Tucked at the base of the dramatic Flatiron Mountains, this neighborhood features the heart and spirit of Boulder’s history.
One of the few neighborhoods bordered on two sides by parkland, Chautauqua proudly features the open wide, open space that is Boulder’s claim to fame. Located a short walk from Central Boulder and the university area’s vibrant culture, residents of this esteemed neighborhood have the convenience of city life while enjoying the peace of a residential area.
Chautauquas were a unique educational program of America’s 19th century. Small outposts— “Chautauquas''—were set up throughout the west featuring teachers, preachers, musicians, and more. Boulder has its own Chautauqua in this neighborhood—the only one in America continuously operating since its opening.
As this is an exclusive neighborhood in an already coveted city, residential properties in Chautauqua are expensive and high quality. The neighborhood has several beautiful 19th-century Victorian homes sprinkled amongst the more modern houses. Because of its proximity to the University of Boulder, there are many condominiums and townhouses nearby.
Chautauquas were initially developed in America to foster community, and this tight-knit spirit continues today in the neighborhood. The atmosphere of Chautauqua is more residential and captures that close-knit, relaxed atmosphere families want from the suburbs.
This neighborhood is an excellent place to raise a child, and Chautauqua is filled with families taking advantage of the many parks only steps away. With Boulder’s exceptional career opportunities and higher education, most residents of this neighborhood are well-off professionals who value the healthy lifestyle afforded by the area.
The neighborhood’s emphasis on kinship carries over into its shopping and dining scenes, cultivating community in establishments unique to the area.
Despite its modest commercial scene, Chautauqua has a few excellent shops locals love to frequent. The Chautauqua General Store, purveying one-of-a-kind gifts and household basics, is self-described as “intended to be a lively space for neighborhood gatherings.” A few blocks over, delicious scents waft out of Ferment, an artisanal bakery providing the neighborhood with delicious baked goods and other treats.
Chautauqua also features the city’s peak dining experiences - literally. The Flagstaff House, perched 6000 ft up in the mountains, serves exceptional New American cuisine. Back on the ground level, the historic Chautauqua serves bistro breakfast, lunch, and dinner in its soaring dining hall and quaint wrap-around porches. For something more casual and 21st-century, the Alpine Modern Café is a popular stop for coffee and small eats.
Since its inception in 1898, Chautauqua has remained a community hub and activity for the larger Boulder area.
One of the more popular annual events hosted in the neighborhood is the beloved Colorado Music Festival. Lush nature, fresh air, and the beautiful music of a live orchestra are synthesized in perfect harmony for six weeks over the summer during this spell-binding festival. Chautauqua also features more low-key events, including the enchanting Meadow Music. Each Monday evening, residents enjoy a gentle hike through the nearby nature, followed by local musicians’ lively performance.
Locals are privileged to have the Chautauqua Auditorium at their disposal to indulge in live music and expand their minds. As a major stopping point for tours, the venue has a constantly revolving door of bands and distinguished speakers, which have included Joan Baez, Ziggy Marley, Al Gore, and more. For more solitary experiences, locals can venture off on the Chautauqua trailhead. This path ventures straight into the Flatiron Mountains, complete with stunning views, wildflowers, and “secret, locals-only” trailheads.
Chautauqua is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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