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With a population of 107,349, 42,165 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $699,316, Boulder house prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, Boulder real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.
Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Boulder, accounting for 41.11% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Boulder include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 38.71%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.11%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 8.05%).
People in Boulder primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Boulder has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
There is a lot of housing in Boulder built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Boulder built between 1940-1969 ( 29.36%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 11.71%). There's also some housing in Boulder built before 1939 ( 8.34%).
In the last 10 years, Boulder has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Boulder real estate appreciated 53.66% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.39%, putting Boulder in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Boulder definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.
Appreciation rates are so strong in Boulder that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Boulder real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Boulder appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 11.55%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 96.82% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Boulder. Boulder appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 3.03%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 12.69%.
Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Boulder's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.
Relative to Colorado, our data show that Boulder's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in Colorado.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Boulder differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Boulder - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Boulder real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$1,041,001 - $1,388,000||11.9|
|$694,001 - $1,041,000||25.5|
|$556,001 - $694,000||14.8|
|$417,001 - $556,000||11.8|
|$278,001 - $417,000||8.6|
|$139,001 - $278,000||12.4|
|$69,001 - $139,000||1.1|
|$0 - $69,000||5.1|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Boulder HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||11.7|
|1970 - 1999||50.6|
|1940 - 1969||29.4|
|1939 or Older||8.3|
|TYPE OF Boulder HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||9.1|
|SIZE OF Boulder HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||5.92|