GET TO KNOW BOULDER COLORADO
Located at the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder Colorado is the jewel of the Colorado Front Range. With its outstanding climate and healthy economy Boulder provides an excellent quality of life for the nearly 100,000 that call it home. The University of Colorado founded in 1876 gives Boulder its vibrant “college town” feel. The technology economy has a firm hold in Boulder and the surrounding area. Firms such as IBM, Oracle, Ball Aerospace, Google and Level 3 Technologies have recognized the benefits of living and working in this area. Statistically, the citizens of Boulder are the most highly educated per capita in the country.
In the 1970’s Boulder devised a plan which eventually allowed for the purchase of key land in and around Boulder. These acquisitions over time have created a greenbelt that now surrounds the city. The open space plan has served to provide recreational opportunities, preserved the view and separated Boulder from its neighbors. The beautiful backdrop of the flatirons has been preserved for many generations to come.
People coming in from other parts of the country perceive Colorado as being cold and rugged. Although Colorado including Boulder is ruggedly beautiful, our climate along the Front Range is wonderful. It can get cold during the winter but it is common to be sunny and warm just a few days later. It is not uncommon to have 60 degree weather following a snow storm. During the summer the heat is made more comfortable by the low humidity and the cool nights. We have all four seasons and sun over 300 days per year.
Overall, Boulder is a great place to live, work and play. The population enjoys the outdoors and
everyday of the week you will find runners and bikers enjoying the miles of bikeways and walkways within the city.
Just the Facts:
Population: 95,000 plus ~30,000 students
Area: 25 square miles surrounded by open space and mountain parks.
Founded – 1858
Altitude – 5,430 feet
National Honors and Accolades
Best Places to Live in America 2014 (#23) – Money, Sept. 19, 2014.
These Are America’s Best Cities For Cycling (#6) – Fast Company Co.Exist, Sept. 14, 2014.
The 50 Best College Towns In America (#1) – Best College Reviews, Aug. 11, 2014.
Watch These 10 U.S. Cities for Big Growth (#9) – Urbanful, July 16, 2014.
10Best: Bike-friendly Cities (#2) – USA Today, July 1, 2014.
America’s Best Towns for July 4th (#5) – Travel + Leisure, June 2014.
Top 10 Foodie Cities 2014 (#7) – Livability, June 16, 2014.
The Best College Towns in America – GQ, June 2014.
Street Smarts: 5 College Towns That Offer Way More Than Education – FlipKey, May 20, 2014.
These Are The 10 Most Exciting Places In Colorado (#1) – Movoto, May 13, 2014.
What are Colorado’s Best Cities for Jobs? (#1 Medium-sized City) – Denver Business Journal, May 13, 2014.
The Best Small And Midsize Cities For Jobs 2014 (#1 Midsize City) – Forbes, May 12, 2014.
The 10 Greenest Mid-Size Cities (#9) – MyLife, May 8, 2014.
Tree City USA (30th Consecutive Year) – National Arbor Day Foundation, April 2014.
Most Compact, Connected Small Metro Areas (#16) – Smart Growth America, March 2014.
America’s Fittest Cities – The Active Times, March 26, 2014
Top 10 Mid-size Communities for Well-being (#2) – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, March 2014
Six Small Cities with Big Food Scenes – USA Today, March 2014
The Dozen Regional Powerhouses Driving the U.S. Economy (Denver-Boulder Mega-region) – The Atlantic Cities, March 12, 2014.
9 Fittest Towns of the West – Yahoo! Shine, Feb. 17, 2014.
The Best-Paying Cities For Women 2014 (#9) – Forbes, Feb. 3, 2014.
Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2014 (#3) – Movie Maker, Jan. 29, 2014
Five Secret Foodie Cities – Forbes Travel Guide Blog, Jan. 7, 2014.
“Ten best cities for the next decade” – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Best Quality of life for Mid-Sized US Cities – Portfolio.com
#2 Healthiest Town in the US – Men’s Health Magazine
#1 “America’s Foodiest Town” Bon Appétit Magazine
Americas Brainiest Cities – Portfolio.com
Americas Top 25 Arts Destinations (#9 among smaller cities) American Style Magazine
Top 10 Winter Towns – National Geographic Magazine
TripAdvisor.com #19 “Top 25 Destinations in the US”
IBM, University of Colorado, Ball Aerospace, National Institute of Technology, Covidien, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Amgen, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, MicroMotion, Google, Crocs
The City of Boulder is served by the Boulder Valley School District. A headline in 2010 read “Boulder Valley Schools Tops State Rankings”. The article went along with the release of school testing proficiency scores as a result of CSAP and ACT testing completed last year. BVSD had 26 “excellent” ratings awarded to 23 individual schools which was more than any other Colorado School District.
