Whether you’re thinking about starting your own family or already have at least one bundle of joy, Boulder is an ideal city for you and your family. The low crime rate, plentiful parks and outdoor spaces, and consistently sunny skies for kids to play under add up to a dream destination for young families looking for a place to settle
But no matter how welcoming any city might be overall, there are always specific areas that rate more highly than others on being good places for the kids to play. In Boulder’s case, there are three neighborhoods that should be parents’ or prospective parents’ first choice when searching for real estate.
All three of these neighborhoods already have a significant number of families with children living in them, giving your kids a greater number of new friends. They are, like all neighborhoods in Boulder County, within walking or bus distance from some of the most academically and athletically schools in the country, as all are part of the top-rated Boulder Valley School District. And they are all a stone’s throw from Boulder’s famous parks, trails, and foothills.
Best Kid Friendly Neighborhoods in Boulder
The following three neighborhoods are the cream of a great crop, and parents will be pleased with homes they find in:
1. East Foothills
Centered around Arapahoe Ridge Park and just across 55th Street from a large open space area, East Foothills has a wide range of housing options to fit families of all sizes. The quiet residential area is a perfect place to let the kids explore, but it is close enough to Pearl St. Mall and the downtown restaurants and breweries to let Mom and Dad have a fun night out on the town whenever they desire. And with educator- and parent-beloved Eisenhower Elementary, Manhattan Middle, and Fairview High Schools in the immediate vicinity, kids can feel appropriately challenged and curious both during and after school.
2. Country Meadows
East Foothills’ due-east neighbor proves that it is no coincidence that this area should have a large percentage of families concentrated within its boundaries. With a huge Open Space area surrounding it on two sides, kids and parents looking for a safe place to explore natural beauty after school have an abundance right in their own backyards. The fact that Country Meadows has lower housing costs than many other parts of Boulder also puts a grin on the faces of homebuyers with an interest in saving for their children’s futures.
3. Table Mesa South
With two parks, including the spacious Viele Park, within its boundaries, it’s no wonder that families flock to Table Mesa South. Viele Park also has the advantage of containing the South Boulder Recreation Center, giving kids walking-distance access to an indoor pool and parents numerous options for whole-family and adults-only fitness classes. The neighborhood’s location at the Boulder’s southern end is also great for parents who want only the sound of their children’s laughter at the end of the day; the neighborhood shares its southern boundary with a wide expanse of open air.
While Boulder is a fantastic place for families overall, parents and parents-to-be have many excellent reasons to start their search for a home in East Foothills, Country Meadows, and Table Mesa South. Perhaps it’s because they usually start and finish their search in those neighborhoods–and perhaps, if you’re looking for a good place to raise your family, you ought to consider joining them.