The vibrant and charming center of the happiest city in America


Welcome to Downtown Boulder


It’s Saturday morning. Locals wake up, lace up their hiking boots, and head to the trails winding through the magnificent Flatiron Mountains. After their invigorating hike in the fresh air, they head to the nearby Pearl Street to enjoy the eccentric shops and variety of enticing restaurants as the sun slowly sets on the city. Life in this neighborhood is charming and features the best Boulder has to offer. 

Downtown Boulder originated as a miner town in the 1850s when gold was discovered in a nearby canyon. Residents stayed after the Gold Rush, and when railroads connected Boulder to other nearby towns, the neighborhood enjoyed exponential growth, which continued into the mid-20th century. As downtown grew to be a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, citizen committees put effort and resources into preserving this neighborhood, making it the special place it is today.

As it’s the historic center of Boulder, the neighborhood is home to many Victorian houses with beautiful detailing, complete with shady front patios. Contemporary condos and apartments are available as well. Most residential units tend to be on the high end, as the average listing price starts around half a million dollars.

What to love: 

  • The beauty of historic homes and architecture
  • The stunning backdrop of the Flatiron Mountains
  • The eclectic delights of Pearl Street - Boulder’s main shopping and dining destination

People & Lifestyle 

Friendly. Clean. Fun. Relaxed. Downtown Boulder features a small-town charm with the breathtaking beauty and refreshing nature of Colorado. Locals value the tight-knit community they are a part of and support the cornucopia of independent shops and restaurants that make the neighborhood such a vibrant place.

A wide variety of people are attracted to this neighborhood’s amenities and its celebrated Pearl Street Mall. College students rushing to class or young families pushing their children in strollers are common sights here. Downtown Boulder is perfect for anyone who wants to be within walking distance of the energetic variety of a city center.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment 

Having celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017, the four-block-long pedestrian Pearl Street Mall has been a shopping and dining destination for the neighborhood, Boulder, and even Denver.

Momentum purveys fine handmade scarves, bracelets, home décor, and more in its fair-trade and artisanal focused shop. Farther down the street, lovers of the written word will feel at home in the independently owned Boulder Book Store with three full floors of books and a calendar packed with author readings. For a visually dynamic shopping experience, Art Source International sells eye-catching Boulder-Themed posters, photographs, vintage maps, and more and its landmark store.

For dining, the Black Cat is a local highlight, as the chefs of this new American cuisine source their ingredients from their farm just outside of town. At the base of the foothills near downtown, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is a whole experience in and of itself. A gift from the sister city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, the teahouse is exquisitely decorated and is perfect for a relaxing afternoon tea. For those craving delicious, no-fuss seafood, the Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar is the ticket with a menu of crab cakes and lobster rolls.

Things to Do 

In Downtown Boulder, active days of hiking and biking in nature turn into fun, spirited nights in the urban neighborhood.

One of the neighborhood’s most popular events is the annual Taste of Pearl. This ticketed event celebrates the region’s distinctive wine and spirits amongst the variety and community atmosphere of the famous pedestrian mall. During the warmer summer months, the neighborhood hosts its own Bands on the Brick, a popular tradition featuring live music of all genres and dancing under the stars. 

For the rest of the year, residents and their families enjoy the outdoors at Eben G. Fine Park and take advantage of Colorado living by hiking one of the numerous nearby trails. For entertainment, the 85-year-old Boulder Theater regularly screens classical films, hosts film festivals, and more.


Downtown Boulder is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:


Neighborhood Properties

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