Walkability: Top 3 best (and worst!) Denver neighborhoods for walking to the coffee shop

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Walkability -- that is, how close a property is located to grocery stores, banks, restaurants, bus routes and bike trails -- is becoming increasingly important to home-buyers and apartment-dwellers, says local realtor John Skrabec. "People see the benefits of a walkable lifestyle and so they're seeking that out," says Skrabec, who owns Live Urban Real Estate in Denver. So which are Denver's three best (and three worst) neighborhoods, walk-wise?

Here are Skrabec's picks for the best:

The Golden Triangle
"The Golden Trinagle is so close to museums and pubs and restaurants and groceries."

Capitol Hill
The neighborhood, he says, is "a walker's paradise" for many of the same reasons.

LoDo
Even though there's no grocery store (which could change soon!), the neighborhood is full of myriad bars, restaurants and even smaller shops in which to buy food, he says.

And the worst:

Stapleton
"Because there are so few things in Stapleton and they're mostly on Quebec (Street), people deep in Stapleton have a long way to go. They're more car-dependent."

Green Valley Ranch
Green Valley Ranch, far in the city's northeast corner, is also very car-centric, he says.

Southwest Denver, such as Barnum and Villa Park
"There are not a lot of amenities there, and the amenities that are there are on major streets like Federal (Boulevard) and Sheridan (Boulevard)" -- which aren't very walkable.

Curious about your own neighborhood? Check out www.walkscore.com. Simply type in your address and the website will spit out a score on a scale of 1 to 100. Westword's office at 969 Broadway score an 83 -- "very walkable." Too bad we don't live here.

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Greendaisy1
Greendaisy1

So glad you called out Stapleton, and Lowry has a similar problem. These *new* neighborhoods are touted as being green and walkable, but really they're just nouveau Levittowns, totally dependent on the automobile...but then again, at least they have sidewalks. Many older neighborhoods around them do not.

guest
guest

I live in Stapleton with 3 kids and one car. We can walk or ride our bikes to the grocery store, to school, various places to eat, the dentist, our doctor. I can ride to the office near LoDo in 20 minutes and do so every day or to Jazz in the Park with the family every Sunday.

Yes, for now some people (whose lower home price reflects the inconvenience) in the eastern parts of the development are not within walking distance of these things. With the development of the eastbridge shopping district that will no longer be the case. Stapleton is a master planned community; and that plan will take many years to complete.

Perhaps a bit of research is in order before you make a comment next time?

 

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