Boulder has a "weird" reputation, do you think this would prohibit you personally from living there?The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of StreetAdvisor. Report
Malia Maunakea PRO 2yrs+
Having lived in Boulder for 7 years prior to moving to Louisville, I think it is fantastic and, like everything else in life, had a time and a place. For me, it was a wonderful place to live during college, while being single, and then in the early stages of being married while I was really able to experience everything Boulder had to offer (the night life was fun, the hiking and outdoors were great, fantastic restaurants and places to visit). Since having kids, Louisville has suited my new "family-centric" lifestyle a bit more.
Chris & Erin Ratay PRO 2yrs+
We transplanted from New York City -- we were happy there but found the diversity of Boulder very appealing. Like many of our friends who have transplanted from around the country, we embrace the weirdness, and even flaunt it by telling people we live in "the Republic of Boulder".
Jenny Lampert 2yrs+
I was raised in Boulder, attended the South Boulder-fed schools, and continue to work here, and it's a great place to 'be'. While some describe Boulder as eclectic, I would use 'unique' and 'diverse', as it's very obvious that this fantastic city and everything it has to offer suit the population, and its guests, very well.
Jason Mahoney 2yrs+
Boulder is not for me. I want seclution in a rural setting.
Cheryl Pribble PRO 2yrs+
Personally, I would love to live in Boulder. The diversity, great restaurants, good music, trails, and beauty are enthralling. I just think it is a little pricey to live there.
Greg Smith PRO 2yrs+
My wife is very Democratic and I tend to be Republican, but we both love Boulder and the variety of people here. Boulder is like a great soup the more variety in the spices the better.
Me no, my husband yes. Boulder-ites drive him crazy but I'm too laid back to be bothered by much. I think it's kind of fun to people watch up there.
Eva Marie 2yrs+
My husband and I moved to Boulder from the DC area. We thrive in the environment of healthy living and an authentic community. What was once a very "granola" town has become a sophisticated and hip locale while retaining its sense of fun and welcoming nature. We moved here and never looked back!
Reed Peuser PRO 2yrs+
I have lived in Colorado for most of my life and have traveled extensively throughout the state. Boulder definitely has the reputation of being quite diverse and eclectic. This could be a turnoff for some however, I think the majority of visitors fall in love with the easy going people and diverse activities that Boulder has to offer. Whether you like to mountain bike, visit historical sites or even LARP (live action role play), Boulder has something to offer. PS I actually saw a group of kids LARPING at Chautauqua Park just yesterday. What a kick to watch!
Nick Dembeck PRO 2yrs+
Boulder is in its own little real estate world and inventory is very limited especially under the $500k price point. There are some rare opportunities to be had however. If you are looking to purchase a home as a rental investment you can get good bang for your buck in the "Martin Acres" neighborhood which is between Table Mesa and Highway 36. There is a good concentration of College renters and prices are lower so there is more opportunity for potential cash flow. If you are looking to "flip" a home you need to be very careful on price and remodel budget in the Boulder market. If you are looking for a great home for yourself and just want it to be within Boulder I recommend South Boulder in the 3 neighborhoods surrounding Broadway and Table Mesa or East Boulder around Foothills PKWY or venturing a bit further North closer to the Diagonal. Great question, and a very loaded answer.
Yes, Although Boulder is a great town the political scene is way too liberal for me. They also have way too many rules and regulations on ridiculous stuff. Hey Boulder people really can think for themselves!
Mary Beth Bonacci PRO 2yrs+
No, but the housing prices might! Boulder is nestled into a beautiful setting right up against the mountains, it has a small town feel and a lot of interesting architecture. Which makes it a desirable place to live, and the housing costs reflect that. Boulder has some of the highest per square foot prices in the metro area. But it's well worth it to the people who live there!
As a Colorado Native for 26 years I can say that people either love or hate Boulder. While the lifestyle there isn't for everyone, It does largely appeal to those who enjoy supporting small business and everything the outdoors in Colorado has to offer. While it is a college town in every meaning of the phrase, the town still manages to attract young and mature residents, of every lifestyle and background. Boulder residents also pride themselves on forward thinkers and innovators of green energy.
Heidi Schaffnit PRO 2yrs+
We visit Boulder quite often, mostly we are on campus at the University of Colorado, but we often go up just for an afternoon and stay off-campus. I think Boulder gets a "bad rap" from many who do not understand the culture. Boulder is very laid-back and many are more into their health. People are very friendly and seem to be open-minded. It is a melting pot as there are many people who have come in from other states. It is a highly educated city and is absolutely gorgeous, not to mention the campus has a lot of character and is just beautiful. The culture would defnitely not prevent me from living there.