Boulder area - Boulder County
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Allenspark, Berthoud, Boulder, Broomfield, Eldorado Springs, Firestone, Gold Hill, Gunbarrel, Hygiene, Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Niwot, Pinecliffe, Pinewood Springs, Rollinsville, Superior, Ward, in CO.
Average Rental Prices for Boulder:
|Single family home||2 Bedroom||$1,774|
|Single family home||3 Bedroom||$2,391|
|Single family home||4 Bedroom||$3,314|
|Single family home||5+ Bedroom||$3,012|
Boulder offers amazing views of the flat iron mountains just about anywhere in town.
People that live in Boulder tend to be environmentally aware. For instance you will see just about everyone recycling their trash on the street curb. They also tend to be very fit by staying active with outdoor activities. When in Boulder you will see more people running, hiking, biking than most towns in the US. On the political side people in Boulder tend to be at the opposite end for the rest of the people in Colorado.
Boulder has a very limited growth rate for housing. This causes housing prices and home rental prices for single family homes and condos to be priced extremely high. The reason for the limited growth is Boulder's willingness to purchase all the outlining areas into open space.
One of my favorite places to eat Sunday bunch is at Chautauqua Dining Hall. This works well just after doing some nearby hiking. The homes around Chautauqua Park are very expensive because of the great location and being close to campus.
Crossroads Mall in Boulder which took a pounding from Flat Irons Crossing Mall just recently under went a massive demo and reconstruction effect in 2006.
Boulder is known for the University of Colorado main campus. One of the things I love the best about the campus is the architecture, all the roof tops are made from the same material giving it an almost Tuscan style.
Things to do in Boulder: NCAR - if you get a chance drive up to NCAR (6,000') and check out the free tour they have on atmospheric science and the great view looking down at Boulder. This is great activity for the kids. Behind NCAR are some outstanding hiking trials too. Bolder Boulder Race - each Memorial Day weekend is the Bolder Boulder 10K running race. It is one of the largest 10K's in the US. Boulder Kinetics - around the first weekend in May is a crazy race in Boulder called Kinetics, put on by KBCO the local radio station travels over water and land.
Pearl Street Mall is a great place to walk and look around and eat. I don't shop there normally because it is too expensive. If you get a chance to walk the mall around mother's day you are in for a treat because they have just a ton of tulips all around the mall.
Neighborhoods: Arapahoe Ridge, Aurora 7, Basemar, Canon Park, Centennial, Columbine, Country Club, Devil's Thumb, Flagstaff, Frasier Meadows, Glenwood Grove, Highland Park, Industural East Boulder, Mapleton Hill, Martin Acres, Moores, North Boulder Park, Old Town, Olde Stage, Original Town Boulder, Palo Park, Pine Brook Hills, Rock Creek, Rural North Boulder, Southeast Boulder, Table Mesa, University Hill, Whittier and Wonderland Hill.
Some of my favorite places to eat are: Mediterranean (The Med), Brasserie Ten Ten, West End Tavern and for really good margs the Rio. Good place to have a beer is at Old Chicago.
Watch out when you park in Boulder, don't let the meter run out because those meter people are very fast at handing out tickets.
Boulder has around 100,000 people at a little over 5,400' feet. The weather is mostly sunny and very dry. It can feel nice in warm in the winter because of the sun but it gets pretty cold at night. The wind can really pick up with gusts up to 90 mph, mostly the high winds come in the winter. When it does snow it melts pretty fast because the sun is so intense. Sometimes is gets too dry and the lawns get brown pretty fast. The towns surrounding Boulder have nice green lawns, but for the most part homes in Boulder have not so nice lawns because Boulder residents are environmentally friendly and like to save water.
Some of the major employers in Boulder are: University of Colorado, IBM, Ball Aerospace, NCAR, Tyco International, Amgen, Lockheed Martin and Celestial Seasonings. In most of these high tech companies you will see that people that work in Boulder dress in jeans without a suit and tie. When I worked for a chip manufacturer in Boulder I wore shorts most of the time. During the lunch hour you will see lots of people traveling down some of the many bike paths, everyone is dresses real casually.
Boulder is about 30 minutes from Denver (without traffic), about 50 minutes to the airport and about 1 hour from Estes Park.
Boulder is a beautiful place to live with an amazing view anywhere you are in town. Many high tech employers have no problem recruiting workers here because of its great outdoor lifestyle. Since the cost of living in Boulder is higher than the national average, the business must pay a higher salary.
Homes in Boulder CO can range from the typical bungalow built in around the 1890's to today where several homes are being scrapped to the ground and newer larger homes are put up in there place near the Pearl Street Mall area. South of downtown you will find other types of homes such as the ranch style homes in the large subdivision Martin Acres.
