Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Boulder: Boulder, CO Luxury Living Guide

Boulder Most Expensive Neighborhoods

Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Boulder: Boulder, CO Luxury Living Guide

Boulder is the county seat and most populous municipality of Boulder County, Colorado. It is situated at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, about 25 miles northwest of Denver. About 105,673 people call Boulder home.

The city has received high marks for its arts and culture, overall health, and quality of life. It is home to the main campus of the University of Colorado. Boulder has taken several measures over the years to combat urban sprawl and preserve the mountains and natural wilderness. Boulder is home to many luxury neighborhoods with homes that meet every want and need of the people who live in them. For those who are considering moving to Boulder, here are some of Boulder's best and most expensive neighborhoods.

Highland Park

Highland Park Amenities

  • Bill Bower Park
  • West Highland Park
  • Walking trails
  • Boulder Public Library
  • Kohler Reservoir

Highland Park is a neighborhood located about three miles south of downtown Boulder. It is bordered by Route 93/S, Broadway to the east, Dartmouth Avenue and Skunk Canyon to the north, Skunk Canyon to the west, and Table Mesa Drive to the south.

The subdivision is known for its wide streets and spacious residential lots. Architecture in the Highland Park neighborhood is dominated by split-level homes, bungalows and traditional ranches. Home prices typically range from the upper $600s to well over $2 million, with the average around $725,000. The current median sale price is $943,000.

In addition to its spacious lots and upscale homes, residents of the Highland Park neighborhood enjoy access to soccer fields, tennis and volleyball courts, as well as disc golf. In addition, the neighborhood is home to Viele Lake, Bill Bower Park, Table Mesa Trailhead, and the South Boulder Recreation Center.

The neighborhood also offers easy access to Route 93/Broadway as well as U.S. Highway 36/Denver Boulder Turnpike.

Pine Brook Hills

Pine Brook Hills Amenities

  • Private and secluded
  • Anne U. White Trail
  • Fourmile Canyon Creek
  • Beautiful views

This neighborhood of about 1,000 residents is located on the northwest edge of Boulder, built into the hills to provide an overlook of the city. Elevations range from 5,800 to 6,953 feet, offering residents spectacular views of the metro below—this neighborhood is perfect for those who have dreamed of owning a mountain cabin. The neighborhood is about three square miles in size.

On average, homes in Pine Brook Hills range in price from the mid-$800s to more than $1 million, depending on the lot size. The neighborhood is still under development, with lots priced in the upper $400s. The current median sale price is $1.1 million.

The greatest appeal of this luxurious neighborhood is likely its outdoor recreation opportunities from fishing to skiing. The neighborhood also features hiking trails with scenic views. Pine Brook Hills is just four miles from Downtown Boulder, the University of Colorado campus and the Pearl Street Mall. The neighborhood is also close to major highway routes and is about 45 miles from the Denver International Airport.

Pine Brook Hills Hotspots

Pine Brook Hills Shopping

Pine Brook Hills Cafés

Pine Brook Hills Restaurants

Lake of the Pines

Lake of the Pines Amenities

  • Lakefront homes
  • Walking trails
  • Picturesque scenery
  • Left Hand Creek
  • Allens Lake

Located north of Boulder on the shores of Allens Lake, the Lake of the Pines neighborhood has developed a reputation as one of the most picturesque of all the region's subdivisions. That's thanks in large part to its location along the lake's shoreline.

The Lake of the Pines subdivision consists of only a handful of homes, but what they lack in number, they make up for in size and value. Homes tend to span up to 5,300 spacious square feet and are priced between $1.5 to $2.5 million, on average. The current median sale price is $1.9 million.

Although set apart from commercial districts, Lake of the Pines boasts plenty of natural beauty. The area is nearly all wooded, with the lake and rolling hills providing a scenic backdrop for those living there. In addition to the outdoor recreation opportunities, prospective residents seeking a high-end community are likely to be drawn to the area.

