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Boulder Artist Don Coen Featured on The Today Show

Boulder Artist Don Coen Featured on The Today Show

Boulder is full of interesting and accomplished people. Through my business I get to meet many of these wonderful people and that is one of the great joys of my profession.  I grew up one street over from artist Don Coen.  Over the years the Kearney family has had various personal and business relations with Don and his family.  Don was recently featured on the Today Show where his beautiful and vibrant paintings of migrant workers was highlighted.  These paintings are being featured at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center through May 21st.  Here is a link to that show. I love that we are surrounded by good people, quietly doing exceptional...
The Vision & Legacy of Boulder’s Lifestyle

The Vision & Legacy of Boulder’s Lifestyle

I stumbled across this video produced by The City of Boulder about the Boulder Comprehensive Plan.  The video is not only well produced and beautiful, it gives some historical insight as to the creation and maintenance of the open space that surrounds our fair city. When I am showing around someone from out of town for the first time I always tell them about the foresight of our city forefathers (just over 40 years ago) who started preserving what was unique and great about our area. Can you imagine if market forces were allowed to prevail and there was a sea of houses and strip malls in an unending swath from the foothills to the city limits? If you appreciate the lifestyle in Boulder it’s well worth a watch....
Where to Stay When Visiting Boulder

Where to Stay When Visiting Boulder

Before you move to the Boulder area you will need to visit. When you need lodging in Boulder here are some choices to consider. I have tried to give a good selection of price ranges while choosing the locations that I think would help you get a feel for the town.  Prices will vary depending upon your dates and availability at the hotels. Hotel Boulderado – ~$270 http://www.boulderado.com/ The Hotel Boulderado is located right in Downtown Boulder, one block from the Pearl Street Mall. Staying at the Boulderado will give you a great sense of what Boulder is all about. If you have never been to Boulder this is a great place to stay. It was built in 1909 as a joint project to attract tourists. It is still attracting crowds.     St. Julian Hotel – ~$350 http://www.stjulien.com/ If you are looking to be pampered in Downtown Boulder this is the place. Located right downtown with easy access to all that downtown Boulder has to offer. If you really want to do it up request a room with a view of the Flatirons. Spa on site.     Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast – $165 – $205 http://www.briarrosebb.com/ A bed and breakfast conveniently located near downtown Boulder and the University of Colorado. Great option if you are looking for something different than a normal hotel.     Courtyard by Marriott – ~$230 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/denbd-courtyard-boulder/ This hotel’s location is an easy drive to anywhere in town but there are no restaurants within walking distance.     The Bradley – ~$175 – $275 http://www.thebradleyboulder.com/ The Bradley is a small boutique hotel...
Golf Course Communities and Listings

Golf Course Communities and Listings

One of the great things about living in Colorado is the excellent golf courses available to the public. We are blessed with good weather and most years golf can be played year around.  January golf is not for the fair weathered golfer but I’m just saying that it is possible. Here is a list of the golf courses in Boulder County. Since this is a real estate site I thought I would highlight the available homes available in the areas surrounding the courses.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home in a golf course community in Boulder County give me a call. Public Courses: COAL CREEK GOLF COURSE 585 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303-666-7888 website $35 – $43 Eighteen-hole, 7,028-yard championship course with driving range and putting and chipping greens. Here are the current listings in the Coal Creek Neighborhood. [optima_express_gallery_slider id=223875 rows=1 columns=3 effect=slide auto=false maxResults=50] FLATIRONS GOLF COURSE 5706 Arapahoe Road, 303-442-7851 website $34 Eighteen-hole, 6,782-yard course with driving range, color-coded distance system, target greens and putting and chipping greens. There are not many homes on the golf course but here are the homes in the general area. [optima_express_gallery_slider id=224761 rows=1 columns=3 effect=slide auto=false maxResults=25] HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE 5877 Niwot Road, 303-530-1400 website $26 – $30 Nine-hole, 2,153-yard walking course including lighted driving range with grass tee and putting and chipping greens. Family friendly. There are not many homes on the golf course but here are the homes in the general area. [optima_express_gallery_slider id=224764 rows=1 columns=3 effect=slide auto=false maxResults=25] INDIAN PEAKS GOLF COURSE 2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette, 303-666-4706 website $40- $47 Eighteen-hole,...

Fall Bike Tour in Beautiful Colorado

This past weekend I loaded up the bike and took a high country fall foliage tour on two wheels.  I lucked out and caught the fall colors East Side of McClure Pass toward Marble at their absolute peak.  I will deviate from the normal theme of real estate and give you a sense of why I love living, working and playing in Colorado. My route started in Redstone Colorado on Friday night and headed immediately west over McClure Pass.  I camped near the top of the pass and the next morning descended to Paonia through alpine aspens fields, to rolling ranch land, coal mining operations and finally into the orchards near Paonia. Between Paonia and Crawford After a stop in Paonia for a smoothie I rode the back way from Paonia to Crawford.  This 20 mile road wound through rolling pastureland, orchards and as I headed south it became drier and more desolate.  After lunch in Crawford I rode south toward the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River.  It was a hot day and the road seemed to head up much more than it headed down.  With a fully loaded bike, it is hard to carry much speed.  I characterize the slope of a hill by how fast I can go.  Steep hills are 5 mile an hour hills and not so steep hills are 7 mile per hour hills.  The road from Crawford to the Blue Mesa Reservoir had many 5 mph hills. The road didn’t have a big shoulder but the road surface was smooth, the Between Crawford and Gunnison drivers were very considerate and the traffic was very light....

