5890 Woodbourne Hollow, Boulder
5+ Acre Estate – Biking Distance to Boulder
Spectacular country estate situated on 5+ acres, with huge trees, sprawling lawns and a lovely stretch of Four Mile Canyon Creek, abutting acres of Boulder open space. Located in the hidden, and extremely coveted hamlet of Woodbourne Hollow, this property feels a world apart, yet is minutes away from Boulder by bike or car. With a spacious main house, guest cottage, indoor pool & spa, sound attenuated home theater, multiple workshops/studios, two garages and other outbuildings, this property offers an unparalleled Town & Country lifestyle in Boulder.
Nestled at the end of a long winding lane, lined with tall sheltering trees and fine homes, this bucolic property sits at the end of the road, with pleasant views in all directions. An expansive front lawn sets the stage for a gracious home, clad in hand-chiseled flagstone, limestone and stucco. Two artisan crafted steel gates mark the entrance to separate driveways, one to the main house and the other to the outbuildings. The whole feeling is one of comfortable elegance in a one-of-a-kind setting.
The front door opens to a great room comprised of sitting room, dining area, living area and kitchen, all featuring gleaming walnut floors, centered on a magnificent floating staircase of walnut and glass. The exquisite lighting was custom designed in Canada and provides varying temperature/hue settings to highlight works of art. Windows and skylights bring in abundant light and showcase views of the surrounding grounds. A wall of windows and French doors faces south across stone patios that extend along the entire length of the home, leading to the sprawling back yard and gardens.
The dining area can comfortably accommodate large dinner parties, yet is intimate enough for family dinners. The dining room windows face south across the trellis-covered patio, hung with vines of edible grapes. The front sitting room, off the dining room, looks out over the front lawn, and has as its centerpiece a wood-burning fireplace, with a white Quartz surround. The translucent surround can be backlit by adding colored LED lights under the removable stone top.
The kitchen, to the west of the main living area, is an absolute delight, superbly beautiful yet also highly functional. Designed by the team at William Ohs Showroom, esteemed kitchen designers, and featured on the cover of Colorado Homes & Lifestyle Magazine, this kitchen is expertly crafted to inspire cooking, entertaining and enjoying the company of friends and family, with the utmost style and ease.
The custom cabinets are finely crafted from warm walnut, topped with yards of white marble countertops on opposing peninsulas, cooking station and central designed for graceful flow around the large center island. The distinctly elegant island features a waterfall design of marble with a clean walnut base, and room for 4 chairs on one side and an abundance of drawers, finished in glossy white, on the other. To quote the designer: The island is very simple and as clean as possible, to draw attention to the lines and mitered frames”.
A casual kitchen table, on the south end of the kitchen, is set against large glass doors opening onto the stone patio and outdoor Italian pizza oven. Nearest the eat-in kitchen area is the coffee bar peninsula, featuring a sink with elegant brass fixture and nearby counter-to-ceiling walnut cabinets with frosted glass insets at the top, that house the coffee maker and supplies. Opposite the coffee bar are double Thermador ovens under storage barns with stainless steel tambour doors, housing the mixer and other small appliances and supplies for the baking station.
The low profile Thermador induction stovetop is located atop a sleek cooking station of floating white cabinets and white marble countertop. A slab of textured grey/black veined Brazilian granite, mounted on the wall and framed by white mitered marble, creates a backsplash of distinctive artistic beauty, resembling an abstract painting.
To the north of the island, another peninsula houses the dish/prep sink, flanked by two dishwashers, one on either side, clad in walnut. Nearby stainless tambour doors, cousins to the ones above the double ovens, hide dishes, silverware and table linens. Across from the sink, are located an extra wide Thermador refrigerator and Thermador freezer also discreetly clad in walnut. To the north of the peninsula is a large butler’s pantry with an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling walnut cabinets. In this same space is a broad, handsome, built-in organizing desk made of walnut.
The adjoining mudroom houses a porcelain farmhouse sink, plenty of storage cabinets, washer, dryer and family powder room. A second powder room for guests is located near the front door.
The layout of the kitchen, mudroom and garage is not only great for keeping families organized, with a place for everything, it is also ideal for entertaining and staging large parties. The attached oversized heated 2-car garage is located off the mudroom and kitchen, housing a separate Subzero refrigerator/freezer and plenty of gear and storage closets, including a walk-in cedar lined closet.
To the east of the dining area is a large family room/library with three walls of built-in walnut shelving for the family’s book and game collection. This room connects to the vaulted atrium that houses a full size pool with a state of the art hydrogen peroxide system, hot tub and spa shower. A guest suite, also well suited as a gym, abuts the family room and offers access to the pool and spa. The same artist who crafted the entry gates to the driveways also crafted the custom made metal windows for the pool atrium.
