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Boulder’s 10 Largest Luxury Listings

July 16, 2017

Boulder is known for its beautiful and unique luxury homes. Mountain retreats, modern luxury estate homes, spacious country estates and stunning horse properties mingle beautifully in the sophisticated neighborhoods that make up Boulder.

Below are Boulder’s 10 largest luxury listings available on the market today, starting with listings over 7,500 sq. ft. to the largest, coming in at a stunning 9,236 sq. ft.

#10 900 Primos Road Boulder, CO 80302 – 7,521 Sq. Ft.

Sprawling Mountain Home / $1,000,000

Photo Courtesy RE Colorado, Listing courtesy of Your Castle Real Estate Inc

Starting out our list at 7,521 sq. ft., this mountain home near Nederland features a huge master suite, teak hardwood flooring, massive wrap-around deck, hot tub, sauna and steam room. Includes perks like private community trout pond, water features, and proximity to trails in adjacent National Forest land. 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths.

#9 6401 Sunshine Canyon Drive Boulder, CO 80302 – 7,729 Sq. Ft.

Sophisticated Mountain Property / $4,300,000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of Goodacre & Company

Recently updated, this luxury listing in one of Boulder’s most desirable mountain neighborhoods features an oversized gourmet kitchen, master suite, and gorgeous views as well as a guest house. 12 acres. 6 Bedrooms, 8 Baths.

#8 980 White Hawk Ranch Drive Boulder, CO 80303 – 7,783 Sq. Ft.

Spacious, Elegant Estate Home / $1,998,000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of  Joyce Pollich & Jeremiah Daly, WK Real Estate

Spacious, impeccably maintained home in coveted White Hawk Ranch combines elegant design, beautiful craftsmanship and luxury features including chef’s kitchen, white oak flooring, vaulted ceilings & exposed beams. Large, private patio w/gas fire pit, manicured yard. 1.2 Acres. 5 Bedrooms, 7 Baths.

#7 855 Timber Lane Boulder, CO 80304 – 7,848 Sq. Ft.

Contemporary Home in Pine Brook Hill / $2,250,000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Res-CanyonBlvd

This distinctive mountain property located in Boulder’s Pine Brook Hills makes the most of it’s views with floor-to-ceiling windows, deck and outdoor gathering areas. Luxury features include master suite, media room, exercise studio and caretaker’s quarters. 5 Acres. 5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms.

#6 1080 Juniper Avenue Boulder, CO 80304 – 7,960 Sq. Ft.

Modern Luxury Home / $5,995,000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of Colorado Landmark-Boulder

This Boulder home, located on desirable west end of Juniper Avenue, combines design and luxury with a chef’s kitchen, performance stage, media room and heated outdoor pavilion. Master suite includes private deck and mountain views. 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms.

# 5 5890 Woodbourne Hollow Road Boulder, CO 80301 – 8,677 Sq. Ft.

Spacious Country Estate / $5,495,000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Alliance on Walnut

Beautiful country home with acreage features luxury kitchen, walnut flooring, indoor pool and spa and guest cottage. 5+ acres. 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.

#4 1133 Timber Lane Boulder, CO 80304 – 8,775 Sq. Ft.

Luxury Mountain Retreat / $7,900,000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of LIV Sotheby’s Intl Realty

A distinctive luxury home in Pine Brook Hill, this property brings nature inside with an indoor waterfall and natural atrium. Additional features include elevator, wine cellar and gated driveway. 7 acres. 5 bedrooms, 7 baths.

#3 517 15th Street Boulder, CO 80302 – 8,896 Sq. Ft.

Modern Luxury in Historic Chautauqua / $3,550,000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of 8z Real Estate

Unique Chautauqua property combines a completely restored 1900’s historic cottage with a large, modern luxury home. Clean, contemporary design includes vaulted ceilings and private outdoor veranda. 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.

#2 3472 Sunshine Canyon Drive Boulder, CO 80302 – 9,120 Sq. Ft.

