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Mapleton Hill - Artists Colorful Apartment in Welcoming Home

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Welcome to Susurro! Main Room - living room and kitchen


Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Private ground floor of home, 2 Bedrooms + addl. bed, split level, 1 Bath

Welcome to Boulder, Colorado...everything you want from a big city, yet it feels like a small town; world-class restaurants and shops, a major university, an abundance of cultural events, a plethora of year-round outdoor activities and lots of music from around the globe.

Minutes from downtown Boulder, walking distance to excellent coffee and tea houses, restaurants, bakery, shopping, well equipped grocery store, trails and more. Our artist’s home is located within a quiet, historic residential district known as Mapleton Hill. 'Susurro' - our sunny and light, very private garden/walk-out apartment has a separate entrance and is part of our recently eco-remodeled home originally built in 1910. Our 750 sq. ft. apartment is colorful, eclectically furnished, with hot water baseboard heating, all domestic water filtered, cork floors, lots of light, antique cooking stove, custom trim, open layout, split level (with two steps) - living room/dining room/kitchen, hand painted floor, and mosaic tiled bathroom floor. Our home is a “come and borrow a cup of organic sugar” kind of home. Please note - Susurro is exceptionally well insulated however, we live upstairs, we are very quiet and we do not wear shoes inside our home. If you need total silence please reconsider - you will hear soft footsteps but never voices and in eight years we have had only two complaints.

'Susurro' is two blocks away from the foothills of the Rockies with great hiking trails, and the continental divide only a thirty-minute drive away. We are a 30 minute drive to Denver; 30 minute drive to Eldora Mountain Resort, 60 minute drive to Rocky Mountain National Park, and a 1.5 to 2.25 hour drive to Loveland, Winter Park, Breckenridge and Vail ski areas.

Boulder has year-round sunshine. The winter season usually brings brief snow storms followed by beautiful sunny days. It's not uncommon to have warm weather in the high 60s-70s in February and March. Late spring and summer offers warm days, wonderful thunderstorms and few airborne pests. Falls are warm with cool nights and some of the most amazing displays of light and color.

Well cared for and behaved dogs are welcome.

Inspections and Safety:

City of Boulder Short Term Rental License # 104314 RHL2016-00752

There have been legitimate concerns raised in the national and international media about the safety and lack of regulation of short-term rentals. Rest assured that:
Susurro is up to date in all required inspections (per City of Boulder rental license regulations);
has a current rental license (see: - any property with a color-coding has an up to date rental license);
has commercial property insurance from CBIZ that covers short-term rentals;
and Susurro includes functioning carbon monoxide and smoke detectors as well as fire extinguishers.
In addition, each bedroom has City of Boulder approved egress windows and two door exits, in the unlikely event of a fire.
Your safety is important to us.

Keywords: Separate Garden Level/Walk Out Apartment in Home with completely private entrance.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 750 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years of age...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We love children...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property and is only allowed on the public sidewalk in front of the house....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Sorry no cats due to allergies...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Sleep Number air mattress bed - adjustable comfort!...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    2' foam topper on foam core futon - very comfortable!...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Single futon additional bed available by request...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) 2 inch foam topper (very very comfortable!) on top of cotton futon., Double Beds (1) Sleep Comfort 5000 Air Bed with custom firmness control - adjustable firmness based on your comfort!, Baby Cribs (1) Always available in closet., Futon 1 - Twin Futon with 2 inch foam topper (very very comfortable!)...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bathtub is cast iron and deeper than standard sizes...moreless

  • Deep cast iron deep tub with shower. Custom mosaic tile floor.

Other Amenities

  • Please note: cell phone reception is generally good - as of November 2009 - we installed a cell phone signal repeater in Susurro....moreless


  • Books:

    Variety of books for all ages...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Miscellaneous board games...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Premium cable (Comcast) TV service is provided...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    10 minute walk to downtown Boulder...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Foothills of the rockies are two blocks away...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Susurro has an dedicated evaporative cooler (aka swamp cooler) which works wonderfully in dry climates such as ours. Offers constant fresh cold air as needed - very fast cooling!...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Ethernet cable provided in each room...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Front loading gas dryer...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Local control of hot water baseboard heat, allows you to maintain the temperature where you want it!...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi broadband High Speed Internet access with ethernet cables provided in all rooms. Please bring your own computer or smart phone. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens are 100% Cotton with handmade quilts on both beds, Pillows are down and can be changed if allergic to down or feathers...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Part of Kitchen living area....moreless

  • Parking:

    Street parking is readily available...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    100% cotton...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Front loading...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    High Speed Internet and Password provided with key instructions...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee maker as well as French press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Silverware, ceramic plates, ceramic cups, glasses, cooking utensils, serving bowls, measuring spoons, spatulas, tea kettle, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Freezer:

    Full size freezer in side by side refrigerator...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen with drip coffee maker, tea kettle, blender, stainless steel cooking pots, antique 4 burner gas stove (works wonderfully) etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Part of antique working stove...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size - 2 door contemporary refrigerator with ice maker and 'drawer' freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    Antique 4 burner stove with oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Nicely shaded private patio just outside living room door with iron table and four cushioned iron chairs....moreless



from 79 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 19 - Sep 12, 2017
1 night min stay
$160 $180
Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$140 $160
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • One time cleaning fee $80
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 7.5%


Please note - The City of Boulder has updated their zoning regulations and now allows short term rentals (STR) (less than 30 days) in the City of Boulder proper. The tax rate for STR's is 7.5%.

