University Football (Courtesy of University of Colorado, Boulder)
Boulder, a picturesque valley town tucked at the base of the Flatiron Mountains, has garnered dozens of awards for the high quality of life reported by its residents. With over 300 days of sunshine every year, more than 45,000 (yep, that's three zeros) acres of preserved open space, and dozens of nationally acclaimed microbreweries, it's not hard to understand why.
Renting in Boulder means finding your place in an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The city has more than 300 miles of bike paths, more than 60 parks and is widely considered to have some of the best rock-climbing options in the country.
Shopping, dining and entertainment abound in downtown Boulder, where 85% of the 1,000-plus businesses are locally-owned. Dine at a nationally-acclaimed restaurant like The Kitchen, get away for a night at the historic Hotel Boulderado, or enjoy street performances at the four-block Pearl Street Mall.
The University of Colorado, in the heart of Boulder, attracts 25,000 students from around the world, creating a diverse environment that foodies adore. From natural to ethnic, there's no shortage of selection, especially in the University Hill business district. But when you're on the hunt for something delicious, don't forget that Boulder is considered the "Napa Valley of craft brewing."
Pearl Street Mall (Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons) Renting in Boulder, CO
When looking to rent an apartment in Boulder, expect properties to move quickly. There is a low vacancy rate and an average rental price can be 50% higher than the state average.
Boulder Attractions Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art ? Historic landmark building in downtown Boulder, presenting innovative exhibitions and educational programs.
Boulder Creek ? A favorite destination for tubing, paddling, rafting and more.
Colorado Chautauqua ? The only Chautauqua west of the Mississippi River that has continuously offered educational, cultural and recreational programming, and accommodations for adults since its opening in 1898.
Eldora Mountain Resort ? A 30-minute drive from downtown Boulder, this resort offers 680 acres of skiing for all people of all skill levels.
Eldorado Canyon State Park ? Sandstone cliffs and the South Boulder Creek offer opportunities for rock climbing, cross-country skiing, fishing and hiking.
Colorado National Monument (Courtesy David Jolley)