Upstairs are four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master suite is spacious and serene, with two closets and an adjoining sitting area out to a balcony facing south over the grounds. A 400 sq. ft. bonus space off the sitting area can used as a work-out or yoga/meditation space, office, or additional closet space, The master bathroom has separate porcelain sinks, antique cast iron claw foot tub, walk-in marble tiled shower and toilet room, with a bidet function on the toilet.
The other three bedrooms are all light-filled, enjoying views of the outdoors. One bedroom has an en suite bathroom with walnut cabinetry and marble tiled walk-in shower. The other two bedrooms share a tastefully remodeled bathroom. One bedroom has a walk-in closet and doors to the outdoor sleeping deck.
The outdoors are never far away with doors from most south-facing rooms, including the pool atrium, family room and kitchen, all leading to the stone patios, surrounded by meadows, gardens, mature fruit trees and creek, framed by huge Cottonwood trees in the distance. Many of the upstairs rooms access south facing decks and balconies, wrapped in Italian wrought iron rails. Exterior stone steps descend from the upper decks to the surrounding patios and grounds. The present owners report that trimming the large Cottonwood trees on the property would provide Flatiron views, if so desired, but they prefer the natural habitats that these trees create and so have allowed the trees to grow and prosper.
The level back yard is large enough to accommodate a regulation football or soccer game. The vegetable gardens are fenced and ready for planting. The creek meanders near the southwest edge of the property, evoking images of tree swings and lazy summer days. However, summer is not the only time to enjoy the magnificent outdoors at this property – the creek runs year round, is filled with trout and is home to abundant wildlife in the nearby towering Cottonwood trees, including nesting bald eagle, various hawks and a golden eagle, with every bird having their own territory along this long stretch of creek and surrounding open space.
There is no end to the recreation and quality outdoor lifestyle this all-season property offers. The current owners do not keep horses, however, Boulder County allows Rural Residential properties 2 horses per acre, (along with goats, chickens and other animals) and some of the current outbuildings were once outfitted for horses and could easily be used again for equestrian or other purposes that involve keeping animals. With miles of abutting open space, including nearby Mesa trail, this property is especially suited for taking long walks and hikes. It is easy to recognize that this area is also ideal for horse riding and why many neighboring properties keep horses.
Numerous sheds and outbuildings exist on the property, including multiple workshops and detached garage, perfect for hobbyist or car enthusiast. There is a ready RV hook-up. The property can also house 4 additional vehicles on cement slabs near the garage/workshop.
The stone covered guest cottage is situated past the vegetable gardens, to the southeast of the pool atrium. The cottage has most recently been used as a working sound studio. The ground floor rooms have been constructed to recording studio standards, including floated floors, R32 cotton insulation, R30 high-density rubber insulation and staggered studs in between some rooms. This cottage is perfectly suited as a music studio or home business, with multiple offices, or it can easily be a residential cottage with main floor living area, full bathroom, kitchenette and multiple bedroom spaces, including a second floor that spans the length of the building. The heating and cooling in the cottage is provided by a super efficient and versatile mini-split system with one heat pump that serves four separate units throughout the cottage.
The heating system in the main house is comprised of radiant in-floor heat in the main living area, master bedroom and master bathroom. There is also a separate dedicated boiler for radiant heat in the pool atrium. This type of heat creates a baseline for efficient and consistent heat. A mini-split system supplements the heating, if needed, in the guest room/gym, kitchen and dining areas. The system is also plumbed to serve the family room/library but was never connected because the area stays plenty warm, with heat radiating from adjoining rooms. The mini-splits also provide on-demand, efficient cooling to the above areas of the home. The upstairs bedrooms are served by a forced air heating and air conditioning system. Although this system extends to the master suite, the vents are currently shut, with heat to these rooms supplied solely by radiant in-floor heating.
The property enjoys plenty of water, with separate wells for domestic water and irrigation, and an extensive irrigation system that serves the entire 5 acres, with the exception of the back meadows, closest to the creek. This area stays green year round due to the creek water naturally irrigating the surrounding banks.
This property is uniquely suited for entertaining and hosting large events, with a great floor plan for dining and mingling, both inside and out. As mentioned earlier, the kitchen, mudroom and garage provide the ideal staging area for large catered events with the outdoor pizza oven and other outbuildings, including the guest cottage, providing additional staging space. The two long driveways allow for ample parking. The current owners have successfully hosted many fundraising events at this property and are well aware of how perfectly suited it is, not to mention how rare it is to find a property in Boulder that offers this notable virtue. Even the lighting in the main living area was designed with the purpose of showcasing the work of various artists at art gatherings. One could easily host a concert, wedding or other outdoor function.
This property is a rare offering for the discerning Buyer who values privacy and being surrounded by the serenity and beauty of nature, yet wishes to be minutes from Boulder and all the amenities and convenience that living near the City offers. The many quality updates to the home offer elegantly comfortable living, in a space that is light-filled and beautiful, reflecting the abundance of nature outdoors.