Boulder Artist Don Coen Featured on the Today Show

Boulder Artist Don Coen Featured on the Today Show

Boulder is full of interesting and accomplished people. Through my business I get to meet many of these wonderful people and that is one of the great joys of my profession.  I grew up one street over from artist Don Coen.  Over the years the Kearney family has had various personal and business relations with Don and his family.  Don was recently featured on the Today Show where his beautiful and vibrant paintings of migrant workers was highlighted.  These paintings are being featured at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center through May 21st.  Here is a link to that show.

I love that we are surrounded by good people, quietly doing exceptional work.

The Vision and Legacy of Boulder’s Lifestyle

The Vision and Legacy of Boulder’s Lifestyle

I stumbled across this video produced by The City of Boulder about the Boulder Comprehensive Plan.  The video is not only well produced and beautiful, it gives some historical insight as to the creation and maintenance of the open space that surrounds our fair city. When I am showing around someone from out of town for the first time I always tell them about the foresight of our city forefathers (just over 40 years ago) who started preserving what was unique and great about our area. Can you imagine if market forces were allowed to prevail and there was a sea of houses and strip malls in an unending swath from the foothills to the city limits? If you appreciate the lifestyle in Boulder it’s well worth a watch.


Boulder Walking Tour – Chautauqua Neighborhood

Boulder Walking Tour – Chautauqua Neighborhood

Chautauqua Walking Tour

Most people head to Chautauqua Park to take a hike. Here is a different take on the enjoying this beautiful part of Boulder Colorado. Here is a detailed walking tour starting from the Chautauqua Dining Hall that heads through the neighborhood that is closest to the park.

Download and print the PDF here Boulder Walking Tour- Chautauqua Neighborhood

Here are the detailed directions:

  1. Begin at the Chautauqua Dining Hall within Chautauqua Park. The Park is located at 9th and Baseline. There is free parking in the area. From SONY DSCthe Dining Hall head east (away from the mountains) toward the playground and walk past the tennis court.
  2. At 12th Street take a left and start heading downhill.
  3. Once you pass a house or two take a right on Columbine Ave. for one block. I especially like this area so you may want to wander a bit on your own before you…
  4. Take a left on 13th Street and cross baseline Road (Note, there is no cross walk here so if you need extra time crossing head back up toward the park for a crosswalk).
  5. Take a left on Cascade and enjoy the walk back towards Flagstaff Mountain on this nice wide street. At 6th Street continue West even though it says it isn’t a through street. homes.
  6. At the “T” take a right on Willowbrook . This tucked away street is especially charming.
  7. Then take a right on Park. You are now headed downhill for a short stretch and then…
  8. Take a right onto Aurora Avenue. This part of the neighborhood has some nice wild areas in people’s back yards and bears and other critters find this a great place to spend some time. Before you head back up a hill.
  9. Take a Left on 6th This narrow street winds downhill and halfway it turns into Rosehill Drive. You will see a mix of homes here from modern and SONY DSCnew to the only log home that I know of in Boulder.
  10. Take a right onto College this street isn’t marked but at the intersection you can see the schoolyard of Foothills Elementary. Head toward the cemetery.
  11. Take a right onto 8th Get ready for your uphill portion of the walk. As you walk you will see many remodeled homes and a few original cottages as well.
  12. Take a left on Aurora then a Right on Grant – Grant is one way going the wrong way so if you are driving this route continue one block further to 9th. Grant will continue up the hill and take you directly back to Chautauqua Park.

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Where To Stay When Visiting Boulder

Where To Stay When Visiting Boulder

Before you move to the Boulder area you will need to visit. When you need lodging in Boulder here are some choices to consider. I have tried to give a good selection of price ranges while choosing the locations that I think would help you get a feel for the town.  Prices will vary depending upon your dates and availability at the hotels.

Boulderado HotelHotel Boulderado – ~$270 The Hotel Boulderado is located right in Downtown Boulder, one block from the Pearl Street Mall. Staying at the Boulderado will give you a great sense of what Boulder is all about. If you have never been to Boulder this is a great place to stay. It was built in 1909 as a joint project to attract tourists. It is still attracting crowds.



St Julien SpaSt. Julian Hotel – ~$350 If you are looking to be pampered in Downtown Boulder this is the place. Located right downtown with easy access to all that downtown Boulder has to offer. If you really want to do it up request a room with a view of the Flatirons. Spa on site.



Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast – $165 – $205 A bed and breakfast conveniently located near downtown Boulder and the University of Colorado. Great option if you are looking for something different than a normal hotel.



