2520 23rd St. Boulder

4,000 Sq. Ft. Home On Large Lot In Whittier

$1,755,000 | March 2016

This location is still one of Boulder’s best-kept secrets, offering the convenience of Downtown in a quiet hillside location. Set on a large lot in Whittier with a 2-car detached garage and studio above, this nearly 4000 sq. ft. home with Craftsman style finishes, was built new in 1999 and offers 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms plus an owner’s accessory dwelling unit in the walk-out lower level.

The fenced front yard and charming porch welcomes one to the open, light-filled main floor living area. The front living room offers French doors to the porch and large South facing windows admitting light and seasonal views of the Flatirons. A double-sided gas fireplace sets the living area apart from the expansive dining and kitchen areas. Walls of windows and doors face South and East to a deck overlooking and accessing the back yard.

The thoughtfully conceived gourmet kitchen boasts ample Shaker style Cherry wood cabinetry (including a wall of pantry storage cabinets along the West wall), neutral toned tile and granite work surfaces and high end Stainless Steel appliances, including a Viking stove top, two Bosch dishwashers, and Kitchen Aid refrigerator and ovens. The distinctive white porcelain Farmhouse sink looks out over the deck. The large central island serves as the centerpiece of this delightful space, offering additional work and serving space plus eat-in seating.

Abutting the kitchen is a cozy study, with French doors out to a back balcony, separate from the deck off the kitchen/dining area. A main floor bedroom/office with adjoining powder room complete this level.

The upstairs level features lofty vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, wide hallways and doors, with rooms that are filled with light. The master bedroom is generously sized and has windows on three sides, with views of the backyard, Flatirons and City lights. The well appointed master bathroom includes a soaking tub, Euro glass shower, custom built double vanity and separate toilet room, all in a palette of tasteful white tile, marble and Cherry wood Shaker style cabinetry. A walk-in custom closet with white built-ins abuts the bathroom.

The front two bedrooms are light-filled and well proportioned with double-doors to custom closets. The two bedrooms share a whimsically designed bathroom of blue tile set against pale yellow painted custom vanity with double sinks. A laundry room with Bosch washing machine and dryer, cabinets and counter for folding complete this level. In Whittier, where so often compromises are made in bedroom size and layout, this property offers a welcome surprise with ample space and a functional layout.

Connected to the main house via an indoor staircase, the lower level walkout apartment can be accessed from an exterior door and closed off from the rest of the house. This incredibly open and light-filled 1000+ sq. ft. space faces the back yard and includes a kitchen with Maple Shaker style cabinetry and full size appliances including Frigidaire gas range, refrigerator, and dishwasher with plenty of space for dining, living and office in the main living area. Down the hall is a separate bedroom, with South facing garden level window and custom closet, nicely remodeled bathroom, a large laundry room with GE front loading washer and dryer, a laundry tub sink and plenty of closet and storage space. A finished space above the garage, perfect as a studio or office, is yet another bonus in what is truly a remarkable downtown offering.

The 8000+ sq. ft. lot provides for varied outdoor spaces, including porch, lawn and gardens in front; elevated deck, yard and gardens in back. The natural setting and mature trees of this hillside location gives the feeling of being a world away, while being conveniently located just blocks from Pearl St, Spruce St. Pool, 29th St Mall and Whole Foods. A hidden neighborhood stair provides short cut access to the Ideal Market area. A few blocks away are Whittier Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate School, and Casey Middle School, offering a well-regarded bi-lingual program in English & Spanish.