Boulder Mapleton Hill Neighborhood Profile

The Mapleton Hill Neighborhood is one of Boulder’s oldest neighborhoods. In the early 1880’s, about a decade after Boulder was incorporated two neighborhoods were established; the first two, of many to come were the Mapleton Hill Neighborhood, and to the south and east of Mapleton Hill we have the Whittier Neighborhood.

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It took a dozen years or so for things to really get going in Mapleton Hill, about one third of the 500 homes in the neighborhood were built between 1895 and 1900, and then over half of the homes here (around 250 homes) were built between 1900 and about 1910.

Mapleton Avenue was originally known as Hill Street. If you’ve ever walked the stretch of Mapleton Avenue going west from Broadway, you know exactly why they called it Hill Street!

When the Mapleton neighborhood was getting off the ground, approximately 200 Silver Maple trees were planted, then in 1888 the Mapleton School was built on the south west corner of 9th and Hill Street. Consequently, Hill Street became Mapleton Avenue. The Mapleton School forged on as Mapleton Elementary until the mid 2000’s, then finally closed.

The closing of Mapleton Elementary meant that the neighborhood was reassigned by the Boulder Valley School District, and most kids in the neighborhood are now attending Whittier Elementary over at 20th & Pine Street. For many, this feels like a good thing. as families in Boulder often covet the opportunity to have their children attend the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Given the demand, if you don’t live in the area, even though Boulder has an open enrollment program, it’s unlikely you can get into Whittier Elementary.

One of my favorite streets in the Mapleton Hill neighborhood is Highland Avenue. It’s a very quiet four-block stretch between 4th and 8th Streets with little traffic, wide lanes and huge trees.

Like many neighborhoods, and real estate in general, what you’ve heard is true: it’s all about location. Mapleton hill is in many respects the best location you could want if you want to be within walking and easy biking distance to Boulder’s famous Pearl Street Mall in Downtown Boulder, North Boulder Park, the Ideal Market Shopping Center, and lots of single track trails like the well-known Mount Sanitas and Sanitas Valley trails.

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-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

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