5.5 out of 10

Rural North Boulder

Ranked 4th best neighborhood in Boulder
40.0225377145 -105.217199743888
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 22, 2012

"Almost to Gunbarrel east of town..."

The neighborhood being described here as Rural North Boulder is on the eastern outskirts of town, out off Valmont Road east of Foothills Highway. There is some minor industry when you head out of town where the plains begin but then the land gets flatter and properties get bigger, grassy and meadows spread out with some great views of the Flatirons and the mountains. Compared to Boulder this place suddenly feels like the country.

There are some really amazing old farm properties that still exist with fields that are farmed, horses and barns and some cattle. There are old farmhouses scattered in the country side and a few up and coming community owned or family owned organic farms. If you drive through the area you eventually get to Gunbarrel a bit to the north where it opens up and there are subdivisions like Twin Lakes and the many apartments around the area.

This rural area is a nice reprieve from the city and while I dream of living just west of Boulder in the mountains I wouldn't mind at all living off the 63rd area or out near Jay Road or 75th.

I am not sure, but considering the properties are large I bet the land and homes are pricey because they are big lots and only a few miles from the city. For those just moving to Boulder this is a hidden treasure, even to locals so to drive around and find a place right after moving here would be a great great idea! It is literally a 10 minute cruise into town with a car and only 20 on a bike. Boulder can feel really hectic sometimes so being a bit out east may give some gentler souls a much happier, rested lifestyle.

This is of course part of the Boulder Valley School District which is an excellent district in Colorado, with the open enrollment parents and kids can choose from the many neighborhood elementary schools and are not that far from Manhattan Middle School (my all time favorite middle school in the Boulder), then there is Boulder High for the brave souls who can take the big, notoriously challenging and open minded downtown high school.

This hidden place is a taste of the country in the weird but always interesting mountain city of Boulder:)
  • Quiet
  • Country Setting with Lakes and Mountain Views
  • wildlife
  • can't easily walk downtown
  • still expensive even away from city
  • not in the mountains
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
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