If you have been driving around Boulder lately you undoubtedly have noticed the building boom happening. Commercial buildings are going up, the University of Colorado is working on some big projects, there are hotels being built and most notably to me there are a bunch of new residential apartment complexes going up.
A full half of all residential housing units in Boulder are for rent. Many of those apartments and townhomes were built in the 1960 – 1980 era and frankly many need a facelift. A few bold developers have recognized this over the past few years and have come to the market with a new housing product to Boulder; luxury apartment communities. These apartments work off of the premise that people will pay higher prices for really high end places with amenities. After the first project like this worked, a flood of similar projects raced to be second. In this article I will give a few examples of some of the notable new high end apartments in the Boulder area.
TWO NINE NORTH – www.twoninenorth.com
“Solana 3100 Pearl is a brand-new community that offers contemporary living in an unbeatable location with upscale apartments in Boulder, CO. The environmentally conscious amenities combined with the thoughtfully appointed floor plans ensure that residents are continually satisfied with their living experience. This LEED Silver Certified apartment community offers studio, one and two bedroom apartments with luxurious layouts, and all of the homes are pet friendly with few restrictions.This exceptional community offers a wide variety of features for the conscious resident. There are plenty of exercise options with the community’s fitness center, which features a spinning room and a yoga studio. Active residents will appreciate the community’s commitment to alternate methods of commuting, which include an electric car charging station, over three hundred bike parking spaces and a bike repair station. Residents who love to mingle often take advantage of the clubroom and social room, and the community’s rooftop is home to a luxurious lounge that has an inspiring view. Our drought tolerant landscaping guarantees a beautiful looking community year round.
The homes are as luxuriously appointed as the community is. Each apartment comes with standard slab doors, wood flooring and sizable bedrooms. Select homes even include upgrades such as carpeting in the bedrooms, side-by-side refrigerators and garden bathtubs. Each one of these premiere homes was carefully designed with space, comfort and eco-consciousness in mind.”
The Lofts at Peloton – www.theloftsatpeloton.com/
The Peloton is a large project that was initially slated to be sold as condos. Halfway through the sales effort the developers decided that the rental market was better than the sales market and turned half of the complex into rental units. The community center is really outstanding, best of the bunch, and features a health club quality workout center, a beautiful roof top pool and hot tub, a club room and a movie room. From their website it appears that they have 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units. One bedrooms start around $1900 and two bedrooms are just under $3,000.
*Rooftop pavilion with year-round pool, 2 hot tubs, fire pit & bbq grills * Private 6,000 sq ft fitness center with spa & yoga studio * Game room with billiards, shuffleboard, flat screen TVs & movie theater with stadium seating for 22 * Fully wired & networked meeting/conference room * Inviting outdoor gathering places & fountain * Gated, subterranean parking * Bike & individual storage lockers * Fenced dog park, with doggie drinking fountain * Convenient, ground-floor retail shops * Cable/Satellite TV * On the RTD public transportation route * Bathroom Window * Shaker-style Cabinetry * Central HVAC * Corner Unit * Covered Parking * Deluxe Mtn View * Dogs/Cats Allowed * Dual Vanity Sinks in Bath * Elevator Service * Extra Storage * Fireplace * Full-sized Appliances * Gas Stove * Glass Shower * Hardwood Floors Living/ Dining * Hardwood Flooring Kitchen * Kitchen Island * Oversize Balcony * Loft / Studio Style * Microwave * Mtn Views * Pantry * Quartz Countertops * Reserved Parking * Sliding Doors * Stackable WD * Upgraded Stainless Appliances * Stand Up Shower with Seat * Technology Center * Tile Floors Laundry * Walk-in Closet in Master * Side-by-Side WD * Wood-style Blinds * Wood-Style Flooring * Quartz counter tops * Shaker style cabinetry with self closing drawers * Gas fireplaces (select apartment homes) * Stainless steel, Whirlpool appliances including a gas stove & microwave * Washer and Dryer Provided * Spacious, walk-in closets * Designer fixtures & hardware throughout * Private decks and patios, with gas hook-ups for grills *
Boulder View Apartments – www.boulderviewapartments.com
If you don’t mind driving a bit to get to town you can look out in Gunbarrel. Gunbarrel isn’t technically a town it’s an area of Boulder that was annexed back in the 1970’s to allow for IBM to move to the area and have an Boulder address. Downtown Boulder is roughly 7 miles away and right across the street is a neighborhood shopping center with a supermarket, restaurants, coffee shops etc. These apartments are brand new and as of the end of September they were just about 100% leased. There are less than 70 units and I found that their common amenities were not as nice as the properties in Boulder, just some chairs around some outside fire pits and two over sized hot tubs built into a deck.. Rents range from $1100 for a studio to a listed price of $1860, although the onsite leasing agent said that for certain locations the rents are more, not all units have a garage.
