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10 Major Projects That Changed Boulder, CO in Less Than a Decade [Time-Lapse Photos]

Whether through its vibrant cultural scene – regularly complimented by a number of film, music and art festivals – or the huge variety of sports and outdoor activities on offer all year round, Boulder can pride itself on facilitating a fantastic lifestyle for its residents.

In tandem with Boulder’s growing popularity, a number of developments have sprung up in recent years catering for all budgets and age groups: from Boulder’s vast student population to the retired. Join us at RENTCafe as we team up with Google Street View to take a look at some recent developments that have made the greatest impact on Boulder’s urbanscape:

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1. Two Nine North – Boulder Meadows

Year built: 2011

Sitting at the corner of Walnut and 30th St. in Boulder’s center is Two Nine North, a four-acre apartment complex opened in 2011. Available to rent are a diverse range of one or two-bedroom floor plans, with amenities that really make the community shine through: heated saltwater pool, fire pit and outdoor kitchen.

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2. Violet on Broadway – Boulder Meadows

Year built: 2014

Tucked between Four Mile Creek to the east and the rolling Colorado foothills to the west, Violet on Broadway is one of the most recent and stylish additions to the idyllic North Boulder neighborhood. Its lavishly equipped studios or one or two-bedroom apartments all come with private patios or balconies (many of which offer foothill views), 9 to 15 foot ceilings and oversized windows.

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3. 2850 E. College Avenue – 28th/Baseline

Year built: 2010

Ideal for the student who prefers life away from campus, 2850 E. College Avenue offers a high-end, three-bed residential alternative. The ranch-style building is notable for its fabulous interiors, but it’s the building’s location between campus and the luscious green Research Park that really commends it.

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4. The Lotus – 28th/Baseline

Year built: 2009

The recently renovated Lotus apartments are amongst the best on the market for off-campus living. Located just minutes from the University of Colorado Boulder campus, the Lotus caters for both work and play, with amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, a study lounge and a bike renting program.

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5. Williams Village North Hall – CU/Williams Village

Year built: 2011

Making up one of Williams Village’s five residences that the university’s 1,400 students and staff call home is the North Hall, a LEED Platinum building that resides 500 students as well as seven smart classrooms. WillVill, as it’s affectionately called, prides itself on its strong community feel, and among the amenities it serves up to its residents are tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, as well as a convenience store and recreation center.

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6. Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building – East Aurora

Year built: 2012

The 330,000 square foot JSCBB is home to the university’s biochemical engineering research faculties. It is one of few laboratory buildings to have been awarded LEED Platinum certification, not just for its energy efficiency but also for the renewable and sustainably-acquired materials it’s built from.

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7. Center for Community – CU/Main Campus

Year built: 2010

At the heart of the university campus is the Center for Community (or C4C as it’s commonly known). Reflecting the increasingly discerning and sophisticated tastes of Boulder’s student body, the LEED Gold Center houses nine authentic, international restaurants that range from Italian and Japanese to Persian. Being, in its totality, the state’s largest restaurant is not the buildings only function however: it also resides student service departments, administrative offices and meeting rooms.

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8. Coors Events Center – CU/Main Campus

Year built: 2011

A six-minute walk from the Center for Community will take you to the Coors Events Center: an 11,064-seat multipurpose venue that plays home to the Colorado Buffaloes. Annexed onto the north end of the Coors Events Center and inaugurated in 2011 is the university’s basketball and volleyball practice facility – the university’s third LEED Platinum building, covering 43,000 square foot and costing a total of $10.8 million.

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9. Solana 3100 Pearl / Depot Square Apartments – Crossroads

Year built: 2014

Visible from the crossroads of Pearl and 30th St., mere minutes from downtown Boulder, are a number of notable new buildings. On the right are the upscale Solana 3100 Pearl apartments, the high-end amenities of which are matched only by the apartments’ sustainable LEED Gold certified design. First on the left is the newly completed Hyatt hotel, soon to be at the nucleus of the Depot Square at Boulder Junction culinary and retail hub while behind it, and for those looking for a more permanent stay, are the Depot Square Apartments.

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10. High Mar Apartments – Martin Acres

Year built: 2014

Sitting at the foot of the sublime Flatirons, and catering exclusively to residents aged 55 and over, the High Mar apartment community provides the perfect blend of convenience, tranquility and affordability. The complex offers residents a choice of 59 one or two-bedroom apartments, each with their own private patio or balcony, and spread across three elevator-accessible stories. Within easy walking distance is the Table Mesa shopping center.

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Nadia Balint

Nadia Balint is a senior creative writer for RENTCafé. She covers news and trends in residential and commercial real estate and their impact on our everyday life, including rental housing, for-sale housing, real estate development, homeownership, market reports, insurance, landlord-tenant laws, personal finance, urban development, economy, sustainability, and social issues. Nadia holds a B.S. in Business Management from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. You can connect with Nadia via email.

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