Living in Boulder County

Overview

Boulder County is known for its magnificent outdoor landscapes, vibrant business scene, and renowned academic & research institutions.  Over 300,000 Coloradoans call this special region home.  Each city within Boulder County offers unique small-town attributes while at the same time benefitting from the proximity to Denver and the Denver International Airport.   

Our region is consistently recognized as an ideal environment for outdoor/active living, health, small-town living, and business start-ups.  It’s no wonder that approximately 500,000 people relocate into Colorado annually.

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Would you like to learn more about individual cities within Boulder County?  Click on the individual city names below to learn more and to view listings in those cities.

Popular areas to live in Boulder County

Boulder | Gunbarrel | Louisville | Lafayette | Superior | Longmont | Niwot | Erie | Broomfield

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Included below are houses for sale in Boulder County.  For listings in a specific city, please see above.  If you would like more information on any of these Boulder County real estate listings, just click the "Request More Information" button when viewing the details of that property. We can provide you with disclosures, past sales history, dates and prices of homes recently sold nearby, and more.

Boulder County (All property types) September 20, 2020
1202
Listed
57
Avg. DOM
$429.38
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$749,700
Med. List Price
1202 Properties
Page 1 of 101
$405,000
Subdivision: Lafayette Old Town
2
Beds
1
Baths
784
Sq.Ft.
1900
Year Built
2
Days on Site
4036954
MLS
Turn of the century home all cleaned up and ready for your imagination! Sit on your front porch and enjoy the quiet street. Perfect Old Town Lafayette location - stroll to Public Road for...
$659,000
Subdivision: Starboard
3
Beds
1F13/411/2
Baths
1,947
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
2
Days on Site
3428724
MLS
This one is a gem! Stylish 3BR home that backs to Open Space and has tons of natural light! Large open living space with room for workspace, tv and entertaining. Vaulted ceilings w exposed beams,...
$440,000
Subdivision: Dodd Estates 1
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,909
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
2
Days on Site
1922004
MLS
Great 2-story with traditional floor plan on expansive corner lot. Large eat-in kitchen w/contemporary styling, pantry, planning desk, hardwood floors, butlers pantry between kitchen and formal...
$1,259,000
Subdivision: Pine Brook Hills
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,544
Sq.Ft.
1975
Year Built
2
Days on Site
7178273
MLS
Listen to falling water from the stream below your master bedroom balcony in this beautiful, newly renovated home. Nestled in coveted Pine Brook Hills, this home offers spectacular mountain serenity...
$445,000
Subdivision: Meadowlark
3
Beds
1F13/4
Baths
1,780
Sq.Ft.
1985
Year Built
2
Days on Site
924548
MLS
Stylish remodel well located in northwest Longmont w/ easy access to Longmont amenities and to Boulder & foothills. This comfortable multi-level home has coordinated finishes throughout three levels...
$370,000
Subdivision: Kent And Davis Addition
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,261
Sq.Ft.
1949
Year Built
2
Days on Site
924552
MLS
Wow! Great ranch in West Old Town! Welcoming flagstone front porch. New interior paint & carpet. Updates throughout. Large living room with fireplace. Comfortable dining room. Kitchen with all...
$699,000
Subdivision: Northfield Village Row House Bldg
2
Beds
1F13/411/2
Baths
2,087
Sq.Ft.
2010
Year Built
2
Days on Site
924551
MLS
This townhome is located in the quiet Northfield Village neighborhood, in North Boulder.Light, bright rooms throughout, with park and mountain views from the patio, living area and master bedroom....
$549,000
Subdivision: Indian Peaks Flg
5
Beds
3F13/4
Baths
2,417
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
924558
MLS
Unbelievably spacious and unbelievably close to the best of Lafayette. This cheery, sun-soaked townhome is your chance to spread out in a gorgeous, carefree home just 15 minutes from Boulder. Among...
$1,549,000
Subdivision: Cottonwood Hills
4
Beds
4F13/411/2
Baths
6,074
Sq.Ft.
1993
Year Built
2
Days on Site
924566
MLS
Stunning custom home in the prestigious Somerset neighborhood. Enjoy the grand entrance with a sweeping staircase, the grand room, the gourmet kitchen with brand new Viking appliances, a superb 36"...
$1,549,000
Subdivision: Somerset
4
Beds
4F13/411/2
Baths
4,822
Sq.Ft.
1993
Year Built
2
Days on Site
5958491
MLS
Stunning custom home in the prestigious Somerset neighborhood. Enjoy the grand entrance with a sweeping staircase, the grand room, the gourmet kitchen with brand new Viking appliances, a superb 36"...
$470,000
Subdivision: Southmoor Park
5
Beds
2F13/411/2
Baths
3,006
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
2
Days on Site
924570
MLS
Beautiful Light & Bright 2-story home w/ perfectly finished basement in Southmoor Park near parks & schools welcomes you to many, many new upgrades throughout with noticeably immaculate maintenance &...
$835,000
Subdivision: Spring Valley
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,891
Sq.Ft.
2000
Year Built
2
Days on Site
924576
MLS
Fantastic home on 11th fairway in beautiful Spring Valley subdivision. Vaulted ceilings, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, main floor master with fireplace and access to back patio. Professional landscaping...

