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NOBO, neighborhood spotlight on North Boulder

The Wonderland Lake park in the Wonderland Hill Neigbhorhood of North Boulder.- courtesy City of Boulder Parks and Recreation. 

North Boulder, or NoBo as has been coined, is an up-and-coming area of Boulder proper filled with opportunity and modern charms.  Although difficult to encompass this area in merely one post, allow this overview to delight the senses and splash light on just a glimpse of all that this area offers. The highlights of NoBo include, but are certainly not limited to, the unique neighborhood variety, the local schools, and the social life. All of this, of course, is situated within the wider context of mountainside living and open spaces for any and all nature-related activities.

The neighborhoods of NoBo are among its most well known features. From the urban and ultra pedestrian-friendly Holiday neighborhood to the fashionable appeal and great mountain views of the Newlands neighborhood, this area has diverse housing options to suit everyone’s tastes.

The Holiday neighborhood’s aim to fuse affordability with ingenuity is evident in the mix of community and business life sprinkled throughout their 333 one-of-a-kind housing units. A similar NoBo area, known as Uptown Broadway, has also been an instant hit with buyers and renters alike as it combines convenience with community.

The Newlands neighborhood is located just north of historical Mapleton Hill, serving as a gateway between antique charm and modern conveniences. Close to this area is Dakota Ridge, one of the most rapidly growing parts of North Boulder. With easy accessibility to parks, trails, and the rest of

The Wonderland Hill neighborhood sits in a spectular setting nestled up agains the north Boulder foothills, surrounded by open space, hiking/biking trails, and the popular Wonderland Park, and Wonderland Lake.  This Boulder neighborhood is one of the most sought after destination for those looking the balance the convenient access to downtown Boulder with the serene setting of Boulder’s natural environment.   Wonderland Hill truly is a Wonderful place to live!

Beyond the great living space, NoBo offers quality education through their numerous elementary, middle, and high schools- both public and private- in the area.  For example, Centennial Middle School scored well above the state average on the Math, Reading, and Writing subjects in the 2012 Colorado Student Assessment Program. Another, Crest View Elementary School, has been celebrated for its diverse student population and caring teaching staff.

The Tara Performing Arts High School offers students a chance to explore learning through the creative arts and is famed for truly bringing education to life. Others, like the Shining Mountain Waldorf School and the Jarrow Montessori private schools, receieved raving reviews from both parents and students alike for their academic achievements and dedicated faculty.

For recreation and social life, NoBo is indeed a vibrant spot to be. With the Foothills Community Park, North Boulder Park, and the North Boulder Recreation Center, there is no shortage of activities sure to get your heart pumping. Fine dining is also readily available. In fact, some of the most celebrated restaurants and specialty groceries stores are clustered in northern Boulder. Places like Restaurant 4580 (currently closed, but set to reopen this Spring), Ideal Market, Lucky’s Café, and Arugula Bar e Ristorante are just a small sampling of the cuisine offerings available to residents and visitors alike.

Of course, NoBo’s close proximity to downtown Boulders also means that a RTD bus ride can quickly get you over to Pearl Street and beyond.  All in all, North Boulder is a place of expansion, excitement, and opportunity. From housing to the latest happenings, NoBo has it all. If you are interested in learning more about properties for sale in this area, contact our amazing team of real estate agents for the best information. For rental inquiries, our rental specialists are ready and happy to assist you!

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To Pre-Lease or Not To Pre-Lease: Fall 2013 Housing in Boulder, CO

That is the question. For most CU Boulder students, pre-leasing seems to be the best, and sometimes only, option.

But consider this, budget-seekers and those prone to worry: Housing Helpers will always have rental properties available around Boulder, even in those wild swing months of June and July.

It is true that the early bird gets the worm (in this case, this means the most options “on the hill”), but the worm often comes with a higher price tag where pre-lease properties are concerned. If you can afford to wait, the reward may be more affordable.

This is largely due to the housing rush that occurs throughout the summer and culminates with landlords’ last-minute efforts to fill their properties with tenants before it sits vacant. At this point, the price of housing will drop.

Moreover, Housing Helpers is still getting August move-in properties in June, July, and yes, even the month of August itself. As a property listings company that operates year-round, we always have rental inventory in and around the Boulder area; the majority of which are not listed until 30 to 60 days before their available date. This means we will continue getting rental properties throughout the spring and summer that will suit your Fall 2013 housing needs!

