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VIDEOS TOURS OF BOULDER, COLORADO NEIGHBORHOODS
BOULDER COLORADO NEIGHBORHOODS
Boulder Newlands Neighborhood
The Newlands neighborhood is one of the most highly sought-after areas by home buyers in Boulder these days. Newlands has been a mecca for remodeling and rebuilding as property values soared in the 1990's. With easy access to downtown, Vics, Marie's, and all the other great amenities of central Boulder, including the North Boulder Recreation Center, Community Gardens, the new Casey Middle School, Pearl Street, and of course, all the trails and open space to the west, the Newlands neighborhood is definitely one of the great Boulder neighborhoods worth exploring!
Wonderland Hill Neighborhood Boulder Colorado
A key part of what makes the Wonderland Hill neighborhood special is Wonderland Lake, and the extensive hiking and biking trail system that weaves through Wonderland Hill connecting it to the a 21-acre wildlife refuge which really defines what Wonderland Hill is all about. The lake area includes a beautiful park with a childrens play area, convenient benches, and a large well-maintained open lawn perfect for an ad hoc game of frisbee. Homes in this area are typically spacious and many live on large lots which by todays standards is somewhat uncommon, and is definitely one of the draws for Wonderland Hill. Many of the homes are modern in look and feel, either due to the custom-built nature of their architectural style which goes back a few decades; or due to the fact that many of the homes have been remodeled and updated to include the amenities and styling that todays home owners demand, especially in kitchens and baths. A beautiful feature of the Wonderland Hill neighborhood is that theres no real parking for guests around the park, lake or other areas. Think Im crazy for suggesting that no parking is a beautiful thing? This means that while its a wonderful retreat for the locals who actually live in the neighborhood, it has not, and likely never will become a destination for other locals who live in other parts of town. There are certainly many frequent bikers and hikers using the trail system along the western edge of the neighborhood but that also means you have easy access to those same trails if you choose to live in Wonderland!
Boulder Whittier Neighborhood
A funny thing about many Boulder neighborhoods is that over time, different ideas develop about what the boundaries are for the area we think we know. I've lived in many different parts of Boulder. The Whittier neighborhood is one of them. When you drive around the downtown area many people think only of the vicinity of Boulder near Whittier Elementary as the true Whittier neighborhood. The City of Boulder data says that the Whittier neighborhood encompasses the residential sections of Boulder between Bluff Street to the North, 28th Street to the East, Canyon Boulevard to the South, and Broadway to the West. That's a pretty large area and most of us consider those parts of downtown something other than Whittier. With all the changes and developments in the central Boulder area, it's probably more useful to talk about Whittier as the eastern part of central Boulder from about 18th or 19th streets eastward over to 28th Street as a maximum eastern boundary. One of the cool things about the Whittier neighborhood is that it's home to Whittier Elementary School, which is the oldest continuing operating school in the state. It's also an International Baccalaureate school. I have a friend that grew up in Boulder and went to Whittier Elementary. I'm pretty sure one or both of his parents went there. I know that his kids went to school at Whittier Elementary, and even though he and parts of his family have lived in other parts of the country, he has lived in the Whittier neighborhood for the last decade or two; in the home that his grandparents owned since he was a child. Now that's some local history and connection.
Old North Boulder Neighborhood
The area between Broadway, Folsom, Iris, and Edgewood/Balsam streets is now commonly called the Old North Boulder neighborhood. Prior to the time that land was developed beyond Norwood, this area was North Boulder. Now with development stretching to the far reaches of the Dakota Ridge neighborhood, the Old North Boulder neighborhood is really a very central residential opportunity. I've spent many days exploring on foot, the roads and paths around central Boulder, and if you do the same you'll come to realize just how close everything is in this part of town. It's only a few blocks between local landmarks such as Vics and Ideal Market, over to Pearl Street, or up to Salberg Park. The two sister shopping centers, Ideal Marketplace and Community Plaza are home to many local favorites. Ideal Market has a long history that spans well beyond the age of the current shopping center, and it became an anchor for the other shops back in 1958. The Community Plaza shops on the south side of Alpine were built just two years later in 1960. Other businesses such as Alpine Barbers, Radda Restaurant, Breadworks, Marie's Restaurant, The Boulder Wine Merchant, and the Pekoe Sip House give residents of the Old North Boulder neighborhood a plethora of opportunity for meeting most shopping needs without much travel. What a great concept in the days of higher gas prices and strong desires to conserve natural resources. One of those local businesses that's been thriving in the area, The Pekoe Sip House, has a decade long history in the area. It was originally founded as the Tea Train in Longmont. After many accolades, and eventually being voted as having the Best Tea, and being the Best Tea House in the Denver Metro area in 2000, Tea Train evolved into Pekoe Sip House and moved to Boulder under the new name in 2003.
Boulder Neighborhood Pine Brook Hills
Pinebrook Hills Neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado is one of the very popular foothills neighborhoods. It's full of custom homes and tons of wildlife. If you want a rural mountain feeling, within minutes of central Boulder, Pine Brook Hills is definitely worth considering.
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