Rock Creek Neighborhood In Superior Colorado

Here’s a tour for you of the Rock Creek subdivision in Superior, Colorado. Many people have gravitated towards Rock Creek in Superior as their place to call home. I’ve met folks that say they like the master-planned community, the convenience of outstanding shopping and other amenities, proximity to jobs at Interlocken and soon ConocoPhillips, and of course the easy travel via Hwy 36 to Boulder and Denver.

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The town of Superior was originally founded in the late 1890’s and owes its roots to the coal mining industry.  For most of it’s recent history Superior remained home to about 250 people. It was a quiet town that most folks coming to and from Boulder on the turnpike knew of only because of the Superior/Marshal exit sign they would see approaching Davidson Mesa from the east.

Then in the late 1980’s a large portion of land which was part of Rock Creek Ranch was subdivided, eventually McCaslin road was widened going south from Marshal Road and homes began popping up.

Now the Rock Creek development, which consists of homes mostly built by Richmond American, and a few custom builders, makes up the bulk of what we now consider Superior, Colorado.

Over time, a commercial area known as Superior Marketplace came into being, and brought with it businesses like Target, Costco, Wild Oats (now Whole Foods), Sports Authority, and a selection of other retail businesses.

One of the benefits of  Rock Creek that keeps property values up and folks moving into the area is the careful planning and continued efforts of town officials to preserve the quality of life in Rock Creek. While there are some undetermined plans for the 135 or so acres along the turnpike (Hwy 36 between Denver and Boulder is often still called the Boulder Turnpike by locals), for the most part, Rock Creek is a fully developed and complete community.

Given that there isn’t a continuing supply of newly built homes, as long as demand stays strong from home buyers wanting to live in the area, the real estate market and home prices will remain strong, as they have for years.

The area includes about 2700 single family homes, approximately 1800 multi-family homes (condos and apartments), and altogether is home to about 12,000 people.

One of the big attractions for many people are the well-planned parks and open spaces, and especially the way these public lands are all so interconnected. There are almost 600 acres of parks, green spaces and open spaces in Superior, and almost 30 miles of trails. These trails connect parks such as Community Park on the South end of Rock Creek which is home to Williams Field, Purple Park on the north end of the community, and numerous pocket parks, greenbelts, tot lots and the schools and community pools.

If you want to explore your opportunities for living in Rock Creek, or are thinking about selling your home and want to talk more about your plans with me, call or email me today and we take it from there!

Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, Eco-Broker®, full-time RE/MAX professional, and author of

The Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide 

The Boulder Condo Guide 

The Home Buyer’s Handbook

Call, text, or email me today!… I’d seriously enjoy having the opportunity to talk to you about your plans if you’re moving, or if you know someone who is considering a move, and needs some straight answers.

Old North Boulder Neighborhood Profile

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The area between Broadway, Folsom, Iris, and Edgewood/Balsam streets is now commonly called the Old North Boulder neighborhood.

Prior to the time that land was developed beyond Norwood, this area was North Boulder. Now with development stretching to the far reaches of the Dakota Ridge neighborhood, the Old North Boulder neighborhood is really a very central residential opportunity.

I’ve spent many days exploring on foot, the roads and paths around central Boulder, and if you do the same you’ll come to realize just how close everything is in this part of town. It’s only a few blocks between local landmarks such as Vics and Ideal Market, over to Pearl Street, or up to Salberg Park.

The two sister shopping centers, Ideal Marketplace and Community Plaza are home to many local favorites. Ideal Market has a long history that spans well beyond the age of the current shopping center, and it became an anchor for the other shops back in 1958. The Community Plaza shops on the south side of Alpine were built just two years later in 1960.

Other businesses such as Alpine Barbers, Radda Restaurant, Breadworks, Marie’s Restaurant, The Boulder Wine Merchant, and the Pekoe Sip House give residents of the Old North Boulder neighborhood a plethora of opportunity for meeting most shopping needs without much travel. What a great concept in the days of higher gas prices and strong desires to conserve natural resources.

One of those local businesses that’s been thriving in the area, The Pekoe Sip House, has a decade long history in the area. It was originally founded as the Tea Train in Longmont. After many accolades, and eventually being voted as having the Best Tea, and being the Best Tea House in the Denver Metro area in 2000, Tea Train evolved into Pekoe Sip House and moved to Boulder under the new name in 2003.

