Kip Stastny, right, with Tracy Property Management, fields questions from Ranger Miller, of Denver, who is helping his daughter, Kara Miller, find an apartment in Boulder for the upcoming school year. While vacancies in the Denver metro area climbed to a two-year high late last year, they've stayed low in Boulder and Broomfield counties, where rental prices have soared.
Kip Stastny, right, with Tracy Property Management, fields questions from Ranger Miller, of Denver, who is helping his daughter, Kara Miller, find an apartment in Boulder for the upcoming school year. While vacancies in the Denver metro area climbed to a two-year high late last year, they’ve stayed low in Boulder and Broomfield counties, where rental prices have soared.

BOULDER, Colo. –

While vacancy rates in the Denver-metro area surged to a two-year high at the end of 2008, vacant apartments in Boulder and Broomfield counties remained expensive and hard to find.

The average rent across the metro area crept up by 3 percent since the end of 2007, while rents in Boulder and Broomfield counties jumped by 18 percent, to an average of $1,453 per month — the region’s highest.

“We haven’t seen a market this strong since the late 1990s,” said John Pew of, which manages a portfolio of about 50 properties.

Across the metro area, 4.9 percent of all apartments were vacant during the fourth quarter of last year, according to a report released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing. That’s the highest vacancy rate since the fourth quarter of 2006, when it hit 5.5 percent.

But vacancy rates in Boulder and Broomfield were 20 percent lower than the metro average, at 3.9 percent. Vacancies actually declined from the 5.9 percent rate the two counties posted in the first quarter of 2008.

For his company, Pew said the forces behind the strong market are pretty straightforward: Lots of demand in the form of new University of Colorado students, and a supply of rental housing that doesn’t grow very fast.

“We’ve got the largest freshman class coming out of the dorms and they’re all looking for housing,” he said. “It’s supply and demand.”

Experts said much of the metro-wide increase in vacancies is the result of the foreclosure crisis, which has dumped thousands of empty, unsold homes into the rental market across the metro area.

But Sheila Horton, of the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association, said the local housing market has been left relatively unscathed.

Demand, she said, remains strong, particularly from students.

“We’ve seen a very strong rental market for August move-ins,” she said. “I would suggest that probably a majority of student housing is already gone. It’s been pretty hectic.”

And for would-be renters, the hot market makes it tough to find an affordable place. As Abby Kurtz scoured online rental listings looking for a place in Boulder, the personal trainer — who hails from Chicago — thought she’d find relative bargains.

“I was sadly mistaken,” she said. “I would say that the rates are right on par with the rates here in Chicago. That seems a shame since I doubt the earning capacity is the same as Chicago.”

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Rent’s jumped 18% the last 18 mo in Boulder.

Can you say ‘let’s rape the renters’?Boulder: home of Greed.


3/19/2009 6:44:38 PM

Paying $800 to $1000 for one bedroom apartment in Boulder is borderline criminal. It is absurd how much they want for the pissholes in this town.


3/19/2009 6:45:39 PM

“It is absurd how much they want for the pissholes in this town.”

If it were absurd, people would not pay it, but they do, and therefore prove it is indeed worth it.

Things are worth exactly what people are willing to pay for them, no more, no less.


3/19/2009 6:54:16 PM

Rents are up because buyers are down, and with that will bring lower home prices, once the Boulder Bubble begins to burst.


3/19/2009 7:06:51 PM

It’s even worse when rental companies charge you $10 per day your rent is late, and will not accept half the rent at one time, the other half another. Now, I’m all for paying my rent on time and in full, but if I’ve already paid you half my rent, you can see I’m trying, so why give me a 3 day eviction notice?


3/19/2009 7:32:24 PM

I wish the city would cap rent based on the mortgage value of the home, these slumlords are raping everyone and helping to perpetuate this economic downturn.

sparkling star : your landlord has no legal right to evict you unless you violated a term of the lease, you can live at the home rent free while the eviction process happens, and when you win- your landloard will get to pay your legal fees. You have the upper hand here 4 sho’!


3/19/2009 7:42:15 PM

@getcraziesout and sparkle

isn’t the term of a lease that you pay your rent on time? If you don’t you are in violation of the lease which leads to you getting evicted.


