Located at the most beautiful intersection of the Great Plains and the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Boulder Valley is the jewel of the Colorado Front Range. The mix of location, lifestyle, population and opportunity and it’s easy to see why Boulder County is often mentioned as one of the best places in the country to call home. Some of the factors that make this area special are: a vibrant economy based on innovation and education, an outdoor lifestyle that makes it easy to connect with nature, a four season, sunny climate that allows for outdoor activity twelve months a year, many cultural and sporting events to enhance your life and a wide array of high quality dining options. For most people it’s not just one reason but the wonderful mix that makes the Boulder Valley one of the most sought after spots in the west.
Native Americans occupied the Boulder Valley long before the mining boom and homesteaders in the late 1800’s brought formal settlement to the area. The mines are now closed but the agricultural heritage of the area is still apparent throughout the county. I’m happy to report that sprawl isn’t a word that can be used to describe this area.
Here are a few things you can expect in the Boulder Valley that differentiate it from other areas you may be considering.
- It’s a great place to ride a bike. Bike lanes are everywhere and there is a bike culture that is easy to get involved in.
- Open space is everywhere. Each of the communities has designated open space much of which is accessible to walkers and bikers. In all there is approximately 150,000 acres of publicly owned open space. The outcome of the shared commitment to open space is protected land, protected views, increased recreation activities and fewer opportunities for development.
- The dining opportunities throughout the area are outstanding! People who come from larger metropolitan areas are surprised to find high quality dining night after night.
- The University of Colorado provides great cultural and sporting events and as a top notch research University it adds to our economy by bringing bright minds and innovation.
In addition to to the City of Boulder, the Boulder Valley encompasses the small communities of Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Niwot, Longmont and Erie. In addition to the communities that make up Boulder County the rural plains and the mountain areas make it unique. Boulder County has over 300,000 people but as you move between communities you will find protected open space and legacy farmland. Nearly every where you go you have a view of the mountains and that backdrop of beauty inspires.
I invite you to this special area. I’ve lived here my entire life and know it well. I’d love to share it with you.