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Boulder Neighborhoods 105

Boulder Neighborhoods 105 the Outback (be sure to check out Boulder Neighborhoods 101-104 Blog Posts).

If lower taxes, a shorter commute to Denver or Fort Collins, more house for your money and great panoramic views are your thing. This may be just the Boulder real estate ticket for you.

Erie started out as a coal mining town and a small train hub town. This was one of those out of the way towns where there was no church so it brought on a parade of traveling preachers. One such preacher was Reverend Richard Van Valkenburg, civic leader and founder of Erie, Colorado. Since then communities have grown from Arapahoe Ridge, Erie Village and Vista Ridge a golf course community.  Homes range from $250K-over $1 million.   The style ranges from Victorian in Erie village to contemporary in Vista and Arapahoe Ridge.

Schools in Erie are Blackrock Elementary, Erie Middle and Erie High School.

Frederick in the early 1900’s this was a coal town. Firestone has grown up and is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the past 10 years on the front range. The over view of these two communities is that you get a great deal of house for your money. 10 reasons to move your business to Firestone.  This is a fiercely independent community and one that bears a second look if you are a commuter north, south, east or west. Taxes are lower and houses abundant with panoramic views of the front range.

Schools serving Frederick and Firestone are Frederick Elementary, Coal Ridge Middle and Frederick High School and Fort Lupton High School

Dacono is a small town with a bigger town feel. Houses are abundant and in many price ranges, parents looking for low student teacher ratios will find that here. Along with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain chain.  Butler Elementary, Fort Lupton Middle and Fort Lupton High School

Schools serving Dacono are

Fort Lupton is a rural community situated in southern Weld County along the banks of the South Platte River. The town anchors the eastern side of a triangle with Boulder and Longmont, and is conveniently close to two of Colorado’s major highways. A drive to Denver’s International Airport takes only 30 minutes. Houses are priced lower and with lower taxes and low student teacher ratios this is a great place to call home.

Schools serving Fort Lupton are Butler Elementary, Fort Lupton Middle and Fort Lupton High School

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Boulder Neighborhoods 104

Boulder Neighborhoods 104 (don’t forget to check out my previous blog; Boulder Neighborhoods 101-103)

Rock Creek community masterplanned and embracing homes built for the most part by Richmond. There are also a few gated communities and custom homes within. Rock Creek is located bordering the Flatiron Crossing Mall. Right across the highway from Louisville and very easy access to the Boulder/Denver Turnpike (Highway 36).

Good value and a large selection of newer homes in a wide bandwidth of prices. 594 acres of parks, greenspace and open space. There are free community pools, parks with playgrounds, baseball, soccer and football fields. Miles of groomed paths, ponds, greenways, pocket parks and great schools in the area. Great shopping is abundant and nearby.

Schools in the area are Eldorado Elementary/Middle and Superior Elementary.

The little town of Louisville has been voted for many years by Money Magazine and Fortune to be the quintessential best little town in America in which to reside. Only ten minutes from Boulder and twenty minutes from Denver the options are wide open and the commute is non-existent. The views and paths for bike riding, walking and running are numerous. Surrounded and intermingled with 1,700 acres of open space. The music festival located on Main St. in the downtown pavilion is world class. The town has a history of great little restaurants dotting the Main St area as well. The farmers market is second to none and homes are still pretty reasonably priced whilst holding value. Quality of life is what it’s all about in Louisville.

Schools in the area are Louisville Elementary and Louisville Middle School.

Lafayette is located just north of Highway 36. Waneka Lake, Indian Peaks Golf Course Community; just a few of the neighborhoods within Lafayette.  Lafayette is and interesting mix of old and new. It doesn’t have a clear focus of which direction it wants to go. There are homes available in a very wide range of price. Great views, trails and the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center that sits on 14 acre City Park. Ease of access to the Boulder/Denver Turnpike.

Schools in the area are Alicia Sanchez Elementary and Angevine Middle School. Also Peak to Peak Charter School

Broomfield is located further east and a little south of Lafayette and east of Louisville along the Highway 36 Boulder/Denver Turnpike Corridor.  A scenic trail connects the Stearns Lake and the Josh’s Pond on the west side of town. Broomfield doesn’t really have a clear cut city center. Broomfield is home to some of the cutting edge leaders of high tech. Broomfield abounds in trails, parks and it is home to some of the best youth sports programs in the area. The suburbs can be in the older areas or newer such as the Broadlands. Homes are available in a wide array of price.

Schools in the area are Aspen Creek Elementary/Middle and Legacy High School

If you’re curious or have questions regarding this article, any of the neighborhoods or have any questions about the Boulder area, or would like information about Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. 

 

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Boulder Neighborhoods 103

Boulder Neighborhoods 103-An Introduction-Check out 101 and 102

Old North Boulder is bridled on the north by Iris and on the east by 19th St, on the south by Balsam and on the west by Broadway. Right in the thick of Boulder real estate without the Newlands price tag. Big trees, quiet, some views of the foothills, some scrapers and numerous renovations and still renovatable properties. Parks, Iris gardens, North Boulder Rec Center and the rather large community gardens all within walking/biking distance of Ideal Market, Vics Espresso, Rada,  Breadworks, Safeway, Buddha Thai Cuisine.

