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Boulder Remains #1 Best Place to Live in America

Boulder, Colorado

U.S. News  analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life. For more information on how we rank, read the  Best Places to  Live  Methodology.


What’s it like to live in Boulder, CO?

Profile written by local expert:

 

Snug against the foothills where the Great Plains give rise to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is nothing if not a looker. This city reveals its spectacle at the crest of a hill on U.S. Route 36 from Denver with its iconic sandstone slabs rising from the mountains, prefaced by pine-clad mesas and cradled within the backdrop of the snow-capped Indian Peaks.

 

For residents seeking wellness, Boulder has opportunities from forest bathing and free meditation sessions to an abundance of marijuana dispensaries, spas and alternative health care studios. The full spectrum of yoga disciplines is represented here, as well as a plethora of fitness options to ignite your curiosity, including parkour, aerial dance and “Animal Flow” ground-based movement classes. People looking to bring balance to their work life can find job perks that include participation in the city’s annual Tube to Work Day. Had it with the 9 to 5? Make like Boulder’s climbers and live in a van, work odd jobs and become a fixture at the area’s legendary crags.

 

This blissed-out enclave attracts young professionals, families, academics, scientists, transplants from both coasts, old guards who insist it was way cooler in the 1970s and, above all, lovers of outdoor recreation. Trail runners, hikers, climbers, cyclists and more move here to live in this perpetual playground, where the answer to “What do you do?” is often one’s activity of choice, not occupation.


 

Just Released: International Luxury Buyer Trends and Demand

The past year has shown us that real estate is a timeless investment that can endure and even thrive in challenging economic conditions.

Accordingly, Luxury Portfolio International® has released its latest report,  International Luxury Buyer Trends and Demand, which follows on our State of Luxury Real Estate 2021 report released in January.

Taking from the trends we identified in our initial State of Luxury Real Estate report, we find the international buyer is highly mobile, motivated by feelings of self-reliance, and after many months of time at home, is looking to add excitement and fun in his or her daily life.

Findings include:

  • Investment properties and holiday residences are of top interest
  • Proximity to nature is prioritized over proximity to the city
  • Newer builds are preferred, namely those constructed during the last five years
  • A list of top global property destinations for luxury buyers
  • The primary reasons for international purchases

From a regional standpoint the U.S./Americas & Caribbean account for 37% of the interest from international luxury buyers, followed by Europe and the Middle East at 29%, and Asia at 18%. Narrowing location further, Hawaii is garnering the most attention – a noteworthy one in five (20%) international buyers have expressed interest.

Mickey Alam Khan, President of Luxury Portfolio International commented, “Hawaii tops the list for international property buyers, and if you’ve visited the Aloha State it’s easy to understand why. The islands boast pristine beaches, lush tropical greenery and incredible year-round temperatures.  Our report shows affluent buyers are interested in regions which provide for their needs—great entertainment as well as investment opportunity and lifestyle enrichment.”

 

Take a deep dive into the mind of the affluent. Download  International Luxury Buyer Trends and Demand.

 

Landmark Moment: Lachlan Morton’s Solo Inspiration

Professional rider, Lachlan Morton, has completed all 21 stages of the Tour de France – WITHOUT team support! Lachlan is a Boulder resident as well as a friend and client of Marybeth Emerson.

His cycling team, EF Education-Nippo, called Morton’s feat the “Alt Tour,” and raised almost $500,000 for World Bicycle Relief, a charity that donates bikes to communities in need. More information on tracking progress of these efforts and donating can be found on World Bicycle Relief’s dedicated webpage. We encourage all of our clients and friends to go to the website to support Lachlan’s efforts and contribute to the cause!

Colorado Landmark and Marybeth Emerson have teamed up in donating $1,475 to provide 10 specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles for people in need; empowering students, health workers, and entrepreneurs in rural developing regions with life-changing mobility.

The Australian cyclist rode completely alone, made repairs to his own bike, found his own food, and, in most part, fended for himself throughout the French countryside all the way to Paris. He covered 3,424 miles in eight days (225 hours spent riding), surely finding the old-school Tour magic he was looking for!

