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Fireworks from 405 Hapgood

Fireworks from 405 Hapgood

The conventional place to watch the fireworks in Boulder is from Folsom Stadium.  But this year I watched them from the roof of my listing at 405 Hapgood.  405 Hapgood is located on the lower slopes of Flagstaff Mountain and has 180 degree views of Boulder.  The house is a great candidate for a remodel or a scrape and rebuild but what a place to host a fireworks party from your rooftop deck!  Here is a video that shows the finale from the 2017 Boulder Fireworks Show....
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....
Boulder Neighborhoods – Guide for 2016

Boulder Neighborhoods – Guide for 2016

Boulder Neighborhood Guide I realized a few years ago that people coming from out of town were having a hard time characterizing the different neighborhoods within Boulder.  In response I created the Boulder Neighborhood Guide. In this report I have split Boulder into eleven different areas and present the lifestyle highlights, schools, shopping districts, local recreation and real estate statistics for each area. If you’re interested in learning more about the different neighborhoods within the City of Boulder this is your guide. Click this link to view and download the report.  Boulder Neighborhood Guide 2016 It is recognized that Boulder is a great place to live but the neighborhoods in Boulder are a bit hard to peg. Boulder was developed over time in a piece-meal fashion. The result is that many of the neighborhoods are only a few hundred homes in size. It is common to have two adjacent neighborhoods developed at different times and with completely different price ranges. While this report is not comprehensive, it will give the reader valuable information from which to start understanding the real estate market in Boulder. I will highlight the major neighborhoods in each area. Here are some highlights from within this years report. Last year homes in Boulder County appreciated roughly 13.52%. But the appreciation varied between areas and price ranges.  Within Boulder neighborhoods as I have split them in the report gains in median prices ranged between 6.6% to 35% depending upon the area.  Here is the list of neighborhoods sorted by median price appreciation last year: Wonderland Lake / Dakota Ridge = 35% North Boulder East = 28%...
Boulder Walking Tours

Boulder Walking Tours

Most people head to Chautauqua Park to take a hike. Here is a different take on the enjoying this beautiful part of Boulder Colorado. Here is a detailed walking tour starting from the Chautauqua Dining Hall that heads through the neighborhood that is closest to the park. Download and print the PDF here Boulder Walking Tour- Chautauqua Neighborhood Here are the detailed directions: Begin at the Chautauqua Dining Hall within Chautauqua Park. The Park is located at 9th and Baseline. There is free parking in the area. From the Dining Hall head east (away from the mountains) toward the playground and walk past the tennis court. At 12th Street take a left and start heading downhill. Once you pass a house or two take a right on Columbine Ave. for one block. I especially like this area so you may want to wander a bit on your own before you… Take a left on 13th Street and cross baseline Road (Note, there is no cross walk here so if you need extra time crossing head back up toward the park for a crosswalk). Take a left on Cascade and enjoy the walk back towards Flagstaff Mountain on this nice wide street. At 6th Street continue West even though it says it isn’t a through street. homes. At the “T” take a right on Willowbrook . This tucked away street is especially charming. Then take a right on Park. You are now headed downhill for a short stretch and then… Take a right onto Aurora Avenue. This part of the neighborhood has some nice wild areas in people’s back yards...
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...
Boulder Walking Tour – Whittier Neighborhood

Boulder Walking Tour – Whittier Neighborhood

This self-guided Boulder walking tour is one of a series that I created for those who would like to explore Boulder by foot. You may want to combine this tour with the one for Mapleton Hill. Download The Whittier Neighborhood Walking Tour in PDF The following detailed directions will take you on a walking tour through the historic Whittier Neighborhood on the east end of Downtown Boulder. This neighborhood is just east of downtown and is one of Boulder’s oldest. The houses are generally smaller than on Mapleton Hill but the streets are charming, and the properties are well kept. You will find a mix of small cottages, larger Victorian houses and now there is a nice mix of modern homes as well. The tour is 2.75 miles in length including a half mile optional walk on Sunset Hill. Begin on the Pearl Street Mall atthe intersection of (1) Broadway and Pearl Streets. Head east (away from the mountains) walking along the Pearl Street Mall. At 14th Street take a left. As you head north you will pass the historic Boulder Theatre, the Methodist Church (built in 1891) and the Shambhala Meditation Center. Stay on the right side of the street. Take a right on Pine and walk directly in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. This section of town has Boulder’s oldest and most beautiful churches. Take a left on 15th and head up the hill. At Mapleton cross the street and head up the alley. At the end of the alley keep walking up the steep hill on the sidewalk. At the top of the sidewalk you...
Boulder Walking Tours – Mapleton Hill

Boulder Walking Tours – Mapleton Hill

When I visit a new place my most favorite thing to do is to walk and explore. By taking it slow you can get a deep sense of the flavor of the place, explore nooks and cranny’s that would be missed by car and take a good look at how people live. A few years back, in anticipation of a trip to San Francisco I bought a book that gave detailed walking tours highlighting the hidden staircases of San Francisco.  I only had time to do one of the walks but in doing so, I explored an area of town that I had never seen, stumbled on a great restaurant and at the end of the day felt very satisfied in the journey. In that spirit I’ve created a few Boulder walking tours that highlight fun neighborhoods to walk through. The tours are detailed but feel free to explore on your own off the designated route. You may want to combine this walking tour with the Whittier Neighborhood walking tour. This tour starts in the heart of downtown Boulder at Pearl Street and Broadway on the Pearl Street Mall and sets a course into the oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods in Boulder, Mapleton Hill. I think the easiest way to do the tour is to download and print the PDF. You can do that by clicking this link: Boulder Walking Tours Mapleton Hill Here are the directions if you don’t have ready access to a printer: Begin on the Pearl Street Mall at the intersection of Broadway and Pearl Streets. Head west (toward the mountains). The pedestrian mall will...