BOULDER – If I told you that there is a newly built custom home available on 4th Street in Boulder on a huge lot with an attached two-car garage, covered patio, outbuilding and a full view of the Flatirons, you’d probably laugh in my face and say, “Very funny.”
But this is not a joke. While it’s admittedly unlikely for such a home to be available in that location, so close to trails, shopping, and downtown, the stunning home at 2669 4th Street lacks only the right family to enjoy it.
This home is part of the Trailhead community featuring 23 single-family homes at the junction of 4th Street and Dewey Avenue. Trailhead was approved for development by the city in November of 2012 and broke ground the following summer. From the earliest planning stages, the developer, Moonbeam Boulder LLC, has been unwavering in its commitment to organic growth. That’s why Trailhead is nestled into its environment rather than standing out like a cookie cutter’s sore thumb. Each home in Trailhead is custom built; there’s nothing “spec” about them. The buyer of a Trailhead home selects the architect and the designer. Then a design review committee reviews the plans before taking them to the city for approval.
Typically, in Boulder, the time involved from breaking ground on a new house to getting the keys is around two and a half years. You’d spend about six months on design, three months in review, and 12 to 15 months in construction. Trailhead has exceeded expectations, time wise, and as of today eight homes have been completed, nine are under construction, two are in design mode and four have been retained by the developer.
Trailhead has caught the eye and captured the heart of numerous empty nesters, who relish being able to “lock and leave,” as it were. Trailhead’s HOA takes care of landscaping in common areas, so the homeowner can head to the beach in the middle of winter and know that sidewalks are being shoveled.
Trailhead is perfectly situated on open space. In fact, the neighborhood boasts an entrance directly to the Dakota Ridge Trail. And Mt. Sanitas is steps away. To say a home in this location is in demand would be a laughable understatement. It’s widely known that new housing is terribly hard to come by in Boulder, let alone in a spot surrounded by historic neighborhoods and so close to downtown. “It’s fair to say that Trailhead is one of the sought after locations in the city, abutting open space and close proximity to downtown” says developer Christopher Foreman of Moonbeam Boulder. “There’s nothing else out there in such an ideal and sought-after location in the city.”
Welcome to 2669 4th Street
“This is not a typical spec home,” says Julie Meko of REMAX of Boulder. “This home was built as if the developer were going to live in it. There’s amazing attention to detail, and the house has very high finishes throughout. Above and beyond what’s normal.”
Surround Architecture designed and Morningstar Homes built this stunning multi-level home that boasts 4,921 square feet before we even get to the attached two-car garage. With five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, an office, and a finished basement with a theater prewired for surround sound, chances are the owners of this home will be hosting everyone comfortably for Thanksgiving. The main and lower levels have room to breathe with 9-foot ceilings (and the ceiling is vaulted in every bedroom). The entire house is prewired for smarthome automation for the buyer who loves to play with apps to turn lights on and start the air conditioning.
Let’s talk custom upgrades and finishes for a moment. Rift Sawn, wire-brushed, stained, solid 1-¾-inch white oak doors are an elegant touch. The side-by-side counter-depth refrigerator is a built-in 42-inch Sub Zero masterpiece and a 48” Wolfe dual oven/stove add to the kitchen.Sierra Pacific walls open to one of two patios and an indoor dual-sided 36-inch gas fireplace complete the room. Rocky Mountain furnished the door hardware. Other features available include wire brushed oak floors by Shannon Waterman, level 5 drywall finish, fully heated throughout by radiant in-floor heating, built in whole house humidifier…and the list goes on. There’s nothing plain about this home. Its owners will live in simple luxuries and comfort while never feeling overly fussy. The home’s two patios (one with a gas firepit) are ideal for summer entertaining, enjoying the Flatirons and foothills, and lounging. This is where the trendy phrase “indoor-outdoor living” becomes a real thing. The patios are essentially outdoor rooms, and with the natural beauty surrounding Trailhead, folks there love to spend as much quality time outside as possible. The previously mentioned outbuilding is as bonus as it gets. There’s heating and cooling in this cozy space that could be an office, exercise room, or even a garage.
The home’s energy efficiency was never considered optional on the part of the developer or builder. It’s the Boulder way. This home has a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of 57. It meets or exceeds Boulder Green Building and Green Points standards for sustainability. A few of the highlights: a 98-percent efficiency modulating condensing boiler; high efficiency LED recessed can lighting; zoned high efficiency, multi-split, forced air conditioning; and an electric evaporative cooler with a 17.5 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating).
The amenities of the home and of the Trailhead neighborhood will appeal to a family of any size that is ready to settle – really settle – in Boulder and live life here to the fullest. Out here, on the edge of town, one’s need for privacy is met. Yet in just minutes on a bike or out for a stroll, you’re in the heart of downtown. At Trailhead, you get to enjoy both in the comfort of a home that is one of the last of its kind available in Boulder. Make it your own.
By Darren Thornberry, Photos by Timothy Seibert