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Boulder is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Boulder County, and the 11th most populous municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m) above sea level. The city is 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver.

The population of the City of Boulder was 97,385 people at the 2010 United States Census, while the population of the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area was 294,567.

Boulder is famous for its association with American frontier history and for being the home of the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state’s largest university. The city frequently receives high rankings in art, health, well-being, quality of life, and education.

Boulder City was a part of the Nebraska Territory until February 28, 1861, when the Territory of Colorado was created by the US Congress. It developed as a supply base for miners going into the mountains. Residents of Boulder City provided these miners with equipment, agricultural products, gambling and drinking establishments.

On November 7, 1861, legislation was passed making way for the state university to be located in Boulder, and on September 20, 1875, the first cornerstone was laid for the first building (Old Main Building) on the CU campus. The university officially opened on September 5, 1877.

Boulder adopted an anti-saloon ordinance in 1907. Statewide prohibition started in Colorado in 1916 and ended with the repeal of national prohibition in 1933.

Since Boulder has operated under residential growth control ordinances since 1976, the growth of employment in the city has far outstripped population growth. Considerable road traffic enters the city each morning and leaves each afternoon, since many employees live in Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, Broomfield, Westminster, and Denver. Boulder is served by US 36 and a variety of state highways. Parking regulations in Boulder have been explicitly designed to discourage parking by commuters and to encourage the use of mass transit, with mixed results.

Boulder, Colorado, a city of just over 100,000 people, is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Denver at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Boulder is home to the University of Colorado, whose 30,000 students swell the city’s population during the academic year. Over the years, Boulder has made significant investments in the multi-modal network. The city is now well known for its grade-separated bicycle and pedestrian paths, which are integrated into a network of bicycle lanes, cycle-tracks, and on-street bicycle routes. Boulder also provides an innovative community transit network that connects downtown, the University of Colorado campuses, and local shopping amenities. While the city has no rail transit, local and regional shuttle buses are funded by a variety of sources and emphasize minimal headways, enhanced route identity, easy fare payment, and community input in design (RTD, 2005). Due in part to these investments in pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure, Boulder has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its transportation system.

In 2009, the Boulder metropolitan statistical area (MSA) ranked as the fourth highest in the United States for percentage of commuters who biked to work (5.4 percent). In 2013, the Boulder MSA ranked as the fourth lowest in the United States for percentage of workers who commuted by private automobile (71.9 percent). During the same time period, 11.1 percent of Boulder area workers had no commute whatsoever: they worked out of the home.

The Boulder MSA had a gross metropolitan product of $18.3 billion in 2010, the 110th largest metropolitan economy in the United States.

In 2007, Boulder became the first city in the USA to levy a carbon tax.

In 2013, Boulder appeared on Forbes magazine’s list of Best Places for Business and Careers.

Public schools

The Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) administers the public school system in Boulder.

Charter schools

Charter schools (receiving public funding but under private management) within the city of Boulder include Preparatory High School (9–12), Summit Middle School (6–8), and Horizons Alternative School (K–8).

Private schools

A variety of private high schools, middle schools and elementary schools operate in Boulder.

Colleges and universities

  • University of Colorado Boulder, public university which contributes roughly 46,000 residents (30,000 undergraduate students, 7,000 graduate students and 10,000 staff/faculty) to the population.
  • Naropa University is a private university based on Buddhist principles. It has approximately 400 undergraduate and over 600 graduate students.
  • Culinary School of the Rockies

Science institutes

  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)
  • Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA)
  • Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)
  • Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
  • Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA)
  • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
  • Geological Society of America, headquartered at 3300 Penrose Place.
  • National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) / University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)
  • National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration(NTIA) – Institute for Telecommunication Sciences Boulder
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Southwest Research Institute Department of Space Studies
  • Space Science Institute
  • Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
  • UNAVCO National Science Foundation’s Geodetic Facility
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)

One of the most popular sections of Boulder is the famous Pearl Street Mall, home to numerous shops and restaurants. This four-block pedestrian mall is a social hotspot in Boulder, with dozens of restaurants of all kinds and specialty stores that include artisan shops and unique gadget shops. In the summer and on weekends, many street shows and acts can be found throughout the mall, along with street vendors and henna tattoo artists.

Boulder’s traditional Downtown area, including the Pearl Street Mall, is in the western part of present-day Boulder. During the 1950s and 1960s, the city grew to the east, since the west side is bounded by the foothills. Downtown is host to a variety of restaurants, bars, and boutique stores. However, it has few grocery, hardware, or department stores and is therefore more of a “shopping destination” than a neighborhood with stores supporting the local population.

South of Pearl Street and adjacent to the CU Boulder campus is another historic shopping center, The Hill. Featuring some of the city’s landmark stores and venues, such as Albums on the Hill and the Fox Theatre, The Hill has been the center of college life for many of the nearby sororities and fraternities.

The Twenty Ninth Street retail district opened in October 2006, located in central Boulder on the site of the former Crossroads Mall, east of Downtown.

