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130 Apartments for rent in Boulder, CO

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Last updated October 21 at 2:55PM
934 Spruce
Downtown Boulder
Boulder, CO
Updated October 16 at 11:14AM UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,595
5484 North Fork Court
Gunbarrel
Boulder, CO
Updated October 19 at 1:43PM UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,600
1820 Mary Lane #A1-2
North Broadway - Holiday
Boulder, CO
Updated October 5 at 11:45AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
1111 Maxwell Ave
Mapleton Hill
Boulder, CO
Updated October 20 at 1:39AM UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,250
4650 White Rock Circle #10
Gunbarrel
Boulder, CO
Updated October 21 at 11:38AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
S Boulder Cir
Keewayden
Boulder, CO
Updated October 20 at 7:25AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
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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

October 2017 Boulder Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2017 Boulder Rent Report. Boulder rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boulder rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Boulder rent trends were flat over the past month

Boulder rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased moderately by 2.7% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Boulder stand at $1,160 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,410 for a two-bedroom. Boulder's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.5%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boulder

As rents have increased moderately in Boulder, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Boulder is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents also increased moderately in other cities across the state, with Colorado as a whole logging rent growth of 3.5% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 4.9% in Colorado Springs and 2.7% in Denver.
  • Boulder's median two-bedroom rent of $1,410 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 2.7% increase in Boulder.
  • While Boulder's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.8%) and New York (-0.1%).
  • 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 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.