StarHouse, Main House & Cabin on 105 Acres / $5,200.000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of RE/MAX Alliance on Walnut

The StarHouse is known as a destination for spiritual events. Property includes StarHouse, main house and 2 bedroom retreat cabin on private, rugged land. 105 acres. 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms.

#1 1538 75th Street Boulder, CO 80303 – 9,206 Sq. Ft.

Beautiful Horse Property in East Boulder / $4,200,000

Photo Courtesy IRES, Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Res-CanyonBlvd

The largest home for sale in Boulder currently is this beautiful and luxurious horse property in East Boulder. This property features 21 stall barn, riding arenas, in-ground pool, tennis courts and water rights. 46 acres. 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms.

Not all properties reported here are listed or sold by Jeremiah Daly.

I live in the Boulder foothills with my wife, Rachel, and two daughters. Having grown up in Colorado, I enjoy all facets of our local lifestyle: the outdoors, live music, craft breweries, and living healthy and eco-minded. Interested in moving to Boulder? As a local Realtor at WK Real Estate, I can help you with your home search!
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A Guide to Boulder’s Public Libraries

April 11, 2017
Boulder's Public Libraries

Did you know that Boulder offers five public libraries in different areas around town? Each library offers unique programming and convenient location. In honor of National Library Week, here is a guide to all five of Boulder’s public libraries.

Boulder Public Libraries [Interactive Map]

#1 Boulder Public Library – Main Library

Boulders Public Libraries

Photo Credit: movetoboulder.com

Boulder’s Main Branch, located in central Boulder, features a fun Children’s area, a Teen Space as well as the Seeds Library Cafe, a full-service coffee shop right inside the library! The Children’s area is glass-enclosed, allowing kids to make some noise without disturbing other patrons and offers a vast collection of books as well as  hands-on activities, a story time meeting area, and kid-sized computer desks and seating. The area has its own private bathrooms for kids & caregivers. The Teen Space is located on the second floor for teens in 6th-12th grade (AND ages 11-18). Teens enjoy the comfy chairs, music, iPads, technology lab, computers, games, crafts, coffee, tea as well as people to answer questions. The calendar for children’s and adult programming at the main library is available here.

The Seeds Library Cafe, located on the bridge overlooking Boulder Creek between the main library and the arts & media area. The cafe is operated by the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets and offers not only coffee and espresso drinks but breakfast and lunch as well. The cafe is open Monday-Thursday from 9-5, Friday & Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.

The Main Branch is open Monday – Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-6. Monday – Friday the parking for the first 90 minutes is free, additional time can be purchased for $1.25/hr. Saturdays and Sundays parking is always free.

#2 George Reynolds Branch Library

George Reynolds Library Boulder's Public Libraries

Named for George Reynolds, a retired professor of English at the University of Colorado, the George Reynolds Branch  was built in 1968 and then expanded in the mid 80s, serving the South end of Boulder. Reynolds left the city of Boulder $32,000 from his estate in 1965 to construct the city’s first library. Reynolds left the money with no strings attached, but the city decided to name the library after him anyway.

Located near the Table Mesa Shopping Center the George Reynolds branch great community resource with a wide selection of books, children’s programming, a Teen Space, and meeting spaces. The library’s Teen Space is a place to socialize, browse books, play games, and study with tables, computers, and comfy chairs. Open to grades 6-12. Teen Space hours: Tues-Thur: 2-9, Friday: 2-6, Sat: 10-6, Sun: 1-5. The branch offers a wide range of children’s programming, click here for the calendar.

The library is open Monday – Wednesday 9-8, Thursday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

#3 Carnegie Branch Library for Local History

Carnegie Branch Boulder's Public Libraries

Photo Courtesy Carnegie Branch Library Wikipedia Page

The Carnegie Branch Library for Local History collects and preserves Boulder’s rich history for future generations of researchers. Written, visual and audible materials created by and about Boulder-area residents are housed in our documents room, and are available to the public and scholars for research. Collections documenting early geographic, cultural and social regions of Boulder County including documents, photographsoral history interviews as well as historic Boulder and Boulder County newspapers in microfilm ranging from 1869-present as well as the Boulder Daily Camera archives.

