This tech-savvy community with a small-town feel is characterized by the Boulder Flatirons, whose jagged peaks majestically rise above the city, and the healthy, adventure-loving residents. They call this piece of paradise, home. Situated at 5,430 feet above sea level, Boulder enjoys a moderate climate and more than 300 days of sunshine annually. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike, or stroll among Boulder's 300 miles of trails and 45,000 acres of open space, then people-watch at one of many outdoor cafés and restaurants along Boulder's pedestrian-friendly Pearl Street. A mecca for tech startups and innovators, Boulder plays host to a variety of intellectually stimulating experiences, including venture accelerator programs and TEDxBoulder. Home to the University of Colorado, one of the most vibrant college campuses in the country, and considered one of the top research universities in the world, Boulder is a haven for both students and professors seeking to live the Colorado lifestyle. Residences of all styles and price ranges are found in Boulder, from modern lofts and condos to family homes and luxury estates, to historic properties and new developments. Boulder living offers something for everyone. The real estate market in this area continues to show signs of strength and growth as it attracts more consumers to its thriving communities.
Surrounded by 45,000 acres of open recreational space, Boulder is the perfect spot for nearly every outdoor adventure. In the warmer weather, there is outstanding hiking and rock climbing in the city’s popular Chautauqua Park and nearby Eldorado Canyon; miles of family-friendly bike paths along Boulder Creek; and kayaking, sailing, and paddle boarding at Boulder Reservoir. And in winter, there is easy access to alpine and Nordic skiing at Eldora, located just 20 miles west of the city.
In addition to its many outdoor activities, Boulder is known for annual film and music festivals, such as the Boulder International Film Series and the Shoot Out 24-Hour Filmmaking Festival. It’s also highly regarded for its award-winning restaurants, which feature creative contemporary cuisine, locally sourced produce, craft beer, and stylish yet laidback environments.
Pearl Street is the heart and soul of Boulder with outstanding restaurants, shops, and people-watching. Here, in the center of historic downtown, locals and visitors stroll the brick-paved pedestrian walkway, linger on sun-dappled benches and restaurant patios, shop to their hearts' content, and stop to watch only-in-Boulder street performers. Four blocks of Pearl are closed to traffic, but the fun continues to stretch for blocks in either direction.
Most people who work in Denver or on the Highway 36 corridor drive to and from the office. And while traffic has increased over the past few decades, it’s a relatively easy and stress-free commute. Boulderites can also easily hop in their cars to visit Rocky Mountain National Park (less than an hour away) and numerous world-class ski resorts (less than two hours away).
In the city itself, biking and walking are the primary forms of transportation. In fact, Boulder has won numerous awards for being a bike-friendly community, and has more than 300 miles of bike lanes and multi-use paths weaving.
Boulder Valley Schools (BVSD) strives to be a leader in academic excellence with outstanding classroom teachers, exemplary schools, and programs that support student achievement. BVSD consistently ranks among the top three of Colorado’s large Front Range school districts – and often as the TOP district – as measured by state and national academic rankings
For the 2022 school year, there are 55 private schools serving 5,025 students in Boulder County. The top-ranked private schools include Dawson School, Boulder Country Day, and September School.
Since its founding in the late 19th century, the University of Colorado has continued to shape Boulder’s cultural identity and youthful energy. The school’s beautiful campus, with its red-sandstone buildings and sprawling green lawns, covers 786 acres, in the heart of the city. Students, locals, and visitors alike enjoy ever-popular CU Buffs sporting events, as well as lectures, opera, theater, music, and dance performances throughout the year.
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