Each year, Sunset Magazine searches across the West to find towns, cities and neighborhoods that are easy to love.  The 2016 West’s Best Places to Live were published this month, and Denver was a runner up in two of the categories: Best City Neighborhood and Best Suburb.

The Best City Neighborhood runner-up for 2016 is La Alma Lincoln Park.  This neighborhood is situated between Colfax and 6th Avenue, and Speer Blvd and I-25.  La Alma is a vibrant, mixed-use, urban community with a lot to offer. It is home to the Santa Fe Arts District and the Colorado Ballet, it has many transit options, and boasts a strong sense of community.  It is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, with 93% of its residential blocks developed before 1900.  Population: 6,000.  Median home price: $300,000.

Castle Rock is the runner-up for the Best Suburb in the West, known for its good schools and safe neighborhoods.  Castle Rock, a former quarry town, is located about 20 miles from the Denver Tech Center.  It has been ranked by Money Magazine, Apartment List, and NerdWallet as one of the nations’ best places to live, to raise a family, and to find a job.  Cost of living, education system, and economic growth were all factors in determining Castle Rock’s high ranking across the board.  Population: 55,747.  Median home price: $396,700.  

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