How do I find housing?
market in Denver is unfortunately very competitive, and rentals can go quite
fast. If you are planning a trip to look at places, it may be optimal to
visit closer (<1 month) to your move in date. If you come much
earlier, most rentals on the market will have expected move-in dates within the
month, as renters don't want their places to sit empty for more than a couple
weeks. If cutting it that close is too anxiety-provoking for you, looking
at the larger commercial apartments may be your best bet, as they list their
upcoming openings a bit further in advance.
www.craigslist.com: the way the majority of us found our first
apartments. Tends to be a focus on
larger apartment complexes, but also has several houses for rent as well
www.padmapper.com or www.hotpads.com: Pulls from several websites
(including craigslist) to come up with a searchable map- great if you know a
specific location(s) where you’d like to live
www.zillow.com: Best website to find houses to rent/buy. Also includes
Click on Resources--> Medlist (left side of the page): This is a new
experiment by the residency program, sort of a Craigslist for residents. There should be some housing posted here in
the next few weeks, as residents who are moving post their apartments/houses
For orientation purposes: Denver Health is
located at Speer & 8th, the VA is at 8th & Clermont, PSL is at 18th
& Franklin, and University is at Colfax & Peoria.
LoDo, or lower downtown, is located just North of downtown and South
of I-25. LoDo is a broad though short section of town, borded by Blake and
I-25. The South Platte River runs through the middle of it and it has several
large parks along the shores. In terms of proximity to the hospitals, commutes
via car to DH, PSL and the VA are approximately 5, 5 and 20 minutes
respectively. Getting to the U means I-70, which is typically 25 minutes in the
morning, and can unfortunately be >45 minutes if you're coming home with
rush hour. LoDo is predominantly condominiums, though there are rare apartments
(largest development would be the Manhattan). LoDo is a popular spot for
younger folks, with many recent college graduates living in the area. LoDo has
a very large bar scene including sports bars, brewpubs and wine bars. LoDo also
hosts a number of restaurants and small shops.
to Denver Health, within walking distance of great restaurants/bars/baseball
long commute to University, not very kid friendly
The Highlands and its neighbor, the Lower Highlands (or LoHi) are
located just North and West of downtown. Highlands is somewhat amorphous in
terms of what boundaries technically define it, though generally it is W 29th
Avenue to W 38th Avenue and Zuni to Tennyson. LoHi is even more amorphous;
though it is generally considered to be bounded by Zuni, W 32nd Avenue and
I-25. These are two of the most rapidly developing neighborhoods in Denver. In
terms of proximity to the hospitals, commutes via car to DH, PSL, and the VA
are approximately 5, 10 and 20 respectively. Getting to the U means I-70, which
is typically 25 minutes in the morning, and can unfortunately be >45 minutes
if you're coming home with rush hour. The Highlands generally consists of
single-family houses with scattered condos and apartments. LoHi is more of a
condominium development though both houses and apartments exist there as well.
They are both known for excellent restaurants and a number of good bars and
breweries. Access is very easy to downtown either by bike or foot.
Just north of downtown, an up and
coming neighborhood is RiNo (short for River North). It has the reputation for
being a very artsy neighborhood. There are lots of hip restaurants and bars.
Several of the best local breweries also call this neighborhood home (River
North, Epic, Blackshirt, Our Mutual Friend). It was traditionally an industrial
area that is now being repurposed. There are several nice apartment buildings
in this area. Commutes to the hospitals are the same as you would experience if
you lived in LoDo.
Pros: Close to downtown but more
reasonably priced, lots of fun things to do
Cons: Long commute to University
One of Denver's oldest neighborhoods,
it has recently been experiencing a major revitalization. Things are changing
and it is now one of the hottest places to live. If you're looking to buy a
house in the city of Denver, this may be a reasonable place to look.
Interestingly it has been called the "Harlem of the West" due to its jazz
history (90% sure no one has ever called it this). The neighborhood is north of
Pros: Close to downtown and Uptown,
possibly an affordable house, super close to PSL, pretty close to Denver Health
Cons: Again, pretty far from University
South of Colfax and north of Cherry Creek, Congress Park is a mostly
residential area with a few pockets of restaurants/grocery stores/etc. and
multiple green spaces (including the Denver Botanic Gardens). Centrally
located--equidistant between VA/DH, a little farther away from UH. Very close
to Gov Park/Cheesman/Capitol HIll (see below)
Capital Hill/Governor’s Park/Cheesman:
Capitol Hill is a fun neighborhood just east of downtown Denver. It is
a densely populated area with a great selection of bars and restaurants.
Three of Denver’s most popular music venues, The Fillmore, Bluebird and Ogden
theaters can be found on the northern border of Capitol Hill. Average rent
ranges from $800-1100 for a one bedroom apartment. Street parking
is limited after 6pm, but most available apartments have spots for rent.
This neighborhood is central to Denver Health (5 minutes via car),
VA Hospital (5-10 minutes) and PSL (5 minutes). The University Hospital
is a 20-25 minute drive on average.
Cheeseman Park is a large urban park and neighborhood that forms the
eastern border of Capitol Hill. Average rent ranges from
$800-1200. It is primarily residential but its central location
means plenty of access to restaurants, bars, etc. Also, the park
itself is huge and a great outlet for dog walking, frisbee and other activities.
Pros: Central location puts it within reasonable distance of all
hospitals. Great for dogs, kids
Cons: Difficult to find an affordable single family houses here, most
are larger houses that have been divided into apartments
City Park is just north of Colfax, and is the biggest park in Denver
and contains the Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science. Most places
within walking distance of City Park are very central to the hospitals and
great places to live.
