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The Ultra High End’s New Story


No longer is ultra high-end real estate in the U.S. just about NYC and LA.

Beverly Hills, Manhattan and Miami, along with one or two other cities, have traditionally been the locus of the most expensive and most exclusive real estate in the U.S. Now, in an increasingly diverse geographic mix from Boston to Boulder, more properties align with what the industry calls the ultra or premier market. Uber prices in these locations might not number in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but they are the highest of that market. And, no matter the ZIP code, it’s likely that properties at the very top share similar attributes.

Worldwide, the number of millionaires and billionaires continues to grow, with the U.S. still accounting for the largest share of mega wealthy. “I think the change we are seeing in the growth in the ultra high-end is directly correlated to the growth of significant wealth in the world. More people have more significant money,” says Stephanie Anton, president of Luxury Portfolio International.

“Interestingly,” she says, “it’s diversifying too. In the U.S., no longer is the story just about NYC and LA. Bottom line, the shift in location is a change that influences the high end of the housing market and the demand for significant properties in a way we have never seen before.”

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Traditionally, the very top of the market in Boston was the purview of the city’s legendary Brahmins. But the revitalization of downtown neighborhoods and growth of tech and finance, along with globally recognized educational institutions, are revamping the high end in both the city and suburbs. In 2018, there were 82-percent more luxury property sales than in 2014. Not only are more properties considered high end, but new luxury towers mix with traditional blue-chip estates.


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Jonathan Radford with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England is representing the highest priced estate outside Central Boston. Woodland Manor is a $38 million property on more than 7 acres, five miles from the city centerline in Brookline. Photo courtesy of Boston Virtual Imaging.

The highest listing in the city is a $45 million penthouse occupying the entire 60th floor of the new Millennium Tower. Jonathan Radford with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England is representing the highest priced estate outside Central Boston. Woodland Manor is a $38 million property on more than 7 acres, five miles from city center in Brookline. “Over the past 5 years, we have seen consistent growth in the number of luxury property transactions outside of the city of Boston, in the range of 10 percent to 30 percent per year, with the exception of 2016, when a shortage of inventory resulted in a 2.7-percent decline in the number of luxury sales. In 2018, there were 58-percent more luxury property sales than in 2014,” explains Radford. “In the city, growth in the number of luxury transactions has exceeded 25 percent a year.”

Beverly Hills agent Joyce Rey, head of the Estates Division of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, has brokered a number of record-setting transactions both regionally and nationally. “I never cease to be amazed at the constant ascension of real estate values. Any look in the rear view mirror at real estate values is always surprising because people realize and regret not buying more real estate. And it seems shocking today because when I founded Rodeo Realty in 1979, $1 million was a pretty major property.” The customary benchmark for luxury in many places has been $1 million. Now, in many locales, including Boulder, Colorado, the $1 million home is basically a redo. Boulder agents say luxury doesn’t begin until $2.5 million,
but even then, as Megan Bach with Colorado Landmark Realtors points out, “some homes are not necessarily luxury.” A more reliable gauge in Boulder, she says, is price per square foot, a measure often applied to premier markets in New York and California. She estimates luxury in Boulder begins at approximately $1,000 per square foot. The highest priced home currently on the market is a $9 million property on 15.42 acres outside of town with extensive views and strong indoor/outdoor connections. Having “great indoor views typically price bumps any home in any neighborhood here, as is the case in any view locale,” says Bach, emphasizing what might be a universal truth for uber luxury: No matter the location, the better the views and outdoor connections, the higher the price. 

Utah ay seem an unlikely spot for the ultra high-end, but prices now approach $10 million with the highest residential listing $26 million. Photo courtesy of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Sales over $10 million are very rare, but I think they are coming,” observes Debra Johnston, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. Photo courtesy of Debra Johnston.

Along Florida’s west coast, values in upscale resort locales traditionally trailed Miami or Palm Beach. Now, “prices for beachfront in Naples begin at $20 million,” says Tade Bua Bell of John R. Wood Properties. The recent sale of a gulf-front property in the exclusive Port Royal for $48 million illustrates how much demand has changed. The home was eventually torn down and replaced with new construction. Another property also in Port Royal and destined for a tear down sold for $28 million. In the ultra-sphere, a $10 million or $20 million tear down is not an anomaly.