CANCELLATIONS - A sixty (60) day notice is required for cancellation. When we can replace a canceled reservation without the 60 day notice payments may be returned at the owners discretion.

CHECK OUT TIME - is 11 AM on the day of your departure. For every 30 minutes after 11 AM that you prevent Maria from cleaning there will be a $15 charge withheld from your security deposit. Let's help Maria get her work done on time - thank you.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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43 Miles
Nearest Airport
Denver International Airport
0.6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
West End Tavern
1271 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Sausalito Ferry, CA
4.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Flatirons Golf Course
29 Miles
Nearest Train
Denver Union Station - Amtrack
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hiway 36
0.7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Kitchen
21 Miles
Nearest Ski
Eldora Mountain Resort
6.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Boulder Reservior

Car: Not Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: I am from Medellin, Colombia and am an artist and psychotherapist. I consider Susurro to be an ongoing art Installation as well as the rest of the 'orange house'. Susurro means 'to murmer' in Spanish. It is a custom from Colombia to name your home - hence Susurro. My partner is a bodyworker, 'artist's slave' and musician - playing the mbira (thumb piano) from Zimbabwe. We have two daughters - both graduated from college and making decisions about graduate school - which makes us old (they think), young (we know)... We purchased Susurro with the intent of remodeling it - but ended up completely rebuilding it from the foundation up. We were the architects, draftspeople, general contractor, electrician, plumber, interior designer, painters, etc - you get the drift and we are still married - happily. We have totally enjoyed living here and meeting all the interesting people who have stayed here from different parts of the world.

Why the Owner Chose Central Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA:
Boulder is a beautiful city with incredible outdoor activities and cultural events. We chose this neighborhood due to its proximity and convenience to both downtown Boulder and mountain trails. We live in the 'orange house' on the property because we think this is the best neighborhood in Boulder. That being said we are available anytime while simultaneously guaranteeing your privacy.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We feel incredibly privileged to live in this house and be able to ride our bikes, walk to nearby trails and cafes and enjoy the many and varied events and activities that Boulder offers. We love the sunshine that abounds in Colorado. Susurro is quiet, private and simultaneously centrally located. We invite you to experience the beauty and comfort first-hand! We speak English and Spanish.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Welcome to Susurro!  Main Room - living room and kitchen

    Welcome to Susurro! Main Room - living room and kitchen

  • Living room leading into the kitchen

    Living room leading into the kitchen

  • Main Room

    Main Room

  • Living room with patio outside!

    Living room with patio outside!

  • Bottle fence lit up at night!

    Bottle fence lit up at night!

  • Entry hallway looking east

    Entry hallway looking east

  • Living room as viewed from the kitchen

    Living room as viewed from the kitchen

  • Sometimes it does snow!

    Sometimes it does snow!

  • Handmade quilt (made by Marcela's mother) - she made all the quilts!

    Handmade quilt (made by Marcela's mother) - she made all the quilts!

  • Green bedroom with chest of drawers and lots of light!

    Green bedroom with chest of drawers and lots of light!

  • Entry path to Susurro

    Entry path to Susurro

  • Interesting snow pattern on our ceramic mask

    Interesting snow pattern on our ceramic mask

  • Efficient but effective kitchen

    Efficient but effective kitchen

  • I especially liked this flower from our garden!

    I especially liked this flower from our garden!

  • Blue Bedroom with very comfortable queen size bed!

    Blue Bedroom with very comfortable queen size bed!

  • Facing south - towards bedrooms and entry hall

    Facing south - towards bedrooms and entry hall

  • Green Bedroom with double size SleepNumber adjustable firmness bed

    Green Bedroom with double size SleepNumber adjustable firmness bed

  • West view to mountains from Susurro's outdoor patio

    West view to mountains from Susurro's outdoor patio

  • Pedestal sink in bathroom

    Pedestal sink in bathroom

  • Winter day in our neighborhood

    Winter day in our neighborhood

  • Bottle Fence

    Bottle Fence

  • Welcome to Susurro!

    Welcome to Susurro!

  • Sunflower from our garden!

    Sunflower from our garden!

  • Original view of our home before remodeling

    Original view of our home before remodeling

VRBO #162485

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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