4604 Lee Hill Drive, Boulder

Passive Solar Home in Boulder Heights

$753,000 | April 2017

$150,000 for additional 1-acre lot

This beautifully crafted and lovingly maintained 2,000 sq. ft. passive solar home in Boulder Heights is set back from the road, abutting National Forest, offering spectacular panoramic views. The owners are also selling the adjacent one-acre buildable lot on Crooked Spur, a cul-de-sac located off Nugget Drive. The two properties are being sold separately but can be purchased together, creating the opportunity to own two lots, one with an expertly built home, the other with the potential for new construction, investment or privacy buffer. This is a rare and unique offering, especially when one considers the move-in ready charm and beauty of the existing home and the convenience of having backstage access to National Forest, while being only 15 minutes to Pearl Street on a well-maintained road.

The current home has a main floor master bedroom and two small bedrooms off the open loft second floor. The main living area is open, and despite its relatively small size, offers a feeling of spaciousness and warmth, with lots of light. The wood ceilings and walls add a warm glow and the natural light streams into the house from the large south facing passive solar windows and abundant skylights. A wrap around deck, extending along three sides of the home, adds great indoor/outdoor living space in all seasons.

The construction is exceptionally solid with timber and iron finishes throughout. The active and passive solar, on demand hot water heat, double paned windows and extra thick insulated walls create an incredibly energy efficient and sustainable home. The wood stove adds delicious warmth and, coupled with the passive solar, is sufficient for heating the home, even on cold, overcast days.

The house and the decks have incredible views. In addition to a view of the Continental Divide into Arapahoe Glacier, there are also views of Nugget Hill, the ridgeline above Jamestown and Left Hand Canyon, as well as incredible views of the sun and moon, rise and set.

The land has been meticulously cared for, preserving the natural beauty and creating a sanctuary for wildlife. Starting in April, with small barrel cactus, the entire west hillside is covered in pink blooms, followed by white blossoms when Snow-in-Summer covers the hillside.  Then every week new wild flowers appear in the meadows around the house starting with Wild Iris, then Mariposa Lilies, Lupine and Indian Paintbrush. The Aspen Grove in the back provides a great soundtrack from Spring to Fall.

During the winter, one can snowshoe or cross country ski from the house and the sledding hills around the house are fantastic. At the NE corner of the property begins a trail into National Forest which travels to the top of Mellow Mountain (45 min walk) from which you point one can see Long’s Peak, before the trail travels down into Left Hand Creek.

The oversized 2 car detached garage, built in 2007, provides room for a truck and car and also includes a large workbench and 2.4 kW PV system on the roof. The garage door is a custom BP tempered glass door. There is convenient storage below the home and a sweet detached studio that serves as a kid’s playhouse, with nearby sandbox shaded by trees, and trees perfect for climbing, all within view of the kitchen. The playhouse also works well for sleeping outside in the summertime. A well-protected garden produces summer squash and cherry tomatoes, even at 7000 ft. elevation!

Privacy, views and an abundance of nature and wildlife does not mean one needs to give up the convenience of high speed internet (up to 80NLPS) or quick and easy convenience to town and schools. Lee Hill Drive is a County maintained road and a Boulder Valley School District bus route so it is routinely plowed and maintained. The bus stop for this neighborhood’s public schools (including award winning Foothill Elementary, Centennial Middle School and Boulder High) is a 5-minute walk from the house. Eldora ski area is 40 minutes away on uncrowded roads, and Brainard Lake is 25 minutes away. The opportunities to be in the wilderness are plentiful and one can see the weather on the Continental Divide from the house before heading out for a hike. Or one can be in town for a dinner date in less than 10 minutes. Such is the incredible lifestyle this unique property offers.