The Gold Run Condo Community- Smack Dab in the Heart of Boulder

Flatirons in the Winter

Flatirons in the Winter

Gold Run Condos in Boulder

The Gold Run Condos are located right in the heart of Boulder and they offer the best that Boulder has with regard to lifestyle, amenities, and location.The residents are diverse- there are college students, young professionals that work on Pearl street, and retirees.

Gold Run is all about location, location, location.  It is nestled up against the Boulder Creek Path right in between the Main and East CU campuses. Thanks to network of bike paths in Boulder, a Gold Run resident can easily walk or bike in all directions. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to campus, the 29th Street Mall, the Farmer’s Market downtown, or to Pearl Street for a night out. Gold Run residents get to take advantage of all the Boulder has to offer.
Gold Run Home Owners Association

Price Range

Condos in Gold Run range from 1 to 3 bedrooms. The prices range from 190K up to the mid 400’s depending on their square footage and condition.
Gold Run Condos and Townhomes For Sale

Transportation

Gold Run residents can walk outside their front doors to the Boulder Creek Path trail system and can walk or bike in all directions. If you can’t walk or bike to your destination, there is also a bus stop right out front where residents can catch the bus and make it anywhere in Boulder.  If Gold Run buyers want to bring a car, many condos come with their own parking spaces in underground garages.

Shopping

Directly to the north is the 29th Street Mall where there are a ton of clothing and dining options.  There is also a movie theater there. On the corner of 30th and Arapahoe, there is also a King Sooper’s grocery store and a number of other small shops . Because of Gold Run’s central location and its proximity to campus it can be a great location for college students and also works well for the post college Boulderite.

Recreation Info 

One great perk of living at Gold Run is that your HOA dues cover your membership to the on-site gym and rec center. There is an indoor pool,  a hot tub, 2 Raquetball Courts, a gym with cardio equipment and weights, a sand volleyball court, and 2 tennis courts. Gold Run is also right next door to the Scott Carpenter Pool- a great place to catch a few rays and swim some laps.

Events

Boulder is always hoppin’ and there is always something to do. Gold Run residents are never more than a 10 minute bike ride from the Farmer’s Market (a big deal here in Boulder) that takes place in the summer time. Also, the Mackey Auditorium on campus has events, concerts and speakers all year long.

Restaurants

There are a multitude of restaurants near Gold Run. Here are a few of our faves:

Larkburger- Go to Larkburger for a fantastic, fresh, super yummy burger experience. Don’t forget to get a milkshake and some truffle fries.

Chipotle- No explanation needed.

Black Pepper Pho- Our fave pho place in Boulder! Go here for a super yummy meal that will leave you feeling like you can take on the world.

Also, the 29th Street Mall has a ton of dining options- from fast to not so fast food. There are too many to list here. Click the link to find out more.

If you have more questions about the Gold Run area or are interested in taking a look at condos for sale in Boulder, feel free to give us a call at 303-956-1771.

By Allison Benham & Ken Crifasi

The Prospect Neighborhood In Longmont- A Fusion of Modern and Traditional

Unique Architecture in the Prospect neighborhood of Longmont Colorado

Prospect Neighborhood Longmont

History

Prospect is a neo-traditional town in the south east corner of Longmont. Visit this neighborhood to experience the eclectic fusion of modern and traditional, immerse yourself in varied, colorful, and unique architecture, world class restaurants and boutique shopping.  Dwell magazine calls it “America’s Coolest Neighborhood”. Needless to say, there is a lot to love about Prospect!

Prospect was built on an 80 acre tree farm which developer, Kiki Wallace, bought from his family.  His dream was to build a distinctive project that would minimize negative impacts on the land. This New Urbanist community features narrow, tree lined streets connecting homes to parks, shops, and offices.

As you stroll though Prospect, you will see detached homes, townhomes, courtyard

Prospect Neighborhood Longmont

Prospect Neighborhood Longmont

houses, apartments, and live/work lofts. Mature trees provide shade and privacy. This community as completed in 2004.

Schools

Twin Peaks Charter Academy A charter school that servers children grades K-8. Receives an 8 out of 10 by GreatSchools.

Niwot High School Ranked in the top 500 high schools by US News- Best High Schools Report. Receives 10 out of 10 by GreatSchools. Known for its International Baccalaureate program.

Sunset Middle Focuses on advanced academics with an emphasis on visual and performing arts. Serves grades 6 through 8.

Flagstaff Academy Serving pre-school through 8th grade. Receives a 9 out of 10 by GreatSchools.

Transportation

Prospect Neighborhood Longmont

Prospect Neighborhood Longmont

The people that designed Prospect considered how residents and visitors alike would travel to and within the community. This neo-traditional community makes it easy for residents to walk and ride bikes instead of using their cars. The Prospect business area has many different kinds of shops that make it easy for residents to stay within their own neighborhood- there are coffee shops, restaurants, a barber, a gym, a pilates studio and a many more.

The City of Longmont 324 Bus stops nearby and this bus meets up with the BOLT line for commuters that go back and forth from Boulder to Longmont. The 324 is the Main-Crosstown bus and it makes traveling around Longmont “bus-style” a breeze.