3/19/2009 7:50:15 PM

uh, a a tiny ranch in Martin Acres sells for $350,00 – $400,000 that’s a mortgage of a couple of thousand a month, so capping the rent to the mortgage value is unlikely to get you a decrease.

A mortgage of $180,000 at 6.125% with insurance and taxes is about $1300 a month.


3/19/2009 8:31:50 PM

uh, a a tiny ranch in Martin Acres sells for $350,00 – $400,000 that’s a mortgage of a couple of thousand a month, so capping the rent to the mortgage value is unlikely to get you a decrease.

A mortgage of $180,000 at 6.125% with insurance and taxes is about $1300 a month.


3/19/2009 8:32:58 PM

IMHO, Boulder is over-valued. Granted, the market has the final word. I’m just saying, having travelled and lived in many other places, Boulder is not all that.

Again, the market sets the terms and, apparently, there are enough people willing to pay the exorbitant cover charge.

Yes, I realize I am presently one of them, but that’s another story.


3/19/2009 8:45:39 PM

Market economics once again bite the ignorant DC posters in the butt and give them something to whine about.

If you live here, you should move. If not, it’s not relevant.


3/19/2009 9:12:10 PM

You pay a price to live in an awesome area.

3/19/2009 9:15:58 PM

Orbison – I agree.

Linz – You can pay less to live in an equally, if not better, area. I don’t believe that living in such a nice area should be limited to people that can afford an average rent of almost $1500 a month. Why shouldn’t the same opportunity be presented for all walks of life? I could speculate, but that’s for another story at another time.

Everyone that chooses to live here should know what they got themselves into financially. It has never been a secret how expensive it is to live in Boulder. Is it worth it? Depends on who you ask.


3/19/2009 9:30:12 PM

Simple freshman economics: Supply and demand.You have a great area with limited housing and and a lot of people wanting to live here.It’s no different than Boston, Manhattan or San Fran.Expecting reasonable housing without a market correction (less people or more homes) doesn’t make any sense.


3/19/2009 10:06:49 PM

“I don’t believe that living in such a nice area should be limited to people that can afford an average rent of almost $1500 a month. Why shouldn’t the same opportunity be presented for all walks of life?”

I don’t believe that owning a BMW should be limited to people who can afford a $50,000 vehicle. Why shouldn’t anybody who wants to buy a fully loaded 3 Series sedan be able to?

This is a VERY simple demonstration of supply and demand – if you can’t afford the rent here, move to Aurora. There are plenty of other people out there who would love to take your apartment. You’re not being raped by the landlords, you signed the lease freely and with knowledge of what you were going to be charged.


3/19/2009 10:28:13 PM

Friends.As you know, Boulder is a very cool town located in a very very special part of the USA. Its great to live and play here and its only going to get better as the town grows.No place can match the urban/wildnerness/funk situation like Boulder and people will pay to live here. Deal with it commrades.Get a place now while the rates are good and prices are “flat”.Hey, you can always rent it.(yeah,I own a couple of places in Boulder that I rent out)


3/19/2009 10:44:53 PM

Boooo hoooo hoooo. Deadbeat whiny renters think they’re entitled to a free house in any place they decide to squat.

Here’s a hint — BUY your own damn home, then you can rent it out to other broke-down losers for as cheap as you like.

What next? You gonna whine that 4-star restaurants are too expensive because the owners and chefs are greedy ?



3/19/2009 11:07:56 PM

rizzo – point taken. I like the car analogy.

Same to TBT, to an extent. Not all these people are broke-down losers. I do like the recognition you give to 4-star restaraunts, as I have worked in a few 4-star kitchens.

I agree with the point that if you live in Boulder, or plan to, you should be aware of the cost of living and not be too surprised. It’s not like it’s been a big secret, or a huge change over the last decade. I just think it would be nice if Boulder lost some of that elietist attitude of smug that surrounds those that think that people are lower than them because they don’t make “x” amount of money…


3/19/2009 11:51:27 PM

$1300 per month for a $300,000 house. Not a bad deal and far cheaper than a mortgage payment.


3/20/2009 12:00:58 AM

That’s “Free Market Capitalism”.

So why do you hate America?