The Carnegie Branch Library also holds the Boulder Genealogical Society’s collection. This collection consists of a wide range of materials including obituary indexes (1859-1925 and 1960-present), mortuary and burial records as well as histories and directories for various Boulder churches. This collection is in the process of being cataloged and is searchable online.

The Carnegie Branch is open Monday – Friday 1-5 and Saturday 10-3.

#4 Meadows Branch Library

Boulder PUblic Library Meadows Branch

Photo Courtesy Boulder Public Library Facebook Page

Recently updated in 2016, the Meadows Branch has a fresh, modern style. The branch is designed to look like a bookstore and is located inside a shopping complex. Meadows Branch has a nice sized meeting room, computer stations, children’s programming and a great selection of books and periodicals. The Teen Zone caters to kids ages 12-18 to hang out, study, and play. Click here to view a calendar for kid’s and adult programming!

The library is open Monday – Wednesday 9-8, Thursday – Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

#5 NoBo Corner Library

NoBo Branch Boulder Public Library

Photo Courtesy Boulder Public Library Facebook Page

Th NoBo Corner Library is Boulder’s newest branch, packing all the amazing services of the Boulder Public Library into a small space. The shelves are stocked with 900 books for children and adults, including a small Spanish language collection, as well as 200 DVDs. The book collection includes board books for very young readers, chapter books for mid-level readers and adult fiction and non-fiction options. Although the collection is relatively small, patrons are able to order books from larger libraries through the inter-library loan system available in the library or through an online account.

The branch is a place for patrons to stop in quickly, pick up books they ordered from other branches, return books or use the handful of computers that sit along the library’s west wall. The library also offers children’s programming. Click here to view the storytime calendar for kids of all ages!

The NoBo Library is open Monday & Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-8, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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12 Boulder Schools Named in Top 25 Best Public Elementary Schools Denver Metro Area

February 19, 2017
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According to an analysis done by Niche, Boulder public elementary schools made up 12 of the 25 best public elementary schools in the Denver Metro area. The ranking is based on a study of key statistics (like state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and overall quality of the school district) as well as millions of reviews from students and parents. Scroll down to view the best public elementary schools in Boulder.

Top 25 Best Public Elementary Schools in the Denver Metro Area

#1 Challenge School Denver, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade A-

#2 Cherry Creek Charter Academy Greenwood Village, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade B

#3 High Peaks Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

#4 Fireside Elementary School Louisville, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade B

#5 Superior Elementary School Superior, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#7 Mesa Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C

#8 Bear Creek Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

#9 Bear Creek Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

#10 Foothill Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#11 Coal Creek Elementary School Louisville, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

# 12 Louisville Elementary School Louisville, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#13 Dry Creek Elementary School Englewood, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#14 Crest View Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+
Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade A-

# 16 Douglass Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#17 Eldorado K-8 School Superior, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

#18 Community Montessori School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#19 Whittier Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#20 Lafayette Elementary School Lafayette, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B

#21 Whittier Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#22 Belleview Elementary School Greenwood Village, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#23 Monarch K-8 School Louisville, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B

#24 Heatherwood Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#25 Cherry Hills Village Elementary School Cherry Hills Village, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C

To view data sources and factor details, visit Niche here.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Radon Levels in Boulder: January is National Radon Action Month

January 4, 2017

January is National Radon Action Month and for Coloradans it is an important time to educate yourself, test your home, and mitigate if there is an issue. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is an odorless gas, and is undetectable without testing. Bottom line: if you are buying a home in Colorado, be sure to have it tested for radon during the inspection process. If you are building in Colorado, ask your home builder if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested. Radon levels in Boulder may vary from house to house, so be sure to test your home every couple of years.

Radon Levels

Photo Courtesy of the US Environmental Protection Agency

How Does Radon Enter the Home?