Pros: Central location puts it within reasonable distance of all
hospitals. Great for kids given walking distance to zoo/museum
Cons: Difficult to find an affordable single family houses here,
buying a house in this neighborhood will cost you well over $500,000. Most
places that are within budget of residents will be apartments
Great neighborhood to walk around in, good
small parks, good local schools. Very close to the Zoo, the Museum of
Nature and Science, and City Park. Moreover, a great central location to
all 3 hospitals. Typically has very easy parking and fairly quiet streets.
Also, there are many great neighborhood strips of shops (such as off of 23rd)
which have many local restaurants. The restaurants aren't quite as
rambunctious at those on Capitol Hill or Downtown, but are great places for
families. Some places right along Colfax are a little bit sketchy, so try
to stay a block or two north or south of it. If you're looking to buy,
these may be out of the price range, but you can usually find a good place to
rent for not too much.
Ripped from a description from Sunset Magazine, “one of Denver’s
hippest 'hoods, with lively new restaurants, chic shops and a cheery,
progressive vibe.” Centrally located (very close to PSL, decently close to
DH/VA and a bit further from UH) with a mix of apartments/lofts and older
homes. Great place to go out in and very close to downtown (you could walk to
Rockies game in the summer) with lots of different housing options.
It's actually a separate city from Denver,
and it boasts many stores such as the biggest Super Target in town, Home Depot,
and probably the nicest King Soopers (a Safeway-like supermarket) you'll ever
go to. It also tends to be a quite ethnically diverse neighborhood.
Some of the apartments are a bit old, but many have been renovated, and could
be a great fit. It's just a short drive to the Cherry Creek Shopping
Center or the VA. Of note, there are a few clubs such as the famous
"Shotgun Willie's" which may attract interesting patrons, but if you
stay a few blocks away from places like that, it's not a bad place to live.
Pros: Close to the VA, 10-15 min to DH
Cons: Traffic along Colorado can be difficult
Cherry Creek is a neighborhood west of Colorado and south of 6th that
is still very central to all 3 hospitals (and potentially walkable to the VA).
It's anchored by a large upscale mall, several blocks of local
restaurants/boutiques/bars (home to probably the best burger in Denver at the
Cherry Cricket) and a mix of houses and apartments. A good "middle
ground" with a vibrant feel but an easy neighborhood to live in.
close to downtown, many restaurants and stores
Cons: one of
the more expensive neighborhoods. Further to University (20-25 min). As lots
of business lives here, it can be crowded with heavy traffic during the day.
A little further south and west,
but a great area that surrounds a large park that has great
running/biking/walking/picnic-ing/general recreational space. Your dogs will
appreciate living here. Also had a few different cute strips of restaurants/stores.
Slightly longer commute but could give your more green space to play.
This family friendly neighborhood is located in the eastern most
portion of Denver and has attractive school districts at all levels as well as a
short commute to the University. There are multiple options for
housing including new build homes, apartments, condos, and lofts. Almost
all of the housing options are new developments with upscale amenities.
There is a main town center with an outdoor mall that has the typical chain
stores, a grocery store, and multiple parks. Incoming residents looking
for access to the heart of the Denver cultural, restaurant, and night life
scene may find that Stapleton is removed and has a suburban vibe. The
drive time to the University is 5-10 min, 10-15 min to the VA, and 20 min to
Denver Health. The technical cross streets for Stapleton are: North 56th
ave, South –Montview blvd, East – Peoria st, and West –Quebec St
construction, lots of greenspace, good for dogs/kids, not as expensive as
removed from downtown
Similar to Stapleton, Lowry is an eastern Denver neighborhood that
boasts a family friendly atmosphere with a mix of older housing and new
development. There is a local town center that has a major grocery store,
24hr fitness as well as other gyms, and multiple shops and chain restaurants
easily at hand. Housing consists of new build homes, multiple apartment
centers with deluxe amenities, lofts, and older neighborhood homes. Drive
times are 10 min to both the University and the VA and 20 min to Denver
Health. The nice thing about Lowry is that rush hour traffic does not
greatly impact your commute times. Incoming residents looking for access
to the heart of the Denver cultural, restaurant, and night life scene may find
that Lowry has a somewhat removed and suburban vibe. The technical cross
streets for Lowry are: North - 11th Avenue, South - Alameda Avenue, East -
Uinta Way, West - Quebec Street.
Newer construction. Close to both University and VA (10-15 min).
Will get more space for your money here than in more central
neighborhoods. Plenty of outdoor green space and parks.
Denver Health around 25 minutes during resident driving hours. Less
restaurants / bars / shopping than other neighborhoods. Drive to downtown
and mountains longer than others.
Aurora/Centennial/Englewood: The cities south and east of
Denver. Very suburban feel, with a lot
of affordable single family homes.
to University Hospital, affordable housing prices (with fenced yards!) If you
live in South Aurora, Centennial or Englewood, access to an excellent school
construction, long commute to the mountains/downtown, far from Denver Health
(>45 min in rush hour traffic), be wary of living within 2 blocks north or
south of Colfax in north Aurora for safety reasons. Also, most neighborhoods in Centennial and
Englewood have HOA fees that will have to be factored into housing prices
Lakewood: City west of Denver. Very easy access to the mountains.
to mountains, relatively short commute to Denver Health and downtown. Excellent
school district (JeffCo)
commute to University hospital (where you will spend the majority of your
intern year). I’m actually not aware of
any residents that live in Lakewood.