Near the Pearl Street Mall the Farmers’ Market opens every Saturday morning and Wednesday evening, April through October on 13th Street next to Central Park. The market was started in 1986 by regional farmers

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Boulder Homes for Sale

RURAL LIVING MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN Step into this 80-acre postcard setting and feel city stress melt away. Just 2.5 miles from downtown Boulder, this extraordinary land is home to owls, fox, deer, wild turkey, and eagles, with 3500 feet of lazy Four Mile Canyon Creek banks surrounded by towering cottonwoods and wild plum trees. This land has staggering panoramic views from Long’s Peak to the Flatirons. Enjoy approximately 50 acres of organic farmland, 21 Class A Shares (approx 14-acre feet) of Boulder & White Rock Ditch for irrigation, senior creek water rights, hundreds of native plants/trees, wildlife habitat and access to miles of hiking trails. Current structures include farmhouse, barn, greenhouse, corral and outbuildings. Parcel may be subdividable into no more than two lots, buyer to verify if subdivision is possible. Use it for a peaceful retreat, organic farming, or a private home. $8,000,000 Active Under Contract

5163 Independence Road Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,247 SqFt 80 Acres

Sale Type: Active Under Contract Listing courtesy of Compass Colorado, LLC - Boulder

Temporarily withdrawn. Do not contact seller. A stunning 1.29-acre oasis with huge, unobstructed views just minutes from downtown Boulder. 7BD/7BA, 6000+SF luxury residence. Main level features large indoor-outdoor living spaces, chef's kitchen, laundry and a bedroom suite. Four more bedrooms upstairs including enviable master suite with two walk-ins, private balcony and a spa bath. Amazing finished basement level with wet bar, wine room. rec room and two more bedroom suites. 2+ car attached garage. Expansive landscaped grounds and patio. $7,500,000 Active Under Contract

1489 Sunset Boulevard Boulder, Colorado

7 Beds 7 Baths 6,471 SqFt 1.280 Acres

Sale Type: Active Under Contract Listing courtesy of Compass Colorado, LLC - Boulder

Now With Interior Photos! Award-winning historic home in Boulder's premier Mapleton Hill neighborhood. Taken to its studs in 2017, the interior was meticulously rebuilt, creating a luxurious modern-day home, while preserving its historic integrity. The kitchen boasts a glass-enclosed wine cellar & accompanying restaurant-grade wine dispenser. Beneath the kitchen is a stone-pillared wine cellar that can be viewed through its glass floors. Handblown glass chandeliers invite entrance to the dining room positioned seamlessly off the kitchen. Upstairs are 4 BRs w/ensuite baths, including an opulent master retreat with covered porch, dual closets & steam shower. For outdoor entertainment, infrared heaters allow year-round enjoyment of a wood-fired pizza oven, gas grill and fireplace. Across the property's raised gardens is the restored barn, fully finished & air-conditioned. All within a quick walk to Pearl Street & the famed Sanitas trailhead, this home is fit for an uncompromising palate. $7,300,000 Active

603 Highland Avenue Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 5 Baths 5,284 SqFt 0.240 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Porchlight Real Estate Group

Eldorado Springs area Luxury Home crafted by master artisans. 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, 3-car garage, main floor guest suite, premier neighborhood, privacy and breathtaking mountain views, 5+ acres on S. Boulder Creek, minutes to central Boulder, easy access to Denver and Golden. Outdoor activities hiking, cycling, climbing, horse trails. Superb living with state-of-the-art amenities: Gourmet Chef’s kitchen, multiple entertaining areas, 5 fireplaces, grand master suite, impressive views from nearly every room, luxury outdoor/indoor living, oversized spa, BBQ, Creekside patio with fire pit. $6,499,000 Active

4217 Eldorado Springs Drive Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 6 Baths 7,370 SqFt 5.780 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Dan Fogelberg's inspirational chateau nestled on a mountain in PineBrookHills 10 minutes from downtown Boulder. Unobstructed panoramic views offer spiritual refreshment, restoring peace, & montane serenity. Enjoy never-ending upgrades & unique details like radiant heated floors. If you love mountain tranquility, then you will find that here, not ever wanting to leave home with the never-ending upgrades & unique details that make this house exceptionally comfortable. If you prefer to entertain, there is a substantial kitchen, multiple outdoor decks, & an Alaskan redwood hot tub. Pinebrook Hills water is purified by a full house water filter & softener, UV light (reverse osmosis drinking water - kitchen) with sensors in every bathroom to activate the whole house recirculation system. The house has 5 bedrooms & loft, 5 bathrooms, a double insulated steel Decra tile roof with a 75-year warranty. Between solar, geothermal & wind turbine, owners benefit from reduced energy costs. The entrance hall & living room framed by giant wood columns also have solid vintage railroad-tie stairs. Wood-frame windows & sliding doors throughout-aluminum-clad Eagle/Armstrong units. Conditional-Sellers willing to include furniture. For information & additional documents, video tour & Matterport - WildHorseCircle.com / contact listing agent who will be present at showings. $5,000,000 Active

