February 21, 2019

Categories Community Guides, Real Estate

Boulder Neighborhood Guide: South Boulder

It is widely recognized that Boulder is a great place to live but the neighborhoods in Boulder are a bit hard to characterize. 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 have completely different characters and 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. Below is the official City of Boulder sub-community map that shows Boulder split into nine different segments.



South Boulder


South Boulder developed primarily during Boulder’s high growth period in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s concurrent with completion of the-then Boulder/Denver Turnpike (US 36). Today, South Boulder is home to major employment centers, retail centers, and a variety of established residential neighborhoods including Martin Acres and Table Mesa North and South. These homes were not custom homes and visitors will observe that there are ranch style homes along with many multi-level homes. Residents like living here for the proximity to trails, easy access to University of Colorado (CU), good schools, and a slightly better value than is found in Central and North Boulder. Many homes have undergone remodeling and there are many beautiful properties and quiet streets.

The Table Mesa shopping center is centrally located within the sub-community and is the area’s primary retail destination. Major employers include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) federal research laboratories, which have maintained a presence in the neighborhood since the 1950s and 1960s.


** All market data is for the 12 months ending December 2018. Source: InfoSparks


Number of sales past 12 months: 211 (up 5.5%)

Sales Mix: 73.9% single family; 26.1% attached dwellings (2016 – 77.5%, 22.5%)

• Elementary – Bear Creek, Mesa, Creekside, Community Montessori
• Middle – Southern Hills, Summit, Halcyon (6-12)
• High School – Fairview, Halcyon (6-12)
• Private – Bixby School

Nearby Shopping: Table Mesa Shopping Center

Open Space, parks: South Boulder Rec Center, Harlow Platts Park & Viele Lake, West Highland Park, Martin Park, Tantra Park, Mesa Memorial Park

Major Subdivisions: Table Mesa (North & South), Martin Acres, Hartford/Yale, Devil’s Thumb, Shanahan Ridge, Tantra Park, Majestic Heights, Bear Creek

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