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Downtown Penthouse - Deck, Flatiron Views, Walk to Pearl & CU

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

Enjoy beautiful Boulder from the best location possible, right downtown, atop a recently renovated historic 1880's Victorian home. This light-filled third floor penthouse offers the best views, beautiful accommodations and the ultimate in convenience for the vacationer, visiting professional or artist seeking a quiet retreat.

This 1000 square foot penthouse features two private entrances, an eat-in kitchen, living room and built-in office nook, a sleeping alcove with a king-sized bed and a private bedroom with a closet, built-in dresser drawers and additional storage, a full-sized bed and a full bath. There is ample storage throughout the apartment.

(Please note the penthouse is accessed by two flights of exterior stairs. This space is not suitable for people with mobility issues.)

Enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sun set behind the mountains from a private, 250 square-foot deck. Create lovely meals in a generously appointed gourmet kitchen or stroll to any of dozens of fine restaurants. Heirloom roses grace the grounds that make this property a legend among local rosarians.

Our central downtown location, coupled with nearby public transportation to Denver and the Eldora Ski Resort, make this the perfect no-car vacation. The Colorado University campus is an easy 15 minute walk away. Rent a mountain bike and all of Boulder is within your reach.

The space sleeps four, I may consider more people if it is a nuclear family traveling together. Please check in advance.

The space is located above my family's living quarters so be advised that the 10pm - 8am quiet time will be enforced. It's perfect for mellow getaways but not for late nights and parties. This space is not childproofed and unsuitable for small children.

Marijuana is legal in Colorado and we welcome tourists of all kinds. Please keep in mind that we have small children and don't want them exposed to drunken or altered behavior.

Flames, cigarettes, pipes, bongs and vaporizers are not allowed to be used on the property (inside or out) because of the fire hazard and odor. It will result in the loss of your entire damage deposit.

Please note that I have a 5-day minimum stay policy for reservations made more than a month in advance unless the current calendar only allows for shorter stays.


Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the arrival date will incur no penalty. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay and that are made within 30 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent. We recommend that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance in the event that your trip has to be canceled reasons such as illness, accident, death of a family member or traveling companion, jury duty, weather conditions which cause delay/cancellation of travel or fire or flood in your home, this coverage protects your investment and will reimburse the normally non-refundable payments you make for your vacation rental. InsureMyTrip provides many levels of vacation and trip protection.

This property is licensed with the City of Boulder Property Number RHL-0001896. Stays are assessed the appropriate taxes which are remitted to the city quarterly. Stays of over 29 days are prohibited.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 1, 2018

About Vivienne

Lonny, Vivienne, Casey and Micah Frye

Vivienne purchased this apartment in 1987

Why Vivienne chose Whittier

This property is more than a vacation property, it is part of our home. We live on the premises in the main house with the penthouse being a stand-alone property. This insures that while you have complete privacy, you also have the peace of mind knowing that help with anything, be it a problem with the space, the need for more towels, or advice on where to eat or to go for an adventure is just a few steps away.

What makes this apartment unique

You will leave your heart in Boulder if you stay at the Frye house. You will not find better accommodations, views, amenities and location anywhere else. From the moment you arrive you will feel at home and relaxed. Whether your goal is to relax, check out the nightlife and dining, do business, visit family or check out the local real-estate, you will find everything you need here.


Whittier Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bath with shower and tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Sealy Posturepedic Pillowtop Mattress., Double Beds (1) Pillowtop Mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Couch converts to a queen-sized bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Downtown Penthouse - Deck, Flatiron Views, Walk to Pearl & CU
average rating of 4.9135804 based on 81 reviews

Sweet cozy nook in downtown boulder with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful white winter holiday with amazing views of the Flatirons and comfy beds in the penthouse apt. The kitchen had everything we needed and there was even a turntable with classic albums!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place with fabulous view of Flatirons!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at this beautiful penthouse apartment while moving our daughter in for her sophomore year at CU. we loved sitting out on the deck watching the stars at night and soaking in the view of the Flatirons in the morning. We will definitely stay here again when we come back to visit our daughter!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Boulder spirit is there!

