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137 Apartments for rent in Boulder, CO

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Last updated April 22 at 3:03am UTC
2946 Kalmia Ave
Palo Park
Boulder, CO
Updated April 22 at 2:09am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
5050 Buckingham Rd
Gunbarrel
Boulder, CO
Updated April 22 at 2:07am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,695
2121 Canyon Blvd
Whittier
Boulder, CO
Updated April 22 at 2:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
2000 Walnut St
Whittier
Boulder, CO
Updated April 22 at 2:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,075
2037 Walnut St
Whittier
Boulder, CO
Updated April 22 at 2:05am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,450
3000 Colorado Ave
East Aurora
Boulder, CO
Updated April 22 at 2:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
2121 Canyon Blvd
Whittier
Boulder, CO
Updated April 22 at 2:05am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,600
2932 Shadow Creek Dr
Baseline
Boulder, CO
Updated April 21 at 10:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
2707 Valmont Rd
Glenwood Grove - North Iris
Boulder, CO
Updated April 21 at 10:38am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,150
3035 Oneal Pkwy
Glenwood Grove - North Iris
Boulder, CO
Updated April 21 at 10:11am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
3681 Iris Ave
Glenwood Grove - North Iris
Boulder, CO
Updated April 21 at 10:10am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,950
3683 Iris Ave
Glenwood Grove - North Iris
Boulder, CO
Updated April 21 at 10:10am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,800
4131 Amber St
Rural North Boulder
Boulder, CO
Updated April 21 at 10:04am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,895
2707 Valmont Rd B303
Glenwood Grove - North Iris
Boulder, CO
Updated April 21 at 10:04am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,450
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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

April 2018 Boulder Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Boulder Rent Report. Boulder rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boulder rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Boulder rents declined over the past month

Boulder rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 3.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boulder stand at $1,140 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,400 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in October of last year. Boulder's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.3%, as well as the national average of 2.0%.

Rents rising across cities in Colorado

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Boulder, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Colorado, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 2.3% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Thornton is the most expensive of all Colorado's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,780; of the 10 largest Colorado cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Colorado Springs experiencing the fastest growth (+4.6%).
  • Arvada, Fort Collins, and Aurora have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.3%, 3.7%, and 3.6%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boulder

As rents have increased moderately in Boulder, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most large 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 $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 3.3% increase in Boulder.
  • While Boulder's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.9%), Atlanta (+2.2%), and Dallas (+1.8%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boulder than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, 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’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Boulder ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
A+ Safety and crime rate
A+ Jobs and career opportunities
A+ Recreational activities
F Affordability
A+ Quality of schools
A+ Social Life
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 third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

"Boulder renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories above average scores."

Key findings in Boulder include the following:

  • Boulder renters gave their city an A+ overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Boulder were jobs and career opportunities, safety and low crime rate, quality of local schools, social life and recreational activities, which all received A+ grades.
  • The areas of concern to Boulder renters are affordability (F) and state and local taxes (B+).
  • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of A+.
  • Boulder did relatively well compared to other cities in Colorado, including Denver (B+), Colorado Springs (B+) and Aurora (C).
  • Boulder did relatively well compared to other cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Seattle, WA (B+) and New York, NY (C+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

Renters say:

  • "Love the pet-friendliness and the fact that 80 percent of residents are transplants from other places. It makes it easy to meet like-minded people!"- Emily C.
  • "Cost of living is high in Boulder, but the access to nightlife, education, job opportunities, transportation and outdoor activities is unbeatable." – Anna C.
  • "I like that it’s safe, clean, and has a great atmosphere and a lot of healthy food. But it’s so expensive to live here and it’s more like a small town than a city. It also lacks diversity." – Reem
  • "Boulder is a beautiful city with plenty of nature nearby. The people are friendly and outgoing, and the crime rate is extremely low. Our biggest problem is bike theft." – Jasmyn M.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.