2130 Hermosa Dr. Boulder
Hidden Oasis in Old North Boulder
Situated in one of the most uniquely beautiful and peaceful neighborhoods in all of Boulder and in one of the few areas in central Boulder that boasts 1/2 acre plus lots, 2130 Hermosa not only offers an extraordinarily healthy home with sophisticated style and one level living, but also offers a level of privacy and space that is nearly impossible to find so close to downtown Boulder.
The home was extensively remodeled by a local designer in 2014 and has since been remodeled by the current owners to a higher level of functionality, quality, design and health. To create a Healthy Home, all the existing carpets were replaced with hardwood and the hardwood floors were refinished to a lighter, more modern color without the use of VOCs. All the mechanical systems (that previously occupied precious closet and storage space) were moved to the conditioned crawl space. The crawl space was dug out, a cement slab was poured and sealed with a vapor barrier and the walls were then insulated with spray-in foam insulation. The forced air heating system was replaced with an in-floor radiant heating system, and a whole house ERV air exchanger was added to the main house and guest house, along with a whole house water purification system with additional filtration at the kitchen sink. The current owners had custom designed furnishings made from natural materials and organic fabrics, free from toxic dyes and VOCs, resulting in a home with no off-gassing.
Another virtue of this property is that it is the ideal size, neither too big nor too small, with an extremely functional layout, all on one level. Entering the home from the private fountained courtyard, one is met with a gracious entryway that opens into a magnificent formal living area with soaring vaulted ceilings and space enough for comfortable seating and a grand piano. The tasteful white walls highlight the exposed dark beams, while the white oak floors, with a light grey/taupe finish, combine with neutral colors and finishes to create a light and airy feel throughout. The centerpiece of the main living area is a floating two-sided gas fireplace with a soft white stucco surround that extends to the ceiling, and creates a nice separation between the dining and living areas.
The kitchen is open and bright, and was recently remodeled with high end custom Genesis cabinets topped in a grey Caesarstone on countertops, with a striking marble tile backsplash and a large center island, also topped with marble. The center island has plenty of seating for four people to sit comfortably to gather or enjoy a meal. The appliance package includes a Kitchen Aid 6 burner chef’s cooktop with professional hood, a Kitchen Aid side-by-side refrigerator, an under counter beverage cooler, and a large stainless steel kitchen sink that looks out over the outdoor dining area. The mudroom, pantry and laundry room are located in between the kitchen and the oversized 2 car garage, which offers built-in overhead storage. Tucked away, en route to the mudroom, is a discreetly place organizing desk. The comfortable dining area is open to the kitchen and living areas and is highlighted by stunning circular glass chandelier, and a limestone tiled accent wall with a custom built-in hutch.
The home has doors to the outdoors on all sides, with one in between the kitchen and dining area that leads to the al fresco dining area, beautifully lit to evoke images of an Italian piazza. Everything about this home feels sophisticated and European. The door to the back lawn and gardens is located through the adjoining family room, which features built-in custom cabinetry and media center with a custom made sectional couch to fit precisely in this cozy and inviting space.
The main floor master bedroom is positioned in the South-east wing of the home overlooking the expansive grounds. The sumptuous suite is a lofty and intimate oasis, with vaulted ceilings, built-in window seat (with storage) and elegant drapery. The superb bathroom is open and bright, with a free standing soaking tub, and a glass enclosed shower, along with a handsome double-vanity. The shower features a Kohler Rainhead shower with body jets and hand spray, set in a palette of designer grey/green glass tile and marble floor. A large, well lit master closet was enlarged and outfitted with floor to ceiling organizational elements.
In the North-west wing of the home are two generously sized and light-filled bedrooms that boast large closets and share a nicely appointed bathroom. The bathroom features a glass enclosed shower set against a beautiful grey and white tile with a skylight highlighting yet another rainhead shower. Throughout the home is distinctive designer lighting, tasteful hardware and custom designer drapery.
Yet another extraordinary virtue of this property is that it possesses a true guest cottage – a rarity in Boulder. The cottage is situated across an expanse of green lawn on the east end of the property. The cottage is open and lofty, comprised of a spacious living area and bedroom space. It was remodeled, adding a kitchenette (with convection oven) and a shower in the bathroom. The cottage was also plumbed for a washer/dryer, adding a utility closet with stackable clothes washer & dryer. The carpet was replaced with no VOC hardwood floors and a Zen garden added to the rear entrance of the cottage.
The extensive landscaping at this property cannot be overstated. The current owners invested significantly to create fragrant gardens, lush lawn and a variety of outdoor living spaces surrounding the house, including the main entry courtyard, the al fresco dining area off the kitchen and the Zen meditation garden tucked peacefully behind the guest cottage. The half acre lot is surrounded by other large acreage properties, including the most impressive 5 acre estate in all of Boulder, with magnificent home, orchard and greenhouse, which abuts to the East.
Located within 2 miles of downtown Boulder, this hidden neighborhood enjoys easy walking access to numerous nearby parks, shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. With a bike score of 93 this home is a bikers paradise. This location offers the convenience and walkability that is the hallmark of the ultimate Boulder lifestyle and is ideal for commuting to surrounding areas, including Denver and businesses along the Diagonal Highway corridor.