April 15, 2019

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Boulder Neighborhood Guide: Gunbarrel

Looking for more information on another neighborhood in Boulder? Check out our other guides: East Boulder, Newlands, Northeast Boulder/Palo Park, North Boulder – East of Broadway, Wonderland Hills/Dakota Ridge, Chautauqua/University Hill, South Boulder, Mapleton Hill.


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.




Gunbarrel, named after a historic local stagecoach route, is a neighborhood located northeast of Boulder proper and one of the fastest growing parts of the region. With expanding bike paths, rolling hills and more affordable housing than Boulder proper, Gunbarrel is an affordable Boulder address for many people. Gunbarrel came about mainly due to IBM. When IBM’s plant was built in Boulder County in 1965, they needed housing for the many executives and employees that they brought in to work at the new facility.


This area is now also home to one of the top advertising agencies in the nation, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, which adds to the area’s population. Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art and the Celestial Seasonings factory and store/café are also popular neighborhood attractions. A new Hampton Inn makes it easy to host out of town guests.


Gunbarrel is also where the Boulder Country Club is located, including extensive golf course and tennis facilities.


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


Number of sales past 12 months: 232 (up 5.5%)


Sales Mix: 58.1% single family; 41.8% attached dwellings (2017 – 58.1%, 41.8%)


• Elementary – Heatherwood
• Middle School – Platt
• High School – Boulder or Fairview
• Private – Boulder Country Day School


Nearby Shopping: Gunbarrel Shopping Center, Boulder Country Club, several craft breweries with tap rooms


Open Space, parks: Gunbarrel Ranch, Eaton Park, Heatherwood Open Space, close to Sawhill Ponds and Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat, White Rock Trail, Boulder Reservoir


Major Subdivisions: Heatherwood, Country Club, Country Club Estates, Twin Lakes

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