Best Neighborhoods in Boulder

Boulder Best Neighborhoods

Anyone looking to move to Boulder from another state or move into a new neighborhood in the city can end their search here. Boulder has a home for everyone and a community for every lifestyle, from condos in the mid-$200,000s to $2 million+ luxury homes. Here are the best neighborhoods in Boulder to consider calling home. 

Mapleton Hill

Mapleton Hill Amenities

  • Proximity to downtown Boulder
  • Museum of Boulder
  • Low traffic
  • High walkability

Mapleton Hill has been an established neighborhood in Boulder since 1895. Most homes were constructed from 1895 to 1910, which means homeowners get to own a slice of Boulder's history. Mapleton Hill is a registered historic district. It may be one of Boulder's most expensive neighborhoods, but it earns every penny.

Most of the homes are single-family homes featuring Victorian and Queen Anne architectural styles. Because many of the homes have been carefully restored and remodeled over the years, the median home value is impressively high. However, homes in this neighborhood are move-in ready. Few, if any, additional renovations will be required. 

There isn't much commerce in the neighborhood, but residents are never more than a few minutes from Pearl Street and downtown Boulder. Mapleton Hill is one of the most walkable neighborhoods on this list.

Mapleton Hill Hotspots

Table Mesa

Table Mesa Amenities

  • Famous for being a setting in The Shining
  • Proximity to shopping and restaurants
  • Move-in ready homes
  • Hiking trails

Table Mesa is located in the southern region of Boulder. Most of the neighborhood is surrounded by hiking trails, which is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. 

Table Mesa has a median home value of $440,000. Homes are typically single-family homes with three or four bedrooms, many built in the mid-1960s. 

One fun fact about Table Mesa is related to Stephen King. The king of horror novels used the Table Mesa Shopping Center as a setting in The Shining. When Mr. King lived near the area in the 1970s, he thought it would be the perfect setting for his book.

Wonderland Hills

Wonderland Hills Amenities

  • Wonderland Lake
  • Walking and biking trails
  • Scenic mountain views
  • Large lots are standard on all properties

Wonderland Hills was constructed in the 1970s as a high-end development. The selling point was the ability to obtain mountain living without additional driving. Ideally situated between the foothills and downtown Boulder, the neighborhood has continued to remain incredibly popular over the years. With wide bike lanes throughout the area, residents can easily get wherever they desire without using their vehicle.

Homes in Wonderland Hills range from condos to single-family detached dwellings. Homes range from the $400,000s to $1 million+ and come with large lots that allow people to enjoy plenty of time in their private backyards. Surrounded by an extensive trail system for hiking and mountain biking, Wonderland Lake is one of the neighborhood's best features. 

Wonderland Hills Hotspots

Wonderland Hills Shopping

Wonderland Hills Cafés

Wonderland Hills Restaurants


Chautauqua Amenities

Chautauqua was constructed in 1898 as a summer enrichment program for school teachers from Texas. Since then, the neighborhood has expanded to feature dozens of streets with single-family homes. Most of the houses are Victorian style, but some new constructions have more modern features. Most homes share lots, but all lots have mature trees.

The neighborhood features an auditorium, dining hall, rental cabins, and a park with many trails. Many film screenings and concerts take place in the auditorium throughout the year.

Homes in the neighborhood range from $1 million to $4 million, though some condos and townhouses exist. The roads are curvy, and many of them lead to dead-ends. However, these dead-ends are the start of some quiet trails.

Chautauqua Hotspots

Chautauqua Restaurants


Whittier Amenities

  • Enforced parking rules
  • Neighborhood activities
  • Moments away from Pearl Street and downtown Boulder

Whittier is just a few minutes from Pearl Street and downtown Boulder and is considered one of Boulder's most walkable neighborhoods. Those who want downtown amenities without the hustle and bustle that comes with living downtown will find Whittier to be the perfect solution. The close distance to Boulder's most sought-after entertainment has raised prices over the years. Starting prices for most homes exceed $1 million.

Many of the homes in Whittier are incredibly artistic. Curved windows, slanted roofs, and stone facades are the norm. Some homes feature bright colors, and many residents have opted to add fun sculptures to their yards. 

Every Thursday night, the Mork & Mindy house hosts its weekly parade of bicycles and costumes, where residents can enjoy seeing the creative and artistic minds of their neighbors. 

Martin Acres

Martin Acres Amenities

  • Quick access to Route 36 and major RTD bus routes
  • New homes are move-in ready
  • Quiet streets lined with trees

Martin Acres has been a suburb in Boulder since the 1950s. After the completion of the Denver-Boulder Turnpike, this quaint suburb quickly exploded with residents. Many of the homes are single-family homes. 

Most of the homes are 1950s ranch-style or the 1960s tri-level style. Homes in Martin Acres are some of the most affordable in Boulder, with a median price in the mid $300,000s.

Currently, many residents in 1950s ranch-style homes are "popping the tops"—code for adding a second story to their home. Fortunately, construction for this process is not as long as one might think, so the noise disturbance is minimal if new homeowners plan to work from home.

Martin Acres Hotspots

Martin Acres Shopping

Martin Acres Cafés

  • Full Stop Bakery

Martin Acres Restaurants


Gunbarrel Amenities

  • Affordable homes
  • New restaurants, shopping centers, and more under construction
  • Fast access to roadways 119, 52, and 287

Gunbarrel exists because of IBM. When the company built its Boulder plant in 1965, they needed a place for their employees to live. Rather than having their employees commute, IBM created the Gunbarrel community right across the street. 

Because Gunbarrel is about 20 minutes from downtown Boulder, prices are more affordable, with homes listing around $350,000. Most of the houses in this community were built between 1965 and 1975.

Gunbarrel Hotspots

Come Home to Boulder

The best neighborhoods in Boulder truly have it all. Some are tucked away in a quiet oasis, while others are just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown. Those who love the outdoors are sure to find their little slice of mountain living that fits their lifestyle and budget.

If you've fallen in love with Boulder, contact Boulder Home Source with RE/MAX Alliance at (303) 543-5720 to get in touch with Boulder real estate agents who can help you discover your ideal new home.

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