Mayfair is a great neighborhood close to downtown, just east of Colorado Blvd., that has many beautiful homes built in the early part of the 20th century.  You will find mostly tudors, bungalows and ranches along the tree filled streets.  There are some restaurants and bars in the immediate area but you are only blks to Colorado Blvd, Cherry Creek and Park Hill which all have nice restaurants and bars.  Currently it is a hot area because although you are very close to the city, it is very safe and you can still purchase a 3 bed, 2 bath home for under $300k.