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Boulder Real Estate

Boulder, CO Real Estate

In a metropolitan area where just about any place can have a dramatic view, the one a visitor gets on a summer day from Boulder, CO’s Pearl Street Mall, looking south up the hill past the University of Colorado to the Flatirons beyond, has a majesty that’s one of a kind.  The view alone could be a million miles from Denver, and partially accounts for why Boulder, just 25 miles northwest, considers itself to be so different from the rest of the Denver area.

Boulder’s city and county government systematically tightens the supply of new Boulder homes for sale by buying up open space around the city – around 100,000 acres to date — creating a closed system.  The absence of developable land is further restricted by some of the strictest building regs in the Denver area, virtually closing off the possibility of newer subdivisions to accommodate the increasing popularity.  The net result is a scenic refuge wrapped by dedicated open space rather than water, with prices that climb faster than average, good market or bad.

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Boulder Real Estate

Boulder Homes For Sale

The Boulder, CO real estate market has an exceptional selection of neighborhoods to choose from, some of them for starters, some for buyers with serious resources, none for tighter budgets.

Rising up the landscape to the west are neighborhoods that once offered reasonably priced single-family homes, but not anymore.  The Hill becomes pricier as it nears the scenic Flatiron – red rock sentinels that date from an ancestral Rocky Mountain range, that were shoved up to a 70-degree pitch when the current mountains rose from the continental plate around 67 million years ago.

Today, Boulder real estate in the highest reaches to the west are bordered by the very edge of the Rockies, and to the south along Baseline Street, by Chautauqua Park and Table Mesa – with some of the most scenic and popular hiking and mountain biking trails in the Denver area.

The city’s perimeter comes to a point at its northernmost edge, where formerly ramshackle apartments and rundown commercial are giving way to a new-urban ‘North Boulder’ dining and shopping hub, wrapped by hard-to-find newer construction residential, with a variety of housing types, including lower-maintenance homes.

Along the hogback at the edge of the foothills west of Broadway, and to the east where neighborhoods reach into Boulder County, are areas where 1950s and 1960s homes on larger sites have a high scrape value, as buyers arrive willing to accept the construction restrictions in order to build new custom homes with truly remarkable views.

Further north, or east toward Foothills Parkway, or south along Highway 93 toward Table Mesa, are neighborhoods that offer more affordable Boulder homes for sale.

Amenities Near Boulder Homes

The Boulder, CO real estate market now has four urban hubs:  Its Pearl Street downtown of Mork-and-Mindy fame is centered about a pedestrian mall with increasingly exclusive shopping and dining that have replaced the funky delis and burger joints of decades past.  To the north is Mapleton Hill – a neighborhood that exudes its Victorian roots and has prices that reflect the walkable access to the mall as well as its Mainstreet USA charm.  South of downtown is University Hill, where the CU campus to the east is flanked across Broadway by “the Hill” – a college town of funkier bars and eating establishments that serve frats and sororities.

In recent decades, Pearl Street’s shopping area reached east toward 28th Street, where it runs into U.S. 36 and Boulder’s new Twenty Ninth Street Mall, a hub for newer dining, trendy grocers like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s (it finally has three Denver area outlets now), and chic boutiques.