The uber market in Atlanta starts around $5 million to $7 million for new construction. “Sales over $10 million are very rare, but I think they are coming,” observes Debra Johnson, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. “Buckhead is running out of large land lots, which is driving up the cost to build a dream house. The time it takes to build a new luxury home in the $5 million range could take up to 2 years. Many prospective buyers are instead buying the best flat lot they can find in a resale, and renovating the house to their taste level,” observes Johnson. In Atlanta, Los Angeles and other cities, lots suitable for prestige properties are at a premium.

In New York City, ultra luxury starts at $10 million, but Martin Eiden of Compass Real Estate says if you are looking for the “Wow factor” you have to be in the $18 to $40 million range. And anyone considering a trophy — what Eiden calls “I made it big” — property, generally has to look at $60 million and up. In the ultra-sphere, trophy properties often have over-the-top list prices. Greenwich, Connecticut, is a blue-chip bastion for prestige properties. Topping price points is a mid-country European style estate offered at $29.5 million, followed by a $22.5 million property, also in a premier estate setting. Old money locales tend to be timeless. In the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, uber prices currently do not exceed
the $20 million mark. The exception is a $62 million estate in McLean, Virginia, on 3.2 acres overlooking the Potomac and comprised of a main residence and The Marden House, which was designed and constructed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959. Also extraordinary is underground parking for 30 cars, bespoke interiors by Thomas Pheasant and some of the finest views of the river in the region. In the ultra realm, truly singular properties, particularly those with provenance, often merit singular list prices. Parking for dozens of cars might seem over the top, but garage space and parking are both important to high net worth buyers, according to Rey. What else is considered a must-have? Smart home tech, larger closets, a gym, kitchens and great rooms that flow, screening and media rooms. But, Rey emphasizes, “Location is still the number one consideration for buyers.”

The increasing diversity of locations in properties at the highest price points is basically a numbers game: more buyers, greater degrees of wealth, and price appreciation in the overall market. Simply, there are more people in more locations with greater net worth. Utah is an unlikely spot for the ultra high-end, but prices now approach $10 million with the highest residential listing at $26 million. The market changed in 2016, according to Kerry Oman, with Summit Sotheby’s International Realty in Park City, who brokered the sale of a $13.5 million property in Provo Canyon, the highest-priced transaction in recent years. For the ultra market, the $5 million to $7 million range is typical, and $7 million to $10 million is no longer the exception, says Oman. In spite of growing national interest in Park City, demand for uber properties is most likely to come from home-grown wealth. In the ultra-realm, U.S. buyers dominate a majority of locations today. 

“A lot of money is coming out of Silicon Valley, and Seattle now. And we’re seeing a great migration of significant wealth to more resort markets like Hawaii, Florida and Texas, due to an aging affluent population and also attractive tax laws,” shares Anton. Taxes are only one driver for a new geographic mix of buyers in Florida and Georgia. Even before the tax law was passed, brokers like Bua Bell were reporting more interest from Colorado and California. Brokers in Naples and other cities are also seeing buyers from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Johnson says there has been a big increase in out-of-state buyers in Georgia in the last year. Ultra-luxury buyers in Greenwich have broadened in terms of their use of these properties and what they are looking for, observes Robin Kencel with Compass Real Estate. Some plan to make Greenwich their fulltime residence. Others are looking for a weekend or a summer retreat. “As people discover Greenwich’s natural beauty, from having four beaches to 600-plus nature trails to a breadth of year-round activities and its sophisticated, diverse and wholesome vibe, it is becoming an attractive alternative to the Hamptons,” she says.

In the Washington D.C., metropolitan area, uber prices currently do not exceed the $20 million mark. The exception is a $62 million estate in McLean, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Gordon Beal. 

