Boulder is a city of 100,000 located thirty miles northwest of Denver. It’s just under an hour’s drive from Denver International Airport and an hour’s drive to Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Boulder is surrounded by a wonderful greenbelt with 120 miles of trails. The front range of the Rocky Mountains rises on the west side of town. The entire region is a paradise for hiking, cycling, rock climbing and almost every kind of outdoor activity except surfing. The heart of town is the ever-lively Pearl Street Mall.
Boulder is the home of the University of Colorado and Naropa University, a secular Buddhist-oriented school. It also has several government scientific institutions: NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology; formerly National Bureau of Standards), home of the atomic clock that defines the world’s time, NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research), in a landmark I. M. Pei-designed building on a mesa overlooking town, and NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration). NCAR is open to visitors.
The very hot Boulder residential market provides homes of all kinds, from historic, to modern and green to ranch style to mountain living. Most homes start at a half-million dollars but there are also condos and apartments to be found. There are many new, modern condos that have been built above retail locations all along Pearl and Walnut Streets. There are also quiet residential streets areas giving a distinct neighborhood feeling, and yet a growing retail and restaurant scenes in all areas.
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