3/20/2009 12:01:35 AM

Sparkling star, your landlord doesn’t get to turn in half a mortgage payment and has to pay late fees more along the lines of 100$ bucks if late even a day. Your landlord can’t turn around to his mortgage company and say my renter only gave me half. Don’t you think you’re being a little unrealistic?

Try finding a place in this town for 180,000 and then talk to me about slums. People are more than likely paying around 1500. a month for something that cost 400-500k.

If you guys don’t want to pay that much for a “slum”, you can move to Longmont, Louisville, or Niwot,which has plenty of nice new housing in good areas despite what posters here like to say about those towns. They’re relatively close and easy-less than ten miles away. Downtown Louisville is nice, so is south Longmont-Prospect and the areas around airport road which are close to the foothills highway and even the old historic homes near downtown longmont are nice. Yes, these towns have to go through some development and downtown longmont is horrible, but considering the housing is about half or less and still close to Boulder and proposed light rail systems, you’re crazy to be stressing yourself out if you can’t afford Boulder just to maintain some sort of image for yourself. There are awesome new cool condos in places like Prospect or around Airport road and you can walk to Vic’s and Solar Yoga and diners and bars and bagel shops and your mortgage on a 200k place would be around 1000 bucks a month.


3/20/2009 12:53:14 AM


For all the wingers…

It’s only going to get worse. With the fed printing trillions of dollars out of thin air, get ready for the worse inflation in the history of mankind. If you don’t want to pay increased rents, buy something and lock in the lowest interest rate (4.75) you will see in your entire life.

If you don’t want to take the risk, don’t ask your landlord to take the risk for you and then complain about rising rents.


3/20/2009 12:58:02 AM

No one is “entitled” to live in this town. Live somewhere you can afford. Make it nice. Contribute to the community and maybe in ten years you’ll be sitting on what Boulder is sitting on top of.


3/20/2009 12:59:55 AM

What do you think when 10,000 employees from Conoco Phillips and their families get here? Those are pretty much high paying jobs and some of you will not be able to compete. Just face facts that you either need to lock in now or be realistic about your financial situation instead of worrying about your image. Live where you can afford to live and be happy. Some places may not be as nice as downtown boulder, but none of it is as bad as you guys make it out to be.


3/20/2009 1:33:53 AM

I live in Aurora in a nice one-bedroom apartment for $520 a month.A one-bedroom in Boulder of comprable quality would probably be double that.However… Aurora sucks.Boulder is nice.

Like many prior posters have said, it’s simple supply and demand.If you don’t like it move to Aurora… or Detroit.


3/20/2009 4:36:01 AM

“Posted by musicgrinder on March 19, 2009 at 6:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Rent’s jumped 18% the last 18 mo in Boulder.

Can you say ‘let’s rape the renters’? Boulder: home of Greed.”

You may want to stop and think that YOU are the reason the rents are increasing.The more renters there are, the greater the demand, ergo the higher the rents.You have more control that you think. If you and and all your underachieving collectivist whiners formed a group (should be easy, you always talk about ‘pulling together’), and left Boulder, the vacancies would go up and rents would come down.

Problem solved, and you learn a nice little lesson in economics while you’re at it.


3/20/2009 7:17:08 AM

If CU built more dorms perhaps that would free up some housing for the rest of us.


3/20/2009 7:17:46 AM


Where by chance would CU find the land to build these dorms?

check that…The field by Farrand…and they could close out 4/20 as well 🙂

The reality in Boulder is there is very minimal new land to build residential properties with…

With the city hemmed in by open space ( Boulder is the largest land owner in the county ), there are no or very, very few new lots available for construction…

Then – you have to do planning boards…and with all of the new pop / scrape / remodel / new model / green / recycle / renewable construction laws going into place…the cost of building goes through the roof…so to speak 🙂

Then – you hav people with money that actually want to either send their kids here or move here…and the price of admission goes up.

To Flyonthewall…spot on; time to lock in now folks with cheap mortages…when inflation hits, we will be seeing mortages in the double digits…

For those that remember the Jimmy Carter era of finance and mortgage rates….double digit mortgages are a very real possibility….


3/20/2009 7:29:39 AM

Maybe CU should build apartments in Aurora and bus the students in.


3/20/2009 7:48:11 AM

In the last recession a lot of people moved away from Boulder because the money bubble dried up.

