The Top Ten Denver Neighborhoods of 2016 – Second Quarter Update

The Top Ten Denver Neighborhoods of 2016 – Second Quarter Update

Second quarter 2016 was an eventful one for Denver real estate. The Brexit gave us lower-than-ever mortgage rates and as the second quarter ended, we saw more home inventory than we have had all year. As a result, price reductions increased and it seems like buyers may have more choices and power. But not only did June give us more active and new listings, it also set the record for days on market, average and median sold price, number of homes that sold, and sold volume.

We could be on our way to a much needed market correction.

The 10 Most Expensive Denver Neighborhoods

Sun Valley, Denver, Colorado

When compiling the 10 most expensive Denver Neighborhoods, we found it valuable to include a list based on the greatest price per square foot and another based on highest median sales price. When you think Hilltop neighborhood you think of large houses and expansive lots. While this neighborhood boasted the highest median sale prices in the city, it doesn’t have the highest prices per square foot. Instead, if you want to know the most expensive prices per square foot of real estate, check out the second list. Here you’ll find properties in more densely populated neighborhoods.  While the properties may not be as large, each square foot of them is more pricey.

Based on 2nd Quarter 2016 Median Sale Prices

It’s no surprise to see the top eight neighborhoods on the most expensive neighborhoods based on median sales price list! Now we know what everyone is talking about when they say Denver is expensive! What IS a surprise is to see Sun Valley on this list. With one purchase in April (and the whole year), it made its debut but you probably won’t see it on this list again.

THE 10 MOST EXPENSIVE DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS

(Based on Median Sale Price)

Rank Neighborhood

Median Sale Price
(2016 Q2)

Price per Sq. Ft.
(2016 Q2)

1

Country Club

$1,224,348

$381

2

Hilltop

$948,013

$307

3

Cherry Creek

$823,548

$359

4

Washington Park

$795,867

$346

5

Belcaro

$741,551

$327

6

University Park

$716,278

$290

7

Cory – Merrill

$702,328

$267

8

Wellshire

$669,917

$257

9

Washington Park West

$592,622

$307

10

Sun Valley

$589,945

$307

Denver County

$375,848

$257

2016 Q2 Median Sale Price by Denver Neighborhood

The map below sorts neighborhoods based on their median sale price for the second quarter of 2016. It’s a great tool to use when determining neighborhoods to focus on for your home search. Clicking on an individual neighborhood will show you the exact median sale price for that particular neighborhood.

View map in larger screen here.


Based on 2nd Quarter 2016 Average Price per Square Foot

Union Station and Central Business District switched spots, putting Union Station as the most expensive neighborhood to live in based on price per square foot. 7 out of the 10 neighborhoods on this list didn’t make it on the most expensive neighborhoods based on median sales price. This isn’t a surprise, especially when it comes to the top 3 neighborhoods on this list. Why? Because the properties in these three neighborhoods are significantly smaller, which means price per square foot is more expensive.

THE 10 MOST EXPENSIVE DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS

(Based on Price per Square Foot)

Rank

Neighborhood

Price per Sq. Ft.
(2016 Q2)

Median Sale Price
(2016 Q2)

1

Union Station (LoDo)

$477

$576,224

2

Central Business District

$439

$376,948

3

Civic Center (Golden Triangle)

$383

$543,518

4

Country Club

$381

$1,224,348

5

Five Points

$364

$395,756

6

Cherry Creek

$359

$823,548

7

Highland

$357

$505,369

8

North Capitol Hill (Uptown)

$350

$373,143

9

Washington Park

$346

$795,867

10

Jefferson Park

$341

$471,818

Denver County

$257

$375,848

Average Price per Square Foot for Residential Real Estate by Denver Neighborhood

 

View map in larger screen here.

The 10 Most Affordable Denver Neighborhoods

Based on 2nd Quarter 2016 Median Sale Prices

I’m sure you’ve read that the Denver’s housing market is hot and expensive. The median sales price in all of Denver County has increased by 9.06% from last quarter, with the median sales price at $375,848. But not all of Denver is that expensive! There are still neighborhoods that have a median sales price of $243k and below. For the first time this year, Kennedy did not make it on this list.

THE 10 MOST AFFORDABLE DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS

(Based on Median Sale Price)

Rank Neighborhood

Median Sale Price
(2016 Q2)

Price per Sq. Ft.
(2016 Q2)

1

Windsor

$168,396

$171

2

DIA

$186,250

$156

3

Westwood

$218,462

$203

4

Hampden

$218,743

$154

5

Globeville

$220,833

$185

6

Elyria Swansea

$228,353

$199

7

Indian Creek

$230,250

$177

8

College View / South Platte

$231,625

$203

9

Villa Park

$241,000

$230

10

Valverde

$243,375

$234

Denver County

$375,848

$257

Based on 2nd Quarter 2016 Price per Square Foot

There are some neighborhoods where you can just get more bang for the buck and knowing the price per square foot helps determine how much house you can afford.