Shopping

In addition to incredible houses, Prospect has great store and shopping in the neighborhood. If you like to find unique items, boutique shops feature one-of-a-kind items that you won’t find anywhere else, check out these gems:

Nest Anitques, Garden and Home Store

Suburban Hill Vintage and Modern Accessories and Gift Store

Restaurants

Comida Cantina Small, funky and delicious neighborhood joint- Taco truck turned hip, funky Cantina. Try the delicious and creative $3 tacos or Sunday brunch. Yum!

Two Dog Diner Retro-chic establishment serving upscale diner classics. Try the Lamb Burger or the Patty Melt!

Historic Westside Longmont- There’s a lot to Love!

Best Neighborhoods In Longmont Colorado

Historic Westside Longmont is located between 3rd/9th avenues and Bowen/Main Streets

History

Historic Westside Longmont has a rich history. In the late 1800’s, a group of prominent Chicago businessmen decided that they wanted to build a town in Colorado. They started the Chicago-Colorado Colony, sold shares, and used the money to buy land for a town and surrounding farms. They named the town Longmont because of its proximity to Longs Peak, the beautiful 14,000 foot peak that is visible from around town.

The Historic Westside Longmont neighborhood was settled more than a hundred years ago by the same pioneers. The homes and neighborhoods reflect their mid-western values and aesthetics. The homes are unique, the neighborhoods are mature, and there are fantastic parks in the area. You will see home styles such as Craftsman, Queen Anne, Four Square,  and Farmhouse.

Schools in the Neighborhood

Longmont YMCA Early Years- Located at 950 Lashley Street, this preschool accepts children 2 to 5 years old.

Longmont Christian School- This is a private, Christian affiliated school with grades PK-12. It has around 400 students.

Central Elementary School- This school serves PK through 5 grades. It is located at 1020 4th Avenue and has around 450 students.

Transportation

Historical Westside Longmont is convenient for its central location. Residents enjoy being close to Main Street, a major Longmont thoroughfare. Shops and businesses are close by downtown. Many people commute to Boulder from this area because the public transportation to Boulder is convenient and single family homes are more affordable in this area.

Neighborhood Stats

The modern day boundaries of Historic Westside Longmont are from the west side of Main St. to the east side of Bowen St., and from the north side of 3rd Ave to the south side of 9th Ave.

A large number of the homes date from the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, and many have been carefully restored. Laid out by the original town planners in 1871, the neighborhoods feature wide streets, large lots, and mature trees. One of the main characteristics of the Historic Eastside and Westside neighborhoods is their small town feel. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the historic homes and the proximity to downtown shops.

Price Range

Homes range from around $200,000 to $400,000. The median home price is $250,000. Homes in this area have sold for 96% of their list price in the last six months.

Recreation Info

Because of its proximity to downtown, Historic Westside Longmont has a lot to offer as far as recreation.  There are clothing stores, book shops, art galleries, flower shops, specialty food stores, shoe stores, and unique gift sores. The list is endless. Many of the buildings date back to the Chicago-Colorado Colony era and have their original facades and interiors. For more info on arts and entertainment downtown, parking, restaurants, and stores, visit the Downtown Longmont District website.

Historic Westside Longmont residents also enjoy the nearby rec center. The St Vrain Memorial Building is located in Longmont’s historic old town district. The St Vrain Memorial Building has an indoor gymnasium with a sport court floor. The facility offers basketball, volleyball, in-line hockey, locker rooms, and a group fitness room. In addition, there is a weight room with treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, and circuit weights. Lock and lockers are available.

Events

The Historic Westside Neighborhood Association plans several events each year.

Check out the Annual HWNA Historic Home, Art and Gift Tour in November. This tour promotes preservation of the neighborhoods and educates the community about the history of Longmont. Proceeds benefit local charities.

There is also the Annual Chili Cook-Off in February, the Neighborhood Garage Sale in May, and the Annual Neighborhood Picnic at Thompson Park at the end of each summer.

Restaurants

Lucilles Creole- Go here for the most amazing biscuits, beignets, and eggs benedict you will find outside of New Orleans.

Lefthand Brewing Company- World renowned craft beers. Need I say more?

If you have questions about Historic Westside Longmont or about any other blogs, feel free to give us a call at 303-956-1771! Also, to search for homes in Historic Westside Longmont, visit KABoulder.com.

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Movin’ and Shakin’ in the Martin Acres Neighborhood- Boulder, Colorado

Martin Acres is a charming Boulder neighborhood that is located in the south central area of the city between Broadway and the Denver Turnpike south of Baseline Road.

The area has an eclectic group of residents- the area is family friendly and also a great area for students to rent because of its proximity to the University.

Families love Martin Acres for several reasons. First, this area is close to some fantastic schools. Bear Creek Elementary, Summit Middle School, Fairview Highschool, and the Bixby School are all nearby. The South Boulder Rec center is close and with a membership you get access to a pool, gym, raquetball courts, outdoor tennis courts and a disc golf course.

