Downtown Boulder

Boulder, Colorado Homes for Sale

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About Downtown Boulder

Downtown Boulder is known for its shopping, restaurants, and 19th century architecture. Pearl Street Mall, a stretch of pedestrian-friendly road with benches, tree-cover, public art, and vendors, is Boulder's center of activity and a successful example of downtown planning. Downtown Boulder thrives as a lively place for social interaction, exercise, and commerce. Both historic and modern homes with outdoor space for gardening and relaxation surround downtown, while Boulder Creek and Mount Sanitas provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation nearby.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $949,000

Closed Prices: $214,803 to $4,000,000

Median Sale Price: $1,100,000

Average $ per sq ft: $1021

Association Fee Ranges: $240 to $1296/mo, $0, $600/quarter, $500

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1915 to 2016

Sq. Ft.: 445 to 3986 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 4 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 4 Bathrooms

Getting Around Downtown Boulder

Around Downtown Boulder

Homebuyers will find a mix of apartments, condos, and older single-family homes within easy walking distance of sidewalk cafes, locally-owned stores, and bars. Those with an appreciation for old homes should check out the West Pearl Historic District, home to late 19th century vernacular architecture characteristic of Boulder's working and middle-class roots. Residents on the west side of the neighborhood also appreciate their close proximity to mountain trails. Living on the east end has its perks as well, with plenty of coffeehouses and local stores open for business amid a mix of new constructions and historic homes.

Downtown Boulder offers a great selection of restaurants for any craving. You can grab deli sandwiches, ramen bowls, or tacos from on Pearl or Walnut Street. Snooze is a well-known eatery for creative breakfast and lunch options, while The Med is a fantastic destination for Mediterranean cuisine. Visit the Boulder Farmers Market on a Wednesday or Saturday (April through November) for seemingly endless local options including fresh produce and convenient, on-site meals. For a more sophisticated dining experience, high-end restaurants can be found inside St. Julien Hotel and Hotel Boulderado.

The Downtown Boulder experience varies from place to place and season to season. As is the case in most city centers, activity tends to peak during the warmer months. Downtown is busier during the day and on weekends, especially on Pearl Street Mall. While a lot of people congregate along Boulder Creek, it is more relaxed than the business district with picnicking during the summertime and countless walkers, runners, and cyclists using Boulder Creek Path. Unlike Pearl Street Mall, dogs are permitted to use the creek path if kept on a leash.

Boulder residents love local restaurants as much as craft beer or a happy hour at a hotel or pub. A walk along Pearl and Walnut Street makes this evident to any passerby. Right off Pearl Street Mall is Boulder Theater, a favorite architectural masterpiece and concert venue. Local and traveling acts show their prowess before audiences that are more likely to listen than talk during a performance. Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery is another popular destination for live entertainment, hosting bands that play bluegrass, folk, blues, funk, and more.

Grab a coffee or a meal with friends on Pearl or Walnut Street, then join a game of hacky sack in Central Park, a tranquil green space along Boulder Creek. Living here puts you within walking distance of the Mount Sanitas Trailhead, an ideal place to take an easygoing hike and enjoy natural surroundings without much exertion. Cultural attractions are also nearby--check out Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art or catch a performance at Boulder Bandshell.

Housing costs in Downtown Boulder are fairly high, especially if you dream of living in a vintage home. Downtown's more affordable options are condo units in the handful of mid-rise buildings found on the south side of the neighborhood. Units elsewhere are aimed at a luxury market. If you are looking for a single-family home, expect high price tags here, albeit not as high as in neighboring Mapleton Hill.

Downtown Boulder is popular for walkers and bikers alike, and most drivers seem to take notice and give preference to people crossing the street. It is common to see bikes most everywhere downtown, except on Pearl Street Mall. Bike lanes on Spruce and Walnut streets intersect with equally bike-friendly 13th Street, which connects Mapleton Hill to the north and Boulder Creek Path to the south. An electric bike tracker at 13th and Walnut streets counts hundreds of people on bikes passing through daily. Nearby at 14th and Walnut streets is Boulder Bus Station, which offers regular bus service to local and regional locations, including Union Station in Denver, the mountain town of Nederland, and Denver International Airport. The City of Boulder manages public parking garages, surface lots, and on-street pay stations for downtown visitors.

Locals Love

  • Walkability
  • Bike-friendly
  • Lively public spaces
  • Shopping and dining options

Locals Don't Love

  • Crowds during peak seasons
  • Limited parking
  • Few locally owned shops

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