University Hills Denver Neighborhood Guide

Denver’s Quiet Neighbor, University Hills, Provides Tranquility for Residents

Denver’s Quiet Neighbor, University Hills, Provides Tranquility for Residents 

This timeless, well-established neighborhood remains a premier destination for home buyers

University Hills, situated snugly between Colorado Boulevard and I-25 and affectionately known as "U-Hills," is a charming community with a populace of growing families, retired professionals, and urban enthusiasts.

This triangular neighborhood in southeast Denver, just a few miles from the University of Denver, boasts more than meets the eye. With convenient proximity to I-25, a bustling big-box shopping center, two cinemas, and the serene Eisenhower (Mamie Doud) Park, there's no shortage of amenities. Despite a substantial increase in average sale prices, the unpretentious ranch-style homes of University Hills still remain below the Denver average sales price for a single family home offering a highly desirable area to live for Denver buyers in any stage of their lives.

Whether you are looking to relocate or just visit University Hills, here are some of our favorite locations in this classic Denver neighborhood: 


University Hills Guide: Food

Above: 12 eateries combine under Junction Food and Drink to ensure there is something for every palate. (photo credit: Junction Food and Drink Facebook)

Junction Food & Drink: Junction Food and Drink is a chef-curated Food Hall showcasing innovative dishes crafted by esteemed local and national chefs. Complementing the culinary offerings, it boasts a spacious 40-foot indoor/outdoor bar where guests can enjoy full-service drinks. With 12 diverse eateries housed under the roof, there's something for every palate. The Food Hall also shares a parking lot/garage with Dave & Buster's, making it a lively spot for those looking for a fun night out.

Located at 2000 S Colorado Blvd Building IV | Open Monday - Friday 7am - 9pm,  Saturday & Sunday 8am - 9pm

Kokoro: For over three decades, this beloved family-owned Japanese fast-casual eatery has remained a cherished fixture in University Hills. Renowned for its wallet-friendly yet delectable offerings including teriyaki bowls, noodle dishes, and sushi rolls, it's a reliable go-to spot for locals and visitors alike.

Located at 2390 S Colorado Blvd | Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 9:30pm

Cafe de France: With a menu spanning from Benedicts and blintzes to mimosas and macchiatos, the restaurant offers an extensive array of delights. Complete with a well-stocked bar and an abundance of decadent dessert choices, it promises a truly luxurious dining experience.

Located at 2730 S Colorado Blvd | Open Sunday - Monday 7am - 3pm, Tuesday - Thursday 7am-9pm, Friday - Saturday 7am - 10pm

Dough Counter Denver - University Hills Neighborhood Guide

Above: The perfected dough of Dough Counter on full display (photo credit: University Hills Plaza facebook)

Dough Counter: Enjoy NY Style and Sicilian pan pizza, complemented by chicken strips so tender their "feelings might get hurt." This delicious menu comes from a family who has spent decades perfecting the art of dough-making. Located in the iconic University Hills Shopping Plaza at 2500 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222

Poppies Restaurant: With its neighborhood feel, tall booths, low lights, and packed bar, this cozy institution sets the scene for a good meal and a great time. Its menu boasts a variety of delights, from prime rib to beef stroganoff and everything in between. This place is not to be missed!

Located at 2334 S Colorado Blvd | Open Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 8pm, Thursday - Saturday 11am - 9pm

Things To Do in University Hills

Wellshire Golf Course: Established in 1926 right in the heart of University Hills, Wellshire Golf Course features a walkable layout and a lot of history for golf nuts. This is the only public course West of the Mississippi that is a Donald Ross design and legendary golfer Ben Hogan won the 1948 Denver Open at Wellshire. In addition to the 18-hole course and golf amenities, Wellshire features a pub, banquet room and hosts several events and weddings throughout the year. Located at 3333 S Colorado Blvd.

University Hills Plaza: University Hills Plaza is a historic outdoor shopping mall located in Denver, Colorado. For over fifty years, it has provided a space for Colorado businesses to thrive. The plaza features a variety of establishments, including fast food restaurants, retail stores like Target, salons, and a fitness center. Located at 2500 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222

University Hills Plaza

The University Hills Plaza - a staple for over 50 years (photo credit: University Hills Plaza Facebook)

Landmark Chez Artiste Theatre: Opened on November 3, 1972 with Tom Laughlin in “Billy Jack” & Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” as the University Hills 2 - is now three-screen cinema dedicated to showcasing foreign language and independent films for 50 years. Every month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Chez Artiste revives celluloid masterpieces with themed screenings. In August, delve into film noir selections starring Robert Mitchum, while September showcases classic works by Alfred Hitchcock.

Located at 4150 E Amherst Ave | Open Daily check their website for showtimes

Eisenhower Park & Recreation Center: A genuine sanctuary, Eisenhower Park — honoring First Lady Mamie, not the president — presents tennis courts, a playground, shaded spots for picnics, and a delightful recreation center featuring an outdoor pool. In addition to the pool - the Eisenhower Recreation Center features a well-equipped area with cardio and weight equipment, and a selection of group fitness classes. The arts and crafts room caters to both youth and adults, providing opportunities for various creative pursuits like crafting and painting.

Located at 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave | Open Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm, Closed Sundays

Ross - University Hills Branch Library: With its lofty windows, ample cozy seating, and private meeting spaces, this hidden gem of a library branch in U-Hills is the perfect retreat to immerse yourself in a captivating book. Located at 4310 E Amherst Ave | Open Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Closed Sunday 

University Hills Plaza Farmers Markets: Join in with the neighborhood fun for the 7th Annual Farmers Market in University Hills. Saturdays, 9am - 1pm May - October. Shop local at one of the largest farmers markets in the area! Located at 2500 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222

Denver Farmers Markets - University Hills Guide

Above: Residents and visitors alike enjoy the freshest in Colorado produce and products at the University Hills Plaza Farmers Market.  (photo credit: University Hills Plaza Facebook)

Homes and Living in University Hills

University Hills Denver Guide: Homes

Above: This University Hills home, updated by Rankin Goulder Kissinger, exemplifies the original Denver charm combined with modern fresh updates that many homes in the neighborhood have added in recent years.

The homes in University Hills exude a timeless charm and diverse architectural styles that reflect the areas rich history and vibrant character. From classic mid-century ranch-style houses to modern contemporary designs, each home tells a unique story, blending tradition with innovation. Originally developed in the mid-20th century, University Hills has evolved into a sought-after neighborhood renowned for its tranquil atmosphere, tree-lined streets, and close-knit community vibe. 

Many homes boast spacious yards and mature landscaping, providing residents with a serene retreat amidst the bustling city. With its convenient location near amenities such as parks, schools, and shopping centers, University Hills offers an unparalleled quality of life, making it an ideal destination for families, professionals, and anyone seeking a harmonious blend of comfort and urban convenience.

For more information on University Hills, as well as to stay connected with community events, explore University Hills Neighborhood Association at

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