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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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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

5163 Independence Road Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,247 SqFt 80 Acres

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

A once in a lifetime opportunity, this generational estate offers unrivaled panoramic views from Eldorado Canyon to Long's Peak. 80 acres of rolling prairie protected by a conservation easement at the foot of the Flatirons and surrounded by Boulder County open space on three sides. Tranquility and seclusion that feels a world away while being an easy commute to Boulder, Denver, and Golden. Direct access to Boulder County trails and open space as well as a private lake and Yacht Club on the north end of the acreage. Minutes away Omni Interlocken Golf Club and Flatirons Golf Course as well as downtown Boulder. Only 10 minutes to the private Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport and 45 minutes to Denver International Airport. Numerous episodes of Marty Stouffers Wild America have been filmed on the property and abundant wildlife surrounds you in what is a true one-of-a-kind setting. $7,900,000 Active

3200 S Foothills Highway Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 5 Baths 6,869 SqFt 80 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Compass - Denver

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 Pending

603 Highland Avenue Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 5 Baths 5,284 SqFt 0.240 Acres

Sale Type: Pending Listing courtesy of Porchlight Real Estate Group

Miles of privacy on this mostly level 145 acre ranch close in to Boulder with snow capped mountain views, adjacent to National Forest and located near the historic and idyllic town of Gold Hill that features a world class restaurant, fun little general store and a charming schoolhouse. Just 20 minutes to Ski Eldora, 12 miles to downtown Boulder. Timber Frame Construction creates a timeless feel in this beautiful home that boasts amazing woodwork with lots of light streaming through and stellar views of mountains and stars! PLUS - the property is unique because it consists of 4 individually deeded parcels that allow for additional homes and structures to be built and can be subdivided. With quality, privacy, views and size, this property is for those who are looking for the best Boulder has to offer. Horse barn, meadows for grazing, greenhouse, lush forests, private hiking trails, and rock formations provide a variety of ways to enjoy a mountain lifestyle just 30 minutes to Boulder! $7,000,000 Active

11780 Gold Hill Road Boulder, Colorado

5 Beds 7 Baths 10,558 SqFt 145.820 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of COLORADO LANDMARK REALTORS

One of the most spectacular and luxurious Modern homes in Boulder Colorado. This meticulously designed home features mesmerizing iconic mountain views nestled within 5 park-like acres and contains a 2-stall barn, pasture, seasonal pond, water rights and oversize 3 car garage. Custom built in 2019 by top rated architect/builder, featuring gorgeous international design elements, high-end finishes, fixtures and natural materials. Situated in Wildflower Ranch, just 12 minutes from downtown Pearl Street.  This home is in itself a work of art. Architectural drama with expansive windows facing the Flatirons. Beautiful blend of Scandinavian and Japanese designs. Finishes including custom stained wide plank oak flooring, state of the art chef’s kitchen, Wolf, Sub-Zero, Liebherr, Blanco and gorgeous quartz countertops. Lighting by Sonneman, Bodiam, Aerin to name a few. Artesian tiles by Ann Saks, Tabarka, Mosa Terra Maestricht & Kursaal. This home sets a new standard for rural living in Boulder Colorado. Surrounded by open space trails, hiking and horsebacking riding from the property.  New landscaping in 2020 by Marpa. Best of Boulder Schools. Artwork displayed is from Smith Klein Gallery on Pearl in Boulder. $6,900,000 Active

1357 S Cherryvale Road Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 5 Baths 6,247 SqFt 5.020 Acres

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

This remarkable custom home by Brown Development sits on a private 0.65-acre lot on a quiet North Boulder cul-de-sac. The architecturally modern design, natural stone + stucco construction, open floor plan, and soaring 12-foot living room windows give the home an intrinsic presence that's filled with light. There's a Thermador Professional kitchen with an 8'x13' live wall complete with skylight and glass floor for growing sun-loving herbs and vegetables. The home features gorgeous wide-plank Bavarian white oak floors and ceilings, walls of large-format Imola tiles and walnut, matching walnut cabinetry by R. Chase Design, and custom Italian lighting and plumbing fixtures. A beautifully modern staircase with its own built-in glass wine rack leads upstairs toward a third-story observatory and outdoor deck with mountain views. All energy-efficient at net zero with 15kW of solar. Cutting-edge craftsmanship and contemporary design combine in this home for a one-of-a-kind experience. $5,590,000 Active

2140 Tamarack Avenue Boulder, Colorado

4 Beds 5 Baths 6,123 SqFt 1.290 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Live West 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

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

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! $4,400,000 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

55 Acre property within 10 minutes of Boulder, acreage & a quality contemporary stone and stucco home with attention to detail and function. Enter with a first look to the captivating snow capped mountains, soaring ceilings, open floor plan. Feel sophistication but yet a calm understated elegance. Stay at home amenities such as the tremendous kitchen, game room with theater, indoor swimming pool, spa & gym. Gated entry to ensure privacy. Bring your horses or let a local farmer manage the acreage for you. 2 Left Hand water taps - second for potential accessory dwelling unit. $4,250,000 Active

9191 Tahoe Lane Boulder, Colorado

5 Beds 7 Baths 12,638 SqFt 55.020 Acres

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

Friends and family will enjoy this spacious Chautauqua estate. Perfectly situated on 1/2 acre, there's room to live, work, and play. Enjoy striking views of the Flatirons looming just outside the front door, entertain in the spacious living space and back deck, play a game of tennis, or take advantage of miles of trails right out the front door! 5bd, 4ba, in-law suite w separate entrance, lots of built in storage, mature landscaping, new deck complete with 180 degree views. Game, set, match! $4,250,000 Active

601 Baseline Road Boulder, Colorado

5 Beds 4 Baths 4,024 SqFt 0.520 Acres

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

Modern luxury home just 3 blocks from Chautauqua Park on quiet neighborhood street!  No detail was spared in this Harvey Hine masterpiece combined with a 1914 stone cottage, only 3 minutes to Four Pines Trail & 7 minutes to Chautauqua Park!  Great for entertaining or for quiet moments nestled in front of one of the gas fireplaces. Soaring 23' ceiling in entry w/cantilevered stairs, main floor master suite with separate office, fantastic family room + formal living room, backyard entertaining space served by indoor bar, 6 BRs, 7 BA, oversized 2 car garage.  The clean lines include no baseboards or door trim, gently scalloped walls in the living room and floor to ceiling windows. Stucco & stone exterior. Wolf, Thermador, Bosch, Duravit. In-floor 13 zone radiant heat, 3 A/C units cover 8 zones, 2 Rinnai on-demand water heaters with circulating pump for instant hot water, heated sidewalks to street and garage, built-in audio system - the list goes on! $4,250,000 Active

517 15th Street Boulder, Colorado

6 Beds 7 Baths 6,911 SqFt 0.280 Acres

Sale Type: Active Listing courtesy of Porchlight Real Estate Group

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