Denver Housing Market: Trends & Prices

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    Denver Real Estate Market Overview

    (Last Updated – 03/2020)

    Situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the mile high city of Denver has become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States—with the population recently topping over 700,000 people. The Denver climate offers mild winters and warm summers, giving the city bragging rights for having over 300 days of sunshine a year. Alongside plenty of sunny days, Denver has had one of the hottest real estate markets in the country over the past few years.

    It’s no wonder people love Denver; with 200 parks in the city and 14,000 acres of parks nearby, it is an outdoorsman’s paradise. As the 19th largest city in the country, Denver has a walkability score of 61 (16th most walkable large city in the U.S.), a transit score of 47, and a bike score of 63.

    Denver’s cost of living is 12% higher than the national average with housing expenses in particular being 34% higher than the average. Denver is 155 square miles and the population has grown by 16.2% in the past eight years. Keep reading to gain insight into the Denver real estate market including average home price, market forecast, and more.

    $418,000

    Avg. Home Price

    $281

    Avg. Price Per Sq. Ft

    24 days

    Avg. Time on Market

    Denver Housing Market Forecast

    The Denver housing market has seen high growth over the past three years, but is predicted to flatten out going into 2020 (less than 1% growth rate). The Denver market is considered one of the best long-term real estate investments.

    Housing market forecast chart

    *Graph taken from Zillow as of 12/2019

    Demographics of the Denver Market

    Denver is a very unique city with a mix of different residents. It is a highly-educated city and considered the seventh healthiest city in the country—which should come as no surprise considering the amount of parks to explore. Here are some fast facts about the demographics of Denver.

    Median Income: $65,224

    Median Age: 34.5

    College Educated: 46.5%

    Homeowners: 52%

    Married: 41%

    Capitol Hill

    Capitol Hill is the most populated Denver neighborhood that happens to perfectly combine history with modernity. For foodies, there are a ton of hip new restaurants and bars to choose from. Parking is notoriously tough in this area, but luckily, “Cap Hill” is the most walkable neighborhood in all of Denver.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    15,853

    Median Age:

    34

    Housing Units:

    $11,713

    Bike Score

    96

    Walk Score:

    92

    Transit Score:

    66

    Median Household Income:

    $58,353

    Capitol Hill Housing Market

    Capitol Hill home values increased by 1.5% in 2019. 100% of residential housing units are within a half-mile of a park. Average home prices are 33% lower than Denver’s overall average.

    The Capitol Hill housing market is expected to drop by less than 1% in 2020. Home values over the past five years have increased by 53% in this neighborhood.


    Average Home Price

    $300,000

    Average Price Per Sqare Ft.

    $374


    Highland

    This neighborhood is filled with bookstores, galleries, and great restaurants. Public transportation is easily accessible and Highland is very bikeable. 72% of Highland residents over age 25 have a college degree (22% higher than the Denver average).

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    9,001

    Median Age:

    35.7

    Housing Units:

    5,268

    Bike Score:

    80

    Walk Score:

    77

    Transit Score:

    60

    Median Household Income:

    105,980

    Highland Housing Market

    Highland home values have increased by 2.9% in 2019. This neighborhood housing market is expected to grow 3.3% in 2020. Home prices in Highland are 33% more expensive than the overall Denver average.


    Average Home Price

    $619,000

    Average Price Per Square Ft.

    $432


    Cherry Creek

    If you like to avoid driving, then Cherry Creek may be the walkable neighborhood for you. This area is known for being both pedestrian- and bike-friendly, with plenty of opportunities to literally “run” errands if you so wish. It’s also a very family-friendly area, with over 200 licensed child care spots to choose from.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    7,140

    Median Age:

    39.7

    Housing Units:

    4,654

    Bike Score:

    79

    Walk Score:

    83

    Transit Score:

    49

    Median Household Income:

    $159,901

    Cherry Creek Housing Market

    The value of homes in Cherry Creek dropped by 2.2% in 2019. This negative trend is expected to continue in 2020 with an expected 3.2% drop. The average list price per square foot in Cherry Creek is more expensive than in Denver, as are the rent prices.


    Average Home Price

    $716,000

    Average Price Per Square Ft.

    $404


    River North Art District (RiNo)

    Art and food lovers alike will have luck in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver. Thanks to recent development efforts, there are tons of great music venues, art galleries, and cutting-edge restaurants to check out. Take a leisurely walk to scope out the street art and wall murals this neighborhood is known for. And don’t forget to stop by a local brewery if you get thirsty.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    4,733

    Median Age:

    31

    Housing Units:

    1,940

    Bike Score:

    92

    Walk Score:

    70

    Transit Score:

    63

    Median Household Income:

    65,966

    River North Arts District Housing Market

    This neighborhood has been up and coming since 2007 when the RiNo Arts District was formed. Local artists began transforming the area from a sea of industrial spaces to an art-filled neighborhood. At that time, warehouses were converted into hip, loft-style condos.


    Average Home Price

    $487,000

    Average Price Per Square Ft.

    $460.15


    Downtown / Lower Downtown (LoDo)

    As the second most walkable neighborhood in Denver, you’ll surely get plenty of exercise in the Downtown neighborhood. This is a populous area of Denver, with a little over 15,000 residents calling this neighborhood home.

    There is plenty to do and see in Downtown, as there are over 650 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to choose from. On average, you can walk to nearly 40 of these establishments in just five minutes.

    Quick Facts

    Population:

    10,320

    Median Age:

    32

    Housing Units:

    $5,976

    Bike Score:

    94

    Walk Score:

    91

    Transit Score:

    89

    Median Household Income:

    $73,839

    Downtown/Lower Downtown Housing Market

    Lower Downtown Denver has been found to be the 11th most expensive neighborhood to live in when analyzed against major U.S. cities.


    Average Home price

    $574,800

    Average Price Per Square Ft.

    $478



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