The Historic Appeal of Homes on the Hill

Posted by on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 9:59am.

RE/MAX of Boulder Radio returns this week to talk about the history of University Hill and the historic homes that so many people are drawn to.  Duane Duggan welcomed Carol Taylor of the Boulder History Museum to get the scoop on this residential culture hub of Boulder.

The hill is a famous and defining part of Boulder’s culture and history as well as a student hotspot for many years.  In today’s real estate business, the hill offers charming houses in a neighborhood that boasts great views of the mountains and is centrally located.  It is one of the most sought after areas when buying or renting houses and tells a rich history that many buyers are sure to fall in love with.    

Taylor provided plenty of info to any potential buyer including the first lots sold, details of the ordinances that have been put in place, and the stories behind the style and architecture of many houses still present today.  The first developments were the University place developments in 1890 and were sold by Boulder’s first real estate agents, the Folton Brothers.  The Hill was idealized to be a high end neighborhood with free lots being offered to people who wanted to build high end houses on them.  The Foltons continued their real estate endeavors even after the market crashed a few years later.  They began building student housing, enabling a long standing tradition of the Hill being the student hang out.

Years after the first developments were built, the neighborhood really started to take off as a result of increased student population and the great location between Chautauqua and Pearl Street.  Around this time the craftsman bungalows became popular for entertaining guests.  Greek life was a strong trend around the 1920s, creating a demand for many Greek houses to be made.  However, the counter-culture movement of the late 1960s resulted in a huge decrease in the number of Greek houses needed and many of those houses were repurposed.

These historic  homes on the Hill are more than houses.  They are a part of Boulder’s history, adding to the appeal of living or buying property on the hill.  To learn more about the history of University Hill and the historic houses it offers please listen to this week’s episode of RE/MAX of Boulder radio at or stop by the Boulder History museum’s permanent exhibit, Story Makers.  

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