Sui generis is how some characterize the ultra market, but as distant and disconnected as it may seem, the ultra sector does not exist in a separate vacuum. “Everything’s fluid in luxury real estate,” says Gary Gold with Hilton & Hyland in Beverly Hills, noting it’s not like the stock market where there is a definite price at the closing bell. “It doesn’t work that way. There are so many nuances. In general, when you have record sales, when you have record numbers of sales, when you have lots of positive activity, it has an overall significant effect on everything,” he explains.

“The rise in significant prices is a reflection of demand but also is consistent with the rise we’re seeing in luxury prices across the board,” says Anton. “According to, in Q4 of 2018, prices in the top 5 percent of markets in 1,000 U.S. cities closed at an increase of 4.7 percent year over year. It’s a bit of that old saying, ‘a rising tide lifts all boats.’” With pricing heading into the stratosphere, an ultra purchase might seem capricious — a product of desire rather than a well thought
out choice. Instead, no matter the price, it’s still a question of value. Every once in a while a buyer might make a crazy purchase, but agents say that’s a very rare occurrence. Even though prices might be well into the tens of millions, Gold says, “It’s not about the money. It’s about how everyone wants to make a smart purchase, and no one wants to be a chump. For the most part, when they make that purchase, people want to feel they have made a prudent, valuable purchase. People who are worth a lot of money are very used to making very very expensive acquisitions, whether it’s in business or personal.

They know how to wrap their head around these very large purchases.” “These buyers are highly sophisticated consumers and active in multiple luxury asset classes, from cars to art to jewelry. They want to know that beyond enjoying their property, they have made a sound business decision,” says Kencel. Ultra properties might be extravgent and indulgent, but the ultra buyer’s focus is still value and investment. When there are several properties on the market at the highest prices, agents often say, “When one sells, the others will to.” Surprisingly, experience does validate this claim. “If you see homes that are setting new precedent, I think it definitely is an endorsement in an area and a price range,” says Gold. Several years ago, Gold broke the $100 million price point in Los Angeles with the sale of the Playboy Mansion. “No one ever sold something well over a $100 million. Since then, we’ve seen more really big sales than ever before. It’s definitely a validation of an area, and people get more comfortable spending more money, so it’s a good sign.” And the impact trickles down. “The second I sold something for $100 million, all of a sudden the $5 million listings are now worth more.”

This editorial originally appeared in  Unique Homes Ultimate ’19 Issue.   

Happy October from Colorado Landmark!

Thank you to all who attended the annual Colorado Landmark Oktober Fest at the Bohemian Biergarten last night! It is always wonderful to have such great company and smiling faces as these chilly fall nights set in! Here are some fun pictures from the event!

Good Beer, Good Friends

The Girls!

A Special Thanks to Joel and Jen for Taking Such Good Care of Us All Always!

Cheers to a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season Ahead!



Everyone Should Have One Warm Coat!

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Help Support The Saul Team’s Annual Coat Drive! 

Have you started your fall closet clean out? It’s already ramping up to be a chilly, harsh season. Help us help out the less fortunate and make someone smile this holiday season. Please donate your old, gently used coats and keep our neighbors hearts warm this winter.

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need and raises awareness of the vital need for warm coats. The coats we collect will be distributed here in our local community, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation.

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For your convenience – place the coats in a bag labeled ‘One Warm Coat’ and put them on the curb – it’s that easy! *The Saul Team will be picking up bags marked for ‘One Warm Coat’ on October 19th between 10am-12pm.
If you don’t have a coat to donate, gently used winter boots, hats and gloves (especially children’s) are in great need too!

Call or text Lynn at 720-202-0081 to let us know you have items to pick up and we will add you to the route!

We will also have a collection box set up at the main Boulder office at 2350 Broadway Street, please ask Reilly at the front desk if you need assistance! 

Thank you for your help!




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Big Farm Equipment Auction – Haystack Ranch

Saturday, October 5, 2019  –  10:00 am
8003 No. 63rd  Street, Longmont, CO

From I-25 and Hwy. 119 (Exit 240), west 7.5 miles to Nelson Road.  Continue west for 4.5 miles to No. 63rd Street and head south for 2 miles to the
shared driveway at 8099. Go west in lane for 2/3 mile to 8003.