Lake of the Pines Hotspots


Waterstone Amenities

  • Sixmile Reservoir
  • Scenic homesites
  • Mature trees
  • Hiking trails

The Waterstone neighborhood is known for its large, sprawling lots, with many spanning over an acre, and featuring mature trees and plenty of outdoor entertainment space. The Waterstone neighborhood features fantastic scenic views.

You're likely to see everything from a traditional two-story with cottage elements to a newly constructed contemporary-style home. Prices average from $1 million to upwards of $2 million. The current median sale price is $2,535,000.

Waterstone is located northeast of Boulder, along Route 119, just to the south of Sixmile Reservoir. The neighborhood is about six miles from downtown Boulder, the University of Colorado campus and the Pearl Street Mall. It is about five miles from the Wonderland Lake trailhead.

Residents are likely drawn to the Waterstone neighborhood for its spacious, single-family homes, all set on large lots, along with the neighborhood's recreational opportunities and easy access to main thoroughfares. The neighborhood is about four miles from the Boulder Municipal Airport.


Newlands Amenities

  • North Boulder Park
  • Dakota Ridge Trailhead
  • Proximity to Foothill Elementary School
  • Proximity to Pearl Street Mall
  • North Boulder Recreation Center

Newlands offers its residents some of the most breathtaking views of Boulder's unique rock formations, The Flatirons. The Newlands neighborhood is located adjacent to the west side of Broadway, stretching to Iris Avenue in the north, Alpine Avenue in the south and the Silver Lake Ditch to the west.

Unlike some of Boulder's other affluent neighborhoods, Newlands is an established subdivision. Most homes back to the 1920s to the 1950s and feature a wide range of architectural styles from modern new construction to post-war bungalows. Home prices range from the $300s all the way to $5 million or more. The median sale price of the current inventory is about $1.325 million.

Newlands is popular among people who want a suburban home without being too far from the city. Newlands' southern border is just a few blocks north of Pearl Street Mall, so residents are never too far from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Boulder. Residents are also near Mt. Sanitas, a favorite place to hike among local outdoor enthusiasts.

Newlands Hotspots

Newlands Shopping

  • Ideal Market Boulder

Newlands Nightlife

  • Upstairs Cocktail Lounge

Mapleton Hill

Mapleton Hill Amenities

  • Proximity to Pearl Street Mall
  • Electric car charging station
  • Museum of Boulder
  • Historic homes
  • Campbell Robertson Park

Mapleton Hill is located in the heart of Boulder, adjacent to the west side of Broadway, and roughly bordered by Maxwell Avenue to the north, Spruce Street to the south and 4th Street to the west. The community is known for its stately homes and spacious lots.

The neighborhood is known for its historic homes, distinctive character, and natural beauty, including 100-year-old maple trees. Many residences date back to the late 1800s to early 1900s. Classic architectural style like Victorian and Queen Anne styles dominate the area.

Home prices range from the low $500s all the way to in excess of $4 million. The current median list price is just under $3 million.

Residents can enjoy walkable access to Downtown Boulder, the popular Pearl Street Mall, Mount Sanitas Trail, North Boulder Park, and a multitude of shopping and restaurant options. Healthcare facilities, as well as the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, are also nearby.

Mapleton Hill Hotspots

Mapleton Hill Nightlife

Mapleton Hill Restaurants

Boulder's Upper Crust

Boulder is a city rich in history. Founded in 1859 as explorers came to the region in search of gold, Boulder has had a long and colorful history. Today's Boulder is known for promoting a healthy, culturally-enriched lifestyle.

Outdoor recreation is part of what defines Boulder. Regardless of the neighborhood, the city's various subdivisions almost always offer some opportunity for outdoor recreation from hiking and biking to fishing and skiing. There are also parks dotting the neighborhoods. Some of Boulder's most expensive neighborhoods are also well known for their restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.

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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