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Last updated August 18 at 2:15PM
2247 23rd St.
Whittier
Boulder, CO
Updated August 10 at 10:30AM
2 Bedrooms
$4,200
297 Pearl Street
Downtown Boulder
Boulder, CO
Updated August 9 at 9:59AM
4 Bedrooms
$4,600
2111 Bluebell Ave.
Interurban Park
Boulder, CO
Updated August 17 at 10:59AM
5 Bedrooms
$3,200
6th St
Newlands
Boulder, CO
Updated August 17 at 10:42AM
3 Bedrooms
$3,100
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City Guide
Boulder
About Your Apartment Hunt

Boulder's municipal government has systematically bought up land around the city to create a green belt. These open spaces protect the city from the miles of sprawl that can be found in Boulder's neighbor, Denver. Great, right? Well, yeah, in theory, but in practice, things are a bit trickier.

If possible, start your search at the beginning of the summer to beat the housing rush, and don't be shy about negotiating with landlords to get a lease on your terms.

Neighborhoods

Downtown Boulder is home to the Pearl Street Market, an open-air shopping center with four blocks of independently-owned boutiques, restaurants and bars. Apartments near Pearl Street Market are newly renovated or developed condos and complexes. Expect to pay between $1600-1800 for a two bedroom in this area. Newer, luxury developments can cost up to $2000 for a two bedroom.

The Hill, another hot spot, has rents for two bedrooms that generally run between $1300-1600.

The southern area of Boulder is more recently developed than the northern regions. This means lots of ranch-style homes and newer shopping centers. Finding rental homes in this area can be challenging. However, the far southern reaches of the Table Mesa area frequently have a number of affordable single-family rentals, generally ranging from $1200-1400 for a two bedroom. Table Mesa also has the added benefit of being the closest part of Boulder to Denver, making commuting in and out of the city slightly easier. North Boulder also has less suburban-feeling neighborhoods, including the Westminster section of town.

Commute

As many Boulder residents commute to work in nearby Denver, rush hour is a big event along the I-36 and I-25 corridor. But, Boulder hasn't gotten the reputation of being an incredibly livable city by resting on its proverbial laurels! Recent developments in HOV lanes have helped ease congestion considerably, cutting commuting time during rush hour to between 35-45 minutes.

Additionally, Boulder has a local community bus service that ferries passengers around town, and also connects with the RTD, which operates express buses into downtown Denver for both the daily commuter and the Boulder resident heading out for a night on the town.

But why bus or drive when Boulder is such a walkable and bike-friendly city! There are over 300 miles of bike paths, bike lanes and off-road routes that make commuting around the city by bike safe and easy.

Now that you know the ins-and-outs of beautiful Boulder, you're ready to find an apartment. Happy hunting!

Rent Report
Boulder

August 2017 Boulder Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Boulder Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boulder rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Boulder rents increase sharply over the past month

Boulder rents have increased 1.1% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boulder stand at $1,150 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,400 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Boulder's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.7%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boulder

Rent growth in Boulder has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases, while in a few cases, rents have actually declined. Compared to most similar cities across the country, Boulder is less affordable for renters.

  • Boulder's median two-bedroom rent of $1,400 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While rents in Boulder remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.6%), Phoenix (+5.0%), Dallas (+2.9%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,020, and $1,110 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boulder than most other large cities. Comparably, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $880, where Boulder is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Boulder Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Boulder ranks on:
A Overall satisfaction
A+ Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
A+ Recreational activities
D Affordability
A Quality of schools
A- Weather
A+ Commute time
B+ State and local taxes
A+ Public transit
A+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Boulder’s results from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Boulder renters expressed great satisfaction with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received stellar scores.”

Key findings in Boulder include the following:

  • Boulder renters gave their city an A overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Boulder were safety (A+), local jobs and career opportunities (A), and quality of local schools (A).
  • Renters here are relatively satisfied with their weather (A-) and state and local taxes (B+).
  • The greatest source of dissatisfaction for Boulder renters is affordability/cost of living (D).
  • Boulder ranks highly for renter satisfaction, along with other Colorado cities like Fort Collins (A+) and Denver (A-). Renters here are more satisfied than in other cities such as Colorado Springs,CO (B-) and Aurora, CO (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.