PREVIEW   FRIDAY   OCT. 4th    10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Kubota M9960 Tractor with LA1953 loader, front wheel assist, 381 hours

Kubota X1120D UTV, diesel

Ag Spray RTV Sprayer

Land Pride Scraper

Rhino Backhoe Attachment with 2 buckets, 3 point

Land Pride Posthole Digger, hydraulic

Land Pride Pallet Forks

Rhino Blade, 9 foot, 3 way, hydraulic

Krause Chisel, 3 point

Tool Bar, 3 point

Speeco Quick Hitch, Cat 2


Finish Line Trailer, 18 foot, tilt bed, twin axle

2 – Storage Pods

Sport Rack Receiver Hitch Rack


Carmobil Water Reel Irrigation System, diesel engine & pump, trailer mount, fuel barrel & stand

2 – Hunting Blinds, 18 foot on Titan Trailers (tiny houses)

Deer Blind

Duck & Goose Decoys

Shooting Range Gong & Frame, heavy duty

Caldwell Shooting Bench

America Kayak

Mounts – deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, wild boar

Hide Rugs – buffalo, elk, deer

Weightlifting Equipment


Expedition Tents, 4 season

Premium Down Expedition Suit

Premium Sleeping Bags

Hunting Equipment

Decoy Pull Boats

Skis, Poles & Gear

Golf Clubs


2 – Propane Stoves, single & double burner


.22-250 Rem – Hornady, Cor-Bon, Nosler, Federal, Winchester

.223 Rem – Federal, Winchester, Hornady, Black Hills, Fiocchi

.30-06 Springfield – Barnes, Hornady, Winchester

.22 Hornet – Hornady, Winchester

7mm Rem Mag – Winchester

7mm-08 – Barnes, Winchester, Doubletap, Federal, Norma, Hornady, Nosler

.243 Win – Winchester, Federal, Remington, Nosler

Leupold VX-3 Hunting Scope

Leupold VX-2 Target Scope

Leupold VX-3 Target Scope

Leupold VX-3 Target Scope, NIB

Bushnell Legent Hunt Scope, NIB

Bushnell Legend Binocular, NIB

Leica LRF800 Range Finder

Nikon Range Finder

Barska Spotting Scope

Aimpoint Comp M4 Tactical Scope, NIB


Country Tuff Log Splitter, 35 Ton cap

Titan Impact 440 Paint Sprayer

Dewalt 7000 Generator

Air Compressor

2 – Warn Winches, 1000# cap, electric

4 – Fulton Trailer Winches, 1800# cap

Jet Pump

Motor & Pump, 40 hp

Steel Shelf Unit

Stall Mats

Fencing Supplies

Coated Electric Wire

Fencing Wire, heavy duty

Gallagher Fiberglass Fencing Posts

Steel T Posts

Fencing Tape



DR Heavy Duty Brush Mower

DR String Mower

Husqvarna String Trimmer

Husqvarna Rancher Chain Saw, 20 inch

Hedge Trimmer

Leaf Blower

Garden Hoops

Landscaping Materials – boulders, stones

Gates, 8 & 12 foot

Post Driver



Garden Tools

DeWalt Chop Saw

Impact Wrenches

Open & Box End Wrenches

Log Chains & Cables

Drop Cords


Little Giant Type 1 Ladder

Step Ladder

Tie-down Straps

Trailer Jack Stands

HD Electrical Cords


Tankless Water Heater, NIB


Fire Hose

Safety Harness & Rope


Cedar Chest

Bissell Steam Cleaner

Packing Blankets


NOTE:   Haystack Ranch is moving and downsizing their operation.  This is a great opportunity to obtain some unique, near new items.   Plan to attend the preview on Friday from 10 – 3.  Questions can be directed to Gary at 970-309-4122.  Lunch will be available.   Plan to attend!

TERMS:   Payment required auction date with cash or good check.   NO PLASTIC!   Announcements auction date take precedence over written materials.