Schools in the area are Crestview Elementary, Foothill Elementary, Columbine Elementary and Casey Middle School

University Hill is bordered by University on the north border and some believe it actually goes to Arapahoe as the north border, Broadway is the eastern edge and 9th St as the western border and then to the south where it completes at Baseline. If you go further south you will start to discover Chautauqua Park. As you head west of Uni Hill it becomes slightly more tranquil. Building here started in the 1800’s up to the 1950’s. Many homes being restored to their former splendor. Some homes being scraped for newer construction. Near world class hiking, climbing, scenery and numerous cultural events being held at Chautauqua auditorium from classical to rhythm and blues. University Hill is tough to beat for a continuing strong investment with a highly desired location.

Schools in the area are Flatirons Elementary and Casey Middle.

Martin Acres is Boulders’ beloved triangle for Boulder real estate bordered by Table Mesa  on the south to Highway 36 Turnpike  to the East and Broadway to the West. What is often called affordable Boulder because you can still buy in for around $400,000.   Residents often gather to celebrate community events, pitch in and help each other with philanthropic projects or wave to one another while cycling on the Bear Creek Bike Path. Convenient, quiet and secluded neighborhood.  Surprisingly great views from many homes’ vantage point.  Shopping is nearby and if you commute to Denver or Golden or want to ski in any of the majors this is very convenient.

Schools in the area are Creekside Elementary and Manhattan Middle School.

South Boulder is considered Table Mesa to the North and Broadway to the east all the way up to the foothills. A large area with older homes, new builds, newer homes, and wonderful views. Some affordable Boulder real estate homes ready to renovate. Easy access to numerous  trails. Because of the Bear Creek Elementary school this is a hot area with parents that want to get there children in to the Bear Creek School district. Convenient, quiet, secluded however close to all amenities. Fantastic up close and personal views of the Flatirons.  Shopping is nearby and if you commute to Denver or Golden or want to ski in any of the majors this is very convenient.

Schools in the area are Bear Creek Elementary and Southern Hills Middle School.

If you have questions regarding this article any of the neighborhoods or have any questions about Boulder or would like information about Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. 

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Green Innovation

Shared from Elliott Lemanager & Christopher Demorro

“Sure  I’ve seen a lot of ideas and concepts come out of the green industry but I do have to say this is one of the best ideas I’ve seen to date. It’s thinking out of the box for sure but utilizing our existing network or roads for solar power could generate more clean energy.” Christopher Demorro says “The Department of Transportation awarded the $100,000 to Solar Roadways. This money is to build a 12? x 12? prototype road section, the average width of a highway lane. Solar Roadways creator Scott Brushaw proposes that his prototype will be able to capture and produce energy from the sun. This energy would then be used to light the roadways, “paint” lines, and flash warnings to motorists about upcoming hazards like an accident or daring animal, as well as providing power to America’s home and businesses.”

Imagine powering your car from the roadway and tolls for constant fuel instead of “gas stops” paid out in to a greener cleaner quieter world. Maybe there are no longer tires but the car floats much like Blade Runner or Bruce Willis’ cab in The 5th Element. It’s a new world where innovation and advanced thinking will win.

http://www.elliottlemenager.com/2011/04/14/solar-highways-replacing-asphalt-with-solar-panels/

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Boulder Neighborhoods 102

By Michael Hughes-Sotheby’s International Realty-Boulder

The Mapleton Hill areas’ border to the north is Alpine with Broadway on the east, Pearl on the south and the foothills to the west. Big historic tree lined streets, great location, near trails. Great for the dog friendly Sanitas Trail.  The genesis of Boulder neighborhoods with about 500 homes. It’s an easy walk to downtown Boulder. If you like historic homes or renovating this is the area for you. Whittier International Elementary with its’ International Baccalaureate designation is a draw for high achievers. Whittier school is attended by students from 29 different countries and speaking 19 different languages!

Schools in the area Whittier International Elementary and the newly renovated Casey Middle School.

The Hillcrest area is in central Boulder. The neighborhood lies north of the Whittier Neighborhood or Bluff St. to the south, 19th to the west Folsom St. on the east and edgewood  to the north. Some of the best views in the city. It’s a quiet area with just a hint of seclusion. Way above the floodplain with awesome views but not jam packed. Views abound from city, to foothills to Flatirons. A great neighborhood to live in. Homes originally built in the early 1950’s. Lot sizes are somewhat larger than other Boulder neighborhood and I have one friend who lives on an acre! Unheard of in Boulder. What’s happening? Scrapers and rebuilds, modern big with views to the south and the north. It feels miles away from Boulder but in reality you are a quick bike to anywhere on Pearl or the downtown area. Values in the Hillcrest area continue to rise year after year. Value and equity solid.

Schools in the area are Columbine Elementary and the newly renovated Casey Middle School.

Knollwood is a micro-area just outside the city limits however within walking distance of pearl down a short path. Backed to the west by “Red Rocks” to the north by Sanitas Trailhead. It is a wonderful neighborhood with great Flatirons views and many new homes after scrapes and renovations. Very quiet in this neighborhood. Much like a giant cul-de-sac right across the street from the dog friendly Sanitas Trail.

Schools in the area Whittier International Elementary and the newly renovated Casey Middle School.

Whittier areas’ border is Canyon, 26th(Folsom), Bluff and Broadway.  Located in the heart of Boulder. A short walk to downtown Pearl St.  Walking is easy to anywhere “Boulder.” Big trees, amenities, parks and central Boulder. Charisma and maturity of the area with great schools. Close to all things Boulder, including local coffee shops, world class restaurants, Chan’s Automotive operating out of an old gas station and home to Whittier International Elementary.

Schools in the area Whittier International Elementary and the newly renovated Casey Middle School.

If you have questions regarding this article any of the neighborhoods or have any questions about Boulder or would like information about Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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