Before I continue, I want to point out that radon is mitigatable. If you detect high radon in your home it is important to solve the issue, but it does not constitute an emergency. Radon is dangerous if you are exposed to it over long periods of time. So while it isn’t something to panic over, mitigating as quickly as possible is important. How does radon enter your home? Here is the EPA’s explanation:

Testing for Radon Levels

There are a couple of different ways to detect radon to see if your home is at risk. You can purchase a one-time radon test kit online or in home improvement stores for as little as $15. These tests will have to be mailed into a lab for testing and results. Continuous radon detectors are also available online for $100+. This could be a good investment for keeping an active eye on your home’s radon levels as they can shift over time. There are also professionals who can come into your home and test the levels for you.

Mitigating the Problem

Any reading over 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L is cause for mitigation. Readings between 2-4 pcl/L should be considered for mitigation. Mitigation is relatively inexpensive as far as home repair issues go – usually between $800-1200. Here’s what it generally entails: a hole will be drilled through the foundation of the home and a pipe inserted. The pipe will be connected to a fan and will run up through the house out the roof where it will exhaust the radon. Click here for the EPA’s detailed guide for radon mitigation.

Even with mitigation, or in the case of a “safe” level of radon, it is important to test your home every couple of years to see if the levels rise. Keep your home and your family safe!

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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5 Things I Learned After Moving to Boulder Colorado

December 28, 2016

When we moved our family to Boulder, I felt like we had a pretty good handle on what our new lives would be like. I knew the city and its quirks pretty well, we had lived just 20 minutes away for over two decades and spent much of our time in Boulder for work and the great food and entertainment. Still, there were some adjustments we’ve had to make since moving to Boulder Colorado.

#1 Gettin’ Around

Photo courtesy Jamie Starr

People in this city walk, ride the bus, ride bikes, ride unicycles (for real!!), drive cars and ride vespas and after a snowstorm they even ski through the park. Most of the cyclists on the roads generally obey traffic laws but there are occasionally those who act as pedestrians, and a lot of times these are kids, so paying close attention is critical. In contrast to suburban living there is so much more going on around you, it can be disorienting.

#2 It’s Truly Urban

Photo Courtesy Daily Camera’s Cliff Grassmick Staff Photographer

Compared to the suburbs, there are so many people here, nearly 100,000, and they are from many, many places. We haven’t been here long and I’ve met people from NYC, Poland, Belgium, Missouri, Bermuda, Germany…. It is a smallish city, packed with people and businesses. The city feeling is also in the everyday thing. A security officer and metal detectors in the public library. Paying for parking pretty much everywhere downtown. This isn’t something I ever discovered in suburbia. Maybe the reason it feels a little surprising is because the city itself is very concerned with keeping with a more “natural” environment. No tall buildings are permitted, the largest being the dorms on the CU campus. The city invests in programs like “Urban Forestry”, managing over 50,000 trees in the city, as well as “Urban Wildlife Management” which manages and protects urban wildlife such as the famously defended Boulder prairie dogs. Taking into consideration the city’s concern with protecting open and green space as well as offering many outdoor parks and trails, Boulder is certainly unique in its urban flavor.

#3 Invest in Some Reusable Shopping Bags

Photo Courtesy Daily Camera

If you don’t bring your own bags, be prepared to pay 10 cents for each plastic bag you require. It’s pretty good motivation not only for using those environmentally friendly reusable bags but also for using fewer plastic bags when you do forget them. In those cases, we easily use half of what we would have in suburbia – stuffing ridiculous amounts of groceries into a single bag. It’s not just a cost thing either, everyone else is doing it so there is quite a bit of social pressure to step in line.