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6 Essential Fall Maintenance Tasks from Ken Peter and His Team at Pillar to Post Home Inspectors


6 Essential Fall Maintenance Tasks 

With autumn just around the corner, now is the perfect time for homeowners to get their property in shape and help avoid problems in the months ahead. Here are six key jobs to tackle before cold weather sets in.
1. Caulk around exterior door and window frames for a tight seal. Look for gaps where pipes and wiring enter the home and  caulk those as well. Not only does heat escape from these openings, but water can enter and damage underlying materials, and even cause structural damage.
2. Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Water, wind, ice and snow can cause serious damage to a vulnerable roof, leading to a greater chance of further damage inside the home. Always have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof, but binoculars can be used to do preliminary survey from the ground.
3. Clear gutters of leaves, stick and other debris. If the home gets heavy leaf fall, this may need to be done more than once during the season. If the gutters can accommodate them, leaf guards can be real time-savers and prevent clogging. Check the joints between sections of the gutter, as well as between the gutter and downspouts, and make any necessary adjustments or repairs.
4. In cold-weather climates, garden hoses should be drained and stored indoors to protect them from the harsh winter elements. Shut off outdoor faucets and make sure exterior pipes are drained of water. Faucets and pipes can easily freeze and burst, causing leaks and increasing the potential for serious water damage.
5. Have the furnace inspected to ensure that it’s safe and in good working order. Most utility companies will provide basic, no-cost furnace inspections to their customers, but schedule early as there can often be a long waiting list as the weather cools down. Replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent type according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Using a clean filter not only helps with interior air quality, it will help the furnace run more efficiently, saving money and energy.
6. A wood-burning fireplace can be a real pleasure on a chilly fall evening. For safety, have the firebox and chimney professionally cleaned before use this season. Creosote, a byproduct of wood burning, can build up to dangerous levels and cause a chimney fire that can spread to the rest of the house.
7. Drain, or better yet, have a professional blow out your sprinkler system BEFORE the first hard freezes to prevent damage to all components to your system and particularly your back flow preventer.
With these easy steps, your clients will enjoy the comforts of home all season long and know that they’re protecting their investment, too.
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  • All Pillar To Post inspectors carry E&O insurance to protect you, the referring agent.
  • Three different Home Inspection Packages to choose from that allow your client to select the range of services they prefer – click here to learn more. 
  • As North America’s leading home inspection company, Pillar To Post The Ken Peter Team is committed to providing the highest quality service to real estate professionals and their clients.
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Fall Preparations with Organization & Relocation, Inc.

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Prepare for Fall

The first day of Fall is next week, which means it’s time to rotate out our tank tops and flip-flops to make room for cozy sweaters and duster jackets. When going through a closet, Org & Relo pulls out, launders or dry cleans the dirty and stores the clean in its new location. The really satisfying part of a closet shuffle is you will feel like you have a fresh new wardrobe. Who’s ready for apple picking and pumpkin spice lattes?


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1. Store, Sort & Catgegorize –

Before you begin the overhaul, make sure you determine where you will be storing your summer clothes. This will save time and frustration after you start. As with each project we begin, make piles for keep, discard, and donate. Now is the best time to get rid of unwanted clothes or clothes that do not fit because if you don’t like them now, you probably won’t next summer either!

2. Beautify Your Bathroom – 

Avoid exposure to germs and bacteria by giving your bathroom a deep scrub before the moisture builds up with the fast approaching Fall months. Contact Org & Relo to beautify your bathroom!

3. Furnace Inspection – 

Hire an HVAC professional to check heating efficiency, test for leaks and change the filter. Also, check for drafts by using a lighted candle around doors and windows and if you see a flicker, inspect for broken or cracked seals.

4. Organize the Shed – 

As summer items begin to fill up shed space, now is a good time to sort, purge and organize remaining items. Move summer items to the back and winter items to the front for easy access.

5. Set Your Kids Up For Success – 

The playroom is that space in the house where our kids play with their toys and usually turns the room into a war zone. Teach your kids the importance of organization early on in life.

National Preparedness Month 

If disaster strikes our community, would you be ready to protect you and your family? The American Red Cross has tools and resources to ensure you are prepared for any disaster or emergency. They recommend developing a family disaster plan, having an emergency kit and knowing the disaster plan for your child’s school. For more information visit the American Red Cross.