Courtyard by Marriott – ~$230 This hotel’s location is an easy drive to anywhere in town but there are no restaurants within walking distance.

The Bradley – ~$175 – $275 The Bradley is a small boutique hotel right in Downtown Boulder. Quiet rooms, nicely decorated. This would be a great escape from the everyday lodging choices. Just a few blocks east of the Pearl Street Mall and right near many great restaurant choices.



Boulder Marriott – ~$250 A nice full service hotel located near everything. Close to CU, 29th Street Mall.

Chautauqua Cottages – ~$200 (Varies with cottage) These cottages are especially popular in the summer but are available year around. If you have hiking and relaxation on the schedule this would be a great option. Located right at Chautauqua Park.


Millenium Harvest House – ~$140 Located right on the Boulder Creek Path and located next to CU. There are 15 tennis courts on site. This is where I have played tennis since I was a kid. Close to restaurants and shopping.

Homewood Suites – ~$160 This hotel is located near Foothills Parkway and Baseline Road.

Holiday Inn Express – ~$180 The Holiday Inn Express is located on North Broadway. There are some good coffee shops and restaurants within an easy walk.

Twin Lakes Inn – ~$119 This small hotel is located in a residential neighborhood in Gunbarrel about 5 miles from downtown Boulder.

Alps Boulder Canyon – $160 This hotel is located approximately 4 miles up Boulder Canyon. It is definitely different than all of the other choices because you are in a small in up in the mountains. If you are looking for Colorado quaint check this place out.

Hyatt Place – $250 This is one of Boulder’s newest hotels. It is located on east Pearl Street and is a short walk to the 29th Street Mall.

Quality Inn Boulder – $130 This traditional hotel is located on Arapahoe Street close to Boulder High and the CU Campus.  It is very centrally located and is well maintained.

There are other options out there for lodging in Boulder Colorado,  but this gives a good cross-section of what is available. The prices listed may vary depending upon time of year etc.


Golf Course Communities and Listings

Golf Course Communities and Listings

One of the great things about living in Colorado is the excellent golf courses available to the public. We are blessed with good weather and most years golf can be played year around.  January golf is not for the fair weathered golfer but I’m just saying that it is possible. Here is a list of the golf courses in Boulder County. Since this is a real estate site I thought I would highlight the available homes available in the areas surrounding the courses.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home in a golf course community in Boulder County give me a call.

Public Courses:

585 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 303-666-7888 website $35 – $43

Eighteen-hole, 7,028-yard championship course with driving range and putting and chipping greens.

Here are the current listings in the Coal Creek Neighborhood.

5706 Arapahoe Road, 303-442-7851 website $34

Eighteen-hole, 6,782-yard course with driving range, color-coded distance system, target greens and putting and chipping greens.

There are not many homes on the golf course but here are the homes in the general area.

5877 Niwot Road, 303-530-1400 website $26 – $30

Nine-hole, 2,153-yard walking course including lighted driving range with grass tee and putting and chipping greens. Family friendly.

There are not many homes on the golf course but here are the homes in the general area.

2300 Indian Peaks Trail, Lafayette, 303-666-4706 website $40- $47

Eighteen-hole, 7,083-yard championship Hale Irwin signature course with driving range and putting and chipping greens.

Here are all of the current listings in the Indian Peaks Neighborhood.

1900 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-8466 website $23 – $24

Nine-hole, 2,876-yard course with putting and chipping greens.

Sunset Golf Course is located in an older area of homes on the west side of Longmont. Here are the home listings in that area.


1200 Cornell Drive, Longmont, 303-651-8401 website $32 – $34

Eighteen-hole, 6,810-yard course with grass driving range and putting and chipping greens.

Here are all of the current listings in the area surrounding Twin Peaks Golf Course.

2000 Ute Creek Drive, Longmont, 303-774-4342 website $39 – $44

Eighteen-hole, 7,200-yard championship Robert Trent Jones II course with driving range and putting and chipping greens.

Ute Creek is one of the newer golf courses in Boulder County and there are newer homes around the course. Here are the current listings in the neighborhood.

Private Courses:

7350 Clubhouse Road Boulder, 303-530-2226 website

Eighteen-hole, 7,002-yard championship course with all facilites expected at a nice private country club. This course has plenty of trees that can alter your shots. The greens are fast, undulating, and well maintained. An excellent view of the mountains can be seen in the backdrop, plus water hazards (two streams and four lakes) come into play on a number of the holes.

Here are the current listings near the Boulder Country Club.

