An eclectic mix of homes, just outside of Boulder proper and offering larger lots, grand views and limited access to an exclusive club for a lucky few. Ridgelea Hills and Baseline Heights are neighborhoods perched above Boulder with smashing views. However, if one word comes to mind with this community, it is likely “Power lines.” Okay, that is two words if you are counting.
For as gorgeous as Baseline Heights and Ridgelea Hills areas are, the downside is that it feels like every power line in Boulder traverses these communities. I’ve done my best but if you look, many photos do have power lines. That small issue aside, the community is beautiful. A mix of rambling ranch layouts and updated “pop-tops” and flat out new construction. Many of the original homes offer no more than a dirt or gravel driveway. Newer homes replaced the red brick with gorgeous quarried stone. Many homes have big lots, a rarity in Boulder Colorado.
Views are excellent. You will see the mountains across plains and lightly forested areas. To the south, in Baseline Heights, some homes offer a water view across Baseline Reservoir. And a fortunate few will purchase a home with a transferable membership in the Baseline Reservoir Recreation Group swim club on the Baseline Res. Rumor has it members must dedicate a day to the res – cleaning, being present, improving the site – every summer.
In a nutshell: the pro’s are endless views, bigger lots, feels removed from the center of town. Oh, and a great school too boot. Con’s? Many houses only have gravel driveways and power lines feel like they are everywhere. Some homes are also on septic systems and Boulder’s Septic Smart program can require a costly upgrade. All in all, a wonderful place to slow things down and call home.
Time to Boulder = 5 minutes; to Downtown Louisville, about 8 minutes. To Nevin Platt Middle School, 2 minutes. Rural setting minutes to shopping and dining. Homes rarely available, check here for list of Available listed houses.