Boulder, CO


Highest Appreciating Boulder Neighborhoods Since 2000

Boulder, CO Real Estate Data

Boulder Housing Market Information

With 107,349 people, 42,165 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $678,319, 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%).

Boulder Home Appreciation Rates

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 49.80% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.12%, 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 10.70%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 94.72% 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 1.48%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.06%.

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.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,347,000 5.5
$1,010,001 - $1,347,000 11.9
$674,001 - $1,010,000 25.5
$539,001 - $674,000 14.8
$404,001 - $539,000 11.8
$269,001 - $404,000 8.6
$135,001 - $269,000 12.4
$67,001 - $135,000 1.1
$0 - $67,000 5.1

Very High for CO
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
2.81260986757295 5.67685589519651

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,489 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 43.48
Renters 56.52
Vacant 5.41

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 11.7
1970 - 1999 50.6
1940 - 1969 29.4
1939 or Older 8.3

Types of Homes

Single-Family 41.1
Townhomes 8.1
Small Apt. Buildings 9.1
Apt. Complexes 38.7
Mobile Homes 3.0
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.12
1 Bedroom 17.99
2 Bedrooms 30.04
3 Bedrooms 24.55
4 Bedrooms 17.38
5 or more bedrooms 5.92

Boulder Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q3 - 2016 Q4
Last 12 Months:
2015 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 2 Years:
2014 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 5 Years:
2011 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Last 10 Years:
2006 Q4 - 2016 Q4
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2016 Q4
95.55% 3.96% 10 10
* 10 is highest