Another reason families love Martin Acres is because home prices are more affordable in this area than in some other areas of Boulder. Because it is an older part of the city, the homes and neighborhood have a cozy and eclectic kind of feel to it. There are more single family homes than apartments in this area.

There is also a strong rental population in this area which makes it popular for investors and CU students. Owning a home in this area to rent to college students can be very profitable.

Because of the central location of Marin Acres, access to Pearl Street, the Boulder Creek Path, the Table Mesa Shopping Center, and Chautauqua park are all a breeze.

There are a couple of close by festivals that Martin Acres residents can take advantage of. Martin Acres residents hold their annual Fall Festival. The neighborhood comes together to carve pumpkins and press and drink apple cider. What’s not to love?

In the summer time, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is nearby on campus at the Mary Rippon Theater.

If you have questions about Martin Acres or any other Boulder neighborhoods, feel free to give us a call at 303-956-1771 or send us a message on our website- KABoulder.com

- Allison Benham

Check out more info:

Ratings of Martin Acres Schools

Info on the South Boulder Rec Center

Homes for Sale in Martin Acres

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Gunbarrel, Colorado – You Might Just Find What You Are Looking For

Gunbarrel, Colorado- a cool place with an even cooler name. This little area of Boulder is nestled just northeast of the the city and is separated from the hustle and bustle of Boulder proper by a couple of miles of serene and picturesque open space.

Before we had the Diagonal Highway, Gunbarrel Road was the main stagecoach road between Boulder and Longmont. It was named so because it of its well defined and very straight nature. These days, Gunbarrel is know for being a nice, spacious, and affordable alternative to living in Boulder proper. While the area is very close to all the great things Boulder has to offer and is part of the the City of Boulder, it boasts some benefits of its own.

First and foremost, Gunbarrel is surrounded by miles of open space and trails. The City of Boulder has hundreds of acres of designated open space that surround the city. Since you have to drive through some of that to get to the community of Gunbarrel, there is a sense of openness and space that you just don’t get when you are in the hustle and bustle of Boulder.

Gunbarrel is home to a couple of fantastic companies and employers. Celestial Seasonings, a pioneer in the natural food movement, has called this area home for over 40 years. When you get close to Celestial Seasonings, you will know. Scents of the herbs that are being ground that day waft through the air. They give free tours that are fantastic.

IBM also has a branch in Gunbarrel. They employ more than 2800 people in the area and continue to be Boulder and Broomfield Counties largest employer. The Gunbarrel location is convenient for Boulder, Denver and Longmont commuters alike.

Since I spend most of time searching for homes for my clients and this is in fact a real estate blog, it is worthwhile to note that Gunbarrel offers a great alternative to home buyers that want to live very close to Boulder but aren’t interested in paying the Boulder proper prices. It is just a hop, skip, and a jump away and that makes all the difference with regard to affordability.

If you have questions about Gunbarrel or any of the other blog posts we have written, feel free to shoot me an email or give me a shout- allisonbenham@kw.com and 303-956-7122.

To read more about Celestial Seasonings and their 40th anniversary, visit:

http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_13322798

To find homes in Gunbarrel, go to:

http://www.kapropertiesco.com/listings/areas/75432/sort/price+asc/

Where in the World is Niwot, Colorado?

If you are interested in small town, eclectic, Colorado living, Niwot, Colorado just might be the place for you. It is an old town with historic with a cozy feel, fantastic mountain views, and an artistic flair. It is nestled in the foothills just 10 minutes north of Boulder on Foothills Parkway.

Niwot is named after Chief Niwot, a leader of the Arapaho Indians who lived on the Front Range until gold miners came in 1858. Niwot was established as a railroad town 17 years later.  It straddles the train track which is still functioning today.

In Arapaho, Niwot means “Left Hand,” which also titles Left Hand Canyon in North Boulder (a great place to hike, bike, and enjoy scenery), Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, and Lefty’s- the best gourmet pizza joint in Niwot.

Niwot has collected many small businesses that bring heart and soul to the town. You can’t pass up eating at award winning Colterra Restaurant owned by Chef Bradford Heap. If you’re new, he’ll will surely visit your table and passionately discuss the food he will be serving you. Local ingredients, superb menu, and beautiful garden setting.

The best burger place within miles can be found at the Niwot Tavern. Enjoy the atmosphere of locals and nightly specials. On Monday night there is $12 prime rib. That is all I am going to say.

After all that chowing, head out to the Niwot Loop Trail for a stroll that weaves through open space and neighborhoods and eventually loops around Niwot.

On the first Friday of every month, there is “The First Friday Art Walk” which features acclaimed artists showing their work throughout Old Town Niwot and Cottonwood Square.

There are a couple of cool things that are coming up this month so if you have time, make it out to Niwot for Left Hander’s Day on August 11th for some live music and fantastic food vendors. On August 18th, Niwot also features Jazz on Second Ave.

For such a small town, Niwot has some serious flair!

For further reading on Niwot, a calendar of events, and the Niwot Blog, check out:

http://www.niwot.com/

To search for properties in Niwot, go to:

http://www.kapropertiesco.com/listings/areas/125323/sort/price+asc/

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