Historic homes really fall into two flavors. I like them both, do you? There are the old school, true to the era, historically renovated properties. Sort of like a Model T, in all its original glory. That’s a great looking car by the way, but completely different from the other category. Where you take that historic beast and remodel it, make the engine purr, add some muscle and beef it up. I think of the cars in American Graffiti.
But wait, we are talking houses here, right!?
#1 Historic Boulder Home For Sale Right Now
At the tippy top of my top five historic boulder homes on the market right now has to be the gorgeously renovated and completely remodeled masterpiece at 522 Highland Ave. Listed for sale by Stephen Remmert with Compass – Boulder 303-487-5472. This is one of those American Graffiti historic homes. On the outside, she is all turn of the century Denver Square. In all her glory. An iconic home built on the west end of Mapleton, situated practically at the base of the Colorado Front Range.
Inside, you’ll find breathtaking contemporary finishes blended with original old world charm.
What do I mean by this? Take the master suite. The claw foot tub, a sure fire symbol of yesteryear if ever there was, is out. In its stead is a modern, solid gorgeous tub. The sort of bath that my imagination fills with steamy warm water at a glance. Or take in the grand stair case, with its original woodwork and white spindles. Descending to an area with wainscotting. Then contrast that space with the game room that would be right at home in Dave and Buster’s on the lower level — and its edgy structural steel staircase!
This home really blends past and present. Throw in a special location walking distance to one of the best trails in Boulder to the west and Pearl Street Mall to the east and you a gorgeous amazing place to call home!
Last, but not least, this is a great street. All the charm of Mapleton Hill, but none of the traffic. Take a moment next time you are in the area and just drive this street, your heart will sing with joy – this is a great place to call home.
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Hike at Mount Sanitas, with its gentle valley trail or stairs of stone and log beams. The views along the way are awesome. Grab a delicious breakfast downtown. Try Lucille’s in its original location, a historic little yellow house on the edge of downtown. Be sure to refuel on caffeine at any of the amazing coffee shops along Pearl. Look forward to a fun evening on Pearl Street post Coronavirus pandemic (and get your vaccination!)
Downtown Orchard Blooms
Making my list at number two is an old school charmer. 721 Spruce St, listed for sale by R Tim Goodacre, Goodacre & Company 303-449-3434. This house embodies the historic moment of past. The trees feel old, with a grand blue spruce sagging under the weight of the decades on its branches. From the covered front porch, sneak peak-a-boo views of the Flatirons. Walk the property, described in the MLS as boasting an orchard.
Inside and out, there are so many old world touches. Will you keep the wall paper? There’s a look that we don’t see everyday in homes. No question you’ll adore the stone facade and wrap around veranda. Inside, wood beams crisscross the ceiling. Natural wood work is abundant.
But, a glance at the kitchen, with its wood handled refrigerator tells me nothing has really been changed in decades. You get both the good – wood and glass built-ins from a time when craftsmanship defined the era as well as the bad – wood handled refrigerators ruled the day when avocado top loading washing machines were in vogue. Really, c’mon 1970’s America, what was up with that?
Historic Boulder Homes District At 5th and Canyon
The past decade has seen Boulder median home values climb. And this is reflected by the third house making this list. It’s actually the least expensive historic Boulder house on the list, clocking in at $1,100,000. 445 Canyon Blvd, Julianne Pearce, Colorado Landmark-Boulder 303-443-3377. Victorian lines still shine brightly though there is a suggestion of expansion on the second floor by the lines of this pretty blue home.
This is the Not-So-Big-House, with just 1,350 square feet and no garage. But what a location. The walkability speaks to higher levels of Boulder arts, creativity, and civic engagement.
Interior Brick Walls Are To Die For
Okay, I said it. I’m a big fan of brick interior walls. I owned a home that had a brick exterior and was disappointed to learn that modern construction just adds the stuff as exterior accoutrements. Not so the case at 840 Maxwell Ave listed with 8Z Real Estate by Marcia Cotlar 303-543-3083.
I’m pretty sure we weren’t building houses with separate basement entrances reached via poured concrete sub level courtyards! But this a beautiful example of old meets new with historic Boulder homes! The house was originally constructed in 1900 and now features a full height basement and foundation. This gem will be standing forever in Boulder! With 2,738 square feet and four bedrooms, there is all the space of a contemporary home. Combined with the location and features of beloved Mapleton.
Whittier Established 1859
Patrick Brown, listing agent at Compass-Boulder 303-487-5472 has my fifth favorite historic home on the market right now. And it’s located in the Whittier neighborhood. There is so much to love about this original bit of Boulder. So much so, I’ve blogged in depth on why you want to call Whittier home!
Victorian beauty, built in 1877. Original woodwork, southern facing porches with stunning Flatiron views. Walk to everything, plenty of space with 2.982 square feet. And a commanding lot. The house sits up high, above the street. This one little detail might play into why the home has been on the market for so long. Remodeling and building in Boulder can be tricky. I’ve also blogged on that here!
Children get to attend the International School at 20th and Pine. It offers a state of the art year round sports field and some really fun outdoor play structures including this sphere: