Welcome to Chautauqua
For those unfamiliar with the term, chautauquas were “an institution that provided popular adult education courses and entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries” (Source: Oxford Languages). As a town that still embraces this philosophy of lifelong learning, Chautauqua is one of Boulder’s most unique neighborhoods. It is home to exceptional spots for outdoor recreation, quaint properties, friendly residents, and an eclectic vibe.
Arguably, the most enviable parts of living in Chautauqua are the breathtaking mountain views. In fact, the area is one of the closest in Boulder to the Flatirons. Aside from the Flatirons, outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of exciting places to explore — including the Chautauqua Trail Overlook, Enchanted Mesa Trailhead, Chautauqua Park, and the numerous trails that begin in town.
When looking to buy in the Chautauqua neighborhood, you’ll find streets lined with one-of-a-kind homes that offer plenty of character and square footage. You can also find luxury properties that have ample space, opulent features, and privacy. Homes in this area start in the low $1 million range for an average-sized property.
What to Love
- Dedicated to arts, culture, nature, and lifelong learning
- Close to the University of Colorado Boulder and the Flatirons
- Gorgeous mountain views and plenty of spots to go hiking, climbing, biking, and more
People & Lifestyle
Life in Chautauqua can best be described as laid-back yet vibrant. Residents have a deep appreciation of the natural landscape and do everything they can to keep the area in top shape. Nowhere is this more evident than on the nearby trails and natural spaces that are within the neighborhood. Hiking paths are well-maintained, the area’s park is immaculate, and homes are landscaped using native plants and flowers.
There is also a strong sense of community and a small-town vibe in Chautauqua. Even though it is part of greater Boulder, the neighborhood is not nearly as busy as the city center. The area feels far more secluded and close to nature, which is ideal for those who enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Since the neighborhood is set a bit further away from the city, it is more residential than commercial. You have the convenience of being a short distance from Boulder’s primary shopping and dining hotspots and having close-by establishments that are resident favorites.
Minutes from home, you can find some new vinyl — as well as t-shirts, music merchandise, and more — at Albums on The Hill. For an unparalleled bakery experience, be sure to check out Ferment | Artisanal Bakery. Here, you can purchase naturally leavened sourdough bread that is made with the utmost attention to detail.
When you’re in the mood to dine in town, be sure to add the Chautauqua Dining Hall to the top of your list. This beloved community establishment is near Chautauqua Park and serves up views of the Flatirons and fantastic American fare. Residents also frequent the Alpine Modern Cafe (a contemporary coffeehouse) and The Sink (which features its legendary Sinkburgers and Ugly Crust Pizza).
Things to Do
Don’t let the small size of this neighborhood fool you. Around here, there is always something fun to do, attend, and explore. With residents who love the arts, culture, and nature, the diverse offerings are nothing short of impressive.
Each season, this community is bustling with wonderful entertainment for locals of all ages. In the summer months, be sure to check the calendar of artists who’ll be performing at the Chautauqua Auditorium Summer Concert Series. If it’s family-friendly fun that you seek, look no further than the Chautauqua Auditorium Movie Nights. During the holidays, the area becomes a winter wonderland, offering ice skating and opportunities to meet Santa Claus.
For those who seek an awe-inspiring day in nature, there is an almost endless list of places to go. Highlights include Chautauqua Park, Bluebell Canyon, Enchanted Mesa Trailhead, the Bluebell Spur Trail, and the Chautauqua Trailhead.
Just outside of the Chautauqua neighborhood are several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Flatirons Elementary School, Kindergarten through 5th grade
- New Vista High School, 9th grade through 12th grade
- The University of Colorado Boulder