Filling in the Blanks

Creating new, high-density neighborhoods; bringing vibrancy back to downtrodden areas; offering new entertainment and dining options for locals: these are just a few of the benefits of strategic, successful infill development. 

Constructed on vacant lots or under-utilized land, infill developments build high-density residential neighborhoods, creating an energetic, urban environment. With raw land becoming a rarity in Boulder, we’re seeing lots of infill projects these days. These residential projects tend to go quickly, most even being sold before construction is complete. Here are a few opportunities to get in early on new, hip projects popping up around our town.

The Row at Goose Creek

Before these townhouses were constructed, it would have been hard to imagine housing in this location. While the electrical substation is directly in the sightline of Flatiron views, urban dwellers will nonetheless appreciate the easy access to the Goose Creek bike path and its overall central location. 

The Row’s design combines the look of turn-of-the-century rowhouses with a modern twist. The building is decidedly contemporary but uses classic materials: brick, metal, and barn wood siding. Additionally, the latest energy efficiency building techniques are in place, and residents have the option of installing solar panels and electric car charging outlets. The last remaining unit is still available for $721,700. 

S’PARK West 24 

This is the first installment of market rate homes in the S’PARK community, so named for the parcel’s predecessor, Boulder’s beloved Sutherlands Lumberyard. S’PARK is slated to be a modern village with active greenspaces and cutting-edge sustainability for people to live, work, eat and play.

The contemporary, lock-and-leave units should spark the interest of the nearby Google crowd. (See what we did there?) With techies as their target demographic, the builders are keeping it simple—much in the vein of Apple or Tesla—with only two finish choices available. While the buy-in is steep (the homes start in the mid $900Ks), once the S’PARK development is fully built out, buyers will be glad to have been early investors. The estimated completion date is August 2018.

The Mark on Pearl

Nestled among historic landmarks, The Mark on Pearl intends to create a new vision in the heart of downtown Boulder. The development consists of eight luxury residences built from the ground up on Boulder’s famed Pearl Street. With a statement-making design, these townhouses are sure to be in high demand once they’re officially released (and yes, we’ve got the inside scoop). 

The project has yet to break ground. With price points hovering in the $1.6M range for 1500+ square feet of downtown living, the homes are a Boulder bargain. Their eastern-edge location shouldn’t deter interested buyers; this cushion protects residents from central Pearl Street’s urban noise and makes access to the 28th Street corridor a breeze.

In Boulder, a Park for Every Neighborhood

When you hear the real estate mantra “location, location, location,” the sentiment typically refers to schools, walkability, and easy access to major thoroughfares.

But with over sixty parks inside city limits, one of Boulder’s most overlooked real estate features is a listing’s proximity to one of these parks. Which parks are iconic anchors, which parks are hidden treasures, and which parks are pocket-sized? Read on to find out. 

THE ANCHORS

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North Boulder Park

Whether you’re young or old, ultra-active or more of the sit-and-visit type, North Boulder Park has something for everyone. Located along 9th Street between Dellwood and Alpine, North Boulder Park is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh Foothills air. When the snow falls in the winter, click into your cross-countries for a few laps around the park’s snow-covered acreage. When the sun shines in the summertime, pack a picnic lunch for some grassy, barefooted fun.

As the starting line for Boulder’s first-ever Bolder Boulder 10K run, North Boulder Park has seen its fair share of races and their associated athletes—but its history doesn’t end there. 

After losing his daughter Emma in a tragic car accident, Joe Walsh, guitarist and keyboardist for The Eagles, built and dedicated a drinking fountain to her in North Boulder Park, where Emma often played with her mother after moving to Boulder in the early 1970s. The unassuming fountain, now worn by the elements and time, still stands today. 

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Harlow Platts Park

Tucked away in a laid-back part of South Boulder, away from the traffic and bustle of downtown, lies Harlow Platts Park. This SoBo mainstay provides gorgeous views of the Flatirons with placid Viele Lake in the scenery’s foreground, offering plenty of opportunities to explore and observe nature—on and off the water. 

That’s right: non-motorized boats shorter than 14 feet are allowed on Viele Lake. On any given afternoon, you’ll spot nature lovers canoeing, kayaking or fishing in its calm waters. On land, picnic tables and charcoal grills dot the lake’s perimeter and a grassy open space offers plenty of room for bocce ball, corn hole or a soccer game. 

For those looking to grab a bite nearby, Harlow Platts is close to several South Boulder restaurants, including the oft-recommended Southern Sun and offers easy access to the SKIP bus line. 

THE SMALL & HIDDEN TREASURES

In addition to the notable larger parks, there are some off-the-beaten-path gems. These are a few of our favorites:

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Pineview Park

Between Cloverleaf Drive and Catalpa Way in Boulder’s Melody Heights neighborhood is Pineview Park, a grassy, L-shaped gem surrounded by private homes and offering a seamless experience from street-side to nature.

Renovations to the park in 2013 included a new natural-play playground, aiming to infuse traditional playground toys with nature’s design inspiration, as well as a large, open, grassy area, perfect for families to take an afternoon break with a frisbee and a blanket. 

Beach Park

In 1937, Boulder developer William Beach gave Boulder’s Hill neighborhood its first public park and playground. Beach Park, a swath of land originally plotted as the backyard of the Harbeck House (which now houses Boulder’s Historical Museum), was offered to the city as twenty-two vacant lots between Euclid and Aurora to the north and south, and 12th and 13th Streets to the east and west. While William Beach and his wife had no children of their own, the couple wanted the neighborhood to have a place for children to play. 

Today, the park’s picnic tables, walking paths and playground pay homage to Beach’s generosity and support of its younger generations. 

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Holiday Park

Centered in the Holiday Neighborhood (the original site of the Holiday Drive-In—its charming refurbished sign still exists), the Holiday Park is a neighborhood park of the truest sense. In addition to having a nature-inspired playground in a condensed housing area, the site is often home to the outdoor summertime event “Movies at Holiday Park.”

Holiday Park is also known for its NoBo artsy flair. On a warm summer evening in 2016, the public art feature White Fields leapt and spun on the grass while on display. Another night, Boulder's Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet performed a one-time piece that had never been seen before and won’t be seen again.