By Dr Denver H. Bubble
5280 Denver's Mile High Magazine recently released a list of the four most affordable neighborhoods in the Denver area. We spoke about the most affordable neighborhood on Wednesday, Indian Creeks and the second Friday, Montbello. The third most affordable neighborhood in scope is Mar Lee. The average home sale price was $291,033. The 2016 median income is $48,172 vs. $61,105 for Denver as a whole. There are several schools in the area, some good and some bad. Force Elementary, Charles M. Schenck Community School, and Denison Montessori met DPS expectations while Johnson Elementary received lower marks. A great area of recreation, Garfield Lake Park in Mar Lee with its tennis courts, 0.6-mile running trail, new bike path for kids, outdoor pool, and playground is one of the city’s most pleasant green spaces. The Mar Lee is also heavily Hispanic, at almost 60% of the area. The percentage who do not speak English well or at all is 12.6% vs. 6.2% for Denver as a whole. Finally, the Mar Lee neighborhood has a higher poverty rate than the city of Denver, 17.8% vs. 13.7%. The overall rate remains close to or lower than average for all types of offenses, though crime did tick up 4% last year.