#4 Live in Boulder, Must Have Dog

Photo Courtesy Daily Camera (Autumn Parry/Staff Photographer)

People in Boulder LOVE their dogs and their dogs go everywhere with them! It is very typical to notice that the car next to you is co-piloted by a furry best friend riding shotgun. A neighbor of mine who also just recently moved to the city commented that she didn’t feel “Boulder enough” without a dog pal (her husband is allergic). Boulder requires dogs to be vaccinated against rabies and licensed by the city, costing pet owners $15/year. Since there are so many trails and open spaces in Boulder, the city offers “Go Green Tags” which allows dog owners, after viewing a training video and registering the animal, to walk their dogs off leash under voice and sight control. Boulder has four free dog parks: East Boulder Dog Park, Foothills Dog Park, Howard Heuston Dog Park and Valmont Dog Park. Dogs are not allowed on Pearl Street Mall, leashed or not. Dogs are permitted to play at the Boulder Reservoir during off-season from Labor Day to May 15. Local businesses know how important these furry friends are to their patrons — are 151 restaurants, breweries and coffeehouses around boulder that allow dogs at their outdoor seating areas. McGuckin Hardware, a Boulder favorite, has allowed leashed dogs into its store since 1978.

#5 Everyone…I mean EVERYONE! Is Active.

Mt Sanitas Hiking Trail Courtesy Paige Kumpf

The people in this city are fit and healthy and it really rubs off on you. I took a hike up Mt. Sanitas (amazing local hiking trail) not long after we moved here. The trail is not incredibly long but it is very steep, like climbing a staircase for however many miles (probably 2, felt like 20). As I huffed and puffed my way to the top there were people twice my age jogging (JOGGING!!) past me. It was humiliating and inspiring all at once. Hiking is part of the Boulder lifestyle, but there are many other activities that my new Boulder friends are involved in – to name a few: Running, Cycling, Marathons, Triatholons, Cross Country Skiing, Yoga… The list goes on. And of course Boulder annually hosts the famous Bolder Boulder, a 10K run around the city that attracts people of all ages, amateurs and professional athletes alike, and is a lot of fun for on-lookers as many of the runners dress up. The run ends at Folsom Field where all of-age participants are handed a free beer.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Mountain Wildlife: What You Need to Know Living in the Boulder Foothills

December 26, 2016
Living in the Boulder Foothills

When we moved from the suburban front range to Boulder’s foothills, we were excited for a new lifestyle – the open air, the space, being surrounded by nature. There are enough stories about wildlife encounters that we knew we needed to be prepared and vigilant with our two young daughters and houseful of pets living in the Boulder foothills.

Living in the Boulder Foothills

Red Squirrel —  Photo Courtesy of Kim Williford

Living in Boulder’s Foothills

Wildlife is a year-round component of living in Boulder’s foothills. Most of all, mountain residents worry about bears, in addition to mountain lions and bobcats. All three are a rare sight, they are very stealthy and they aren’t keen on being noticed by humans.

Bears

Although bears are very secretive creatures, they are the most famous of the Boulder wildlife troublemakers, mainly because they are known dumpster divers.  Keeping your trash in a bear-proof trash can and waiting until the day of pickup to take it out to the road can help deter bears from rooting through your garbage. We quickly learned it’s not just the trash you need to be aware of with bears. They are known to come sniffing around open windows and are very drawn to any and all food smells. Be mindful of open windows even if they are only opened a crack. Bears are very strong and can break into compromised windows. I was surprised when doing my research that bears are also known for opening car door handles and climbing inside for any food that might tempt them. Don’t keep food or trash in your car and always keep your doors locked.

Mountain Lions, Bobcats and Mountain Predators

As a general rule, small pets should be kept indoors unless on a leash outside. Cats are easy prey for mountain lions and bobcats. Dogs are better kept indoors as well. If you see a mountain lion or bobcat, consider yourself lucky – they are a rare sight! But don’t be fooled, although you may never see one, they are our wild neighbors and precautions should be taken.

Boulder’s Diverse Wildlife

Living in the Boulder foothills, there are many other creatures you will encounter and most are benevolent. Squirrels and chipmunks, deer and wild turkeys, rabbits and red foxes, mice and snakes.

