I live near Chautauqua and our kids used to walk to Flatirons Elementary and take the school bus to Manhattan Middle School. Our daughters would have been able to walk to Boulder High School, but they decided to attend Fairview (in Table Mesa), which is about a 7-minute drive. We love our neighborhood, but all bike rides end with a steep uphill here, which can be hard on the younger kiddos.
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You've chosen some nice areas! The one thing that stands out is that they are all close to the foothills, making them near some of the nicest trails, open spaces and parks. I also would consider Dakota Ridge/Northbriar (if you like newer homes on small, easy to care for lots) or the Wonderland Lake area (with some very nice and well-kept custom homes a little newer than the original homes in Newlands), or Rose Hill (if you like homes that might be a little older â€“â€“ roughly 1900 to 1955). Every neighborhood in Boulder has its own flavor. The link below will take you to a page with many links related to life in Boulder. I'm guessing you will enjoy exploring.
I am a little behind in keeping this facebook page up-to-date, but you might find more about daily life here: https://www.facebook.com/movetoboulder?v=wall
There also is a fun home search feature near the top of the page. This is a little different from other home searches, but very intuitive once you get the idea.
The new Boulder Trails and Recreation page is here: https://bouldercolorado.gov/trails-and-recreation
Let me know if you have questions â€“â€“ job searching, info about county open space and trails, health care, family fun, etc.
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
Excellent eye you have. Those are indeed great neighborhoods. You'll find that the Boulder Valley School are excellent.
Your high school student might find this interesting:
Have a great year!
I agree with many of the responses in that you have picked popular areas and early spring would be best. The market becomes competitive starting in match and April, so there is less competition in buyers before March, which is a good time to look as homes are on the market slightly longer. What time frame would work for you and your family in coming to boulder to start the search?
Spaces Real Estate
Sincerely- Kathryn Brantmeyer
You have selected some of the most popular areas in town, particularly if you want to be near the Foothill trails, dining and shopping. Luckily, we do have an abundance of great schools here. I have a child attending Fairview now and we went through BVSD Open enrollment since we live in North Boulder. I would be happy to talk to you about that process and the schools in general. Some schools are better suited to a certain child's interests and learning style than others.
Usually the best selection of homes on the market is in the Spring and that could mean as early as late February. Each of those areas you mention has their own character and housing styles, so spending some time getting to know them to decide which one feels more like "home" to you would be ideal. Hopefully, you can schedule a visit soon and have one of us show you around town and even point out some hidden gem areas you may not have thought about yet.
Best of luck to you and your family!
Colorado Landmark Realtors
The months of March, April & May, for instance are busy with many buyers (and sellers for that matter) in a situation similar to yours, wanting to get in, get settled, and ready by the time school starts. A corollary on the seller's end is such that there also tends to be more inventory of homes to choose from in the spring.
There are great schools for all your children in those areas you mentioned, and the neighborhoods are popular with families with all aged school children. Maybe you are already familiar with the schools in those neighborhoods. if you are not, I recommend visiting bvsd.org or greatschools.org.
I have worked with buyers and sellers in Chataqua, Newlands, and Devil's Thumb/Table Mesa areas. I have also lived in two of those neighborhoods myself over my years here in Boulder, and so I know them well. I would be glad to help you further with your questions and move to Boulder.
Real Estate sales are very strong in the summer and most buyers with children like to settle in and have their children enrolled in schools by early August. This year turned the real estate market from a buyer's market to a seller's market. It was difficult for buyer's to make an offer on a property fast enough and many properties brought in multiple bids. Hard to say what next year will bring but I would guess we will experience more of the same.
Boulder schools are very good and the areas you mentioned are very popular and great choices. Are you considering visiting prior to July to look at properties? I would suggest keeping an eye on the market in the areas of your choice to prepare ahead of time.
If you provide your e-mail address, I would be happy to send you some additional information on schools and the areas you are most interested in.
GreenSpot Real Estate
RE/MAX of Boulder
It is great that you are coming with an open mind an willingness to update your home. Boulder has some great areas and all of the ones you have mentioned will really allow you to take advantage of the "Boulder Lifestyle." Boulder Inventory can be a little quirky so having the vision and expertise to be able to identify what a home can be is a true art and it appears you may have that skill.
If you want information on areas, events, schools, etc feel free to check out our Blog. It is a great one stop resource for everything Boulder from schools, to hiking trails, and the Farmers Market. http://www.boulderhomesource.com/blog/
Best wishes and Welcome to Boulder
It might depend on what you are looking for in terms of the schools, but I don't think you can hardly go wrong with any of them.
I think North and South Boulder do have a little bit different vibes...so maybe you can check that out next time you are here.
Of course, there is a wide range of price points to navigate in this town too...so knowing your budget will be important (and will presumably really influence your options.)
I'd recommend considering some areas on the other side of Broadway from Newlands....call it "Old North Boulder". The dollar goes a little farther, there tend to be some bigger lots, and you are even closer to Ideal Market, the North Boulder Rec Center, and more of Pearl Street. I think being north of Balsam puts you close enough to downtown...without all the congestion. I'm biased because I live in that area, but it's more than "up and coming." :)
Devils Thumb might be your best choice down there.
If you live in Chautauqua then you have a choice of High Schools as your home school. Manhattan and Creekside are the schools for Chautauqua.
Best time to buy is whatever is best for you. The ratio of homes on the market to home buyers is about the same across the seasons. Sounds like you will be aiming for March/April in order to get the work done and to be all moved in by mid summer--always start early because the contractors get busy too!
Also, there are far more kids in Devils Thumb and in South Boulder in general. The economics of Newlands and Chautauqua simply dictate that average families are pushed out by the higher cost.
My daughter, for the record, is a senior at Fairview. My son is at CU and he graduated from Fairview in '12. I am somewhat biased. The both went to Southern Hills as well, but they went to Uni Hill because I used to live on the hill. The program that they attended doesn't exist there any more.
Oh, logistically South Boulder is the no brainer. The schools are an easy walk or bike ride and Fairview and Southern Hills are side by side so you will be driving to the same place or the kids can escort each other to school if you are within a walk.
Side Street Homes.
As for timing to buy, the Spring and Summer are the busy seasons. There are still good listings in the Fall and Winter too, but Sellers tend to be afraid their homes don't show as well in the winter, so they tend to wait until the Spring to list.
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Broker- Bodin Realty International