Median sales price/price per square foot = average square footage you can purchase

THE 10 MOST AFFORDABLE DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS

(Based on Price per Square Foot)

Rank

Neighborhood

Price per Sq. Ft.
(2016 Q2)

Median Sale Price
(2016 Q2)

1

Kennedy

$132

$284,083

2

Montbello

$141

$255,000

3

Fort Logan

$145

$326,308

4

Bear Valley

$147

$331,528

5

Gateway / Green Valley Ranch

$148

$286,119

6

Harvey Park South

$150

$331,792

7

Goldsmith

$153

$255,835

8

Hampden

$154

$218,743

9

DIA

$156

$186,250

10

Windsor

$171

$168,396

Denver County

$257

$375,848

The 10 Fastest Selling Denver Neighborhoods

With the exception of Whittier, all the top ten fastest selling neighborhoods are toward the bottom of the median sale price rankings.  The entry level price points are where things are selling the fastest, and some neighborhoods are smoking fast.

THE 10 FASTEST SELLING
DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS

Rank

Neighborhood

Avg. Days on Market
(2016 Q2)

1

Sun Valley

0

2

Villa Park

5

3

Barnum

6

4

Indian Creek

6

5

Montbello

7

6

College View / South Platte

7

7

Ruby Hill

7

8

Athmar Park

7

9

Whittier

8

10

Bear Valley

8

Denver County

21

Average Days on Market for Denver County Neighborhoods (2nd Quarter 2016)

 

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The 10 Denver Neighborhoods with the Greatest Price Appreciation

Greatest Quarter-over-Quarter Price Appreciation

Median sales prices are continuing to increase throughout Denver County and the appreciation rates for some neighborhoods are ridiculously high. The biggest surprise was to see Hale coming in hot with a 74% appreciation rate. This is not a typo but it also isn’t the norm, for Denver or for Hale. Hale has a higher than normal appreciation rate this quarter because of the lower than normal median sales price it had last quarter. The 74% appreciation rate isn’t a true reflection of how quickly the neighborhood is appreciating, it’s just a reflection of the low median sales price it had for the first quarter of 2016.

THE 10 DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS WITH THE GREATEST QUARTER-OVER-QUARTER PRICE APPRECIATION

Rank

Neighborhood

% Change in
Median Sale Price
(2016 Q2 vs. 2016 Q1)

1

Hale

74.0%

2

University Park

25.7%

3

Washington Virginia Vale

25.4%

4

Barnum West

25.2%

5

Lowry Field

25.2%

6

Valverde

22.3%

7

Kennedy

22.3%

8

Skyland

22.0%

9

Washington Park

21.3%

10

Sunnyside

18.7%

Denver County

9.06%

Quarter-over-Quarter % Change in Median Sale Price | Denver Neighborhoods

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Greatest Year-over-Year Price Appreciation

7 out of 10 neighborhoods with the greatest year-over-year price appreciation are new to the list. The three that stayed on the list from last quarter are College View/South Platte, Cory-Merrill, and Globeville.

THE 10 DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS WITH THE GREATEST YEAR-OVER-YEAR PRICE APPRECIATION

Rank

Neighborhood

% Change in
Median Sale Price
(2016 Q2 vs. 2015 Q2)

1

Washington Virginia Vale

81.4%

2

College View / South Platte

63.6%

3

Lowry Field

57.2%

4

Globeville

53.5%

5

Overland

47.4%

6

Cory – Merrill

44.7%

7

Country Club

38.7%

8

Valverde

35.2%

9

Barnum

31.8%

10

Cheesman Park

31.6%

Denver County

8.1%

Year-over-Year % Change in Median Sale Price | Denver Neighborhoods

View map in larger screen here.

 

The 10 Denver Neighborhoods with the Greatest Amount of Inventory

We ended the second quarter with more inventory than we’ve had all year. There are some neighborhoods with over three months of inventory, which is exceptionally high for Denver these days. There is no coincidence that several of the neighborhoods with the greatest amount of inventory are also on Denver’s Most Expensive List (PSF and MSP). We also noticed that City Park and West Colfax made it on this list but they didn’t make it on either most affordable or most expensive neighborhood to live lists. Perhaps these two neighborhoods could be a good middle ground for buyers and a good place to start for first time home buyers.

THE 10 DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS WITH THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF INVENTORY

Rank

Neighborhood

Months of Inventory
(2016 Q2)

1

Union Station (LoDo)

5.1

2

City Park

4.6

3

Auraria

4.5

4

Hilltop

3.5

5

Cherry Creek

3.2

6

Belcaro

3.0

7

University Park

2.8

8

Jefferson Park

2.6

9

West Colfax

2.4

10

Highland

2.1

Denver County

1.3

 

The 10 Denver Neighborhoods with the Least Amount of Inventory

 

4 out of 10 of the neighborhoods with the least amount of inventory also made it to the most affordable neighborhoods list. When the median sales price is in a price range that the majority of first time homebuyers can afford, it is obvious the homes will sell quicker than most.

THE 10 DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF INVENTORY

Rank

Neighborhood

Months of Inventory
(2016 Q2)

1

Sun Valley

0.0

2

DIA

0.3

3

Barnum West

0.3

4

Marston

0.4

5

Montbello

0.5

6

Mar Lee

0.5

7

Elyria Swansea

0.5

8

Barnum

0.6

9

Indian Creek

0.6

10

Ruby Hill

0.6

Denver County

1.3

All statistics compiled from REColorado.

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