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.
Unincorporated Boulder County
Many of the areas in the eastern part of unincorporated Boulder County have a Boulder, CO address, but are not within the city limits. Most of these neighborhoods are characterized by homes on large lots, often an acre or more, no sidewalks, and very few restrictions or covenants from their HOAs. Many homes in these neighborhoods have been rebuilt or remodeled, while many are still in their vintage 1970s-1990s condition. Some properties are zoned to allow horses or other livestock, while others are not.
Willow Creek neighborhood has community pasture land for horses. Park Lake residents enjoy use of their private neighborhood lake and picnic area, as well as direct access to the Teller Farm Trail. Children who reside in the Paul Nor neighborhood can walk easily to Douglass Elementary School that abuts the neighborhood.
White Hawk Ranch is the newest of these East county subdivisions and also the most expensive, as all of the properties are considered luxury homes. Many of these other luxury homes are in Spanish Hills and Paragon Estates, both neighborhoods that boast some of the best views of the Boulder Flatirons.
** All market data is for the 12 months ending December 2018. Source: InfoSparks
Number of sales past 12 months: 44 (up 33.3%)
Sales Mix: 97.7% single family; 2.3% attached dwellings (2017 –100%)
• Elementary – Douglass
• Middle School –Nevin Platt
• High School – Centaurus or Fairview
Nearby Shopping: Atlas Valley (95th & Arapahoe), Meadows Shopping Center, Louisville – shops off of McCaslin or South Boulder Road
Open Space, parks: Teller Farm Open Space, YMCA (nearby), Indian Peaks Golf Course (nearby)
Major Subdivisions: Paul Nor, Park Lake, Fairview Estates, Willow Creek, White Hawk Ranch, Spanish Hills, Paragon Estates