This Recession/Depression is going to be much worse. It will be interesting to see what happens in the longer term (next couple of years).

Right now is just a little wave of renters from the home price fall out.

Will all of the unemployed tec workers move back to hometown Iowa were rent is 1/3 of the price.

What about the trust fund kid who’s trust fund has already lost 60% in the last year.

Boulder is a bubble but will the inflated Boulder real-estate bubble stand up to this economic crisis?

Some people on here think it will keep growing, personally I think the inflated growth will be short term.


3/20/2009 8:13:04 AM

Maybe all the renters should demand that Congress use the threat of a 90% tax on rental income to get landlords to reduce rents.It could be considered part of the current administration’s “wealth re-distribution” policy.

3/20/2009 8:30:04 AM

So your unequivocally against the Inheritance Tax and all other “wealth” distributing taxes, eh?


3/20/2009 8:39:26 AM

So you’re unequivocally against the Inheritance Tax and all other “wealth” distributing taxes, eh?


3/20/2009 8:39:57 AM

I see a lot of people renting as a smart business decision, they realize their most important assets are their freedom and flexibility. Like sidd says buying a house even in Boulder has the potential to be a depreciating asset, it’s a gamble for sure.

gsegiet, listen to you, the Government does it’s best to offer incentives to owners who rent their property, otherwise people like you would be living in their car, grow up…………..


3/20/2009 9:07:47 AM

Just because there are 100,000 people willing and able to pay for a polished turd priced at $10, doesn’t necessarily mean the turd is worth $10 in the context of the greater turd market. If you are in need of a polished turd and you have $10, you’ll buy it, not unaware that there are cheaper, nicer turds in other places, but that you are here in Boulder, where there are 100,000 people willing and able to pay for a polished turd priced at $10.


3/20/2009 9:35:23 AM

Real estate in Boulder may drop in price a few percent – but I don’t expect much more than a tiny blip.This is based on having lived in Boulder since 1969 (when I transferred to CU).It’s a pretty safe investment, and if you can’t afford something in the city limits – start in Gunbarrel.Now is the time to buy that first home if you can possibly swing it.

No, I’m not a realtor – just someone who took that advice in 1979.I own a condo outright and a house with a very small mortgage – life is good, but you’ve got to start somewhere.When I bought that house (yes, house came first – condo later as a place for mother) it took over 50% of my takehome to make each payment – best thing I ever did.Of course there were months when the payment was made with Visa – but if you really want to live here, you can make it happen.

Good Luck!

3/20/2009 9:37:09 AM

condoguy: I think perhaps you should grow up.The only way the government can offer “incentives” as you call them,is to either tax the money from someone else, borrow it, or have the Treasury print the funds.Understand the facts before you start spouting your government propaganda.The government can’t give you something without taking it away from somewhere else – either in the form of a tax, interest on debt, or through inflation.

3/20/2009 9:46:00 AM

“it took over 50% of my takehome to make each payment”

Which means, under today’s conservative lending requirements, you would **not** qualify for that same loan. Not even close.

Mortgage Payment vs. Income ratios should be no more than 25%-30% of your disposable take-home income.

Total Consumer Debt vs. Income ratio should be no more than 40% of take-home.

You took a big risk, in a market that was willing to entertain that risk, and you were fortunate. Millions of others who followed your risk taking over-debted inventment style failed in recent years, and were part of the reason for the current financial collapse.


3/20/2009 9:58:57 AM

I didn’t mention this before, but it was an 35 year FHA loan – qualification is a bit different – and I did have 15% down.I believe someone could qualify like that even now – but I haven’t checked.And, my takehome was artificially low because I was making the maximum contribution to the employee stock purchase plan at STC – I did cash out long before the bankruptcy.I’ve been lucky like that 🙂

3/20/2009 10:07:13 AM

Oh yes, and when I sold that STC stock – I made a reasonable chunk of change.Right place right time – it felt right.If someone knows they can do it – they should.I was determined.I was willing to drive an old VW and eat brown rice so it didn’t matter that the house ate most of my money – I wasn’t doing much with the rest anyhow, except buying into the company I worked for (at a discount – that old purchase plan had a built in minimum 15% return, as I recall.You purchased stock at the end of the offering year at 85% of the lower of the opening or closing cost – it was a no lose deal).