Are you planning on moving this year?

If so, contact Organization & Relocation. We provide an expert relocation concierge service that handles every last detail. We have perfected the art of transitioning clients from one beautiful home to the next. Are you hoping to implement a home organizing solution that finally works? We can help with that too!

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Cracking in Colorado Concrete – An Article About Unavoidable Movement

This article was originally written and posted by Scott Home Inspection. Read the full article here.

Cracking in Colorado concrete is inevitable. 

Cracks found in concrete installations around a house may not be evidence of improper installation or a larger problem, but may just be caused my normal expansive soil movement.

However, there are things you can do prevent or at least slow the process.

In our latest article, we will take a deep dive into surface-level concrete including movement and cracks, what causes them, what we can do about it and what precautions builders have taken to prevent bigger issues.


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A Look at the Colorado Market: the Luxury Portfolio Agent Forum at the Brown Palace in Denver

On August 14, 2019, several Colorado Landmark agents attended the Luxury Portfolio Agent Forum at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. Agent Scott Ripmaster presented an update on the Boulder Luxury Real Estate Market to a group of over 120 agents from across the U.S.  He shared statistics and insights about trends in the Boulder luxury real estate market, along with Luxury Portfolio affiliates from Slifer Smith & Frampton in Vail as well as Perry&Co in Denver.

Agents spent the day learning and networking with other independent real estate firms around the country and talked about what’s happening in the global luxury market.  As the Luxury Leader in Boulder, Colorado Landmark strives to stay up to date on the latest marketing trends and technology, and being an exclusive member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International creates incredible value for our agents and clients.

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What is Luxury Portfolio?

Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI) is the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest network of premier locally branded real estate companies. LPI attracts a global audience and markets approximately 50,000 of the world’s most remarkable homes annually on

The 200-plus selected affiliated companies represent the high-end component of an organization which encompasses 565 companies, 4,300 offices and 130,000 associates producing $254 billion in sales last year among the top 500 U.S. firms, with over one million transactions in over 70 countries. Based in the United States, Luxury Portfolio International® is backed by the experience of the most well respected and well-known experts in luxury real estate in markets worldwide. This group collectively has decades of experience in the high-end luxury real estate market.

The Boulder Taco Fest is Here!

Come one, come all to the 3rd annual Boulder Taco Fest!

The Boulder Taco Fest won the 2018 award for Best Beer Fest in the Rockies, by Elevation Outdoors Magazine! Get everyone together and enjoy an awesome mix of great drinks, delicious food, and super fun entertainment.  It’s quickly becoming Boulder’s must-do event of the summer. You’ll enjoy amazing tacos and beer while Luchadores wrestle and live music fills air. Fun games for all ages will keep a smile on your face all day long! The event includes:

5 Breweries

7 Taco Vendors

6 Tequilas (for VIPs)

5 Live LUCHA LIBRE Wresting Matches

3 Live Bands

Pinatas for all Ages!


Free Admission, however wristbands must be purchased for food and drink.

  • $20 ($25 at the door) General Admission wristband: General admission wristband Includes 3 tickets good for tacos, beer, or margaritas, Lucha Libre Wrestling shows, & concert.
  • $50 for VIP wristband ($55 at the door – if available) VIP ticket Includes 10 tickets good for tacos, beer, or margaritas, VIP lounge at festival with free tequila tastings, snacks, VIP lanyard, and more!
  • FREE wristbands for Kids 12 and under with purchase of parent/guardian ticket…and there will be an inflatable obstacle course, pinatas, and more!

Additional drink and food are available onsite for $4 or 6 for $20.

Pets: Well-behaved and leashed friends are welcome!

Date And Time:

Saturday, July 27

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Foothills Community Park

800 Cherry Ave

Boulder, CO 80304

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Your DIY Guide to a Backyard Makeover on a Budget

I had so much fun sprucing my yard up for the 4th, I wanted to find some fun, affordable things I could do to keep making it a more and more desirable place to spend time with family and friends. Check out all the awesome ideas I found!