  • 5 of 5

So cute, they even have a rooster and a hen!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is very cute and cozy. Well equipped kitchen. I loved the chickens and the owner's dog, Blue. Will definitely try to stay there for our next trip to Boulder.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Lovely spot in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The Fryehouse is a lovely spot to take in Boulder's sights. The deck is gorgeous and overlooks the Flatirons, the space is clean and modern, and the kitchen is well appointed. Vivian and Lonny are great hosts, they are available at the drop of the hat but respect your privacy and personal space. I love their dog Blue, he's a big sweetheart and the chickens are so much fun to watch. This spot is a gem, so close to Pearl Street that you don't need to rent a car, and in a historic neighborhood. I'm looking forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Sad to report a less than pleasant stay;(

  • 1 of 5

It was not easy for me to get to this point as I’ve never written a negative review, but after much consideration I felt other families need to know. Upon arriving late in the evening, we began putting our kitchen items away and noticed in their kitchen cabinet drawer that stored the coffee that it was in a huge mess (a mouse).The owner was immediately emailed of the situation. She promptly replied that she would address it tomorrow and reported that she just “didn’t check that drawer prior to our arrival”. The next morning, the owner came up very early unannounced not to clean the drawer, but to tell us that our kids were walking too loudly and to keep it down until 8 AM; we reminded her to check the drawer. She reported that she would clean it that day. We left for the day to come back disappointed to the same mess. My husband opened up the drawer to be startled by a mouse that jumped out of the drawer & then scurried under the dishwasher. We immediately went downstairs to the owners’ floor and told them the mouse needed to be addressed now. They lightly cleaned the area and set traps. We found half a mouse the next morning in the drawer with his guts & fur everywhere (likely from a cannibal mouse). More traps had to be set and unfortunately it was when I was alone in the unit in the bathroom; the male owner had knocked and just came on in and had a conversation with me while I was in the bathroom! After the first mouse was caught, we asked for the unit to be cleaned, specifically the mouse droppings. They immediately did that, but sadly we still found droppings in the kitchen. Gross. This next story is what pushed me to write the review. Prior to booking the unit, I e-mailed the owner if her unit would be sufficient for a family of four including a 5 & 2 year old; she immediately responded, ‘yes.’ She is correct. The unit has plenty of space and beds. The one thing she failed to mention is their big blue Great Dane doesn’t like children. This unit is located on the 3rd floor. You have to walk past the owners’ floor & front yard to get to the stairs that lead you up. It was soon into our stay, when we encountered a huge Great Dane outside and not behind the gate. He came towards my family and we were going to greet him, but the owner ran outside quickly and said, “NO. He’s not good with kids!! He’s good with my kids, but I can’t trust him around other kids!!!” We immediately detoured with my 5 year old asking what he thought the dog would do to him.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All I can do is apologize for the mouse situation. It was unprecedented and unfortunate. I refunded a night's stay for the inconvenience of having us enter their space. It's always a balancing act trying to figure out the right time to come in, not wanting to intrude. My husband was embarrassed to interrupt you in the bathroom, he had no way of knowing. As for my dane, he is kept in a fenced yard when he is outside, which isn't often. The yard does not have to be walked through to access to the apartment, it can be walked around. I always err on the side of caution when it comes to my dog and children. He has never had an incident with a child but I always caution people strongly about him because people tend to dismiss light warnings. I have seen incidents among children and dogs and never want that to happen to us.. He's a rescue dog and timid and I won't take any chances with him or anyone else. Again, I am so sorry for the mouse situation. I've never seen anything like it before.
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Car: not necessary

Two blocks from the Pearl Street Mall, walking distance to Boulder's finest restaurants, nightlife and shopping, nearby Boulder bikeways and Creek Path, birding, flyfishing, coffee shops, public transportation around Boulder and to Denver, Boulder International Film Festival, Conference on World Affairs, close to NIST, NOAA, NCAR, University, Richard Freeman's Yoga Workshop and the Boulder Iyengar Center are walking distance.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

I have a 5 day minimum stay policy for bookings made more than a month in advance unless the calendar only allows for a shorter booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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