I realize things like the old stock purchase plans really don’t exist anymore – but the circumstances of my purchase were nothing like an ARM or no-interest loan.I kept getting raises and a chunk of change at the end of each stock purchase offering and the mortgage stayed the same.

If you can get a deal like that now – learn to love brown rice, you’ll do fine.

3/20/2009 10:12:08 AM

Nothing but price-gouging by greedy rental owners. I feel very sorry for the families of that large freshman class that will have to pay the extortionist rents, for mainly trashed, very old, worn out rentals with about 56 coats of paint on the inside.

CU should cut the incoming class size and let some future Sophs stay in the dorms.


3/20/2009 10:14:35 AM

Being a student who can’t afford rent in Boulder, I am going to be moving out of Boulder (plus, I am not liking what this place is turning into). Of course, now I will have to figure out transportation, and while the bus and a car are an option, it would be nice to not be forced out of town due to the greedy renters and CU being too stupid and accepting so many students they themselves can’t house.


3/20/2009 10:24:51 AM

I just checked – and you can get a two bedroom apartment for under $1000 – that’s less than $500 per person if you have a roommate.It may not be brand new with all the amenities, but that sounds like a reasonable price – yes there are many that cost more, but there are some that cost less.

If you cook for yourselves and don’t eat out or spend money on drugs and alcohol, you can be quite comfortable on the same amount it would cost to live in the dorms and eat dorm food.(Dorms cost close to $10,000 per year – and you don’t get to live there or eat during the summer).

Living “on the economy” doesn’t sound like that much of a hardship when you crunch the numbers.

3/20/2009 10:40:55 AM

high real estate values = high else can the landlord pay off the mortgage?


3/20/2009 10:43:19 AM

And cue the inane spoutings of a bunch of morally-bankrupt elitists. XLR and Bittertruth never disappoint as they carry the torch for outspoken, under-informed reactionary bloggonauts. Loudly ranting for their minority of resentful, wealthy conservatives with nothing better to do than feebly argue issues with knee-jerk opinions gleaned from FOXNEWS. Only a person whom has never known poverty or struggled to pay the bills would every use the word “deadbeat”.They watch CNBC and feel outraged at all these unemployed “losers” who are facing foreclosure. And worse, that they are being bailed out WITH THEIR TAX DOLLARS.

If you don’t like it, move elsewhere… enlightened. Is that really a response to rent gouging,illegal apartments (,and vast property monopolies held by management companies to keep rates high? Seems like you all have a real grasp on whats going on. Please continue to make us laugh with your schoolyard response, and contrived complaints about the “privileged student” population. Your maturity is inspiring and remains ahilarious example of how your righteousness overrules reality.

Now get off my damn lawn.


3/20/2009 10:43:42 AM

“It’s even worse when rental companies charge you $10 per day your rent is late, and will not accept half the rent at one time, the other half “another. Now, I’m all for paying my rent on time and in full, but if I’ve already paid you half my rent, you can see I’m trying, so why give me a 3 day eviction notice?”


Yes, and why on earth won’t landlords accept 10% on the first, 15% on the 18th, 12% on the 20th, 30% next month, and let you keep a running balance of 33%?Greedy bastards.


3/20/2009 10:48:41 AM

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today….


3/20/2009 10:51:02 AM

“Nothing but price-gouging by greedy rental owners.”

Why do you hate “Free Market” Economics?

Why do you hate America?


3/20/2009 10:52:38 AM


Bloviate much ?


3/20/2009 10:53:52 AM

“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today….”

You plagiarized that, without attribution or proper quotation, didn’t you?


3/20/2009 10:56:28 AM

‘Plagiarism’ is such a harsh word.I prefer to call it “my personal feelings about the potential historical experiences of certain bit-player cartoon characters.”


3/20/2009 11:03:10 AM

“Posted by starskyandgut on March 20, 2009 at 10:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And cue the inane spoutings of a bunch of morally-bankrupt elitists…”

Like your hero Noam Chomsky?Did you research what he does with his millions?

By the way, nice work today.You clearly had your mother proofread your work and avoided yesterday’s humiliating embarrassment….oh wait…no you didn’t:

“….never known poverty or struggled to pay the bills would every use the word “deadbeat”…”

I think the correct term is “ever”.Keep making fun other people’s intelligence, it gets funnier every day…..oh, and “spoutings” isn’t a word.