Get Crafty with Your Fence

Fence with colorful marbles in it. Photo by Instagram user @suchgaul
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Cool backyard ideas don’t have to be expensive to have that “wow” factor. All you need is a drill, several different sizes of multi-colored marbles, and a rubber mallet for this cute DIY project. Your backyard will be illuminated with color when the sun hits just right!

Try Xeriscaping

Cacti in gravel. Photo by Instagram user @desertcoastdesigns
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Reduce water usage when you xeriscape your green space. This budget-friendly backyard landscaping idea is easy to do, requires minimum maintenance, and saves you on water all while giving your yard major appeal and adding value to your property!

Some of my favorite succulents and cactus:

  • Burro’s Tail
  • Haworthia Cooperi
  • Aloe
  • Opunita ‘Pina Colada’

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  Make a Portable Bar

Wooden outdoor bar cart by yellow door. Photo by Instagram user @thekatrinablair
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Load your cart up with glasses, small appetizer plates, a pitcher for lemonade or water, and an array of snacks to have a convenient fueling station right in your backyard. And if it starts to rain, you can easily transport it inside to keep the party going! Later, use it as a potting table for plants, or make two, like me 🙂 




Click on the link below for the materials and instructions to build this adorable outdoor table.

Outdoor Bar / Potting Bench / BBQ Prep Station



Cozy Fire Pit

Stone fire pit surrounded by bench. Photo by Instagram user @katrinacanerealtor
Photo via @katrinacanerealtor

The best backyard designs are the ones that include a fire pit! Show off your DIY skills by building your own fire pit out of wall stones with this simple tutorial, or find a metal one that’s also budget-friendly. Make sure that you include ample seating around your fire pit for roasting marshmallows!

Comfy Seating

Outdoor seating is one of the most important features to include in your backyard transformation. Large outdoor pillows, benches, and rocking chairs are all fantastic pieces to create a cozy space for you and your guests to relax. For a great cheap outdoor seating idea, make your own day bed with a                                                                  wooden pallet.

Wooden pallet benches with grey cushions. Photo by Instagram user @nataschajanina
Photo via @nataschajanina




String Up Some Mood Lighting

Outdoor table with mismatched chairs and twinkle lights. Photo by Instagram user @cl_urbearq
Photo via @cl_urbearq



If you’re looking to have one of the most beautiful backyards on the block, invest in outdoor lighting. Drape string lights down from a pergola or across your outdoor living space to give it a starry-night feel. You can also line any patio or garden path with torches and lanterns for soft lighting.

DIY Lighting ideas –                               Ping Pong Ball Lights 

Adding glow-in-the-dark pigments to stones and walkways is a fun touch!

Outdoor torches made from wine bottles and house hold objects!

                         Create Shade

Pergola draped with floral curtains and pink flowers. Photo by Instagram user @wainwrighthousetohome
Photo via @wainwrighthousetohome

A pergola is a definitely in the plans for my dream backyard! Clear out an area on a deck or in your yard and build your own pergola with this guide from DIY Network. Planning to spend a lot of time outside with your backyard remodel? Add curtains for extra shade to create the ultimate outdoor living room


Lay a Path

Outdoor stone path lined with flowers. Photo by Instagram user @plaids.and.poppies
Photo via @plaids.and.poppies

A garden isn’t necessary for this DIY backyard transformation idea! Put down materials like mulch, bricks, or stones to create a clear path from your house to the pool or playhouse in your backyard. You can also include a little flair to your pathway by adding yard decorations like glow-in-the-dark rocks or garden stakes!

Set Up a Backyard Theater

Outdoor theater with cushions and twinkle lights. Photo by Instagram user @rissipiecies
Photo by @rissipiecie

Grab the popcorn and appreciate the outdoors with this backyard makeover idea! Add a few blankets, large pillows, and string lights for a comfortable theater ambiance, and hook up a projector and screen to watch all of your favorite flicks right in your yard! This DIY screen is a cheap and easy way to create the ultimate backyard viewing experience.


Summer crafts for bored kids are always a good thing, and making things with your own two hands is more enjoyable in the end! Happy summer building, playing and partying to you and your loved ones!

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