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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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Mapleton Hill in Boulder-The Crown Jewel

Posted By Michael Hughes

The people of Boulder recognize the Mapleton Hill Historic District as an important part of their heritage. Mapleton Hill, a few blocks northwest of downtown, is one of Boulder’s prettiest areas, with large, gracious homes on a very wide Silver Maple and Cottonwood tree-lined avenue. The neighborhood was established in the 1800’s and feature an architectural mix of east coast architecture influenced by western style. Basically the  neighborhood is west of Broadway, east of 9th, north of Pearl Street, and south of High Street. The area includes Mapleton St, 4th St., Concord, Spruce, Mt. View Rd, Pine and Broadway to name a few. Most of the  homes were built between 1865 and 1910.  It’s clear where this Boulder real estate received its’ name with the mature Silver Maple trees lining the long street heading up toward the Mount Sanitas and Knollwood areas.  Mapleton Avenue, running along the backbone of the hill is a tree-canopied boulevard providing the focus for the area. “Rugged individualism” seems to be the theme in this neighborhood with a slight reflection of western tradition.

The upside to well preserved historic properties are the state and Colorado Historical Society tax credits and grants as well as the special consideration offered owners of historic properties for Boulder real estate in this area.

The views range from city, Rockwellish fall scenes and Flatirons absolutely incredible.  From the Flatirons to the foothills and the changing seasons with the Silver Oak trees it is a comfortable cozy eclectic neighborhood.

It’s a quick 2 block walk to Pearl St. where a world of shopping, world class restaurants and ambience await you. Hiking is only a few blocks away on the Mount Sanitas Trail (dogs ok).  You can cross country ski in North Boulder Park.  Chautauqua is only about a mile away for hiking (dogs ok), climbing, running, biking.

Boulder, a fantastic place to thrive.

If you have a question or need help with real estate in the area please give me Michael Hughes a call 303-359-6627 or e-mail me at michael.hughes@sothebysrealty.com or visit my website at www.bolderrealestate.com

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Boulder, Green since day one!

By Michael Hughes October 2, 2010

The first inhabitants in Boulder did something new and different. First populated by Miners who came to the area when gold was first discovered in the canyons nearby. The beginning of the green movement was 1859 when a group of Insightful settlers organized the Boulder City Town Company. Even back then, the town grew slowly, because lots were expensive and mercantile type companies were limited to selling to the mines and miners. Boulder homes still continue to be expensive and most homes are near green space, open space or paths.  Railroads came and with that the population tripled by the 1880’s. Boulder as a community began preserving land as early as 1898 with the purchase of the area now known as Chautauqua Park. By the end of the 19th century, Boulder had established itself as a center for health, recreation, and culture. In 1896, the Seventh Day Adventists built a sanitarium for tubercular patients on Mapleton Hill. In 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua opened on a 26-acre site donated by the city of Boulder at the base of the foothills. It is one of only 4 Chautauqua’s that have survived over the years.   In 1908, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (yes his father was Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. who designed and created Central Park in NYC) was commissioned to advise the city on improvement to its physical surroundings. Olmstead envisioned a high-quality environment, with residential areas kept isolated from industry, in order to maintain clean air where people lived. Olmsted’s report served as a guide for growth in the coming years.  Boulder has been on the cutting edge of the green movement for quite some time. In 1910 there was a threat of an amusement park on the summit of Flagstaff Mountain and accessed by an incline railway that rallied concerned citizens to speak out.  This led to long range plans to protect the foothills and the mountain backdrop.  In the future Boulder citizens decided to prevent further development by acquiring land before it could be developed.  Collectively protecting the land and the ecological integrity of the area. Boulder Real Estate continues to be the best investment in the states. The early settlers took their cue from the Chief of the Arapahoes.  Realizing that clear blue skys, pure water and land preservation be respected.  Smart growth, healthy living, smart children, it’s a wonderful life in Boulder, Colorado.  Boulder continues to buy green open space and buffers the housing with extraordinary green areas and space unknown to other cities in the U.S. We are proud to call this our home Boulder, Colorado.

If you have questions about this article or anything Boulder give me a call anytime. Michael Hughes-Fuller Sothebys International Realty=303-359-6627 or you can visit my website at www.BolderRealEstate.com

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