3/20/2009 11:04:11 AM

“‘Plagiarism’ is such a harsh word. I prefer to call it “my personal feelings about the potential historical experiences of certain bit-player cartoon characters.”

You can call it anything you desire … AFTER you’re fired from your tenured career position.


3/20/2009 11:14:30 AM

“It’s even worse when rental companies charge you $10 per day your rent is late, and will not accept half the rent at one time, the other half “another. Now, I’m all for paying my rent on time and in full, but if I’ve already paid you half my rent, you can see I’m trying, so why give me a 3 day eviction notice?”

There is actually a GREAT reason for them not agreeing to accept 1/2 the rent. If they do, they can’t evict you the current month. They have to wait until the next month, even if you don’t pay the full amount for the current month because it’s implied that they have agreed with some form of payment plan.

If you don’t pay your rent by the 1st (!!!!) of the month you are in violation of your lease, even if there is a grace period and/or late fee specified. They can post the 3 days to comply or quit notice on the 2nd, file for eviction on the 6th (after which even if you come up with the cash the landlord doesn’t have to take it), and you’ll be escorted off by the police with all your belongings in the yard by about the 12th. Renting is a buisness, and they are losing money every day they have a renter in there that isn’t paying rent. If a landlord doesn’t take proper action immediately it can 2 months that they have an empty apartment. Maybe not a big deal for the larger complexes, but pretty hard on landlords that have places where the rent JUST covers expenses (and it doesn’t even cover the depeciating of the building) like many indepenent landlords.


3/20/2009 12:10:20 PM

I understand supply and demand. It does suck that my rent in an apartment went from $975 per month to $1150.00 per month. I make all my payments on time and have never been late.

I still don’t have to like the fact that I am being slowly squezzed out of a town i love to live in.

I guess the boulderites won’t be happy until there is nothing but rich yuppies or Trustafarians living here.


3/20/2009 12:13:19 PM

what’s rent?


3/20/2009 1:06:48 PM

For years I dreamed of living somewhere rural with 20 acres, chicken coop, garden and a small home, which is not possible in Boulder unless you are a multi millionaire.

So I looked at places with cheap land and real estate Alamosa, Missouri, Oregon ect. And all the cheap real estate was in some forsaken wasteland with a bunch of pitbull breeding meth heads.

So I live in a little over priced rental in Boulder.


3/20/2009 1:44:36 PM

rocknwsc and BHS80: There are plans for a new residence hall in the works (near Williams Village and Bear Creek).

I think that CU allows for “over capacity” freshman enrollment because every year there is a certain percentage of new students that don’t show up when school begins. There are also students that leave within the first month, so rooms become available.

The Housing department actively tries to retain students to live in the residence halls for a second year, but the vast majority choose to live off campus. This will likely begin to change as the dorms are slowly remodeled and changed into residential colleges instead of just residence halls.


3/20/2009 2:35:20 PM

Wow.I had NO idea that Boulder had so many Republican minded supply siders who owned and rented houses.

Or, more likely, you’re the neo-liberal with money that the Republican’s group all liberals into; i.e. ‘I think we should stop global warming now.. but don’t touch my frakkin rental income’.

It’s the ‘I’ve got mine, keep your filthy renter hands off of it’.

I am SO sick of trust fund hippies.


3/20/2009 2:50:59 PM

FYI musicgrinder – most of us who own a condo and rent it out earned every penny we spent on that condo and made an investment in real estate in Boulder instead of in the stock market.That makes us a little smarter than a lot of people, but it doesn’t give us trust funds.

When you have saved enough money for a down payment on a condo in Louisville, Longmont, or Lafayette – go ahead and buy it.Then, after you’ve got some equity – both by paying down your mortgage and by real estate increasing in value (it will eventually) sell that condo and use the profit to buy one in Boulder if that’s where you want to live.

I refuse to feel sorry for you because you might have to work for what you want just like I did.

3/20/2009 3:36:23 PM

The real estate market in Boulder will eventually collapse just as all bubbles pop.I know everyone in Boulder thinks this time it’s different.That’s what they said about tulip bulb mania as well.


