The fall housing search has already begun for many University of Colorado students and some have high expectations for their next home.
High-end finishes, fireplaces and balconies with a view are just a few of the priorities for students searching for luxury living in Boulder.
CU sophomore Maggie Humenik lives in a four-bedroom apartment in The Lux -- a new complex at Broadway and 20th Street -- and said new construction is a priority for her next home.
"It's just so much cleaner," Humenik said.
The next CU-Boulder off-campus housing fair takes place Wed., March 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom.
CU's Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations website also offers tips on how to find Boulder rentals.
CU senior Keegan Pilling said his idea of luxury includes a washer, dryer and dishwasher in the unit, leaving new construction and fancy finishes low on his wishlist.
Pilling lives in a three-bedroom condo in the Gold Run complex near 30th and Arapahoe and said basic appliances make it possible for the three college roommates to keep their space clean -- or at least cleaner than it would be with three guys and no dishwasher.
"Having a dishwasher makes it so much easier to keep it clean," Pilling said. "Instead of dishes piling up in the sink, they end up in the dishwasher and you don't have to worry about the smell or having them laying out everywhere."
Pilling and his roommate agreed that having a full-sized washer and dryer in their unit was one of the things that attracted them to the Gold Run unit.
Besides appliances, Pilling said the four decks attached to the second-floor unit, including one with a million-dollar view of the Flatirons are the highlight of the space.
When asked about the one thing they can't live without, students agreed that private bathrooms are a must.
CU sophomore Patty Bruder lives in a four-bedroom apartment in Lofts on College on University Hill and said having a private bathroom is a necessity when living with three male roommates.
"We all have our own private areas, bedrooms and bathrooms," Bruder said. "It's really nice because we don't have to worry about picking up after ourselves or having other people's stuff laying around."
Location is also key for most students searching for fall housing in Boulder. A short walk to campus or the Hill is an attractive quality for any student's pad and is likely to jack up the rent.
Students said the only drawback to their high-end homes is increased rent but the amenities have been worth spending the extra cash.
Students said they would expect to pay a minimum of $800 per person for luxury spaces near campus. Most of the students we spoke to were paying their own bills. A few took advantage of reduced rates offered this year to fill space at new complexes in exchange for some rare budget-friendly luxury living.
CU students living in the dorms can expect to pay about $5,639 per student, per semester -- which comes to more than $1,400 per month -- but that includes all utilities, cable and a meal plan, according to CU's website.
Students living in luxury housing were paying up to $1,200 per student, per month before utilities.
We asked students, property managers and realtors in Boulder what places they considered the most luxurious, student housing in Boulder. Here are five of the most-desired luxury student living options in town.
2959 Shadow Creek Dr., $800 to $1,200 per student, per month
This complex was built in the 1980s providing slightly lower costs for students looking for affordable luxury.
The units are individually owned and some have been renovated but with upgrades comes higher rent.
Pilling has lived in the complex for three years and said it provided an escape from the noise of campus but a ten-minute bike ride provided a short commute back and forth.
Pilling said he pays the rent himself and it's worth the occasional sacrifice to have a nicer place.
The seniors personalized their unit's basic finishes with a large flatscreen television above the gas fireplace, a wooden bar made by Pilling's roommate and a homemade kegerator in their main living space making this unit a palace for student living.
"We had an extra fridge and we drink a lot of beer between the three of us so this is a lot cheaper," Pillings said.
The Health Club, located on the north end of the complex, houses a workout facility, rooftop deck with hot tub and an indoor saltwater pool.
The Delta House
1005 12th St., $1,050 to $1,100 per student, per month
Only seven units fill this three-story building on the corner of 12th St. and Euclid Ave which houses the largest of the top five units.
Size does matter when there are four students sharing a space.
Each unit has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and an average of 3,000 square feet leaving plenty of space to hang out with your roommates or shut yourself off in your large bedroom.
But who needs privacy when you have a living space that fits three couches, a built-in entertainment center and two dining room tables?
CU junior Kelsey Carpenter said the large units are what attracted her to the complex but the community of residents is keeping her there.
"Everyone knows everyone and it's such a good atmosphere around here," Carpenter said.
Carpenter said her friends are always impressed by the large unit and the clean finishes.
"Everyone loves this place," Carpenter said. "I get reminded how nice it is a lot."
The Peloton Boulder
3601 Arapahoe Ave., for sale from $390,000 to $435,000
The priciest place on our list provides premium finishes, alluring amenities and a quiet but convenient location.
Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances fill the largest kitchen of our top five.
A 20,000-square-foot community center houses a game room with pool table and professional poker tables, a movie theater with projection screen and 22 large media chairs -- and a rooftop deck with a heated pool, two hot tubs and a view of the flatirons. Access to the facility are included in the Home Owners Association fee of over $400 per month, per unit.
Each unit has a balcony but the fourth-floor unit with a westward view will cost you a little more.
Remax realtor Zachary Epps said purchasing a unit can be beneficial for parents and students eliminating landlord conflicts and providing extra income after moving out through either the renting or sale of the unit.
Epps said a few parents have already purchased units in the complex for their students and a few units have been rented to students but many of the condos are much more costly than a typical college budget.
Two-bedroom, two-bathroom units range from the upper $300,000 to the mid $400,000.
Located off of 38th St. and Arapahoe Ave., Epps said the Peloton would provide students with a quiet place to relax and study with a short walk or bike ride to campus.
Lofts on College
1350 College Ave., $1,084 to $1,310 per student, per month
These lofts sit on the corner of College and Broadway across the street from the main CU campus and steps away from restaurants, bars and shops on the Hill. This spot nabs the best location on our list.
This new construction offers two-, three- or four-bedroom floorplans with in-unit laundry, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Each unit comes with a 42-inch flatscreen television.
The second-floor party deck provides students a place to hang out and monthly get-togethers hosted by the property managers are a perk for students.
"My friends are pretty jealous of this place," Bruder said. "I got a great deal this year because the rent is less because I filled an empty space but I won't be able to stay for another lease when the prices go up."
Bruder said she loves living in a complex made up entirely of students because she's not worried about neighbors complaining.
"We're all students so it's nice not to have to be on your best behavior all the time," Bruder said.
855 Broadway St., $950 to $1,100 per student, per month
This new construction tops our list as the safest pad for luxury student housing.
The building, located just off of 20th Street and Broadway, houses 11 units with two to four bedrooms and ranging in size from about 850 to 1,900 square-feet.
An exterior security door requires a code to enter and a secured key lock on both the unit door and individual bedroom doors maintain safety throughout the facility.
Humenik said it's nice to feel secure living in a house with three female roommates.
This year, the complex offered a reduced rate to students to fill space in the new units. Humenik said the current price fits into the top of her budget but she will be forced to move in the summer when prices increase to about $1,000 per room.
"It was really great but I just can't afford it without the reduced rates," Humenik said.
Wood floors, modern hardware and vaulted ceilings give the space a crisp look and large picture windows in each room keep the place airy.