Why Mapleton Hill is one of Boulder’s Most Desirable Neighborhoods

Homes for sale in Mapleton Hill are in one of the most sought-after Boulder neighborhoods. It has everything, from a downtown location and architectural charm to a rich city history. Here are some reasons why it’s among the most desirable places to live in Boulder:

Mountain views, city life

Mapleton Hill is right in the heart of Boulder, between the foothills, Pearl Street, and Broadway. The location was originally chosen because it stands on high ground, rewarding residents of the neighborhood with incredible views of the Flatirons and the surrounding Rocky Mountain range.

Pearl Street Mall in Springtime.
Pearl Street Mall in Springtime.

Now, it’s well-positioned within walking distance of the best that Boulder has to offer:

  • Pearl Street Mall
  • The famous farmer’s market
  • Boulder Creek path
  • Restaurants like The Med, Boulder ChopHouse, Brasserie Ten Ten, The Kitchen
  • Sunshine Canyon and Sanitas trailhead

Old Colorado charm

Despite its proximity to Boulder’s urban center, this neighborhood remains a quiet retreat set apart from the city.

Known for its shady, tree-lined streets and beautiful historic homes, Mapleton is a stately reminder that Boulder is more than tie-dye and college football. It dates back to Colorado’s mining days when prominent families settled in the area to enjoy the mountain lifestyle.

Homes here have character you won’t find in new developments. There are Victorian details like covered porches and original woodwork, as well as Colonial columns and second-story terraces. The houses are set back from the road on big lots to maximize privacy. Along the streets, you’ll find carefully maintained lawns and lush flower gardens as well as mature trees planted in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

View of the Flatirons from Mapleton Hill neighborhood in Boulder.
View of the Flatirons from Mapleton Hill neighborhood in Boulder.

The heart of Boulder’s history

Mapleton Hill is one of the earliest and largest historic neighborhoods in Boulder. It’s home to the oldest schools in the city as well as the first public library. According to city records, over half of the houses were built before 1910, and many of them are still original today. Architectural styles and details vary from house to house, making the area rich in visual interest and historic significance.

The houses themselves are iconic, but the neighborhood’s trees may be the most distinct feature. Hundreds of Silver Maples and Cottonwoods line the community, relics left behind by the developers who wanted to beautify the land (and make it a little less rugged) for residents back in the 1900s. The people living in Mapleton still enjoy them today.

All of the elements combine to make this neighborhood the ideal location for families looking to live in Boulder, Colorado.

Contact us to learn about homes for sale in this neighborhood, or browse through our Mapleton listings online.