Schools that service the area include Casey Middle school, Columbine Elementary and Centennial Middle school to the north. The former Washington Elementary school which is north of Cedar Ave, and just south of the Red Arrow Condos is now part of a redevelopment plan that’s been fairly controversial.

For those not wanting to drive, and seeking public transportation, RTD offers the Skip bus line which runs up and down Broadway. If biking is your thing, don’t risk your life jousting with cars on Broadway, try 13th street; it features its own bike lane straight into the heart of downtown.

If you’re considering a move, and want to explore more of what the Old North Boulder neighborhood has for you, call or email me today to get started!

Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, Eco-Broker®, full-time RE/MAX professional,

and author of the

Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide,

The Boulder Condo Guide, and The Home Buyer’s Handbook.

Call, text, or email me today!… I’d seriously enjoy having the opportunity to talk to you about your plans if you’re moving, or if you know someone who is considering a move, and needs some straight answers.

Boulder Neighborhood Lake Valley Estates

If you’re looking for a new home in Boulder, you might want to think about this Boulder home for sale in Lake Valley Estates. Here’s a video profile of the Boulder neighborhood called Lake Valley Estates, and I think you’ll be quite surprised by the amenities of this quiet neighborhood.

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Some of the benefits of this Boulder neighborhood aren’t obvious until you do a little exploring in person, so take the time to drive out and get a closer look after watching this short video profile.

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Newlands Neighborhood Profile In Boulder Colorado

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The Newlands neighborhood is one of the most highly sought-after areas by home buyers in Boulder these days. It’s been a mecca for remodeling and rebuilding as property values soared in the 1990’s.

Values continue to remain strong in Boulder overall, and Newlands is one of a few choice neighborhoods that has continued to hold on to values extremely well. Supply and demand in action again, no doubt.
With easy access to downtown, Vics, Marie’s, and all the other great amenities of central Boulder, including the North Boulder Recreation Center, Community Gardens, the new Casey Middle School, Pearl Street, and of course, all the trails and open space to the west, the Newlands neighborhood is definitely one of the great Boulder neighborhoods worth exploring!


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The Walnut Revisited

The Walnut Development in downtown Boulder continues to make progress, and the expectation is that the first units will be ready for occupancy in the next two to four weeks.

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With almost half of the development already sold, it’s become some exciting times for Jon Brandon and all the folks at The Walnut.

In this tour, we have several things for you, all of which I think will give you a nice idea of how special this downtown Boulder property is when compared to other downtown developments.

There’s a nice look at the inside of one of the finished homes, which includes a look at the custom cabinetry, luxurious bathroom finish work, some amazing natural light solutions and views. The interior design is by award winning architect Mark Harbeck.

I take you back to the courtyard for a fresh look at the progress in there. The walkways are finished and all the snow melt systems are in place. Soon we’ll see another big transition as the plants go in. That will certainly have to wait a month or two as we get out of the colder months. Don’t forget that there’s going to be an Aspen grove among all the other luscious living things scheduled for this wonderful feature at The Walnut.

The orientation of the courtyard and the north building assures a unique aspect of the development. With the careful thought that went into this part of the architecture, you get a very meaningful use of the space both inside and out, which assures that homes in the north part of the development get great light penetration.

Another feature of The Walnut is the work done to provide isolation of each home. Whether it’s a Sky-Home, Penthouse or another variation on the great floor plans available, you get the benefit of acoustic engineers who have designed the entire development for maximum sound isolation and privacy.

I know that you likely are also wondering about the green building features. We know that the development is going to be LEED Platinum certified, and many of you have asked what kind of details bring that sort of designation.

One of the green building features is the use of a central boiler system. This is what the developer calls “Responsible Development”. Besides the economies of all that go into using a central boiler system, it also frees up the roof areas so that this part of the development can be reserved for solar photo voltaic systems. The Walnut has the capacity to hold up to 35Kw of photo voltaic for its residents.

The use of the ‘green roof’ is a green feature as well. By covering one of the roof areas with indigenous succulents, the net effect will be a reduction in the ‘urban heat island effect’.

We also get up onto the living roof on this tour. Or, more appropriately we get you up on what will soon be the living roof.

