White Hawk Ranch

Snugged between Boulder and Lafayette is the White Hawk Ranch neighborhood. The sweeping vistas of the foothills are million-dollar views — literally — because homes here start at $1.5 million. “White Hawk Ranch is one of the most desirable luxury neighborhoods in all of Boulder County,” said Barbie Rieger, Realtor with Wright Kingdom Real Estate […]

Home on the (driving) range

From the Country Club estates to some of the more affordable homes in the county, not many places offer more diversity in golf-course homes than does Boulder Valley. “I think that’s absolutely true, and a lot of courses actually have a good mixture of properties as well,” said Stephanie Lyons of Triology Real Estate in […]

This old (green) house

Can a homeowner mix a love of history and sustainability into the same house? The two don’t always pair well, especially if maintaining the home’s historical and architectural integrity are important. Add the rules and regulations imposed by a historic district into the soup and the result can be one huge headache. “Not necessarily,” said […]

Raising the bar

High-end sustainable building across Boulder County continues to accelerate post-recession, driven by an educated public, the improving economy and city regulations. Advances in sustainable technology offer homeowners and builders an increasing raft of choices for going “green” while improving a home’s health, durability and comfort – all without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.“The clients that fit best […]

University Hill

During the frolicking days of the late 1960s and early ’70s, it rivaled San Francisco’s famed Haight-Ashbury district for hippies per square meter. The Hill, more properly known as University Hill, is still a center of student life in Boulder of course, but a lot has changed since those rather heady days, when marijuana wasn’t […]

Chautauqua

For those well acquainted with Boulder, it’s a dreamy little place below the city’s most iconic and historical structure, the Colorado Chautauqua. While people may disagree on exactly where the Chautauqua neighborhood boundaries lie, most will attest to the fact that the area affords a lifestyle that is largely unsurpassed even in a city where […]

Built to conserve

Looking to buy a luxury home with green amenities? The search may not be as easy as you think — even in a region that values alternative energy, sustainable materials and nontoxic environments. In fact, said David Scott of Colorado Landmark Realtors Inc. in Boulder, the less expensive the home, the more the owners are […]

Going green for less

Reduced electric bills — and rebates for making that happen — top the list of reasons why making your home or office greener is a good idea. Then there’s that whole better-for-the-earth reasoning too, of course. Increasing the energy efficiency of a building is a fairly straightforward action. Not having enough upfront money to do […]

Wash and aware

When it comes to residential cleaners these days, it’s getting hard to tell the green clean from the green wash. “In our industry, that’s really true,´ said Greg Macchia, owner of Clean Conscience of Boulder. “The industry is just so fragmented, and there’s so few really legitimate businesses — bonded, insured and paying workman’s comp […]

Greening the MLS

The buzz in residential building is all about green/sustainable construction. However, before building green can become main-stream, there are two significant problems that need to be addressed. First, if the building trade is going to continue to build green/sustainable homes, a return on investment for green features is needed. If builders don’t receive value for […]