As for the past few years much of the growth has occurred at the north edge of Boulder where Broadway meets 36. Many of these houses are planned to be affordable. Real estate in Boulder will remain strong because the town has done an excellent job at not letting urban sprawl occur as it has in neighboring towns such as Superior Colorado.
Boulder city web site: official web site phone (303) 441-3000 (directory)
Schools: list of all Boulder schools
Trash and Recycling: (303) 441-4234
Post Office: 1905 15th St. 80302 (main branch)
Gas and Electric: Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Water and sewer: City of Boulder: (303) 441-3260
Telephone: Qwest (800) 544-1111
Broomfield, which not too long ago was just a bedroom community now has grown into its own with the addition of a high tech business park (Interlocken), world class golf course, and a high end shopping mall (Flat Irons Crossing). Broomfield has also grown in other ways - one of which was becoming its own county as well. Unfortunately all the new and exciting things that have happened to Broomfield are on the opposite side of the Boulder Turnpike way from the residential area - all the new features feel like they are more apart of Superior than Broomfield.
Broomfield's JeffCo airport is the 4th busiest airport in Colorado, catering to the Denver and Boulder's corporate upper echelon. The airport has become a gateway to the rockies for the small business traveler.
The Omni Interlocken golf course which has 27 holes running through the Interlocken business park was ranked third "Best Resort courses of Colorado". The course has great views of the front range.
Located just 10 minutes north of Boulder, Niwot is a sleepy old-fashioned community. With miles of white picket fences and a population of only 4000, this neighborhood boasts great mountain views, homes with large lots and one of the Boulder area's best fine restaurants - La Chantecler.
Niwot's historic downtown is locally recognized as one of the area's best places for antique shopping. Stroll Main Street and visit antique stores and small shops, a gourmet market, a great coffee shop and fine restaurants for dining. Also located on Main Street is the Niwot Inn, one of the finest luxury western inns along the front range.
Niwot is located next to the campuses of many of Boulder's biggest employers, including IBM, Celestial Seasonings and Qualcomm. Also located nearby is the Haystack Golf Course, which has a relaxed golfing atmosphere.
The single family homes in Niwot have sold in a price range from $192k to $1.7 million in the past year in a half. Niwot real estate prices are higher than average due to it's 10 minute commuting distance to Boulder.
Located 16 miles from Boulder, Jamestown is a small quiet mountain town of about 250 people. To get to Jamestown from Boulder you travel up through James Canyon, which on weekends is filled with cyclists riding up to Jamestown for lunch at the cafe. Sometimes you will see more cyclists than cars as you travel up through the canyon.
Jamestown is surrounded my national forest, some of which was damaged in a 2003 forest fire. The Roosevelt National Forest prevents the town from growing in size. The elevation is about 7,000 feet. Jamestown was incorporated in 1863. The U.S. Postal Service opened a branch office in 1866.
Superior only had 250 residents back in the mid-80's and now has over 9,000. The town's growth has slowed in the past few years and is almost tapped out for new residential growth. Just one subdivision called Rock Creek created almost all the growth. The construction on Rock Creek began in the beginning of 1987. A second smaller subdivision called Sagamore is located behind Target.
With Superior's quick proximity to the Boulder-Denver Turnpike (36) it makes it a natural for commuters since Superior does not have much of an employer base. Even though the Interlocken business park is not in Superior it feels like it because it is on the same side of the Boulder-Turnpike. Interlocken has many high tech business such as Level3, SunMicrosystems and more.
While there is not many trees in Superior (except the parks), the town does appear much like urban sprawl as viewed from 36. PBS some years ago did a special on urban sprawl called Subdivide and Conquer: A Modern Western and Superior Colorado was highlighted in the show. However trees are growing and residents are just starting to paint their houses from the stock bland Richmond American Homes colors to more creative colors.
While Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant is only just a few miles south of Superior, a National Geographic article sites that the clean up is one of the best in the country for nuclear plants. After the clean up is completed there is talk of turning the site into at federal wildlife refuge.
The Flat Irons are not quite visible to most residents, but many do have a pretty good look at the foothills which is just 6 miles away. Some do not get a mountain view at all because Superior is somewhat shaped like a bowl.
Most real estate agents when discussing Rock Creek usually divide the town in two parts: north of Coalton Road and south of Coalton Road. The north side is older and has more cul-de-sacs and these homes have a tendency to sell faster than the houses on the south side.
One of the towns largest events each year is the Old West Chili Fest held at Community Park with live music, beer and games for the kids. This is a free event.