Central Boulder

Welcome to Central Boulder

Vibrant college neighborhood in the heart of Boulder

Central Boulder is one of the best places to live in the United States if you’re interested in a vibrant art scene, unique cuisines and shopping destinations, and a thriving community center. Blending beautiful historic houses and luxurious condo communities with old-growth trees, Central Boulder maintains a distinct ambiance, poised between the timeless and the trend-forward. Built around the excellent University of Colorado, Central Boulder has an active nightlife that exudes the freshness and enthusiasm of youth. This historic neighborhood is also an excellent place for families due to its excellent schools and engaged community.

What to Love

  • In the heart of Boulder
  • Bustling downtown area
  • Hip restaurants and shopping 
  • Focused on outdoor adventure and fitness
  • Beautiful houses, luxury condos, and towering trees

Local Lifestyle

Located at the heart of everything that Boulder has to offer, this neighborhood is highly walkable and bikeable to all the fantastic local amenities. The local economy is healthy due to a high number of locally owned businesses and the university’s presence. If you are looking for a gorgeous neighborhood full of lots to see and do, then Central Boulder is a great place to call home.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Central Boulder is one of the most foodie-friendly places in Colorado. The food scene is very diverse and offers a large variety of healthy food options to go with the general focus on fitness and healthy living. 
 
Two restaurants located next door to each other, operated by a husband and wife team, and dedicated to exceptional farm-to-table cuisine are The Black Cat and Bramble & Hare. Both locations feature Front Range Cuisine, a unique expression of all the bounty on offer in the front range of the Rocky Mountains, and the ingredients are grown by the owners on their local farm. 
 
An outstanding vegetarian and vegan restaurant, Leaf also features ingredients grown on the owners’ farm and is a favorite among locals who desire delicious and creative vegetable-forward dishes. 
 
Central Boulder offers diverse food choices from different cultures, and one of the best is Japango Sushi. With its location right on Pearl Street, Japango offers tasty sushi dishes in its unique dining room with a tank of glow-in-the-dark jellyfish or on the patio to people-watch while you eat. 
 
Pearl Street is a four-block pedestrian mall, the shopping and dining heart of Boulder, and runs right through Central Boulder Stroll along the street and discover a variety of shops, from quirky vintage retailers to locally-owned bookstores to a kid-friendly thirty-year-old local treasure called Into The Wind Kites.

Things to Do

Central Boulder has a comprehensive schedule of events year-round to come together with the community and improve body and mind or just have a good time.
 
Boulder is the home of the BolderBoulder 10k, which was started in 1979 and has grown to be one of the largest community running events in the world. Still locally owned and operated, this race now attracts more than 50,000 runners and 70,000 spectators every Memorial Day. 
 
For fresh produce, look no further than the Boulder Farmers Market, open Saturdays from April through November. Offering a variety of produce, alongside prepared foods and artisanal crafts, you are sure to find inspiration for your next home-cooked meal!
 
As the home of a well-renowned university, central Boulder offers many opportunities to learn and expand your perspective of the world. One event that is a must-see for lifetime learners is the Conference on World Affairs. Since 1948, this conference has offered panel discussions and expert speakers on subjects of national and international importance. 
 
Just because they value health and learning, don't think for a second that central Boulder doesn’t know how to have a good time. One of many events that take full advantage of the gorgeous Colorado sunshine and summer weather, Band on the Bricks is an outdoor concert series that has been drawing crowds for 25 years.
 

Schools

Although famous for being the home of the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), central Boulder is also home to many exemplary public and private schools, including Boulder High School.
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