770 Union Ave. Boulder

Modern Family Home in North Boulder

price upon request

Imagine a home built with a refined dedication to quality construction and finishes, with an emphasis on comfortable and spacious indoor spaces and joyful interaction with abundant outdoor spaces, both at the property and in the surrounding neighborhood. Imagine sitting on a roof deck with a view of Wonderland Lake, watching mountain paragliders flying above nearby Foothills Park. Imagine plenty of space and elbow room for the entire family without feeling disconnected, and a backyard big enough to romp in. Imagine a lifestyle where walking/biking are the norm and a short bus ride on the nearby SKIP bus lands you on Pearl St.

Originally conceived by a CU Architecture Professor, this award-winning home has since been extensively remodeled and expanded by Jane Snyder of Mosaic Architects. Boasting great flow and light-filled spaces throughout, this 5800+ sf home is spacious and stylish. Located in one of Boulder’s most desirable neighborhoods, which is surrounded on three sides by open space, this property offers instant access to recreation at nearby Wonderland Lake with abundant playgrounds and parks at Foothills Community Park. The ¼+ acre lot is wide and the backyard is big, with multiple outdoor living spaces in the form of decks, balconies and patios from virtually all the rooms. The updated systems include SIP construction, radiant floor heat in concrete slab, geothermal heating/cooling and solar PV.

This distinctive modern home welcomes with a stunning corner window glass entry that gives the immediate sense that the indoor and outdoors flow seamlessly at this property. From the open living room, kitchen, dining area and family room, one can see directly out through abundant south facing windows to the outdoor living areas and park-like yard. The family room offers large corner windows echoing those in the front of the house, along with built-in media center and bookshelves. The kitchen is comprised of warm toned bamboo cabinets topped with creamy Caesarstone countertops with island seating and professional stainless steel appliances, including a Wolf range.

The dining room and living room are both well proportioned and can accommodate large gatherings yet maintain a sense of intimacy. The entire space is inviting and comfortable, with great flow and amazing natural light. To the west of the kitchen is a large main floor office and powder room. To the east of the main living area is a main floor bedroom with en suite bathroom, a rare and desirable feature in today’s market.

The main floor living space is framed by a hand crafted metal staircase that floats to the second floor in a sea of windows, topped by a striking chandelier, entering onto a generous landing. The master suite offers a spacious bedroom, luxury bathroom, conveniently located office nook and 3rd floor loft that offers a myriad of possible uses, including yoga, workout, study or sitting area. Glass doors from the master bedroom provide access to an expansive south facing deck. The luxury master bathroom offers a large steam shower and soaking tub with terrific views. The office features a built-in desk and bookshelves set against textured walls.  In summary, the master suite is a stylish and functional oasis in a home that is already a retreat to nature.

The expansive deck off the master bedroom and one of the secondary bedrooms, also accessed from the upper level hallway to the secondary bedrooms, spans the south side of the home and is truly an outdoor living room with inspiring views of the nearby Foothills, Wonderland Lake and the Flatiron Mountains in the distance. The two secondary bedrooms are both light-filled and generously sized.  The current jack & jill bathroom is spacious with a toilet room for easy sharing. Great closet space and storage plus a well appointed laundry room, with distinctive cabinetry, storage shelving and custom concrete laundry sink, complete this level. Almost all the rooms on the second level access one or two balconies or decks, reinforcing the theme in this home that nature and the outdoors are ever present.

The basement, accessed near the kitchen, offers a large open rec room and media room, plus  large, light-filled 5th bedroom with en suite bathroom and walk-in closet. An entire wall of closets in the rec room makes for fantastic storage.

The landscaping is lush and mature, with abundant shade trees, including fruit bearing plum and apple, along with aspens, and a nice variety of grasses, perennials and shrubs. The expansive green lawn has a delightfully wide orientation with plenty of room for fun and games. A wood fence surrounds the back yard, providing privacy.

The oversized garage offers room for two cars plus gear and/or workbench. The garage is attached to the house via two doors, one by way of an entryway to the main living area, with large walk in mudroom closet, and the other to the main floor office, making this space ideal as a studio or craft space adjoining the garage. The garage features great light due to frosted glass doors. The driveway is wide and provides  space to park a 3rd car outside the flow of the garage.

As magnificent as the property is, the location and surroundings are what create the ultimate Boulder lifestyle. Wonderland Lake, a nearby nature preserve, offers bucolic walking trails, bird watching, fishing and ice skating when the lake freezes over. Foothills Community Park offers endless walking/biking/hiking trails, a Community Garden with plots for rent, a wide variety of playgrounds for all ages with state of the art equipment and great sledding hills in winter. With numerous playing fields and expanses of green lawn, this is the spot where paragliders land and kids soccer leagues practice and play.  The trails that begin in this area extend to Mt. Sanitas, Boulder Valley Ranch and beyond. A short bike ride around Wonderland Lake is the Lucky’s Market area, offering a local supermarket and a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants including the best bakery and the best chinese food in town. NOBO is also a short ride to the North, with more shops, restaurants and a small neighborhood library, part of the Boulder public library system. And downtown Pearl St is only 3 miles away along bike and walking trails or take the SKIP bus that runs along Broadway every 8 – 10 minutes. This neighborhood is also walking/biking distance to many local public and private schools and pre-schools, including Shining Mountain Waldorf, Jarrow Montessori and Foothills Elementary and Centennial Middle School, both well regarded public schools.

770 Union Green Features List:

Built 2003/04 by CU Professor Julie Herdt as showcase for green design/building. Extensively remodeled and expanded 2006 (with additional remodel 2009) by Jane Snyder of Mosaic Architects employing eco-friendly materials and energy efficient systems including:

Geothermal Heating and Cooling System with zones in every room for heating and 4 zones for cooling.

Radiant in floor heat in gypcrete topping slab throughout the home

Photovoltaic (PV) Array on south facing roof (3.8 kW)

Construction framing of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

South facing windows and mature shade trees

Double pane windows

Natural materials including:

Bamboo cabinets
Low VOC carpets
Re-claimed timber from boat house in Denver
Sustainably harvested IPE wood on stairs and deck
Marmoleum Natural Linoleum Flooring made from linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour, cork, limestone and organic pigments.

Other features and information:

5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms

5800+ sf  |  4500+ sf excluding basement  |  560+ sf attached garage

Hot tub included

2006 Remodel:

377 sf addition to reconfigure and enlarge the kitchen and include the family room with large corner windows, built-in media center and music delivery system added to kitchen, family, dining, living room and decks. Outdoor deck expanded 125 sf and new 290 sf stained concrete patio added. New bamboo cabinets, appliances and Caesarstone in kitchen. Custom bamboo cabinets, thick Caesarstone countertops, soaking tub and steam shower in master bath. Basement finished. Mechanical system expanded with additional zones, back-up high efficiency boiler, floor temperature sensor and steam humidifier. Laundry room and south facing deck expanded above the family room addition. New lighting throughout.

See article on renovation in Colorado Home Magazine.