I still say though, that in order to appreciate everything The Walnut has to offer, you’d do well to get a private tour of the property. Call or email me if you’d like to set up a time to see how beautiful this new luxury development really is in person.
-Zachary Epps, full-time RE/MAX professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

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Boulder Condos at The Walnut

You may have been wondering about the progress at some Boulder condos called The Walnut. Well, the wait is over.

I met with Jon Brandon from Morgan Creek Ventures about a week ago, and he gave me a tour of The Walnut. I want you to see the tour that we put together for you.

If you like what you see in this tour I made for you, and you’re interested in arranging a private tour of your own to pick out your new home at The Walnut, call or email me and I’ll get you inside for a personal and up close look at this very unique and beautiful development.
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Two tid-bits I got from Jon about his project are that he’s including many green building techniques, and also that he brought a term with him from Chicago called the “Sky Home”.

You can see in my tour here some of the advantages of a building that emphasizes maximizing views, light, and luxurious living.

This is a very unique condominium project in many respects. What I want you to look for in my tour is the Sky Bridge, which connects the northern and southern portions of the development, the views from one of the Sky Homes, and the courtyard. You’ll also get a glimpse of the larger than normal decks and patios, which is just one example of how hard Jon and his team worked to bring us an extraordinary example of what fine architects and developers can do with a downtown development.

I’ll give you another tour in a few weeks as the work moves along at The Walnut. You’ll get to see how the interior finish on some of the homes comes together, and you’ll also see the expansive courtyard come alive as we get into spring. I also want you to see the living roof when that’s done. Talk about green… wow… but the living roof won’t be ready until we get some warmer weather.

The use of a well-designed living courtyard, the Sky Bridge, and other unique architectural and design techniques are all about bringing a project to you that has very meaningful use of outdoor space, and very limited waste of common space.

In the meantime, watch what I have here for you, and let me know if you have a specific desire to know about a particular feature of The Walnut. This is just a taste of what’s coming. We’ll also explore more about the development’s LEED certification, and perhaps even some of the history of the location.

Some of the original building was not torn down, but instead, in combination with the deconstruction focus, structural elements were reused to continue with the sensitivity to green building issues and the environment.

If you’ve been in Boulder long enough, you might remember a restaurant called Michaels which was in a unique location for a fine-dining restaurant: the basement. That area is completely redesigned and updated, and part of it now provides private parking and storage for residents

If you’re thinking about buying or even just strongly curious, why not call or email me so you can get a private tour for yourself. There have been a few homes sold already, and while those are indeed a couple of the choice locations in the development, several outstanding homes are still available.

If you buy soon, you’ll likely be able to dictate design and finish details to your liking, or even possibly make some layout choices, but those kind of modifications will become difficult very quickly. The homes here will see completion in late January to early February 2009, and people are already planning on moving into their new Walnut homes in some units as early as February. One early buyer did actually add square footage to his Walnut home, and even managed to add in a very large private top-level patio, but that required a fairly early commitment to purchase, of course.

Call or email me if you’re ready, and I’ll arrange a private tour for you at your convenience. I’d love for you to see in person what homes at The Walnut have for you.

Call or email me now, so we can start talking about what’s important to you about the Boulder real estate market! I look forward to hearing from you.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional RE/MAX Realtor® and EcoBroker®

Boulder Real Estate For Sale At 1760 Oak

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An awesome property for sale in north Boulder at 1760 Oak. You can have this property for less than $1million, which is a very reasonable price for this home in this neighborhood. Enjoy the video, check out the details below, and if you want to see the inside and get a private showing, call me right away; this home won’t last much longer.

3316 Finish Square Feet

Five Bedrooms

Four Bathrooms (yep, I made a mistake on the video and said three!)

24 x 24 square foot rec room

Over-sized 14 foot wide 1 car garage plus lots of room for additional vehicles on drive and side of garage

Designed by Boulder architect Kyle Callahan

Interior by D. Marden Interior Design

If you’re not already working with a Realtor and want to see this home because you’re interested in buying in north Boulder, let me know right away. Sean at Walnut did a great job with this listing and I know you’ll appreciate the inside even more when you see it in person.

Call me right now at 303-520-0070… ok, if it’s the middle of the night, you can email me! click on the red circle with the question mark in it, or click the ‘contact’ button at the top of the page; either one will get you to a page so you can email me.
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2005 Mapleton Central Boulder Real Estate

2005 Mapleton is a fine example of Boulder real estate with all the warmth and historic beauty central Boulder has to offer. So much of the original woodwork and architectural style has been retained that you’ll think you’ve stepped back in time… until you see the modern kitchen.

