Denver, Colorado, is a ski bum's paradise. The slopes are a bit of a drive from the Mile High City, which you can still think of as a gateway to some of the best skiing in the country, with Echo Mountain, Loveland Ski Resort, and Eldora Mountain just an hour away by car (you can get to Vail in under two hours.) Even if you don't ski, Denver's got a lot to offer—sunny, surprisingly mild winters, low property taxes, gorgeous parks, and bike-friendly streets, not to mention legal, recreational marijuana.
Denver's also got a burgeoning tech scene, which has slightly ticked up its cost of living but also bolstered the city's job market. For folks who like good beer and great food, the city's brewery and restaurant scene is seriously underrated, with standouts like Great Divide Brewing Co. and Hop Alley drawing locals and visitors alike. And if you need a short break from the Rocky Mountains, Denver's only a quick flight to bigger coastal cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.
If any of that sounds appealing to you, here's a taste of what's out there.
4180 S. Pontiac St., Hampden South
This three-bedroom, two-bath ranch house, also pictured above, is located in Hampden South, a surburban-esque spot located near Cherry Creek State Park. Highlights include a covered patio, wood flooring, walk-in closet in the master bedroom, and a gorgeous kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a granite-topped breakfast bar. Other features include central cooling system, and and a five-piece bath in the master suite, in addition to a big backyard and two parking spots. The neighborhood is home to a number of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops, and the public schools in the area are well regarded. The house is priced at $589,000.
1113 N. Washington St., Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is one of Denver's hippest neighborhoods, rife wih drinking holes like Hudson Hill and celebrated eateries like Mizuna. This four-bedroom, two-bath Victorian is located right in the middle of the action, and comes with a gourmet eat-in kitchen, living room with a fireplace, dining room, and big windows. Other highlights include a private rooftop deck off the master suite, front porch, and gorgeous, fenced-off yard. The house is priced at $750,000.
578 N. High St., Country Club
If Capitol Hill is Denver's Williamsburg, Country Club is its Upper East Side, with its mansions, proximity to upscale shopping area Cherry Creek, and exclusive Denver Country Club. This five-bedroom, four-bath square house features an impressive dining room, stately living room with a fireplace, cheery sunroom, and gourmet kitchen outfitted with high-end appliances. Other highlights include fireplaces in the master suite and second bedroom, an entertainment room, covered back deck, and a big yard. The house is priced at $1,343,000.
1512 Larimer St., #27, LoDo
If you'd prefer not to give up apartment-living, this two-level, two-bedroom, three-bath condo has an open layout, with a handsome, stainless steel appliance-stocked kitchen; a stately dining area; and a large, light-filled living room. There's a also a study with French doors, balcony, and glass-enclosed tub in the master bath. The apartment is located in LoDo, a hip downtown neighborhood full of trendy stores and restaurants. The unit is priced at $728,000.
1427 S. Lafayette St., Wash Park
If you need more space, this five-bedroom, four-bath house has an expanded kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, living room with a fireplace, sunlit office, and master bath with a glass-enclosed shower. Other highlights include a finished basement and a back porch. The house is located in Wash Park, a residential neighborhood that includes the sprawling, flower garden-filled Wash Park, from which it gets its name. The property is priced at $1,200,000.