Lachlan’s incredible journey has been followed by the world, and noted in several major publications:

The Alt Tour – Lachlan Morton beats the Tour to Paris

The Business School Lesson at the Tour de France

The Bike Racer Riding the Tour de France on His Own

On behalf of all of us at Colorado Landmark, Realtors: Congratulations, Lachlan! We are humbled to witness this Landmark Moment in your career, and are especially inspired by your generosity.

Announcing the 2020 Real Trends Superstars

The 2020 Real Trends Rankings have been released, and Colorado Landmark has some superstars on the list!

 

America’s Best Real Estate Professionals honors America’s finest real estate agents from all across the country! Over 18,000  U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best.

Those ranked are among the top 1.5% of 1.4 million real estate professionals in the United States!


 

Marybeth Emerson – #1 INDIVIDUAL IN BOULDER and #37 individual in Colorado by Volume

 

 


 

 

Kim Thompson Group – #8 SMALL TEAM IN BOULDER and #43 small team in Colorado by Volume

 

 


 

 

The DRF Team – #1 MEDIUM TEAM IN BOULDER & NIWOT and #19 medium team in Colorado by Volume

 

 


The entire list of winners from all over the country can be viewed here

 

Landmark Moment: Habitat for Humanity Build Day

Our community is lacking in affordable and available housing, which is a core business problem as well as a social problem.  Colorado Landmark has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to try and solve this issue.

In addition to the hands-on contributions of the firm, like painting and labor, we are supportive of additional endeavors through the H4H Organization.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. Like us, H4H believes housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. When you think of H4H, you might imagine a family buying a volunteer-built home for an affordable price. But there’s a whole lot more that goes into the organization’s efforts, and how businesses like ours can help.

If you think about the  housing process like we do everyday, you know so many more steps are needed to get a family into a  home than a fresh coat of paint. As Realtors, we know what first-time homebuyers are looking for and what they need to succeed in this hot market. We can help Habitat provide a  suite of services:

  • Homebuyer education and one-on-one coaching
  • Down payment assistance and closing cost help
  • Mortgage pre-approval from TCHFH Lending, Inc.
  • Affordable monthly mortgage payments
  • Post-purchase support

Habitat staff are here to help clients all along the way and are always open to working with local leaders like ours.

So whether it’s paint or advice or resources and training, Colorado Landmark is committed to improving life for the families of Boulder County by doing what we do best, getting folks into homes and supporting the creation of Landmark Moments.

Landmark Moment: Colorado Landmark, Realtors VP & Agent Jennifer Fly Serves as a Panelist at Luxury Portfolio International’s REimagine Conference

Colorado Landmark, Realtors Vice President and Agent  Jennifer Fly  recently presented at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International’s  REimagine Conference. 

With over 20 years of experience in real estate, Jennifer is recognized as an industry expert, and served as a panelist on the main stage at the Wynn in Las Vegas. The session she spoke in was dedicated to helping agents from all over the world understand how to best prepare their buyers to win during multiple offer situations, a scenario our industry is experiencing now more than ever, given current market conditions.

As a firm, we are grateful for Jennifer’s leadership and guidance when it comes to creating Landmark moments in the lives of our clients, agents, and staff!


Top Home Sales: Featuring Marybeth Emerson & Kimberly Thompson

By Lily O’Neill
Five months after it sold for $6 million in November, this Boulder home sold again in April with a price tag of $6.4 million. (Courtesy of Colorado Landmark-Boulder)

 

Colorado Landmark, Realtors agents Marybeth Emerson and Kimberly Thompson were recently recognized by BusinessDen’s Top Home Sales list for the sale of 2299 4th Street in Boulder. 

 

An excerpt from BusinessDen: 

 

2299 4th Street, Boulder: $6.4 million

Listing agent: Marybeth Emerson, Colorado Landmark-Boulder
Buyer’s agent: Kimberly Thompson, Colorado Landmark-Boulder

Five months after it sold for $6 million in November, this Boulder home was back on the market again. The 5,365-square-foot home is located in the heart of Historic Mapleton Hill and was once featured on the cover of Luxe Architecture & Design Magazine. The five-bedroom, four- bathroom house offers surrounding views of the Flatirons, Red Rocks and Mt. Sanitas, according to the listing.


