The appeal of a custom estate may be obvious – everything is designed to the specifications of the property owner, who may also have acres of trees, lake access and peace and quiet.
“Anytime you please you can hike, bike, birdwatch, fish, hunt, go horseback riding and much more,” Ms. Hood said of a rural Georgia setting.
According to Ms. Hood, more rural buyers are looking for homesites rather than permanently empty land to use for hunting or camping.
When considering an empty plot of land, however, it is important that buyers thoroughly research their options and enlist the help of experienced professionals for every step of the way.
First, it is important to check the zoning of a property and determine whether it can be easily petitioned for a change, if needed. Not all land is automatically approved for residential use.
A survey is also a must, as unused land may have somewhat unknown property lines or encroachments, intended or unintended. Others may even be using parts of the land legally.
“It is not uncommon to come across easements on rural properties,” Ms. Hood said. “These can be right-of-ways for neighboring properties or even gas and electric company easements that allow them to run lines across the property as well as access the property for maintenance.”
Thorough environmental testing should not be skipped, either.
“Depending on a property’s prior uses, it could be beneficial to look into environmental contaminations,” Ms. Hood said.
Potential buyers will also need to know how well the soil drains and any topography issues that could affect building.
Homebuilders may even have to pay for running utilities to their new house. Road access could also be a factor.
Last, but not least, seekers of a blank slate should investigate the surroundings of their possible purchase.
“Always be sure to look at the uses of neighboring properties,” Ms. Hood said. “Rural areas can include dumps, garbage transfer stations, commercial gravel pits and many other rural commercial and industrial businesses that can impact surrounding properties.”
Buyers should also check the value of homes in the area, as the costs of building from the ground up may exceed the home’s new worth.
All that hassle can be worth it once the right property is found.
“You have the ability to really build however you like within the limitations of the local building codes,” Ms. Hood said. “You can create your dream house the way you prefer.”
The 2022 rankings identified places in America that have the best “combination of jobs, desirability, cost of living, quality of life.” And it apparently helps to be tucked up next to beautiful Rocky Mountains.
For Boulder — No. 4 — the U.S. News writers described the city as “a looker” whose backdrop is “the snow-capped Indian Peaks.”
Boulder gets high marks for incredible fitness and wellness options and a special nod is given to the rock climbing scene there. In fact, the publication chose to feature the city’s popular Flatirons in its tweet announcing the new rankings.
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 dirt bag 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.
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BOULDER (April 18) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® recognizes Colorado Landmark, Realtors as their April 2022 recipient of “Leading RE Good Things” for their recovery efforts of the Marshall Fire. This global recognition was shared on Friday, April 15, across 70 countries and with more than 150,000 real estate agents across the globe in an “Inside Track” announcement by Leading Real EstateCompanies of the World President and CEO Paul Boomsma.
Mr. Boomsma recognized Colorado Landmark’s “incredible efforts” in the recovery of the Marshall Fire noting the huge difference the company made in the community in the month of January 2022. “Just hours after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history destroyed more than 1,000 homes and displaced more than 15,000 people, the Colorado Landmark, Realtors team went to work raising more than $175,000 in less than 3 days, negotiating more than 1,000 hotel rooms for evacuated families, setting up an aid station in their Louisville office and assembling a free pop-up shop providing more than 400 community members with collected donations.”
Colorado Landmark, Realtors has been a Boulder Valley based boutique Real Estate brokerage specializing in luxury properties since 1977. Receiving the recognition, Colorado Landmark’s President and Co-owner, Orly Ripmaster, acknowledged being a support system for the community was paramount and that recovery efforts superseded any other business activity for the firm in the wake of the fire. “This is the community where we live, work and play, so when this community needed us, we were there,” Ripmaster stated. She noted that across their boutique organization of more than 40 local agents, Colorado Landmark served more than 600 volunteer hours in less than 30 days. The “Leading RE Good Things” program highlights the incredible people in the LeadingRE network, which includes more than 550 member brokerages across the globe, and the “good things” they are doing around the world. Being selected is an honor that Ripmaster believes is shared with all the survivors and those impacted for their strength and resilience. “Colorado Landmark is proud and humbled to be a part of the recovery efforts and help rebuild this incredible community. It’s a tremendous honor for a local, independent firm to earn a global recognition, and this recognition is one we share with our entire community who have truly demonstrated the best of all Good Things.”
If you would like more information about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World or the selection process, please visit its website at:
marketing.leadingreresources.com/goodthings or contact Orly Ripmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join in a community-wide effort to implement natural climate solutions. Cool Boulder is mobilizing and supporting our community to regenerate our soils, trees, and habitats for a resilient community, climate and future. Sign up to join an action team or become a community resource specialist.
Bring the family to the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for fun activities led by Thorne Nature Experience educators and a performance by kid-favorites, Jeff and Paige. Learn more and register for the free event online.
April 22 through 24, get free access to Boulder BCycle. Enjoy unlimited 60-minute e-bike trips with your 3-Day Weekend Pass. To get the pass, download the BCycle App and select Bosch Earth Day Pass.
Even though they’re not having Earth Day-specific events, the city’s Forestry team in the Parks and Recreation Department is focused on sustainability by planting trees! Approximately 400 trees in city parks and public street rights-of-way, at both residential and commercial sites, will be planted this spring.
The team is also working with Flatirons Elementary School to plant 10 trees at Columbia Cemetery on April 29 as part of their Arbor Day events.
Celebrate our planet with Resource Central and Eco-Cycle at 6400 Arapahoe Ave from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour Resource Central’s renovated reuse facility, get inspired for your summer DIY projects, and rock out to local bands. There will also be food and free family activities to enjoy. Check out Resource Central’s website for more information and RSVP on Facebook.