Another reason to potentially hold off on the pre-leasing is if your roommate numbers may fluctuate. What if Dan does get accepted into the study abroad program and won’t be able to pay his portion of the rent? What if Kelly and Maggie have a disagreement and now refuse to share a living space? August is still many months away and life happens. Thus, waiting until the time is closer may actually give you an edge over those who rushed to sign the first lease they saw.

So if you are not yet sure of your roommates, your wallet is getting thin, and you won’t turn your hairs gray by waiting a bit- then enjoy your semester, the last few months of your current lease, and start looking with vigor after the stress of finals have settled- you might be  glad you did!

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Fall pre-leasing rentals in Boulder, welcome to the 2013 prelease season.

Dear parents, new and returning scholars, and all people leased into your current housing until the summer:

Welcome to Pre-Lease Season! This message comes as a heads-up, a forewarning, and a helpful note all in one to those who want to avoid the last minute rush for housing in August.

For us here at Housing Helpers, the pre-lease season is about to be in full swing- and we are ready to help you (or your son, daughter, and their five friends) find the best possible place to serve as a haven for the upcoming academic year.

A “pre-lease” or “pre-leasing”  means exactly as it sounds: to lease “pre” the move-in date. For example, we have many properties available now for a July or August move-in. As a property listings company, this is a once-a-year opportunity to get ahold of properties that are in demand for a date more than 6 months in the future!

A common misunderstanding is that you must be a student to be eligible for pre-lease housing options. Or perhaps a grosser misunderstanding is that no one other than students would want to look at pre-leases for surely they are typical student housing. Both of these notions are utterly untrue. With the array of homes, condos, and apartments already available for August, we can assure you that there are many gems to choose from for pre-lease housing. Additionally, not all pre-leases are geared towards “the student life”; on the contrary, many properties support a young professional or family’s needs.

Many people have summer-to-summer lease terms and will be joining in the rush for housing when August rolls around. To beat the crowds, Housing Helpers advises anyone needing a new rental in the fall to start the search now with our pre-lease options.

We have a wide range of homes perfect for sharing, condos with kitchens perfect for cooking, and apartments perfect for socializing. You can stay updated on our properties via our website, Twitter or Facebook page, or on Google+. We want to keep you in the know so that we can help you find your best possible housing option!

The most effective way to see your options and set up viewings is to come by our office and speak with one of our amazing rental specialists. They will be able to consider all of your search criteria, even down to the details, and show you what properties best suit your preferences.

And a note to those who are looking and not finding exactly what you seek: Don’t fret! This is still the early stages of pre-leasing and many properties will not open pre-leases until later in the spring or even early summer. Keep your chin up, your eyes open, and keep in touch with us here at Housing Helpers so we can assist you in the search.

While we are still building our database of pre-lease housing, we are adding more options with each passing day. We already have a good base of properties to peruse, and expect many more by mid-February, so come by and see us soon!

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Bear Creek Elementary School, an educated move.

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Here at Housing Helpers, we receive a lot of questions. We get questions about backyard size, pet-friendliness, and whether or not the walls are “actually that color.” But when it comes to new families transplanting to Boulder to buyor rent, one question rises above the rest: schools. Boulder Valley School District is known nationwide for its environmentally sustainable initiatives and academic achievements. It addition, the district was chosen as one of the honored recipients of the USDA’s HealthierUS School Award, based on their adherence to high nutritional and physical fitness offerings. Who wouldn’t want to live so close to this concentration of good things?

One of the most frequently sought after schools in the area is Bear Creek Elementary School, near Table Mesa and Stephens Road in South Boulder. Not only is it situated in a picturesque location at the Flatirons’ base, but this beautiful scenery provides an excellent backdrop to their well-known Car-Free Commute program, part of the federally-funded “Safe Routes to School Program.” This program began just two years ago and already boasts 70% of students who now use alternate transportation, such as biking or walking, to and from school.

In addition, it received the distinguished 10 out of 10 rating from GreatSchools and was named a “National Blue Ribbon School” for superior academic performance. This is a good school that just keeps getting better. In the past few years, they have exceeded academic goals and improved student life by offering a number of extracurricular activities and finding ways to further intertwine science, music, and mathematics- a program supported by a partnership with several faculty and departments at the University of Colorado.