3/20/2009 7:16:25 PM

The thing that struck me when I read this article was that when I was in school in the mid-80’s, I paid between $350 – $500 a month for my various rooms in student rental houses. They were clean places, but not high end, that was just for a room in a house, say in Martin Acres or N. Boulder, shared with 3 – 5 other people.

Did rents go down sometime in the years that followed?

3/20/2009 7:57:34 PM

“And all the cheap real estate was in some forsaken wasteland with a bunch of pitbull breeding meth heads.”


Some call it a “wasteland.”Others call it their “own little slice of Heaven.”


3/20/2009 8:04:34 PM

Even if the real estate market in Boulder “collapses” a house in Boulder will still cost more than a house in Longmont.So, if you’re coming into the market for the first time, you will get less home in Boulder than in the Ls.And, if you are selling a house anywhere in the US – the relative worth of that house will probably be no different than it is today.Boulder is a desirable place to live – it will always cost more than the same house in Lafayette – for instance.

As for rent – I believe $500 per bed room is actually reasonable – and available in Boulder.If you want exclusive use of the kitchen, living room, bathroom, etc. you will pay more.

3/20/2009 9:25:38 PM

Say what you will about Longmont, but I’d live there over Gunbarrel anyday. First-there’s the name. It sort of freaks me out. And it’s an office park. I do not like.

Longmont has some community and I think it will be heaps better once they get the mixedused development in at Twin Peaks. Heaps of Boulder businesses are opening there-massage envy, snarfs, etc. Sunflower Farmers Market is scheduled to open on Hover out there later this year. I’d definitely want to be in South Longmont and for the life of me, don’t know why Vitamin Cottage chose north longmont, but whatever. Niwot is good and so is Louisville. I guess Niwot is very expensive though. Love downtown Louisville, but it’s a harder commute into Boulder. Longmont is the straightest shot and actually has more open space than Boulder. The neighborhood west of downtown is as nice as Mapleton with many more pocket parks and squares. Prospect is nice and practically Niwot anyway-just a straight shot down 95th and you’re here in Boulder. And some of those new condos on airport are good if you need new. They just need to do something about downtown longmont. WTF? It could be as cute as pearl but it went wrong somewhere. And that turkey factory. WTF? That needs to go too. You drive right into that going into LM and all I can say is WTF? They’ve got the ugliest parts of a cute little town right out there on the main roads obscuring all else. Really bad planning. Either Longmont or Lyons. What about Lyons? Easy commute along the foothills, quiet, great views, easy mountain access, cute downtown, and nice housing.


3/21/2009 2:04:02 AM

I don’t know if you believe such things, but the population of boulder county is supposed to double in 20 years-most of the growth going to Longmont, which is due to land availability issues I guess. The city council published a study a year ago. I’ll see if I can find it.


3/21/2009 2:05:51 AM

I am a renter in Boulder and I have clearly noticed the sharp increase in price. This fact and this article really sadden me, but more so, are these comments!

I had no idea of the amount of self righteousness and indifference Boulderites could take on this matter. I have lived here for yrs and we would love to buy but NEWS FLASH!!! It’s not that easy!!! Btwn down payments,closing costs etc. it’s tough and we are trying to make that happen. For now my husband and I are forced to pay out to some a-holes raping renters while our salaries remain the same….and then to read these local comments???? Suggesting that we just leave Boulder? Live somewhere else??? We rides buses, love gardening, ride bikes to work…WE ARE BOULDER and we can’t afford it thanks to your indifferent, privileged, wealthy, clueless, self centered attitude.

How dare you? Really, how dare you show such lack of understanding and compassion? There is a problem here and you better check yourself, and your bank accounts to make sure you have enough $$ to eat your words if and when it’s too expensive for YOU to live here…or, better yet, no one is available to rent out your piss hole for 1300 a month when your mortgage is 900 but eh…supply and demand, let’s take ’em for all they got anyway.

Your comments and approach to this matter are shameful.


3/22/2009 9:28:17 AM

whoa 18, wouldn’t you be a joy to have as a tenant, isn’t your landlord lucky…………….

no wonder my rent is so high…………..


3/22/2009 11:02:27 AM

??? Condo???? Case in point, thanks for making it stronger. I get along really well with my current property manager, and still keep in touch as friends from the gal I rented from 3 years ago! HAH!!!!! Funny you mention such a thing.

