515 Forest Ave. Boulder
Gracious Comfortable Newlands Home
Located on the West end of desirable Forest Avenue, and set on a south facing lot, 515 Forest offers a sense of openness and width in a layout that is extremely hard to find in Newlands. With a well thought out floor plan, beautiful finishes, stunning designer touches, and plenty of spaces for a large family, this home checks all the boxes.
Entering the main floor, one is immediately struck by the beauty of the formal living room, with high ceilings, a wood and stone fireplace, and abundant southern light. The main floor, which has been curated over time with stunning furnishings and art, features 4 inch oak floors in a dark stain. The formal living room connects nicely to the dining area, which is both wide and deep and offers plenty of space for a large dining room table and bar. Adjacent to the dining area is a beautifully updated and expanded chef’s kitchen, featuring a large center island, a separate breakfast bar, and a rare sitting area or nook that helps to create a warm and inviting room within the kitchen. Top of the line appliances include a Viking range and hood, Viking refrigerator and freezer, and beverage cooler. The kitchen counters are beautiful carrara marble, which combines very nicely with the custom subway tile, light grey cabinets, and stunning center light fixture. The width of the kitchen and great room is extremely rare, and makes for an open, airy, and welcoming main level. Conveniently located off the kitchen is a thoughtful desk space, perfect for organizing the household. And connected to the work space is a mudroom that walks out to the back yard. The main floor also features a large walk in pantry, a handsome main floor powder room, and a south facing main floor office.
The wrought iron staircase leads up to a gracious open landing on the second floor. The large master suite features vaulted ceilings, great southern exposure, a gas fireplace, private balcony and a nicely appointed luxury master bathroom with soaking tub and shower. A deep walk in closet offers plenty of space for two. The second level also features two very nice kids bedrooms, both with vaulted ceilings and surprisingly large walk in closets. These two bedrooms share a well designed jack and jill bathroom that offers plenty of privacy. The second floor also includes an ideally placed laundry room.
The lower level of the home houses two good sized bedrooms with deep window wells, connected by an expanded jack and jill bathroom, offering great space for nanny, older kids or private space for visiting in-laws or guests. An open rec space in the lower level features a media center, as well as a wall of built in wine storage, and more deep window wells that let in great daylight. Rounding out the lower level is another powder room for guests, and a large, unfinished storage room.
The lot has been very nicely landscaped with a fenced back yard and custom stone scaped patio, with water feature. The detached two car garage is located off the alley provides ample space for vehicles and gear.
The unique virtues of living in Newlands cannot be overstated. Well-used front porches engender the lost art of “visiting” with one’s neighbors and greeting those that walk or bike by, along tree-lined streets, to the surrounding amenities. One of the reasons why so many newcomers to Boulder choose Newlands over other neighborhoods, giving up large lots and backyards, is because Newlands residents value engaging with their neighbors, meeting other families to play at the park, go for a hike up Sanitas, swim at the Rec Center or grab a coffee at Ideal Market.
North Boulder Park is a beloved gathering place for picnics, frisbee, slack-lining, kite-flying and impromptu games of all sorts. With a terrific playground, teen fitness station, ping pong table, grills, basketball court, baseball diamond, large turf area for pick-up games and plenty of benches & tables for gathering, this park is the go-to destination for Newlands residents, young and old. In the winter, after a snowfall, the park is groomed with skate and nordic ski trails, making Newlands a ski-in/ski-out locale. Another nearby amenity is the North Boulder Recreation Center, offering lap and leisure pools with water slide, racquetball, tennis and platform tennis, state of the art gymnastic center, weight room and cardio space, dry sauna, hot tub and terrific yoga, dance and fitness classes for all ages. One of the most coveted virtues of living in Newlands is the close proximity to Mt. Sanitas and miles of hiking trails accessed via numerous trailheads in the neighborhood. And if walking/biking to shops and restaurants is important, the Ideal Market shopping area and downtown Pearl are both super close.
For those with elementary school age children, award winning Foothill Elementary is located in a neighborhood and most families walk/bike to school, further cultivating the extraordinary community vibe of this desirable neighborhood.
An idyllic home, offering comfort and style, in a neighborhood offering an unparalleled lifestyle, where memories are made and lifelong friendships nurtured.