450 College Ave. Boulder
Magnificent Mid Century Modern Designed by Charles Haertling
One of the finest examples of Modern Architecture in Boulder, this Charles Haertling designed circa 1967 home is dramatically sited at the top of College Avenue in the Chautauqua neighborhood. Often referred to as the “Star House” owing to the pronged star shape (as seen from above), this unconventional building form is dominated by a thrusting, two story prow, made almost entirely of glass, featuring spectacular views of the Boulder Valley below and the mountains above.
Approaching via a private road from the cul de sac at the top of College, one enters the home on the ground level, after passing open space and access to hiking trails on the right. Entering through the distinctive geometry of the front door and the windows that surround it, one is immediately met with a gracious open room with high vaulted ceilings centering on a four pointed star skylight in the center, with wood sided ceilings in between timber beams supporting the open star shape. Standing at the front door, the views are immediate, impressive and forever, with the cantilevered glass prow pointing directed at Haystack Mountain.
4000+ sf | 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths | 2/3 acre lot
The home boast an exceptionally functional floor plan. The open living area is fluidly arranged with areas for lounging and entertaining, as well more intimate nooks, including an office off the kitchen and media room with black-out shades. There is also a cozy corner with fireplace that serves as a terrific reading spot. The kitchen is recently remodeled with honed black granite and professional appliances, and is surrounded on all sides by dining and living areas, with sliding doors to a fenced, level lawn and patio area which serves as an extension of the indoor living spaces.
The master bedroom, set in its own private wing on the main level, is a well appointed sanctuary set amongst mature trees and the ever present views that are the hallmark of this extraordinary home. With two walk in closets and a cool retro master bath comprised of jacuzzi soaking tub and large shower with two walls of glass blocks bringing in exterior light. The distinctive blue marble from Brazil is original and before one makes a decision about replacing it, best to view Ann Sacks sparing use of it (due to its rarity and expense) in her collection.
The windows on all sides bring in the surrounding natural setting and the ever-changing light. From this perspective, one can see for miles, witnessing changes in weather and light from a distance. Tall mature evergreen trees and native grasses comprise the natural landscaping. A view of Settler’s Rock from the great room is now partially obscured by a handsome Pinon tree on the property which could be removed to offer an unobstructed view down the valley towards Sanitas Mountain.
The inviting lower level is full of light with views from every room. Two well proportioned bedrooms share one bathroom with large glass shower with bench. The 3rd bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. The three lower level bedrooms walk out to another family room that is currently being used as an art studio. With sliding doors to a hillside patio, the views, light and natural setting are always near.
The property offers several off street parking areas and presently has no garage, however the owners have plans for a garage that can be built into the hillside on vacant land that is part of this ⅔ acre parcel.
One of the most superb mid century modern homes ever offered for sale in Boulder is also move in ready. The location offers an instantly fabulous lifestyle, walking distance to the amazing amenities that come with living in one of the most desirable and coveted neighborhoods in Boulder. Just a few blocks from downtown Pearl St, CU Boulder, Flatirons Elementary and historic Chautauqua Park, not to mention miles of open space trails, it just does not get better than this, especially when one considers the views and privacy this rare property offers
Nearby Chautauqua Park offers year-round cultural and educational events, including dance, theater, film, lectures and music. The Historic Dining Hall is an enchanting restaurant offering fresh Colorado bistro cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with both indoor and porch seating. The tennis courts, playground and Chautauqua Green offer enjoyment and recreation for all ages. And the miles of open space trails for hiking and mountains for climbing are some of the best in the state.
The local elementary school, Flatirons Elementary, is a small, beloved neighborhood school that has a long tradition of academic excellence and enjoys enthusiastic parent involvement. Most children enrolled at the school walk/bike to school – it is 2 blocks from the property.
A one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece in an unparalleled location.