3189 5th St. Boulder

Classic, Timeless Newlands Home


Designed and custom built by Defrees Design in 2005, 3189 5th St boasts the signature hallmark of timeless architectural style and exacting attention to quality detail. Situated on a rare 14,400 square foot corner lot, with over 5000 square feet above grade, this distinctive property has long been one of the most admired homes in Newlands.

The Newlands neighborhood, located North of downtown Boulder on the Western edge of town, is highly sought after because of its close proximity to downtown Boulder and numerous North Boulder amenities, including Ideal Market, North Boulder Rec Center and the miles of open space trails, accessed from the trailhead two blocks away. This vibrant neighborhood boasts beautiful homes on tree-lined streets, with families riding bikes, scooters (or cross country skiing) to Foothills Elementary, the neighborhood school, or North Boulder Park, where the community gathers to recreate and socialize. Newlands was developed as a township to Boulder in the 1920s and the majority of the lots in the neighborhood are either the standard 6,250 sf. lot, or the rare 9,000+ square foot “triple” lot. To find a 14,000+ sf corner lot on the West side of Newlands, just two blocks from trails, is virtually unheard of.

The exterior of the home, clad in grey shingles with white trim and abundant windows, denotes the understated elegance of timeless, traditional architecture, rarely seen in Boulder. A welcoming wrap around front porch sets the tone for a home that is comfortable, inviting and stylish, with a functional and aesthetic quality that is truly extraordinary.

On the interior, the classic four square style is expertly adapted to the modern family. From the front door, one enters a gracious entryway, and is drawn inside by a long view of the back gardens through the French doors at rear of the home. To the left of the entryway is an impressively solid staircase and to the right, a formal sitting room, with windows facing North and East and featuring a gas fireplace with custom crafted mantel. Adjoining the sitting room is the formal dining room, with plenty of space for a large dining table – one that can easily fit 12 people and is perfect for large gatherings. Past the sitting and dining rooms, the entire West end of the home is comprised of an expansive, open Great Room and a stunning open kitchen with walls of windows and doors bringing in light and views of the beautiful landscaping and stone patios that surround the home.

The Great Room features a coffered ceiling, two storage closets, an abundance of built-ins and master crafted trim work throughout. This space offers the true Great Room experience that families desire, an expansive yet cozy space for gathering and lounging, with a seamless connection to the kitchen, along with exterior access to the stone patio and backyard.

The kitchen features custom white cabinetry with thick slab Carrara marble counter tops, along with a rustic wood center island that makes for a great workspace. High end appliances include a Subzero side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, 6 burner professional Viking range with a built-in pot-filler & professional hood, along with built-in microwave and icemaker. The island features barstool seating for 3-4 people. A walk-in pantry offers additional storage space. The counter-to-ceiling windows above the farmhouse style sink face south to the interior courtyard. On the West side of the kitchen is a built-in dining nook with custom cushions – an ideal spot to casually eat or gather. The kitchen and casual dining areas open through French doors to the outdoor kitchen and the abundant outdoor spaces.

Tucked away around the corner from the kitchen, en route to the mud room, and front entryway, is a tastefully finished powder room. Across from the powder room, featuring abundant light and plenty of space is a large laundry room complete with built-in cabinets and white porcelain farmhouse laundry sink. Nearby is one of the most admired rooms of the house – the mudroom. Complete with built in lockers that offer everybody private storage, the mudroom is designed to keep the family organized, with a central place to land from the outdoors. The mudroom can be accessed from the front porch, the driveway, the attached two car garage, or via an exterior door that leads to the outdoor courtyard and backyard. This makes for a truly functional entrance to the home for families and their pets. The attached two car garage also includes an oversized storage space, off the back of the garage, with plenty of light from numerous windows, and complete with drawers and shelves. The perfect spot for all the family’s gear, including bikes, skis, and more, this space could also double as a craft room or workshop.

Also accessed through the mudroom is the very rare and very desired finished space above the garage, which functions as all things that one might find in a basement, and more! The space includes a comfortable lounge area or bedroom for guests, along with a ¾ bathroom. Towards the West side of this space, past a small kitchenette, is a terrific home office or studio, with vaulted ceilings clad in reclaimed timbers. A dedicated entrance from the outdoors, via a two part dutch door, leads to an exterior stone staircase and down to the yard, the patio, and the private hot tub located in the back corner of the yard.

The main upper level of the home features a highly sought-after layout, with four gracious en-suite bedrooms, all featuring high ceilings, nicely finished bathrooms, plenty of custom built-ins and excellent closet space. The built-in sitting area at the end of the hallway, framed by tall windows and arched ceiling, is yet one more reminder of the exquisite design features that lend the timeless feeling of elegant comfort. The master suite, with a west facing exterior balcony, boasts vaulted ceilings and fantastic, ever-changing light and views. The master bathroom features marble-topped double vanity, and oversized steam shower, and his and hers walk in closets.

The home features radiant in-floor heat and evaporative cooling. The remarkable heft and hand hewn quality of the all the door hardware, the old world quality of the bathroom fixtures, and the distinctive and tastefully appropriate designer lighting, ranging from contemporary to traditional, all add to the timeless elegance of a stunning home. Although some Buyers may wish to make some stylistic changes to the finishes, the quality of construction is clearly evident. Also noteworthy is that under current Floor Area Ratios (FAR) guidelines in Boulder, despite the relatively large size of this lot, a home of this size could not be constructed on this lot.

The outdoor spaces of this property include a stone patio courtyard that extends from the south side of the kitchen to the west side of the home, accessed from the great room. This creates ideal indoor/outdoor living throughout the year. The stone courtyard and sitting area includes herb & vegetable gardens, built-in barbeque, with small Subzero refrigerator, prep area and a separate gas fire pit. The French doors from the Great Room open to a water feature set amongst rose gardens and raised bed flower gardens. On the south side of the back yard is the outdoor hot tub, while the north side of the back yard features an expansive lawn area with space for kids to roam and recreate. A back gate to the alley, past the hot tub, allows backstage access to Mt. Sanitas and miles of open space trails.