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.
North Boulder – East of Broadway
This area is characterized by many smaller neighborhoods with a wide variety of housing styles and ages. Generally, these homes were built in the 1950s – 1970s and were originally ranch style homes with fairly large lots. There have been many homes in this area that have been added-on to and remodeled so there are many “pop tops”.
The Columbine neighborhood is nicely tucked away in north central Boulder. It is centered around the public elementary school of Columbine Elementary. The school really is the heart of the neighborhood.
The Holiday Neighborhood in North Boulder is a “New Urban Neighborhood” marrying homes, businesses, and community parks and gardens all in one unique, newer, progressive, mixed-use community. What was once the vacant 27-acre site of the Holiday Drive-In Theater is now the Holiday Neighborhood, a 333-unit community in Boulder, Colorado that combines ingenuity with affordability. 42% of the housing units are permanently affordable housing.
** All market data is for the 12 months ending December 2018. Source: InfoSparks
Number of sales past 12 months: 122 (down 13.5%)
Sales Mix: 59.0% single family; 41.0% attached dwellings (2017 – 50.3%, 49.6%)
• Elementary – Crestview
• Middle School – Casey, Centennial
• High School – Boulder
• Private – Shining Mountain Waldorf, Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten
Nearby Shopping: Very easy access to both NOBO – Restaurants, coffee shops, cycling stores, etc… and 28th Street shopping corridor, 29th Street Shopping Center
Open Space, parks: Violet Park, Crestview Park, Elks Park, Parkside Park, many other pocket parks
Major Subdivisions: North Broadway – Holiday, North Boulder, Melody Heights, Parkside, Kalmia Meadows, Winding Trail Village, Green Meadows, Columbine