Boulder Neighborhood Guide

This is the little city that lives like a big town. Not a giant metropolis, but still a community with a number of distinctly different neighborhoods to call home. What sort of Boulder neighborhood are you seeking to call home?

North South East West

South Boulder offers neighborhoods where children can walk to school, K-12. North Boulder was shortened to NoBo by a savvy Realtor a few years back. Venture out to East Boulder and you’ll find bigger lots and a building boom from the Eighties. Go west young man and you quickly find yourself in the mountains!

Boulder Walking Neighborhoods

Best known Boulder neighborhood Whittier is the epitome of the walkable neighborhood. It is centered on Downtown Boulder and The Pearl Street Mall. But it’s not the only community offer plenty of great amenities just a short walk out your front door.

  • The Hill – Popular CU Boulder neighborhood
  • Whittier – walk to Pearl Street Mall
  • Newlands – near North Boulder Park & more
  • Chautauqua – easy access to natural beauty
  • Goss Grove – centrally located
  • Junction Place – edgy new urban

Boulder Trails and Boulder Open Space Define Community

Starting back in the mid Seventies, the City of Boulder embarked on a conscious quest to define itself by the natural beauty of Colorado.

The Danish Plan was adopted. The beloved Pearl Street Mall was created. Growth was purposefully limited along the Foothills. All to preserve the beauty of the community for all. I think its turned out wonderfully!

Homes backing to open space fetch a premium in Boulder. As do homes with mountain views. So you can easily imagine, some of the best properties are Boulder homes backing to open space! Find homes like these in a Boulder neighborhood:

  • Devil’s Thumb – South Boulder + limited access
  • Wonderland Lake – NoBo + limited access. Check out Wonderland Hills
  • Bluebell/Chautauqua – walk to quintessential namesake park

Both the city and county continue to invest in open space. It’s fairly common to see bond initiatives every election cycle with the goal of preservation and creating more parks and recreation options. One potential community on the horizon that will both eliminate existing connections to undeveloped land and create more housing with its own open space is the CU Boulder South project. Keep checking back for the latest.

Outside of City Proper Boulder Neighborhood Guide

Located on Louisville’s western edge is Continental View Estates. The western and northern edges of this neighborhood have mountain views while backing to open space. In Boulder county, there is the Park Lake community. Think big lots – acres large – a private lake, gorgeous views. Spanish Hills is another community of large lots, great views. That one is very close to the city itself.

Up in Gunbarrel, with a Boulder address, is the Boulder Country Club and a number of neighborhoods where rather than backing to open space, you are backing to a golf course. And getting an amazing view of the Flatirons. Over in Rock Creek, there is a town house complex up on the ridge. The back row of units offer smashing views across endless acres of unspoiled Colorado beauty.

CU Boulder Housing Options

Investing in Boulder real estate while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder can be a great strategy. Get a four year degree to take you places and see your equity gain in value while paying a mortgage rather than rent. The Kiddie Condo is an investment strategy to consider for parents with students in college. Neighborhoods popular with students include

  1. The Hill – walking distance to campus, great walkable community with shopping and dining.
  2. Goss Grove – about midway between campus and Pearl street mall area.
  3. Baseline Aurora Terrace – close to Wil Vil campus, CU bus routes, shopping/dining.
  4. Colorado & 30th – Wimbledon, Wellman Creek, Park East and numerous rentals.
  5. 28th Street Frontage Road – underground tunnel safely connects condo/apartment living to campus!

Types of Homes Around Boulder Colorado

Home shoppers will find just about every type of housing. Boulder is a progressive pace. A few years back, Co-ops were given the go ahead. Public and private options abound to keep the city affordable to everyone. Being close to the mountains, you’ll find A Frames and Log cabins. Neighborhoods built along creeks and backing to lakes.

Martin Acres is a popular centrally located neighborhood built after WW II to accommodate all the vets coming home to America. There you’ll predominantly find ranch and split level homes from the late fifties to early sixties. There are also some two story houses that are re-imaginations of the original designs.

Boulder has extensive bike trails. Both dedicated bike lanes alongside car traffic on city streets and sidewalk style paths interlacing the city. Alt transportation is so popular, don’t be surprised to see numerous pedestrian (and cycling) tunnels around town. Just recently Boulder completed a major update to remove a footbridge spanning Foothills Pkwy and replace it with an underground tunnel. When my son was young we used to bike over that bridge to get to the most amazing park in Boulder! We also would ride to Scott Carpenter Park, great for winter sledding and summer fun!

Whatever you are seeking, there are great options out there. Want a Boulder neighborhood featuring contemporary condos with no need for a car? Check out the housing options in Boulder Junction complete with a state of the art RTD station hidden underground.

martin acres ranch style home
Typical ranch layout in Martin Acres. Notice the garage has been converted to living space
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Contemporary Wellman Creek sits just north of Baseline Subdivision
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Get ready for stunning mountain and prairie vistas while living in Boulder Spanish Hills
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The Boulder Pearl Street Mall is vibrant with entertainment, great food and shopping.

About the author of this Boulder blog. The information provided in today’s post, Boulder Neighborhood Guide, was provided by Bob Gordon, local Boulder Realtor since 1995. Bob can be reached via email at or by text/phone at (303) 931-9901. Bob has helped many people move into, out of and around the Colorado Front Range.

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