University Hill

Boulder, Colorado Homes for Sale

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About University Hill

The University of Colorado Boulder defines much of the culture in University Hill, with students, university staff, and intellectuals calling the area home. The three-block University Hill business district at College Avenue and Broadway caters to students with restaurants, entertainment venues, and shops. The city is guiding improvements to University Hill, including pedestrian and bicycle amenities, design aesthetics, and year-round commercial activity. The area immediately west of the business district is primarily dedicated to student housing with single-family homes found closer to the foothills.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $370,000 to $6,000,000

Closed Prices: $180,000 to $4,400,000

Median Sale Price: $1,420,000

Average $ per sq ft: $990

Association Fee Ranges: $690 to $1294/quarter, $205 to $386.4/mo, $0

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

Age: 1894 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 424 to 5520 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 9 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around University Hill

Around University Hill

University Hill includes a wide range of housing from quaint single-family homes and condos to luxurious estates with impressive views. The area's most fabulous abodes are typically found west of 9th Street. The South Lower Arapahoe area north of University Avenue is the most intact historic part of the neighborhood. Highland Lawn Historic District is one block of well-preserved homes on Marine Street between 6th and 7th streets reflecting the prevailing architectural styles at the turn of the twentieth century. The Flagstaff section south of College Avenue features larger homes in a range of dates and styles.

The University Hill business district offers a range of cuisine that one would find in most any college town, including pizza, burgers, and hot dogs, along with standard Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern fare. Open to the public, the Center for Community on campus is a good place to enjoy a combination of community and cultural dining featuring 10 micro-restaurants. For an adventure, take Viewpoint Trail up past Panorama Point to Flagstaff House for a drink or expensive meal with amazing views of Boulder.

Aside from self-guided tours of residential streets, there are other fine points to University Hill. The historic Anderson Ditch runs water from Boulder Creek through University Hill before terminating into Bear Canyon Creek in South Boulder. After it runs its course through Columbia Cemetery, the ditch crosses 9th Street and heads east along Pennsylvania Avenue. On campus, you will see traditional college structures alongside cultural institutions such as the Art Museum, Museum of Natural History, and Heritage Center. Varsity Lake and Old Main are worthwhile photo stops.

College students love craft beer or a happy hour at a pub, and University Hill has plenty of spots to make this happen on a Friday night out. The Fox Theatre, a former movie house turned music venue, brings nationally known artists to town for performances in this historic space. For entertainment that's fun for all ages, check out a laser and light show at Fiske Planetarium, which offers immersive experiences that fully surround the audiences with a huge screen and amazing visuals.

Boulder Creek Path serves as a relaxing northern border for University Hill. This popular out-and-back trail is a pleasant hike, and many residents enjoy tubing the creek as well. The walking path is accessible year-round and dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on leash. For a good time indoors, head to Macky Auditorium on campus, where storytelling, readings, and theatrical performances happen year-round.

Housing costs are similar to or even higher than other neighborhoods near the foothills. The neighborhood's most affordable options are single-family homes and condos near the university, while more extravagant homes are found closer to the edge of town.

Denver Boulder Turnpike is easily accessible from University Hill. Regional Transportation District owns and operates Boulder's Community Transit Network, a fleet of buses that takes passengers around Boulder and connects with regional lines. University Hill is very bike-friendly, especially along Broadway's multi-use path, the connecting Boulder Creek Path, and on campus, which has its own bike network. There are multiple B-cycle bike-share stations in University Hill. Taxis and ride-shares are fairly easy to come by.

Locals Love

  • Housing options
  • Sporting events
  • Cultural amenities

Locals Don't Love

  • Traffic
  • Sometimes noisy

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