Recent global outlook reports like Colliers Global Investor Outlook 2016 and Price Waterhouse Coopers Emerging Trends in Real Estate The Outlook for 2016 consistently name Denver, Colorado as one of the primary markets for real estate investors in 2016.
This trend applies to virtually all towns and cities in the greater metro area, particularly between Denver and the foothills. That means Golden, Arvada, Boulder, Superior, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Wheat Ridge, Broomfield, Longmont, Erie, and on and on.
If all these cities are good investments, why do people gravitate to Boulder?
1. Weather is Incredible
The city is nestled in a scenic valley right below the Flatirons, which creates in incredible moderate weather, even in winter. Imagine 300 sunny days per year.
2. Everyone Plays Outside
30 minutes northwest of Denver, Boulder is a thriving University town. Here popular urban culture mix with nature’s beauty. Rent a bike to cycle around the city’s 300 miles of dedicated bikeways, including the historic Boulder Creek Path through the center of town. Scenic hiking trails give gorgeous views of the Front Range, and with a little more trudging uphill, you can earn high peaks Continental Divide views..
3. We Have A Chautauqua
Colorado Chautauqua Historic Landmark Park features miles of beautiful hiking trails, a turn of the (20th) century dining hall, and a landmark 100-year old Chautauqua Auditorium with a summer concert series attracting globally renowned performers all summer long. The renown Colorado Music Festival is also held here.
4. Sustainability Rocks
Sustainability and conservation plays a central role in Boulder’s civic planning. The city utilizes bio-diesel, solar and wind power, which power city vehicles, shops and communications networks. Many Boulderites dedicate themselves to minimizing their personal carbon footprints, investing in solar, geothermal, electric cars, and eating vegan. Plus the city composts.
5. Tourists Love Us
Boulder is a popular tourist destination due to the easy access to the mountains and the four-block Pearl Street Mall, with its numerous shops, boutiques, and art galleries, and a wide range of festivals and fairs throughout the year. On the pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall, you will be regaled by jugglers, the zip-code guy, and an incredibly flexible man, to name a few favorites.
6. Ready, Set, Chew!
Foodies, get your fork and knife ready. The city’s chefs and restaurants have been featured in major food publications all over the world. Quality restaurants pop up here all the time. Imagine your latte being made by a barista who actually wants to talk to you. Craft beers all over town. That’s Boulder.
7. Best and Brightest
Last but certainly not least, Boulder is home to the prestigious University of Colorado where an estimated 30,000 students are presently enrolled. In addition to powerful academics (especially engineering and sciences), CU Boulder is also venue for innumerable cultural events, like the Boulder Philharmonic and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
In addition to the brain trust at CU, NCAR, NIST, tech accelerators, and start-ups of every kind attract the best and brightest minds to Boulder. More Phds per capita than anywhere else in the US! Boulder’s culture is committed to brain and body health.
In all, Boulder is magnificent. Which makes its inhabitants happy. Boulder is often ranked one of the Happiest Places to Live. Lucky us. Lucky you?