One of the city’s most quickly-evolving neighborhoods.


Welcome to North Boulder 


Affectionately referred to as “NoBo” by the locals, North Boulder is a relaxed residential neighborhood with an artsy flair encompassing Wonderland Hill, Northbriar Estates, and Dakota Ridge. With its emergence as a culinary and arts destination, residents enjoy some of the city’s best eats and entertainment while remaining close to the trails, walking paths, and parks.

North Boulder dates back to the 1940s when it was developed for soldiers returning from World War II. The neighborhood remained quaint and humble until thirty years ago when North Boulder enjoyed an explosion of growth in residential and commercial development that has continued today. 

Housing options vary from single-family stand-alone homes to rental apartments. North Boulder has featured exciting new housing developments in recent years, such as the Holiday neighborhood—a community designed around affordability and sustainability in mind. Overall, the average residential property sale tends to be on the high end.

What to Love

People & Lifestyle 

A relaxed, small-town atmosphere is valued in North Boulder. Residents are friendly, and it’s common for strangers to enjoy a chat on the street or in the grocery store. With its growing food and art scene, locals relish a new and enticing cultural buzz.

North Boulder attracts well-off professionals, many with families, who appreciate the city’s lifestyle. Residents can enjoy the benefits of raising their families on the quiet residential streets with excellent educational systems while also having easy access to downtown.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment 

North Boulder’s cultural scene is taking off. Buyers would be wise to take advantage of available opportunities now as the neighborhood is expected to keep growing. The area boasts some of the best ethnic food in the city and a community-oriented arts scene.

Bacco Trattoria is a local favorite, serving up fresh and authentically prepared Italian cuisine. For those craving Kung Pao Beef and Tempeh, the China Gourmet serves up classic Chinese food. Impressive and varied happy hour options are available at The North End at 4580, and the weekend brunch at Tangerine is becoming increasingly popular.

For those looking to cook at home, Lucky’s Market is a purveyor of a plethora of organic and fresh goods. For stylish home decoration, The Amazing Garage Sale offers an incredible selection of vintage furniture. Then there’s the impressive Arts District—an arts and culture destination attracting visitors from all of Boulder. 

Things to Do 

As Boulder is known as one of the most active cities in the country, North Boulder residents are often outdoors enjoying the area’s glorious nature while simultaneously taking advantage of the exciting culture near their home.

One of the most popular local events taking full advantage of the art scene is the First Friday Art Walks. Residents can visit many artist studios, evaluate the art, and even make a purchase if they are so inclined. During the warm summer months, the city’s Hot Summer Music scene offers live music, dancing, refreshments, and more several nights a week.

For the bikers, hikers, runners, and other fresh air lovers, the nearby Wonderland Lake Park offers an idyllic outdoor setting next to a tranquil lake. Picnics, recreational sports, and even sledding on grass can be enjoyed at the Foothills Community Park, which typically attracts a younger crowd.


North Boulder is home to many excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:


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