in Uptown Denver is $480,000. However, prices range from $100K to $1.3M.
If you’re looking to rent an apartment in Noth Capitol Hill, a one-bed costs an average of $1,494. In comparison, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,983.
Cost of Living & Employment
Uptown Denver is an affordable area, which is why it’s a popular choice with young professionals. The median household income for Uptown Denver is $69,481, which is slightly lower than the Denver average of $75,646.
Most professionals living in Uptown work in the nearby Downtown Denver, which is about five minutes by car. However, be warned, public transit connections are not the best – it’s around a 15-minute walk to the nearest rail line.
There are some great places that make North Capitol Hill stand out. Here are just a couple of our favorite places.
Benedict Fountain Park
Sitting over on Logan Street, Benedict Fountain Park is one of the few parks near Uptown. It was recently renovated and now features a playground, walking trails, and improved landscaping.
If you love the outdoors, the park will definitely become one of your favorite hangouts.
The GC Lounge
The GC Lounge is a hybrid golf club/restaurant with three golf simulators on site. You can try your swing on some of the most prestigious golf courses in the world and then enjoy an upscale dinner and drinks in the bar area.
Historic Queen Anne Building
This cozy tavern has a real fireplace, lounge, and two happy hours. What more could you want? The tavern streams most major sports games on dozens of TVs and is a local hotspot for residents.
If you love retail therapy, you should check out the Peppermint Boutique. It’s known for selling vintage clothing, jewelry, and home decor, and the customer service is second to none.
Top reasons to live here
Uptown Denver is a great neighborhood for young professionals and couples looking for a vibrant nightlife. Although we wouldn’t say this is the best neighborhood for families, there are some key reasons why this is one of our favorite areas:
- Great location close to Downtown and City Park
- Highly walkable (or bikeable)
- A great bar scene with a buzzing nightlife
- Affordable living for a downtown neighborhood
Thinking of Moving to Colorado?
If you’re not from the state and you’re thinking about moving to Colorado, you’ve made a great choice. There are countless great cities and neighborhoods with a real emphasis on outdoor living.
If you don’t know much about the Centennial State, head to our full Colorado guide, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about moving here.