413 Wild Horse Circle Boulder, Colorado

5 Beds 5 Baths 5,700 SqFt 4.900 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of COLORADO LANDMARK REALTORS

Historic Mapleton Hill Classic on 2 lots, This home has it all! Beautiful original woodwork, including built-ins, ceilings, doors and window sills. Quick walk to downtown dining & shops. Sit on spacious covered front porch for spectacular Flatiron Views. There is a charming carriage house with a rental license to either rent for income or use for guests. Many fruit trees & perennials. There are 3 bedrooms + a nursery (no closet) on the upper floor, and another bed & bath in basement level. Kathryn Barth was the architect for the large addition at the rear of the house. It was built to pair seamlessly with the original structure, including exterior stone work and custom woodwork to match the original house. Plans for a new kitchen are available. This is a peaceful oasis so close to downtown. It is very private. There is a full finished basement; the photographer missed half of it including the large bedroom.
The Matterport view does not include this square footage $4,965,000 Active

721 Spruce Street Boulder, Colorado

5 Beds 5 Baths 5,410 SqFt 0.330 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of RE/MAX of Boulder

Amazing new price, amazing views, amazing quality. Unparalleled design, an inspiring environment. Infinite fine finishes, groundbreaking use of micro relief textures, metals, patterns, beautifully balancing nature, art, sculpture and function. Take in the soothing sound of the atrium waterfall with the indoor garden,it's just another exquisite element to enjoy. $4,900,000 Active

1133 Timber Lane Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 7 Baths 8,601 SqFt 7 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of LIV Sotheby's International Realty

One of Boulder's most prestigious homes! Many pictures of Flatirons & city are taken from this premier property. Every room oriented with views in mind. Situated on private cul-de-sac & backing to another cul-de-sac below, this handcrafted masterpiece creates a downtown living environment so quiet you would swear you lived in the country. Featuring jetliner views & walking distance to world-class dining, shopping & entertainment, this 4 bedroom / 4 bathroom home is a true "Boulder Lifestyle" home. $4,500,000 Active

1720 Sunset Boulevard Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 4 Baths 5,098 SqFt 0.200 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Compass Colorado, LLC - Boulder

Spectacular urban oasis in Carolyn Heights conveniently located in the heart of Boulder! Open floor plan design integrates contemporary lines, high ceilings, exquisite finishes, natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows and 5 impeccably landscaped covered outdoor spaces. Well appointed Chef's kitchen is the heart of the home with effortless indoor/outdoor flow. Exquisite Master Suite, spa like master bath w/ adjoining deck & hot tub. Six bedrooms w/ ensuite bathrooms. 5 car attached garage! $4,500,000 Active

3639 21st Street Boulder, Colorado

6 Beds 6 Baths 7,982 SqFt 0.680 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Compass Colorado, LLC - Boulder

The Alps Inn is a historically significant residence, hidden in the yawning canyons and situated right on Boulder Creek, ideally just 2.5 scenic miles from the heart of downtown Boulder. Use as your own private residence or continue as an Inn. On 12.3 acres in the most spectacular Colorado mountain setting with over 14,000 square feet of grand living spaces and 12 distinctive transient licensed rooms, plus a spacious 2 bedroom upstairs owners unit. On the market for the first time in 25 years. $4,469,000 Active

38619 Boulder Canyon Drive Boulder, Colorado

14 Beds 17 Baths 15,514 SqFt 12.300 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of LIV Sotheby's International Realty

A superb hidden-gem Boulder compound with a 6BD/7BA house & separate guest house. Reclaimed wood, wide windows, and decks throughout. Large family room, premium chef's kitchen and sweeping great room with three fireplaces. Exceptional main-floor master suite. Updated to the highest standards with new electrical, plumbing and windows. Park-like 1.2-acre lot with 200 feet of Boulder Creek frontage. With important historical provenance, this enclave is minutes from CU, Pearl Street Mall and Downtown. $4,350,000 Active

1810 Hillside Road Boulder, Colorado

6 Beds 7 Baths 5,980 SqFt 1.120 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Compass Colorado, LLC - Boulder

Newly remodeled home in sought-after Chautauqua neighborhood. No detail missed in thoughtfully designed-for-entertaining home. Open floor plan, home theatre, wine cellar, catering closet, extensive use of granite, marble, quartzite & loft w/window seat. Intricate, floor-to-ceiling finishes include exquisite custom stained glass, elegant walnut staircase, vaulted ceilings, heated quartzite stone floors, European chandeliers & imported mosaic tile work throughout. ALL bedrooms have ensuite baths, walk in closets & designer built in cabinets & countertops. Chef's kitchen outfitted w/custom cabinetry, butler's pantry, & high end appliances. Luxurious master suite w/sitting room, fireplace, private deck & indulgent 6 piece bath w/steam shower. Outdoor fireplace, built in grill w/cabinetry & granite counters, wrap around patios, balcony, party lights, raised planters, low maintenance irrigated lawn w/mature garden beds. Sprinkler system extends to hanging baskets & ceramic planters. $4,200,000 Active

832 11 Street Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 6 Baths 5,419 SqFt 0.240 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential 14

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