I talk to many people around the country and having a strong school district is such an asset to our community and helps preserve real estate values. However, there is a downside to this type of reporting. Many parents use this information exclusively to judge the merits of a school. The soul of a school does not show up in a rating. Locally, we have many students who speak Spanish as a second language. These students are at a big disadvantage when they take standardized tests in English. Many of the schools with lower ratings have a large ESL (English as a Second Language) population. The schools who have many ESL students have high diversity and many times have more teachers who are able to split students into small groups based on skill level. The Lafayette schools recently have made many innovative efforts to attract students to their neighborhood schools. They have created specialized engineering programs and created magnet schools focusing on math and science. The bottom line is for parents to check out the schools in person to see what they have to offer, not just relying on the test scores. For more information on each of the schools in Boulder please follow the links below.
Elementary Schools (K – 5th grade): Bear Creek, Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies, Columbine, Community Montessori, Creekside, Crest View, Douglass, Eisenhower, Flatirons, Foothill, Heatherwood, High Peaks, Mesa, University Hill, Whittier International School.
For scores for individual schools go to http://reportcard.cde.state.co.us/reportcard/CommandHandler.jsp
Real Estate Statistics:
Median Price: $555,000
Average Price: $667,903
Total number of Sales: 1,488
Sales Price to List Price Ratio: 99.62%
Sales $0 – $250,000: 232 (16%)
Sales $250,001 – $500,000: 446 (30%)
Sales $500,001 – $750,000: 376 (25%)
Sales $750,001 – $1 MM: 208 (14%)
Sales > $1 Million: 226 (15%)
Sales data is for the one year period ending December 31, 2015.
The chart below shows the median price of single family homes in the City of Boulder between 1997 and 2015. We have had a 222% return since 1997.
Sales data is for the one year period ending December 31, 2014. For updated sales data please click on the “Statistics” menu item above.
Boulder and recreation are synonymous. Wherever you look you will see people exercising. Bike riders take advantage of the ample bike lanes and also venture out to the rural land to the east and into the hills to the west. Hikers have many options for close in hiking. There are sports leagues for young and old. In the winter Eldora Mountain Resort is just a 45 minute drive up Boulder Canyon and when there is snow on the ground you can cross country ski right in town at North Boulder Park. Flatirons golf course is an old park land type, tree lined golf course right in Boulder. For other golfing options around the area check out this list.
Just start walking around Boulder and you will start feeling the urge to kick it up a notch so that you are keeping up with the pedestrian traffic. There is an energy out there ready to be tapped into.
For more ideas here is a link to The Boulder Community Networks recreation page.
Boulder is renowned for its ample and diverse collection of restaurants. We definitely have more quality dining options in Boulder than most other towns of similar size. Whether it is a quick bite with the family or a destination restaurant for a memorable occasion, Boulder has the spot that is just right. Much of the dining is centered around the downtown district and the Pearl Street Mall. It is fun to park at one of the easy parking structures within a block of the Pearl Street Mall (between 11th and 15th Streets) and find what looks good. Here are a few online sources to find a great place to eat in Boulder. Boulder Colorado Visitor Guide, Boulder Downtown Dining.
The Pearl Street Mall is in the heart of downtown Boulder. It is a pedestrian mall created in 1976 and is four blocks long. The mall itself is lined by shops and restaurants and is made of brink pavers. All summer long and during weekend nights all year long you will find street performers all along the mall. There are a number of festivals and art shows throughout the year. It is the center of activity in Boulder.
The Twenty Ninth Street Mall is a recent addition. It replaced the old style Crossroads Mall. It is a modern open air mall with covered walkways and diagonal parking serving small specialty shops as well as larger stores served by large parking areas. This is a great place to get a quick bite to eat. The shopping area is bordered by Aprapahoe on the South, 28th Street to the west, 30th Street to the east and Pearl Street to the north. My offices are just across the street on 30th Street.
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City of Boulder http://www.ci.boulder.co.us/
Boulder County http://www.co.boulder.co.us/
Boulder Chamber of Commerce http://www.boulderchamber.com/
Boulder Valley School District http://www.bvsd.k12.co.us
Boulder Information Network http://bcn.boulder.co.us
University of Colorado http://www.colorado.edu
Boulder Daily Camera http://BoulderNews.com
Wikipedia – Boulder Colorado http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder_Colorado