5.3 out of 10

Boulder Old Town

40.0170372435791 -105.269902364863
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 10, 2012

"Goss/Grove Old Town feel"

The neighborhood in Boulder known as Old Town is also commonly called the Goss-Grove neighborhood, named after two of the main streets. The relatively small neighborhood surrounded by CU & Boulder High to its south and downtown Boulder just west. In fact, you can walk to campus or downtown in less than 10 minutes. It is called Old Town because there are gorgeous brick historic buildings (many refurbished) in the neighborhood from the late 1800's when Boulder was founded. I think it was one of the first areas to become populated due to its close proximity to the university just up the steep creek bank to the south.

One of my good friends recently bought one of the old historic brick homes, she gutted a lot of the interior and now it is amazing inside, she did an amazing job of sticking with it, investing time and effort and using a mix of modern and historic design. But...the downfall of the neighborhood and why the home prices are lower (for Boulder) is that it is college central, there are a lot of students in the neighborhood and rental properties. Some blocks are pretty ran down and on weekend night you can usually follow the sound to a party if interested. The noise, the college kids and the messy yards are difficult but regardless of all that there is serious character to the neighborhood and it is an interesting place. Centrally located you can't beat it for being able to walk or bike to pretty much anywhere in town quickly. Boulder central RTD public transportation hub is 5 minutes walk away as are all the amazing restaurants and bars of Pearl Street.

I like spending time at my friends place on Grove just a block from the high school where my daughter attends, I like biking through and looking at all the strange people and houses in the neighborhood and me and my friends use my friends back yard when we have group dinners or plan on walking downtown. It is a great take and landing neighborhood for active/city couples who don't need a traditional neighborhood and want to safe some money but still live in the heart of Boulder. It is not a neighborhood for a family who wants peace and quiet and does not want to interact with people outside their comfort zone. This is a perfect example of a unique, sometimes quirky little Boulder neighborhood that can't be compared to.
Pros
  • historic homes
  • close to downtown
  • close to campus
Cons
  • college students
  • traffic and nightlife chaos
  • close to high school
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish