770 Union Ave. Boulder
Modern Green Home in North Boulder
Imagine a home built with a refined dedication to eco-friendly construction and finishes, and an emphasis on not only the “green” inside, but also the joyful interaction with the green outside. 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 to showcase green design and green building, 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, stylish and eco-friendly. 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. The energy efficient systems include SIP construction, radiant floor heat in concrete slab, geothermal heating/cooling and solar PV. The green finishes include the soft, multi-colored Marmoleum (made from linseed oil) floors, wool carpet and bamboo cabinetry.
This Modern Farmhouse 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 made of recycled sorghum plant stalks. The whimsical loft space accesses a roof top deck. 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 – one is double the size of the other (25 x 14 sf) and could easily house multiple children, or be readily converted to two bedrooms, with the current laundry room (8 x 13) converted to the third ensuite bathroom. 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 for all the family’s toys!
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. It is attached to the home and 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, surrounded by the very amenities that attract people to Boulder. 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.