Boulder And Pro Cycling Challenge Is A Perfect Fit

The USA Pro Challenge rolled through Boulder on Saturday and it was a great event throughout the community.  I grew up in Boulder during the heyday of the Red Zinger Classic which then morphed into the Coors Classic.  I was even on the ground floor of the Red Zinger Mini Classic which started as a race around my neighborhood and turned into a huge community event .  I was even on the cover of National Geographic World Magazine when they covered the Mini Classic in 1981. Over the last 15 years Boulder has become a world class bicycling town.  Bike lanes and paths are everywhere and Boulder is an example to other cities who want to encourage alternative transportation.  World class cyclists have flocked to live in Boulder to take advantage of the climate, hills and resources this cycling community offers.  So when the USA Pro Challenge, a week long stage race with some of the best riders from around the world came to town this past Saturday we Boulderites were ready.  Race organizers, the written media and the TV announcers who have covered all of the top races around the world called Saturday the biggest day of bike racing in American history.  Racers compared the day to a big day at the Tour de France.  It’s hard to count spectators along a 103 mile bike race but reports were in the 100,000 to 200,000 range.  There were 15,000 to 20,000 people on the finish climb of Flagstaff Mountain. I first watched the race come through Boulder, enjoyed the expo and the crowds and then rode my bike up...

Things To Do in Boulder over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times to enjoy Boulder Colorado.  Here are some of the can’t miss events that bring people to Boulder. Bolder Boulder The Bolder Boulder is one of the premier running races in the United States.  Each year it attracts over 50,000 runners and walkers and tens of thousands more spectators to enjoy the 6.2 mile course through the streets of Boulder.  The race finishes in Folsom Stadium, the CU football stadium.  All along the course there is live music to help the current of runners flow past without a thought of the exertion they are putting out.  The event is broken into to races; the citizens race (which is segmented into waves of similar runners) and the professional or elite race.  The professional race takes place after most of the racers have made it into the stadium and follows a different course which allows spectators to more easily view the race filled with international runners. After the running there is a Memorial Day tribute featuring skydivers, an air force flyby and a patriotic ceremony.  It is a great way to remember what Memorial Day is all about. Boulder Creek Festival The Boulder Creek Festival is an art festival in Downtown Boulder.  It features booths filled with art, services and entertainment.  A  great way to spend an afternoon is to wander around and view the various wares  and enjoy some edible treats.   Division 1 Ultimate Frisbee Championships Boulder again is lucky to host the Ultimate Frisbee National Championships at the Pleasant View soccer complex on North 47th Street just north of Iris.  Unlike March Madness or the...

Walking at night in Boulder

Last night I decided to take my camera for a walk in Downtown Boulder.  I didn’t really have a destination I just wanted to see what was up on a quiet, cool, February night.  The slideshow shows a few images you would recognize like the Boulder Public Library, Macky Auditorium and the bridge at Varsity Pond on the CU campus.  I also found some quirky images like a lighted fence made of bottles on Dewey Avenue at 7th Street and an old car stuck in the snow up on Mapleton Hill. Walking and exploring is one of my favorite things to do when I’m out of town, but I rarely have the time to stop and smell the roses in my own city. Boulder is a safe place to walk at night and it was fun to look at the city from a different perspective.  Since it was President’s Day, I added one extra photo I took on a night walk in Washington D.C.   I hope you enjoy the photos....

Places To Stay When Visiting Boulder

Before you move to the Boulder area you will need to visit.  Here are some selected lodging choices to consider when you are planning your trip to Boulder. Hotel Boulderado – ~$200 http://www.boulderado.com/  The Hotel Boulderado is located right in Downtown Boulder, one block from the Pearl Street Mall.  Staying at the Boulderado will give you a great sense of what Boulder is all about.  If you have never been to Boulder this is a great place to stay.  It was built in 1909 as a joint project to attract tourists.  It is still attracting crowds.     Chautauqua Cottages – ~$200 (Varies with cottage)  http://www.chautauqua.com These cottages are especially popular in the summer but are available year around.  If you have hiking and relaxation on the schedule this would be a great option.  Located right at Chautauqua Park.     Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast – $165 – $205 http://www.briarrosebb.com/  A bed and breakfast conveniently located near downtown Boulder and the University of Colorado.  Great option if you are looking for something different than a normal hotel.       The Bradley – ~$175 – $275 http://www.thebradleyboulder.com/ The Bradley is a small boutique hotel right in Downtown Boulder.  Quiet rooms, nicely decorated.  This would be a great escape from the everyday lodging choices.       St. Julian Hotel – ~$260 http://www.stjulien.com/ This is one of the newest and probably the fanciest hotel in town.  Located right downtown with easy access to all that downtown Boulder has to offer.  If you really want to do it up request a room with a view of the Flatirons.  Spa on site. Boulder Marriott – ~$210  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/denbo-boulder-marriott/  A nice full...