 

Driving Sustainable Design in the Luxury Home

By Linsey StonchusThe luxury industry recently has been more conscious of the planet, with sustainability making it into the ethos of numerous  brands.

Luxury homes are no exception – everyone from interior designers to architects, and their respective clients – are demanding a more sustainable way of living.

“Architects and designers are becoming more and more comfortable with [sustainability],” said Duan Tran, partner at  KAA Design Group. “Homes are becoming much more thoughtfully designed and less impactful on the environment and everything else that goes along with it.”

California-based KAA Design Group prioritizes both overall wellness and sustainability as it considers its architecture projects.

“We’ve seen that the government regulations are getting tighter and more thoughtful in terms of ensuring that we’re designing homes that are sustainable and responsible moving forward,” Mr. Tran said.

 

More Than Ethical

In some regions, incorporating eco-friendly design is not just ethical – it is legal. California, for instance, has among the strictest regulations in terms of environmental consciousness.

“We’ve seen that the government regulations are getting tighter and more thoughtful in terms of ensuring that we’re designing homes that are sustainable and responsible moving forward,” Mr. Tran said.

“A lot of this has to do with things that relate to water conservation measures, which relate to the drought issues that we have here in California,” he said. “Also, they’re making sure that these homes are net-zero energy homes.”

Energy conversion is one of the most frequent forms of sustainability, with tactics that include alternative forms of energy and simply, smarter architectural design that organically minimizes the need for heating or cooling.

KAA Design incorporates a handful of these ideas in many of its projects.

In terms of clever design, one practice is to design a home with passive ventilation. Essentially, windows are placed on either side of a room, which creates a natural cross-ventilation and reduces the need for air conditioning.

ETHICAL LIVING IS a no brainer, considering the environmental benefits of sustainable design, renewable energy and native plants, along with the wellness benefits that a natural home provides.

 

Taking Heat

Similarly, deep overhangs from the exterior provide shade and minimize the reach of the sun, further keeping a space cool.

Looking at greener forms of energy, solar is often the go-to in California, which is ideal, of course, because of its abundance of sun, but also because many new homes feature flat roofs, making them perfect for solar panels.

Roofs at a 15-degree angle, specifically, maximize solar energy.

Geothermal, too, is another alternative energy source that uses the Earth itself to both heat and cool, rather than energy-consuming mechanical equipment.

Sustainability, however, goes beyond energy.

Looking at natural materials, using FSC-certified wood ensures that the tree is sustainably grown and harvested.

Also, when planning a garden, including native plants, instead of those not natural to the surroundings. This is better for the local ecology and easier to maintain.

ETHICAL LIVING IS a no brainer, considering the environmental benefits of sustainable design, renewable energy and native plants, along with the wellness benefits that a natural home provides.

Mr. Tran describes the beauty of a project of his, Tower Grove Drive, which featured a vegetated roof made of native succulents and terraces of outdoor living space to match the hillside placement of the home.

“In the case of Tower Grove, the project was uniquely sited because it was along a hillside,” Mr. Tran said.

“When we first started the project, we fundamentally wanted to create a house that was of the site of the hill and not necessarily on top of the hill,” he said. “It allowed us the opportunity to bring the garden from the hill up onto and through the house.

“The idea of having a vegetated roof was an extension of bringing the landscape through the house so that the house felt really connected and contextual to the site – it didn’t feel alien.”

 

Creating a Memorable Garden Combining Form & Function

By Linsey Stonchus

A beautifully done garden extends the livability of a home outdoors, offering wellness benefits, beauty and an overall sense of tranquility.

Creating an unforgettable garden requires a balance of function and form – first considering the necessary must-haves for living, and then plants, art and other elements that enhance the overall space.

“Set up for function first – [clients] see the landscape and the garden as an extension to live in from the interior space,” said Richard Hartlage, founding principal and owner of  Land Morphology, Seattle.

“We don’t do a project without a fire feature these days and, then, dining and the outdoor kitchen,” he said.