4400 Lake Valley Drive, Niwot 303-444-2114 website

Eighteen-hole, 6,725-yard championship course. Rural feeling, more wide open than many other front range courses. Nice golf only facility.

Lake Valley is located north of Boulder. Here are the home listings in the Lake Valley neighborhood.


Here is a map of some other selected golf courses in the Denver area.

Secrets of Boulder’s Luxury Market Revealed

Secrets of Boulder’s Luxury Market Revealed

Boulder Luxury Real EstateWhen you think of luxury real estate in Colorado you may immediately think of Aspen, Telluride or Cherry Hills Village. But increasingly, the Boulder area is legitimately in the conversation for those who have the resources to have a dream home in whatever location they choose.

People are drawn to Boulder for many reasons including; a good climate with four seasons, the fact that it’s a vibrant college town, tons of options to live an outdoor active lifestyle, it’s within one hour to a large international airport and 20 minutes to an airport that can easily handle private jets, ample cultural and sporting events, a plethora of really good restaurants, it’s a hotbed for entrepreneurs, and an overall positive liberal mindset where it’s okay to have money. It’s been said that birds of a feather flock together and more and more we are seeing this in and around Boulder.

Another key feature to the attractiveness of the Boulder Valley to luxury home buyer is the breadth of home choices. Whether one prefers a penthouse with a view, a first rate equestrian ranch, an expansive mountain lodge, or an in town Victorian it is all available. All of these choices can be purchased within a 20 minute drive (at most) of downtown Boulder.

Properties listed between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000

Properties listed between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000

Properties listed for $3,000,000 and more

four million dollar home boulder coloradoIn 2013 there were 247 sales in Boulder County which exceeded $1 million. The total volume of those sales was $389,350,340. So far in 2014 222 luxury homes have sold. As usual and not unexpectedly the majority (147) of those sales are between $1 and $1.5 million. So far there have been 28 sales of $2 million or more and $8 above $3 million.  There have been two sales over $5 million so far this year. The top sale was for a beautifully restored, 7,600 sq. ft. Victorian on Mapleton Hill which sold for $6,432,495. The next highest sale was for a 5,200 sq. ft. penthouse in Downtown Boulder with amazing Flatirons views. Click here to view the photos and details of these properties.

Currently there are 20 homes on the market with a list price of over $5 million. So if you are in that price range make sure you plan a few days to look at the options. Currently three of these properties are under contract. The three that are waiting to close are a good example of the diversity of the choices in and around Boulder. There is a Penthouse Condo at 1155 Canyon listed for $5,330,000, a 6 acre wooded parcel right in town listed for $5.2 million and an eclectic mountain custom home with fantastic features at 1133 Timber Lane which is listed for $9.8 million. Look for these to close by the end of the year. Click here to view all of the homes in Boulder County with list prices above $5 million.

There are currently ten properties listed above $6,500,000 with the most expensive being a 144 acre compound with a 24,000 square foot main house and a full equestrian setup. Here are the top ten most expensive homes listed in Boulder County.

If you broaden the range a bit there are 252 homes currently on the market with list prices above $1 million. Forty-nine of those listings are under contract, so if over half of those homes which are already under contract close by the end of the year, Boulder County will have a record year in terms of sales over $1 million. Below is a graph of sales over the last ten years. 260 is my projection for 2014.

Million dollar homes in Boulder CountyIf you are considering buying a home in high end of the Boulder real estate market you will want to do your due diligence. While most of the Boulder market is a sellers market, some quick math shows that there is roughly a years worth of inventory on the market in the broad range and over three years of inventory available in the ultra luxury category. You will need a good buyers agent to navigate you not only through the available choices but through the negotiation and due diligence period.  I am experienced and available to you.

Here are a few quick facts about this market segment:

  • The average Days-to-Offer for those that have sold so far this year over $1 million is 75 days.
  • The average Days-on-Market for all homes actively listed over $1 million is 166 days.
  • The above statistics show me that the exceptional homes don’t stay on the market long.
  • The average negotiation off of list price for all luxury homes sold so far in 2014 is 4.22%.
  • The average negotiation off of list price for properties sold between $1 and $2 million is 3.65%.
  • The average negotiation off of list price for properties sold between $2 and $3 million is 4.63%.
  • The average negotiation off of list price for properties sold over $3 million is 8.48%
  • The median price for sales over $1 million sold so far in 2014 is $1,344,300.
  • The average price for sales over $1 million sold so far in 2014 is $1,624,550.

The above data was compiled from data supplied by IRES MLS and is deemed reliable but it may not be exhaustive. All links were active and correct as of November 4, 2014.

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