From their website.
Located in the thriving Gunbarrel area of Boulder, this community offers plenty to do, with open space trails, bike paths and spectacular views. Boulder View offers 68 brand-new apartments with high end finishes, a comfortable feel, and breathtaking views.In select units we offer adaptable storage for bikes and outdoor equipment. Just off the Lobo Trail and bus line, we are easy access from anywhere in Boulder County. The community amenity deck includes a hot tub and swim spa, 2 fire features and an outdoor kitchen with terrace.
Apex 5510 – www.apex5510.com
Apex 5510 is a complex of 261 units also located in Gunbarrel. This complex is still under construction and they plan to have their first move-in’s on October 15th 2014. The prices here a bit higher than at Boulder View (which is within a short walk away) but it seems that they are providing more amenities. Prices range from $1300 for a studio, $1465 for a one bedroom and the prices for a two bedroom range from $1900 – $2300. The amenities include a 24 hour fitness room, a lounge area with big screen TV’s and a paw spa for washing your dog. This area also has some retail space so hopefully that will fill in with something attractive to tenants. It also has a seasonal pool as well as a year round hot tub.
From their website:
Apex 5510 puts you in the heart of it all. Here, you’ll find studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes in North Boulder’s
Gunbarrel business district. It’s the perfect blend of inspired design and a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, so of course it’s 100% smoke-free.
You’ll be well within walking distance of some of our premier companies, including IBM, HP and Covidien. In fact, more people walk to work in Boulder than any other city of our size.
There’s direct access to Boulder Reservoir and more than enough protected open space to make sure nothing blocks your view of the front range.
With downtown Boulder, Pearl St. Mall and 60 parks just five miles away, Apex 5510 will remind you every day that this is where you were meant to live all along. And now you do.
Apex 5510. At heart, you’ve always been a Boulderite.
North Main Apartments at Steel Ranch – www.steelranchliving.com
As the name suggests, this apartment complex is located where Main Street in Louisville ends at its north end. It is located conveniently next to the new Afalfas Market. It has an impressive amenity list and is similar in many ways to the high-end properties in Boulder. Prices start at $1215 for a one bedroom, top out at $1900 for a two bedroom and range from $2325 to $2574 for a three bedroom. Here is a list of their amenities from their website: Sundeck with Fountain Spa * 25 yard Heated Lap Pool w/pool house * Jacuzzi/Hot Tub * Fitness Center * Business Center * Covered Parking * Some Pets Allowed * Media Room * Garage Parking * Pet Bathing Station * Bicycles * Expansive Clubhouse with WiFi Coffee Bar * Dual Conference Center * Chef Inspired Kitchen in main Clubhouse with complimentary cooking classes * 24 Hour Health and Fitness Club * Fire Pit with BBQ & Picnic areas with access to Pool House * Community Park * Direct Access Garages and Covered Parking Available * Velo Station for Bike Cleaning and Maintenance * Walking Distance to King Soopers, Alfalfas and many coffee shops, restaurants & retail stores in Downtown Louisville * Premium Island Kitchens * Upgraded Appliances * Garbage Disposal * Washer/Dryer in Unit * Balcony, Deck or Patio * Walk-in Closets * Dishwasher * Custom Cabinetry * Granite Countertops * Spacious Patios and Balconies * Unobstructed Mountain Views * Built in Tech Desks * Dual Master suites * 9 ft Ceilings *Faux Wood Flooring * Two Tone Paint with accent color walls * Oversized baseboards throughout home
If these prices seem high to you there are other options. There are other, older apartments complexes with fewer, less fancy amenities available and there are many privately owned condos and townhomes for rent that have varying degrees of updates. The privately held units are most readily found by doing a Craigslist search.