7.1 out of 10

Southeast Boulder

39.9826612118174 -105.239284103713
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Southeast Boulder - Martin Acres is a great place to start"

Starter homes and mid-century ranches. You either love them, or you don't. Martin Acres and the surrounding neighborhoods are fairly similar... Mostly brick ranches built in the late 50s to late 60s, about 1,000-1300sf, and about half have basements. The typical layout is 3 beds, 1 bath, and 1 car garage. Finished basements usually include 2 more bedrooms, a 3/4 bath, family room, and storage. The larger models were often built with an additional 1/2 bath off the master. Bedrooms are small and ceilings are low. If you want affordable new construction in Boulder, you'll need to double your budget or drive about 5-miles away.

Why buy a starter home? They are usually more affordable, and their is typically a long line of first-time buyers ready to take over when you decide to move on. Boulder doesn't have a lot of starter-home options, so limited inventory and larger demand is good for resale.

And here's the good news -- they are being updated, and they can look great! Converting a 3 bed into a 2 bed is pretty typical -- for many buyers looking to move up from a condo, 2 bedrooms is often enough. Those with basements can double their living space. Ceilings can be popped into the attic space and insulated skylights can be added economically. Many homeowners who don't want to move add "pop-tops" and add a second story. You want hardwoods? They have hardwoods -- real ones! Also, most homes have forced air heat, so A/C can be added fairly easily if that's important to you.

Value -- From 2005, ranches could be purchased for $250K. Now in 2013 they start at $350K, and it's closer to $400K if it's been updated, and prices seem to be rising.
There are some bi-level and tri-level homes, in the 1320sf-1800sf range, similarly priced but representing a smaller percentage of homes.

Location, location, LOCATION -- homes are about 2 miles from CU, so they tend to draw the grad students, faculty, and staff. The neighborhood is congested with rentals, but they tend not to be the partying type. There are lots of elementary/middle school aged kids, and the nearby schools are really good.

All-in-all, good value and good opportunity.
  • walking distance to shopping & restaurants
  • lots of nearby trails
  • no HOA
  • lots of brick ranches
  • no HOA so some streets are not as good as others.

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