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The Goss Grove Neighborhood

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The Goss Grove neighborhood is a great example of Boulder real estate that’s gone through vast changes over it’s history. The area included is essentially between Arapahoe Ave and Canyon Blvd. and from 15th to Folsom St. It’s full of mostly turn-of-the-century homes. That’s not turn of the recent century, of course.Goss Grove got its start as part of a homestead. Marinus Smith built his house on 16th St. between Grove St. and the White Rock Ditch back in 1859. Smith used the western part of the neighborhood as his gardens ane orchards.Now the western section of the neighborhood is called Orchard Home addition.

It was annexed to the City of Boulderin 1902.Names you might recognize, such as C.J. Goss, Robert Culver and Charles Anderson used the area east of Smith’s land to raise cattle and for farming. These three later promoted the area as Culver’s addition which was annexed to the City of Boulder in 1874.The Culver-Bixby home on Canyon Blvd. is marked as an historic building. Several homes were built on Grove St. by 1883 and some of them are still standing today. By 1910 the neighborhood was completely built out.Through the years between the 1950’s and 1980’s many homes were remodeled and some early redevelopment phases included replacing the older homes with apartment buildings. Over those years and still to some extent today, there are many students from C.U. Boulder living in the Goss Grove neighborhood.

With the value of Boulder real estate this close to downtown increasing in recent years, many people are choosing to move back into the neighborhood to live as opposed to the former trend as investment property filled with CU students. Given that there are still many apartment buildings in the area, this probably won’t change soon.

At the turn of the 20th century, residents of the neighborhood included business owners, lawyers, contractors, other professionals and even the city water commissioner. In those days, students lived in spare rooms of resident families. Goss street was home to former slaves and their descendants who were professionals in industries such as farming, teaching and carpentry.

This kind of diversity exists today and with the current trends back towards owner occupied homes in many central Boulder neighborhoods including Goss Grove, property values should continue to increase as residents put more energy and focus on home repairs and improvements.