A welcoming and family-friendly community in the shadow of the majestic Foothill Mountains.


Welcome to South Boulder 


Featuring impressive views of the Green Mountain peaks, South Boulder’s neighborhoods include Table Mesa, Martin Acres, Shanahan Ridge, and the increasingly popular Devil’s Thumb. Minutes from downtown Boulder, the community is located near Highway 36, giving residents convenient access to Denver.

South Boulder is one of the city’s younger neighborhoods. Most of its growth occurred in the 60s and 70s, and it quickly established itself as an affordable neighborhood for couples and families alike. Once considered a suburb on the outskirts, South Boulder has since become incorporated into Boulder’s larger metropolitan area.

This neighborhood remains a comparatively affordable place to live, and South Boulder offers a robust selection of real estate that accommodates many lifestyles. The majority of the properties are stand-alone ranch homes and bi-level single-family units. In recent years, property owners have begun to knock down and renovate such residences in favor of larger, high-end custom homes. 

What to Love 

  • The tight-knit family community
  • The stunning Flatiron Mountains as your backyard
  • The convenient proximity to shopping centers, downtown, and highway 36

People & Lifestyle 

South Boulder, referred to as “SoBo” by locals, is laid back and welcoming. With the area’s excellent schools and friendly atmosphere, the neighborhood is a popular choice for couples and young families. Commuting professionals are also drawn to the neighborhood, as the proximity to Highway 36 makes the trip to Denver quicker by skipping downtown Boulder traffic. Whereas most real estate in the city is pricey, South Boulder opportunities are more reasonable for families.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment 

South Boulder is a fit and active neighborhood that is reflected in its shopping and culinary scene.

With all the incredible outdoor activities available in the beautiful nature surrounding Boulder, folks need places to get their high-quality gear. Neptune Mountaineering has been selling high-quality outdoor equipment explicitly tailored for Boulder since 1973, and the nearby Boulder Cycle Sport Outlet tends to every cyclists’ needs. From hand-made vases to artisanal chocolates, the vibrant Pearl Street is only a short drive away.

Dining in South Boulder is highlighted by the Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, a cozy establishment that also functions as a community meeting point. South Side Walnut Café is another popular haunt and has been serving hearty lunches and dinners since 1983. For dessert, particularly during the hot summer months, Sweet Cow Creamery serves the best homemade ice cream in the city. 

Things to Do 

Beyond the plethora of hiking, biking, and camping opportunities, South Boulder residents enjoy the city’s diverse and exciting range of activities. 

One cultural event locals love is the annual MediaLive event at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. With a series of workshops and shows centered around live audiovisual performances, this festival is one of a kind in America. For year-round events, the Boulder Theater presents an eclectic program of concerts, conferences, movie screenings, and more in its beautifully preserved art deco institution built-in 1906.

South Boulder also features its own unique contribution to science. The National Center for Atmospheric Research is located in the nearby mountains. Residents and visitors alike get up close and personal with the fascinating weather collection devices of this city. To enjoy the weather outdoors, Shanahan Ridge Trail offers moderately intense trails for hiking and horseback riding.


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


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