I have never ever had a even the smallest problem with any of my property managers and in fact have some good referrals. Never a day late in the rent and I vacate the units in cleaner shape than when I moved in. I guess being by being a responsible, mature, quite, professional tenant isn’t good enough. We’re also supposed to just shut up and pay whatever your greed wants, not what’s right or fair and reasonable.

Yes, with landlords like you….no wonder rent is going up.


3/22/2009 11:19:11 AM

I think a simple and important point is this: not all of us are CU students with mommy and daddy footing the bill in another state. At least for me, I can imagine owning property and renting it out to strangers- that’s someone’s investment, and it’s property. Property isn’t meant to be destroyed. Plain and simple. So I think it is sad when tenants do trash it or don’t put any effort into at least “maintaining” the move in condition. I have never had a problem helping out with a landlord if it’s a small fix, and even paying for it. I have never taken the approach of well, it’s just a rental who cares? I don’t take advantage landlords and I would just appreciate the same in return. Level with a good renter, don’t let your greed take over. And think for a moment of your attitude towards those of us who are just looking for a nice cozy place to live in town and will take care of your investment that you choose to rent out.


3/22/2009 11:32:39 AM

Lastly, lets think about how this high rental increase may trickle. For most people renting an increase of $100 or more a month is a good chunk of spending cash.CASH that could go towards going out to eat at the local restaurants. Cash to buy something LOCAL, to pump into Boulders little bubble biz. To buy a new bike at the local bike shop, or new parts for the bike you already have. A new plant at Sturtz and Copeland, or Mcguckins.

Boulder is so big on “BUY LOCAL”, (never mind that it WILL cost you more up front). But I support this. It’s a good thing and a good concept but again, lets think about where that money is going to come from when people can barely afford the rents in town?

Careful Boulder, careful. We may have a good buffer around us to protect us from the ripples of a down economy, but we are not out of the swimming pool. Get your heads out of your @ss and lets all help each other out. The guy down the street needs to do well so you can do well. You need to do well so the next guy can do well. Greed will get you no where. We are a small enough community, what you charge will effect a lot more than your own pockets. We need to support each other, not take advantage.


3/22/2009 11:59:31 AM

Boulder is no longer a college town- its a college town that tries to be everything to every neo-liberal with lots of $$. Period.Its never going to have the laid back feel of the 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s.too many rich neo- liberals have chosen it to be the mecca of idealism.the same puke do-gooders that voted for Obama to feel like they are diverse, are the same pukes driving mercedes, land rovers, etc. while they complain about the tenants late on rent and smoking dope.It all boils down to the golden rule, namely those with the gold make the rules, which is fine.Until they sway the other way and become greedy, groovey land owners who act like they want everyone to have peace and rainbow stickers, as long as they are current, of course, on any of their rental prop. which they bought with the Trustafarian.Oh, they didnt invest in equities on wall st.Because they didnt have to.Well congrats, nice investment strategy, errh, except for the fact that it contradicts the basic ideology they portray to all of the other groovy neuvo boulder transplants who think they are sooo cool and progressive!


3/23/2009 2:21:09 AM

I have lived in Boulder since 1962 and bought my house in 1974. IF I had to buy NOW,, I would think that Louisville would be nice.AND….I hate to admit it but…Longmont is really making a comeback!!The new shops they are building are nice. (twin peaks is going down FAST!)I do alot of shopping in Longmont and Louisville.Boulder is fun to live in BUT…the shopping SUCKS big time!!


3/23/2009 6:08:36 PM

Because “shopping” is such an important quality of life issue, eh?

Vapid much?


3/23/2009 6:49:43 PM

As for freshmen, CU needs to stop accepting too many new freshmen. That school is becoming a money pit, and it’s getting crowded. They had to re-locate people in Family Housing — people who don’t pay near as much as new, out-of-state brats do — to accommodate these freshmen.

As for supply and demand, that I can understand, and it’s unfortunate that it costs so much to live in Boulder. But if you lower your driving, pay the costs to live downtown, and work as hard as you play, it can be possible. If it’s so unaffordable, why are so many people doing it? Eh? Wasn’t this just a lesson in supply and demand? Hmmm…


3/25/2009 6:44:31 PM