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Boulder, Colorado Neighborhoods Guide

Boulder is the happiest place in Colorado, and why not? With near-perfect weather, lots of outdoor activities year ’round, a hip and historic center city, and Colorado University in town, Boulder is a great place to live, work, and go to school. Although it’s not huge, with a population of just over 100,000, Boulder has several distinct Boulder, Colorado neighborhoods within the city–and most of these neighborhoods have a good selection of rental properties if you’re in school, new to town, or looking for a retirement home. 

University Hill in Boulder, ColoradoUniversity Hill

The Hill is just uphill from downtown Boulder, and is, in fact, a hilly neighborhood. Some of the best Victorian architecture on Boulder is here, and it’s home for many of the fraternities and sororities at CU. Since it’s a hot neighborhood for students, there are several diners, craft breweries, and music venues on the Hill. 

Pearl Street in Boulder, ColoradoDowntown Pearl Street

Historic Pearl Street is in the middle of downtown Boulder. The hip urban vibe welcomes street performers (there’s a contortionist named Ibashi-I who’s a must-see), a farmers market, and outdoor summer concerts. Rental homes in the Pearl Street area range from quaint bungalows to elegant family homes with garages. 

Goss Grove in Boulder, ColoradoGoss Grove

The real center of Boulder lies in Goss Grove, and there’s a permanent chalk art display on the street that confirms that bit of trivia. Goss Grove is a residential area, with primarily single family homes, but there are some multi-family options as well. It’s very community oriented, there’s even an old-fashioned community bulletin board. Goss Grove is home to the Little Free Library, a community garden, and is also a multi-generational neighborhood. 

North Boulder ColoradoNorth Boulder

NoBo, as North Boulder is known locally, is north of downtown and is a calm respite from all the happenings on Pearl Street. NoBo is close to Rocky Mountain National Park, in Wonderland Lake Park is in town. NoBo was originally developed in the late 1940s and was most recently an industrial zone, but now it is a hotspot for young families and students who want lots of housing options–from apartments to single-family homes. 

South Boulder ColoradoSouth Boulder

SoBo is where the ski and snowboard bums live–it’s tucked into the foothills and is about half an hour closer to the slopes than other parts of Boulder. There is a vibrant cafe and brewpub scene in South Boulder, and you can catch a concert at Red Rocks with a short 20-30 minute trip. SoBo is a laid back residential area that’s also home to National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

East Boulder ColoradoEast Boulder

Dog lovers and outdoor enthusiasts flock to East Boulder, where the East Boulder Dog Park has a swimming lake for your canine crawler. The Bobolink hiking trail is just off EaBo, and there’s a public golf course, Flatirons, that offers lessons for the entire family. Nationally known craft breweries and distilleries call EaBo home, and there are just as many restaurants–the neighborhood is a locavore foodie paradise. 

Boulder Property Management

Boulder has so many Boulder, Colorado neighborhoods and rental opportunities it’s easy to get overwhelmed by them all. If you’re not sure which area is right for you, let the experts at Boulder Property Management help you figure it out. We’re not only experts on Boulder, but we’ve been placing students, families, and older adults in homes and apartments for over 25 years–we know how to find your perfect perch. We’re a local, full-service management firm, and take care to ensure our rental properties meet our demanding standards. Our properties range from sublets to apartments, from condos to large single-family homes. Whatever is bringing you to the Boulder area, you can be assured we have the home for you.