Learn More About Living in Boulder County


History

Boulder County was one of the original 17 counties established in 1861 in the area known as the Territory of Colorado.  The county acquired its name as a result of the burdensome amount of boulders in the creek which made gold prospecting operations in the area difficult.   Captain Thomas Aikins led the first group of gold prospectors and settlers into the area in 1858.  They encountered Chief Niwot, leader of the Southern Arapaho people who hunted and lived in the area.  Despite the prospecting party's attempt to warm the Chief up to their presence in the valley with gifts of food and goods,  Niwot ordered them out of the area.  Aikins did not comply and the city of Boulder was established in 1859 as well as Gold Hill, which was the first town in which gold was discovered in Colorado.  Interactions between the native and the prospectors oscillated between tolerant and hostile as it became clear that Chief Niwot's vision, which is known as Niwot's Curse or the Curse of the Boulder Valley, was now a reality..."People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and they staying will be the undoing of the beauty."  


Layout

Boulder County is 740 square miles in area and is bordered on the west by the Rocky Mountains.  It contains the cities of Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Louisville as well as the towns of Erie, Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, Superior, and Ward.  Some of the more popular census-designated places within the County include Eldorado Springs, Gunbarrel, Niwot, and Hygiene. 

Boulder County is known for its beautiful landscape and access to amazing outdoor activities.  There are five national protected areas within the region: Arapaho National Forest, Roosevelt National Forest, Indian Peaks Wilderness, James Peak Wilderness, and a portion of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Eldorado Canyon State Park is a remarkable area located south of the city of Boulder and is protected by the state.


Commute Time

Commute times within Boulder County vary.  See our list of individual city/town pages for drive times to Denver, the Denver International Airport, and the ski mountains. 
 

Get Familiar with Boulder County

Enjoy a meal and show along the pedestrian portion of Pearl St. in Boulder

Visit a Farmer's Market in Boulder (Wednesdays and Saturdays), Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont

Enjoy the historic downtown districts of Niwot, Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont, Erie, Lyons

Take hike along the foothills – Visit one or all of Boulder’s infamous flatirons (the vertical rock outcrops rising out of the foothills above Boulder) or hike into the foothills along Boulder’s 151 miles of hiking trails.

Tour the National Labs

Take a tour of Celestial Seasonings Tea Company

Walk the Boulder Creek Path – this a paved path that runs east/west through Boulder.  It is accessible off of Canyon Road and a great way to see the town.

Enjoy brunch and a hike at Chautauqua – Established in 1898


Schools

There are two school districts within Boulder County; Boulder Valley (BVSD) and St. Vrain Valley (SVVSD). BVSD includes schools in Boulder, Louisville, Gunbarrel, Lafayette, and Superior.    SVVSD includes schools in Longmont, Niwot, and Erie.  Boulder’s many universities, including the University of Colorado, provide world-class academic training. Refer to the table below to view average school ranks by school level for each city within Boulder County according to GreatSchools. org.

Custom Home Search Near Highly-Rated Schools

Would you like to narrow your search to homes near highly-rated* Boulder-area schools?  Select from Elementary, Middle, or High Schools below.  

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Industries

Boulder County proudly represents a $25 billion economy composed of companies from the technology, pharmaceutical & bioscience, solar & cleantech, aerospace, natural products, and outdoor recreation sectors.  The economic health of the region is impressive and growing due to the culture of innovation and success that existing resident companies have fostered.  The Boulder region is second only to San Francisco in the rate of venture capital investment per resident.  Click here to reference the key companies within the following industries: Aerospace, Bioscience, Cleantech, IT/Software, Natural Products, and Outdoor Recreation.