Colorado Chipmunk Photo Courtesy of Kim Williford

Colorado Chipmunk  — Photo Courtesy of Kim Williford

One of my favorite parts of living in the Boulder foothills is watching for birds! The hummingbirds in the summer, the blue jays in the winter are just a couple of the large variety of birds that have been spotted in Boulder County. Here’s a complete list from Boulder County’s Open Space database:

 

Photo Courtesy of Kim Williford

Photo Courtesy of Kim Williford

Year-round residents include:

  • black-billed magpie
  • Steller’s jay
  • mountain and black-capped chickadee
  • pygmy nuthatch
  • red- and white-breasted nuthatch
  • pine siskin
  • evening grosbeak
  • brown creeper
  • canyon wren
  • great horned owl
  • northern flicker
  • common raven
  • American robin
  • American crow
  • dark-eyed junco

Summer visitors include:

  • broad-tailed hummingbird
  • western wood-peewee
  • mountain bluebird
  • yellow-rumped warbler
  • western tanager
  • spotted towhee

Winter visitors include:

  • cedar waxwing
  • bald eagle
  • rough-legged hawk
  • ferruginous hawk
I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Snow Removal: What You Need to Know Living in Boulder’s Foothills

December 24, 2016
living in Boulder's foothills

We’ve lived in Colorado for most of our lives, always in the suburbs of Colorado’s Front Range. The first snow we experienced living in Boulder’s foothills took us by surprise. The weather reports predicted the front range would receive a couple of inches so we thought we would get more, maybe 4 or 5 inches. But it turned out to be a full foot of snow! We were completely caught off guard. Don’t be fooled by the Denver/Boulder weather forecast – it doesn’t necessarily apply to you! Expect more snow because you will probably get it.

Living in Boulder’s Foothills: Snow Removal

There are a few options for snow removal – you can hire someone to come clear your driveway. You can buy a snow blower. You can buy an ATV with a snow blade or if you have a truck, you can attach one to your truck. Having a plan is crucial because you could end up stuck – even with our 4×4 Jeep we could not get out of our steep mountain driveway until we cleared the snow.

living in Boulder's foothills

Photo courtesy of Kim Williford

We have a snow blower – I would recommend it if your drive isn’t too large. They are efficient and relatively easy to use. If you have a long driveway or have any trouble dealing with large equipment, hiring the work out or investing in an ATV might be a better option. It’s not a bad idea to have gravel or ice melt on hand for inevitable ice.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Radon in the Boulder Foothills

December 20, 2016
Radon in the Boulder Foothills

January is National Radon Action Month and for Coloradans it is an important time to educate yourself, test your home, and mitigate if there is an issue. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is an odorless gas, and is undetectable without testing. Bottom line: if you are buying a home in Colorado, be sure to have it tested for radon during the inspection process. If you are building in Colorado, ask your home builder if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.

Radon in the Boulder Foothills

Radon in the Boulder Foothills

Radon is not exclusively a mountain issue but since many of these mountain homes are built on top of the granite that makes these beautiful mountains, it has a higher probability of being a problem. Before I continue, I want to point out that radon is mitigatable. If you detect high radon in your home it is important to solve the issue, but it does not constitute an emergency. Radon is dangerous if you are exposed to it over long periods of time. So while it isn’t something to panic over, mitigating as quickly as possible is important.

Radon in the Boulder Foothills

Testing Radon Levels

There are a couple of different ways to detect radon to see if your home is at risk. You can purchase a one-time radon test kit online or in home improvement stores for as little as $15. These tests will have to be mailed into a lab for testing and results. Continuous radon detectors are also available online for $100+. This could be a good investment for keeping an active eye on your home’s radon levels as they can shift over time. There are also professionals who can come into your home and test the levels for you.

Mitigating the Problem

Any reading over 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L is cause for mitigation. Readings between 2-4 pcl/L should be considered for mitigation. Mitigation is relatively inexpensive as far as home repair issues go – usually between $800-1200. Here’s what it generally entails: a hole will be drilled through the foundation of the home and a pipe inserted. The pipe will be connected to a fan and will run up through the house out the roof where it will exhaust the radon.

Even with mitigation, or in the case of a “safe” level of radon, it is important to test your home every couple of years to see if the levels rise. Keep your home and your family safe!

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.