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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Boulder Real Estate For Sale In Newlands

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I remember looking at homes in the Newlands Neighborhood back in about 1981 as I contemplated buying a new home in Boulder. This was way back even when guys like John McElveen were fairly new on the Boulder Real Estate scene, and I had barely started thinking about a career in Real Estate.

Now, at that time, a typical Newlands neighborhood home could be had for $75,000 to $100,000 without too much trouble. I looked at a home within a block of North Boulder Park that was listed for $82,000. At the time, that seemed like a fair chunk of change for a house. In fact, one of the most expensive homes for sale in the system was a classic ‘mansion’ up on Mapleton Hill for about $500,000.

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Well, things have changed and not only have prices gone up, but the things that people demand in a home in Boulder are very different.

This home at 2930 6th Street has so much of what buyers are looking for these days. And if you think this home might meet your needs, you’ll have to pony up a little bit more than the $82,000 I was contemplating on that Newlands Neighborhood purchase back in 1981.

Here’s a laundry list of some of the great features supplied to me straight from the builder of this home on 6th. And keep in mind, it’s just a couple of blocks from North Boulder Park, and steps away from the foothills trails, Mt Sanitas, and Ideal Market:

  • triple wide lot
  • 90,000 BTU 90% furnace (basement)
  • 70,000 BTU 90% furnace (upstairs)
  • 3.5 ton and 3.0 ton 13 seer a/c units
  • Insulation: R-23 exterior walls, R-38 ceilings, R-13 basement, R-19 garage walls & ceiling
  • Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors
  • Thermador, Zephr, and Kitchenaid appliances
  • Oversized 2 card garage: rough-in gas for future heater, upper deck with gas hook-up for grill, speakers for sound system and CAT/5
  • steam shower in master bath
  • Master Suite deck with Mt. Sanitas views

If all this sounds interesting and inviting to you, you’ll also want to know that it’s about 5000 finished square feet, but you will need to see how well this floorplan works to truly appreciate it.

Call or email me today so we can get you inside this great home, and other Newlands neighborhood homes when you’re ready to explore Boulder real estate for sale.

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

Boulder Builder Profile: Hughes Construction

Bob Hughes has been in the custom home construction business building Boulder Real Estate for almost a quarter century. Hughes has been building green homes for many years, and his work on so many green building projects, including Bruce Oreck’s Next West House in Boulder, has provided a very high level of inspiration for him.

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The culmination of Hughes’ work on built-green custom homes over the years has been realized in the most recent project, Boulder’s Next West House. Bob had a fortuitous meeting with Bruce Oreck and Boulder Architect, Jim Logan and it turned out that it was a great match.

I’ve given you two different examples of custom green building. In this profile of Hughes Construction, you get a look at Bob and Jan Hughes’ personal residence, and also the Next West house.

Some of what inspires Bob Hughes to keep his level of work at such a high quality is the ongoing enthusiastic support. All of his business comes from referrals from past client and top notch architects. Another indicator of Hughes’ professionalism and dedication to the green building community is his membership in the Boulder Green Building Guild (BGBG).

The Hughes personal residence includes many influences of Bob’s work on client projects, and a rather practical approach to green building. The Next West project is an exercise in just how far you can go green, but with an extraordinary example of how to flow architecturally into the traditional style of an historic neighborhood.

One of the challenges Hughes Construction faced with the next west house was the City of Boulder. Apparently Boulder Landmarks Board, a part of the city’s planning department, hasn’t been too keen on green features. That is, they tend to not like seeing green features such as solar panels. Consequently, when Simple Solar installed the PhotoVoltaic system it was implemented in such a way that most of the panels are not clearly visible.

Hughes worked carefully with Logan and others to overcome many challenging obstacles to build America’s greenest home. It’s the first and only LEED certified platinum, net-zero home.

Some of the important ideas that came through when talking with Hughes about his business include his willingness to give lots of credit to his wife Jan, who basically handles all of the back-end management and organization of the business, Bob’s passion for the business, and his critical attention to both aesthetic and technical details.

Bob’s comments to me about green building were insightful. What I heard him say was that while green building has many meanings for us, depending on whom you ask; there are obvious points we can all take to heart such as sustainability, efficiency, and comfort.

I’d say we have to remember that it’s good for you on many levels. As a consumer and homeowner, green building can save you money, improve your personal comfort, and give you a clear sense of reducing your impact on the environment.

Bob’s comment on green building is that it’s really future thinking. But future thinking doesn’t have to mean Jetson-esque architecture. Future thinking really means ecology, economy, and location. That certainly proves true with Bob’s projects. In fact, Bob recently quit driving a huge truck around since he’s mostly carting nothing larger than sets of blueprints, and now he drives a Honda Fit.

If you think you might have a major remodeling idea, or are ready to talk to an outstanding custom builder that has more hands on experience than perhaps any other in the industry, call or email me now, so that I can put you in touch with Hughes today.

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

Exclusive West Boulder Real Estate For Sale

This is a special home in the coveted western edge of the Newlands neighborhood of Boulder. This tour below will definitely give you an idea of what you’ll find at this Boulder real estate opportunity. Of course, a personal tour will give you the best understanding of how wonderful this home, and its location are going to be for you.

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This beautiful home is nestled at the edge of the foothills, and just steps away from the Dakota Ridge trailhead which takes you up to Mount Sanitas and the Sanitas Valley Trail.

One of the amazing features that benefit you with this house is the fact that it sits on a quarter acre lot. With its position on the land, there’s just the perfect amount of privacy and coziness. Now don’t get hung up on my use of that word “cozy”, which is often a euphemism for small. There isn’t anything small feeling about this land or this home.

The trees and foliage surround this home in such a meaningful way that, even with all the wonderful windows on the south side of the home, you really do feel like you’re living in your own private oasis.

Another element of this home that truly pleased me was the way the architectural interior details make the living spaces feel warm, friendly and intimately spacious, rather than simply voluminous space as with many newer large home.

So now comes size… this home has over 4100 finished square feet including a wonderful finished 1100 finished square foot basement. The home has a brand new roof, and the kitchen and baths are all exquisitely upgraded.

There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, formal dining, recreation room, a study/office on the main floor, a family room with a fireplace and wet-bar, and even a retreat in the master bedroom.

If you think taking a look at the inside of this home, or any other in Boulder that peaks your interest, call or email me now so that I can make arrangements for your personal tour.
-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®
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-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®