The luxurious family homes on Vine Avenue will be some of the most sought-after new residences in Boulder. Vine Avenue is at the heart of North Boulder, near access to biking, parks, shopping, restaurants, public transportation, and excellent public schools.
What you'll love about North Boulder
While North Boulder is less than two miles away from downtown, it feels much further. The area, known as NoBo, is north of Iris and west of 28th. Its quiet residential streets give it a distinct neighborhood feeling, and yet a growing retail and restaurant scene make NoBo (as it’s called by those in the know) one of the best places in Boulder to be right now. There’s everything here from paved trails and parks aplenty to the independently owned Lucky's Market, proving that you don’t have to shop at Whole Foods if you live here.
History: North Boulder, as a neighborhood, dates back to the years following WWII. Large tracts of land were procured with the hopes of selling them to returning soldiers. The North Boulder development was originally part of Tyler Farm and with the establishment of the neighborhood, one of the city’s first shopping centers came into existence as well, North Broadway.
Housing: There has been an explosion of growth in NoBo in recent decades that gives families walkable neighborhoods, public parks and many different types of residential units.
Restaurants & Shopping: Some of the city’s best food can be found in the expansive restaurant scene of NoBo. From the always delicious Chinese cuisine at China Gourmet to the traditional Spanish and Mediterranean offerings of Dagabi Tapas Bar, there are options aplenty to be found in the north. And, unlike dining in other parts of town, when in NoBo you don’t have to worry about parking or battling tourists for a table. That’s a good feeling. Thirsty? Both The North End at 4580 and Dagabi serve up excellent happy hours and Tangerine is getting a reputation for its brunch.
And as any good road rider knows, the Amante in North Boulder is the spot to be seen in spandex. Many a cyclist will meet at this coffee shop to caffeinate before a ride or share a pastry afterwards. Keep your eyes open while there. You never know which famously shaved legs you might see.
Family & Fitness: What isn’t there to do in NoBo? The North Boulder community rec center has an indoor pool, extensive gym facilities and a full-blown gymnastics program. North Boulder park offers cross-country skiers a place to get a few laps in during the winter while Foothills community park, nestled up against the foothills, provides hang-gliders with a place to land during the summer months. The Wonderland Lake trail is a 1.5 mile loop around the lake that provides a flat and easy hike. It’s great for families with a trail wide enough to accommodate strollers and a playground. You can connect this trail to others in the area for a longer trek and the grasses surrounding the lake are perfect for summer picnics.
Schools: Crest View Elementary, Centennial Middle, Boulder High
Quirks: The north end of town sought to incorporate as a separate and distinct community from the city of Boulder in the 1960’s. Even though the neighborhood eventually lost the case in the Colorado Supreme court, North Boulderites still consider themselves a special breed. Fortunately, NoBo is conveniently located on one of RTD’s main bus routes, the Skip line, meaning that downtown Boulder is just a quick bus ride away.
NoBo still feels like a Boulder secret. It’s part of the scene while still holding fast to the neighborhood feeling and individualistic roots that has always defined the area. With new restaurants and retail opening all over NoBo, this is one part of town that is just starting to take off.