In light of this, it is no surprise that the area surrounding this school is among the most common requests of new families looking for a rental property to call home. Thankfully, Housing Helpers does have several rental and real estate options to choose from in South Boulder. Whether you’re in the market for short-term furnished housing, spacious Boulder rental homes ,or Boulder apartments, or buying a house-our excellent relocation specialists and incredible real estate agentswould love to help you find that place.

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Mapleton Hill Boulder Colorado | Housing Helpers Neighborhood Spotlight

In light of the upcoming Historic Homes for the Holidays tour on December 8th and 9th, this post will highlight one of Boulder’s best and brightest neighborhoods- Mapleton Hill. Beyond their headlining role in Historic Boulder’s upcoming tour, this area has a lot to offer renters and owners alike.

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The Mapleton Hill area is located between Alpine and Pearl to the north and south, Broadway to the east, and 4th Street to the west. The historical district of Mapleton Hill was established in 1882 and christened with the name thanks to the 200 cottonwood and silver maple trees planted throughout the 1800s to attract residents to the neighborhood.

According to WalkScore.com, the area scores an 83, making it the 3rd highest ranked neighborhood for walkability in the Boulder area. A score this high means that most errands can be easily completed on foot. This pedestrian-friendly area offers grocery shopping, nightlife, boutiques, cultural events, as well as enough open space to enjoy a picnic or toss a Frisbee with your dog.

Mapleton Hill’s residential architecture gives it its sparkle and charm. Beyond the Victorian homes aged with beauty, you can also find townhomes in San Francisco style, Colonial revival styles and much more- many of these backed by a strong sense of eco-consciousness among the residents. The 2,730 member community is a diverse blend of long-term residents, new homeowners and renters, and young families -largely attracted by the acclaimed International Baccalaureate Program at Whittier Elementary.

Thanks to its proximity to the Pearl Street Mall amenities and accessible open spaces, it is labeled as Boulder’s most prestigious neighborhood. All in all, this relaxed neighborhood pulsates with life and is truly the heart of Boulder. In fact, Housing Helpers currently has a great rental property in this area. We at Housing Helpers encourage you to go out and explore this neighborhood and let us know what your favorite spots are!

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Gunbarrel Apartments | Boulder Colorado Neighborhood Spotlight!

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While there are certainly reasons to celebrate the famed Pearl Street Mall and the glories of downtown Boulder, there are a number of gems to be discovered just a bit further out as well. At only fifteen minutes away, Gunbarrel is one of these gems.

The name of Gunbarrel derives from the most heavily trafficked stagecoach road between Longmont and Boulder in the 1800’s, and was made famous by a group of 40 men who biked the route in less than three hours in 1891.

Situated just northeast of Boulder proper, Gunbarrel has plenty of worthy features. Being the home of big-name companies like Celestial Seasonings, GE, IBM, and Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the area teems with success stories and eco-conscious business practices. The classic tale of Celestial Seasonings’ beginnings, just your “average Mo” making a big change in the tea industry, is simply one of the many things that give Gunbarrel its unique edge. In addition, Gunbarrel boasts the home of the prestigious Boulder Country Club, one of the most comprehensive full-service country clubs in Colorado.

Aside from its shorter-than-national-average commuter time and a higher-than-national-average employment rate, the area also has a big heart for nature lovers. Not only is Gunbarrel surrounded by open spaces, but they have also managed to make room for a number of parks within Gunbarrel for locals to stretch their legs and enjoy the outdoors. These include, but are not limited to, the Twin Lakes Open Space and Eaton Park.

Now with the knowledge of what and where and wow, it’s no surprise that Gunbarrel is rapidly becoming one of the top places to live in Boulder County. Housing Helpers believes that Gunbarrel is a great place to live also, which is why we offer so many incredible properties in the area. Whether you are in the market for a condo, apartment, or a short-term rental, Housing Helpers has you- and Gunbarrel- covered.

Some of the condo highlights offered in the Gunbarrel area include Country Club Greens, Hunter Creek, and Twin Lake Condos. In all of these locations, Housing Helpers has corporate apartments to suit your style, whatever the time frame. As with any of our furnished apartments options, you only need to bring your hairbrush, but can leave the stress of moving behind.

For apartments, both furnished and unfurnished, Habitat Apartments offers open floor plans, a heated pool, and other great amenities while Meadow Creek Apartments provides residents with a sand volleyball court and a business center. Housing Helpers is up-to-date on the greatest specials at all of these apartment and condo communities- so before you go wondering on your own, give us a call to find you the best move-in specials in Gunbarrel!

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