Watch a series of short, international films that celebrate the bicycle. The festival will also feature panel discussions about cycling topics, local food and drink, and the opportunity to chat about biking with other Boulderites. Learn more and purchase tickets.
Access the Boulder.Earth community calendar for even more ways to get involved.
If these events aren’t the right fit for you, access the city’s guide to climate action. There, you’ll find ideas on how to live a more sustainable life and create positive change for our climate.
Sunday, March 13, 2022, noon
A block-long celebration will take place on Sunday, March 13 at noon. The parade route is on 16th Street, between Pearl Street and Spruce Street, along the east side of The Odd Fellows Lodge (1543 Pearl St.). Watch for the Lawn Chair Brigade, a group that uses foldable seats as percussive elements in their costumed routines, plus Irish dancing, hula dancers, live music and more.
Boulder has 22 breweries, four distilleries, three wineries, two cideries and a meadery. So yeah, there’s plenty to taste here for St. Patty’s Day. Here’s a complete list of Boulder’s libations destinations.
Just 20 minutes from Boulder, Eldorado Canyon State Park is open sunrise to sunset (entry fees apply). Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hour away and is partially open. For information on how to visit, go to the RMNP website. Face coverings are required for both.
Go on a self-guided photo tour of Boulder.
Walk or drive around Colorado Chautauqua Historic District to see 15 bear cub sculptures, each decorated by a different artist. Don’t miss the new 8-foot bear installation near the Chautauqua Auditorium, too. There’s even a cyber scavenger hunt you can complete at Chautauqua Park to discover the bear cubs and fascinating bits of Chautauqua history.
Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family activity. All you need is a frisbee and yourselves. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).
Stay awhile and bask in Boulder’s romantic setting at the foot of the Flatirons, with more suggestions for romantic things to do in Boulder on the Date Weekend page.
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Look no further for a romantic setting than this. Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is serving Valentine’s Dinner at $55 per guest. Please call the Teahouse directly to book your reservation at 303-442-4993.
West End Tavern
Grab your honey or your besties and dig into some bubbles and bird this Valentine’s Day weekend at The Post. Available February 11-14, 2022, enjoy the Fried Chicken and Caviar Experience for two at $75, and add some bubbles to make it extra special. Reservations recommended.
Linger longer in Boulder with a special hotel offer. Book two nights and get your third free at participating hotels.
Chautauqua Valentine’s Weekend Treats
Enjoy a romantic stay at Chautauqua with your special someone from February 11-14, 2022. Use the promo code VALENTIN when booking to receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and locally made artisan chocolates with your stay. More details here.
Relax in luxury accommodations with Hotel Boulderado’s “Romance Package,” which includes house-made strawberry and ginger chocolate confections and a chilled bottle of Mumm sparkling wine in your room, plus room-service breakfast for two from 7-11am. Call 303-442-4344 for more info.
Grab your friends for a night of fun at Sherpani’s from 4-7pm on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Bring a friend and receive a free gift card, enter giveaways, sample treats and drinks, and shop a store-wide 25%-off sale. Limited spots available. RSVP and learn more.
Spend time on the trail together gives you a chance to reconnect among the fragrant pines. Try one of these 5 winter hikes.
11.26: Enchanted Evening – Tree Lighting Ceremony
11.27: Holiday Parade – Santa at the Grange
12.4 and 12.11 Holiday Market – Grange and Around Town
Friday, December 3rd from 4-6pm
Join us for an Open House before the Louisville Parade of Lights Parade. Come celebrate with light snacks and beverages.
Competition for families on Sunday, December 12th
Three categories: Most creative decorating, Best use of candy, and most unusual decorations
Prizes for the winners
Event is free, but requesting donations $50+ for Cake 4 Kids
It’s ramping up to be a wonderful holiday season here in sunny Boulder. The gorgeous fall weather and colors are all around us and turkey day is already next week!
If you’re needing some help in the kitchen this year, or craving something special from one of your favorite spots, check out this great list from the Boulder, Colorado website. They have also included some great ideas for the whole family to enjoy if you’re looking for activities around town.
Hotel Boulderado Thanksgiving Buffet
Seasonally prepared buffet and dessert menu on the historic mezzanine.
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Open 12-7pm.
Chautauqua Dining Hall
Open, special holiday menu.
The Corner Bar at Hotel Boulderado
Full menu and Thanksgiving specials. Open 11am-8pm.
Open, special holiday menu.
Traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Open 11:30a-7pm (reservations required).
Jill’s Restaurant at St. Julien Hotel and Spa
Thanksgiving Day buffet 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm.
Spruce Farm and Fish at Hotel Boulderado
Full menu and Thanksgiving specials. Open 7am-8pm.
Zolo Grill Throwback Pop-Up at Centro Mexican Kitchen
Ready-to-heat trays of Zolo’s classic enchiladas, banana cream pies and large-format cocktails for pre- or post-Thanksgiving Day feastin’. Order here.
Holiday Sides & Raw Bar Platters from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Large-format dishes for takeout, including lobster mac and cheese, crawfish gumbo and steamed PEI mussels. Jax is closed on Thanksgiving but will be open the day before and after. Order here.
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
Time: 10 AM – 8PM
Location: Haystack Golf Course 5877 Niwot Rd Longmont, CO 80503
Contest & Mulligan Package
($50/golfer)Includes: Putting contest entry, hole in one contest, closest to the pin contest, 1 mulligan and 1 foot of string.
Live Auction Includes: Shoot the very last shot at Haystack, a Weekend at Winter Park, Conduct the Symphony, a Night in Denver, Avalanche Tickets, and Dinner & Hotel
Silent Auction Includes: Tons of awesome items!