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I feel this home combines the best of both worlds given the way the kitchen and bath amenities have been updated to reflect the way we live our modern 21st century lives.

The home has three bedrooms, three baths, and over 2300 finished square feet. When you include the basement, it’s almost 2800 square feet, but no, you can’t finish this basement for a home theater easily. You can use some for storage!

It was built in 1915 and has only changed hands twice in the last 25 years.

Even though this subdivision is called Mapleton Development (go figure, it’s on the corner of 22nd and Mapleton) many locals still think of this area as Whittier. Technically Whittier is right next door, and so it the famous Whittier school… one block away.

Originally the Pine Street School, Whittier is now over 125 years old and still going strong.

It’s famous for it’s IB designation and one of the more historic and continuously running institutions in Boulder.

Besides schools, this home is within easy walking distance to many of the downtown Boulder amenities such as fine restaurants and shops on the Pearl street mall and an easy bike ride to local favorites such as Ideal Market, parks and trails.

Stephanie and her crew at Housing Helpers did a fine job getting this one prepared for market. If you’re looking for a turn of the century home with modern conveniences such as updated kitchen and baths in central Boulder, please give me a call now so that we can set up an appointment to get you inside to see it for yourself. I’d love to help you as your buyer’s agent to help you find the home of your dreams!



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Boulder Real Estate 4797 Briar Ridge

This is a great home if you want a completely rebuilt home on the golf course.

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This home was completely rebuilt and renovated with many exceptional features you’d expect from such an extensive change.

It has over 4000 finished square feet and includes 10′ ceilings and 8′ doors throughout. There are four bedrooms, six baths and two different laundry locations.

Each bedroom is its own suite with private bath and spacious closet. Rebecca at KW did an excellent job preparing this home for market and I hope you appreciate the fine work that went into this home’s renovation.

If you enjoy the craftsman style, and want lots of room for entertaining and golf course living, please give me a call now so that we can set up an appointment to get you inside to see it for yourself.

I’d love to help you as your buyer’s agent to help you find the home of your dreams!
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Boulder Real Estate Video 1405 Linden

This unique example of Boulder real estate for sale is a remodel and renovation that includes many eco-friendly green building techniques including straw bale construction. It is a beautiful home that includes three bedrooms and a study, three baths, and is 2600 finished square feet. It has a one-car attached garage. Below the video here, there’s more information and some still photos of the home.

I encourage you to let me know if you think you’d like to see the inside of this home so we can make an appointment with the seller to get you inside right away.

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The exterior of this home shows off some very nice thoughtfulness on the architect’s part to enhance the interest.

The complexity of lines and variations on the depth and character of the elevation plan add good interest.

Here’s a short list of some of the builder’s features in this home: custom alder cabinets throughout, oak, tile and cork flooring, lime plaster and American Clay walls, solid slab granite counters, R50 ceiling insulation and R30 wall insulation, brand new low E double pane window units, energy rated fireplace insert, southern exposure, mature fruit and nut trees in back yard.

Having large trees on this ample lot add to the warmth and luxurious feeling as you approach the front of the house.

Inside, you can see that the front living room carries on the architectural style promised as you enter.

Warm toned wood floors flow easily through the main level.

The kitchen floor, and the bathrooms are done in tile. The mid-level bedrooms also have wood floors. The lower level study has a cork floor.

The kitchen has slab granite counters that compliment the alder wood custom cabinets. Stainless steel, high-end appliances complete the kitchen nicely.

The dining room expands the open feeling from the kitchen as it flows easly between the two rooms. Combined with the large windows and sliding glass door to the back yard, the open feeling persists onward towards the family room.

The family room includes a facinating approach to opening up the room skyward with clerestory windows that give this room lots of natural light.

The bathrooms got their own special treatment of tile work that really stands out as a very well done job.

Not only in tone and texture but also in the quality of craftsmanship during the manufacture and installation. The master bath comes with a poured pan in the shower that I’m seeing more frequently in upper-end homes, in lieu of the white plastic shower pan that some builders favored for its ease of installation.

The master bedroom has a built-in bookshelf at one end and extends far enough to create the feeling of a sitting area or ‘retreat’ which you might find adds to the coziness of this light and spacious room.

Listed By Coldwell Banker Residential.