Mr. Hartlage has decades of experience in landscape architecture, working on residential and commercial projects from coast-to-coast in the United States. What are some of the latest garden trends he has witnessed?

“All of those functional elements go in first and then we build up that theme with plants,” Mr. Hartlage said.

 

Safe Arbor

Outdoor dining, lounging and kitchens are among the top requests, according to Mr. Hartlage, along with swimming pools or spas for smaller yards.

Frequently requested in the Seattle area are arbors, which extend the usefulness of gardens by a month or two during colder months. Mr. Hartlage often installs heaters and roofs for extended longevity.

“All of those functional elements go in first and then we build up that theme with plants,” Mr. Hartlage said.

“If you have more space, it’s really the plants that then you can expand on, now that you have crossed the threshold of creating the living spaces,” he said.

Currently, popular plants include grasses such as bamboo, calama and hakone.

Particularly popular in Seattle are broadleaf evergreens, holly trees, magnolia trees, camellias, hellebores and pittosporum.

Additionally, Mr. Hartlage notes hedges were not trendy for a long time but are making a return as they act as “the frame that holds the picture” with their crisp lines and structure.

Mr. Hartlage also observed a greater demand in color, both in plants or painted accents, with blue, orange and yellow being among those frequently requested.

The use of color is all about creating a certain ambience, adding a playfulness to the overall design.

Florals, too, ensure a garden offers fragrance, further enhancing the overall atmosphere of the garden.

Activities ranging from swimming to basketball can be prefaced with a pleasant stroll through the garden.

 

Material Changes

In terms of materials, bluestone is a top choice throughout the U.S., whereas concrete is received differently among various regions.

In Seattle, concrete is very popular, while Northeastern clients perceive it as “cheap” and prefer asphalt or gravel.

Where concrete is in high demand, Mr. Hartlage makes the material bolder through distinctive score patterns.

One of the most exciting things to incorporate within a garden of sufficient size is trails.

Trails transform art displays or amenity placements into destinations of their own, rather than positioning everything just outside the home. Mr. Hartlage recommends at least two acres to accomplish this, but preferably more than five.

Activities ranging from swimming to basketball can be prefaced with a pleasant stroll through the garden.

Meanwhile, large art pieces will be better enjoyed individually with plenty of air around it, rather than kept cluttered together.

Mr. Hartlage’s advice is to consider function first: What are the most essential amenities? Where will they fit? How shall the theme relate to these essentials?

Following that, the theme can then be expanded through plants and art, while also taking into consideration the size of the space.

Accents and art should never clutter smaller gardens.

Meanwhile, larger properties can take advantage of acreage through the installation of trails, turning everyday use of a home’s amenities into mini-events.

BALANCING FUNCTION and form is essential to the overall feeling that a garden facilitates.

“You know when a place feels right,” Mr. Hartlage said.

“You can tell if it’s beautiful, that you’re comfortable or inspired,” he said. “You don’t have to be trained in a design tradition. It all holds together.”

 

Property Value Assessments & Appeals 2021

The Boulder County Assessor’s Office has completed its biennial reappraisal of all property in Boulder County. Notices of valuation are mailed to property owners on Saturday, May 1. If you are a homeowner, you should have received yours by now, and it has most certainly gone up in value!

This is based on the upward trend the real estate market has been experiencing, more than usual, for the past two years. However, this does not mean you shouldn’t appeal. Appeals are due by June 1st this year, and can be submitted online, mailed electronically or physically, or faxed.

Every odd year, county assessors in Colorado are required to reassess properties within their jurisdiction and determine the market value for each property as of June 30 of the prior year.  Therefore, this year’s reappraisal cycle is based on market values as of June 30, 2020. 

In Boulder County, there has been a positive change in values for residential properties overall. The median percent increases for residential type properties in this appraisal period is 11%.

For 2021 Reappraisal of Single Family Residences, click Here.

For Boulder County Residential Values, click Here.

If you wish to appeal the determined market value of your home or commercial property, Appeal Your Property Value Here.

Whether you need help researching home value within the above time period, or are wishing to deepen your understanding of how and why this process occurs, please reach out to us via phone at 303-443-3377 or email. We are here to offer you, our neighbors, with any assistance you may need!