Thinking about moving to North Boulder? You’ve picked a great neighborhood! With an active outdoor lifestyle and some great restaurants, cafes, and shops, there is something for everyone in this sought-after area of Boulder.
In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know before making your move.
North Boulder or NoBo is one of the most popular areas to live in Boulder. Have you been thinking of moving there? Let us know how we can help you lessen the load when relocating.
A short history
North Boulder started out as expansive farmland and didn’t develop into a neighborhood until after World War Two. Soldiers were offered tracts of farmland when they returned from war and the area flourished as a result.
Top things to do
North Boulder is packed with things to do for the whole family. Here are some top things you won’t want to miss.
North Boulder Park is a great spot to explore. From cross country skiing and baseball to picnicking and soccer, there is plenty to do at the park.
The modern playground is always a hit with young kids and you’ll catch a glimpse of the Flatirons in the background.
Right in the heart of No-Bo is The Hungry Toad. This popular spot has some of the best pub food including a mountain of nachos, chicken wings, and all the other favorites. After a long morning of exploring North Boulder, this is a central spot to stop for food and a beer.
If you’re a fan of artisan beer, Avery Brewery is a must-visit. What started as a humble brewpub in Lyons is now a popular hangout spot in North Boulder. Sample the locally brewed beer in the taproom and fill up on incredible bar food as you do.
The average house price in North Boulder is $922,500, which is down from last year. Even so, houses for sale range from $200K to $5.6M, meaning there are great options for most budgets.
When it comes to rentals, prices start at $1.6K per month but can go above $3000 for luxury apartments. This is on par with East Boulder, which is another popular Boulder Neighborhood.
With so many great places to visit in North Boulder, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorites:
Art + Culture
The Boulder Office of Arts + Culture has commissioned the reconstruction of the North Broadway Corridor and acknowledged the NoBo Art District. There are some incredible exhibits and installations to check out that only add to Boulder’s reputation as a hub of art and culture.
Restaurants + Bars
Our top recommendation is North End at 4580. With the perfect mix of casual and urban style, it’s great for families and couples.
And you can’t go wrong with burritos from Nopalitos. This is the perfect place to refuel after a day of exploring North Boulder.
Head to Wonderland Lake Trailhead for beautiful trails that circle the lake. Spend the day spotting local wildlife, walking the dog, or having a picnic.
If you have kids, the Holiday Park is a great place to visit. This neighborhood park has a small playground with climbing frames as well as a spacious green for playing soccer and having a picnic in the sunshine.
Cost of Living
North Boulder is ranked the third most popular neighborhood in Boulder, and eighth overall in Colorado. As such a sought-after area to live in, it is expensive in this neighborhood, coming in at 45% above the US average.
However, the average household income is also above the national average at $111,939. Making it an impressive 103% above average to more than offset the cost of living.
Unemployment in North Boulder is very low at just 2%. That’s 64% lower than the US average. The average annual income in this neighborhood is $54,793, which is also above the US average.
A day in North Boulder
If you’re visiting North Boulder for a day and don’t know what to visit, here’s the perfect itinerary for you to follow:
Grab a quick breakfast
Start your day off right at Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery. They have an incredible range of cakes, pastries, pies in every flavor you could think of.
Visit Elks Park
This beautiful North Boulder park has play areas for kids, a great zip line, and if you’re lucky you’ll spot the elk grazing. This is a popular spot with families and a great spot for a picnic on a nice day.
Stop for lunch
NoBo Pizza is the spot for the best pizza in North Boulder. Stop to refuel and grab yourself a pie.
Hit the shops
Pearl Street is in Downtown Boulder, but it’s worth the short trip if you want some retail therapy. Packed with big-name brands and small boutiques, you’ll get all you need at this iconic shopping mall.
Grab a drink
Finish your day by trying out some locally made cider at BOCO Cider. It’s family-friendly with non-alcoholic options available, and even welcome dogs! Check out their event calendar to see if you can catch a live gig while you’re visiting.
Thinking of Moving to North Boulder?
If you’re moving to North Boulder, you’ve picked a fantastic neighborhood! Stressed about the moving process? We’re here to help. We have a range of packing and moving services to help make the entire process as stress-free as possible. Call us today to find out more.