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Gorgeous Mountain Home 10 Minutes to Downtown Boulder

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Bath, (Sleeps 6-7)

If you love nature and appreciate a great view, you won't be disappointed. This 2 story house is located in lovely Sunshine Canyon Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 minutes from the edge of downtown Boulder and yet surrounded by nature, extremely private. Three decks and yard look out across mountain meadows and hills. Great views from all three bedrooms including the distant city lights from the picture window soaking in the tub or the private deck of a second story bedroom.

Newly built in 2012 with a deep love of wood throughout. Pinewood covered walls adorn the living room with cathedral ceiling and bay window seating area, bar divides kitchen area. On the same floor is a powder room bath and the master bedroom with king bed and bath with soaking tub and walk-in shower.

Upstairs has two bedrooms, one with a private second story outside deck. Jack-n-Jill bath has stunning curved glass-block walk-in shower.

Full Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including super quiet dishwasher. Small dining area in the kitchen and seating for three at the bar or walk out the sliding glass door and dine on the flagstone patio with a 270 degree view. Enjoy the 320 days/year of Colorado sunshine. For cozy winter evenings make a fire in the glass faced soapstone wood stove (wood provided).

This is a DEDICATED VACATION RENTAL year round. A NON SMOKING house with many outdoor patios. WIFI, Wall mounted Flat screen ROKU (Netflix, Amazon,Pandora's, and SLING for Live TV and sports)

If you are booking reservations more than 60 days in advance you qualify for 5% off the rates. After Nov. 24, 2017 all bookings will have a 10% service fee added so if you are thinking of booking anytime in the future or want to be on my mailing list for discounted rates, contact me before then.

Closest Ski Area is 24 miles away at Eldora Ski Area.

DIA (Denver Airport) is one hour away.

BOULDER is a city of 100,000.

This property is approximately 10 minutes from the downtown area.

Hiking in every direction.

If you have specific interests or questions, please contact me.

More pictures available upon request.

Thanks for your interest,

April Story (owner)

Keywords: Vacation Rental Home

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April Story
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

About April Story

I found this heavenly 5 acre property in 1985 and have enjoyed every minute of working on the house and the land. While studying art for over a decade at CU, I paid my way with a wildflower business I created which also inspired me to build terraced gardens throughout this property. Currently I am using my Permaculture skills to build healthy soils to grab some C02 out of our heavens, put it back onto the earth & grow healthy plants/trees. A work in progress!!!

My two paint horses stay on the property in the summer months and contribute to my soil building passion. And my loving Australian shepherd, Lucky is always with me.

April Story purchased this house in 1985

Why April Story chose Boulder

This is an AMAZING piece of rocky mountain paradise. A testament to the magic of this particular site, is that in 2010 a wildfire burnt the house down. Because of my background in sustainable landscaping, I relished the opportunity to restore the land and rebuild the house. In the new house, I kept what was so perfect about the original but better built, energy efficient, non-toxic building elements. Everyone who has worked on the house is awestruck by the view and the rustic/artistic elements inside and out. I am thrilled to have this second chance at sharing what we have created.

What makes this house unique

There are many unique features to this property. The view, of course, strikes everyone first. It is a lovely balance of far-reaching and pastoral at the same time. People can not believe how private it is for being only 10 minutes to the edge of town. I am so proud of the materials we used in rebuilding the house, reclaiming burnt trees that we peeled and built wrap around decks with. The walls are covered with beautiful 'blue stained pine'. and a local lumber mill custom milled all the exterior window trim and deck rails in a 'rough sawn' western look.


Boulder House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , 6' soaking tub with city light view at night. Walk in shower
    Jack-n-Jill Bathroom - toilet , shower , half round glass block shower is quite extraordinary!
    Powder room bath - toilet , Sink and Toilet for easy access form outside.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , w/bath: soaking tub,walk-in shower;same level lvg rm.
    Second story bedroom w/private deck. - 1 queen , Stunning views from private deck with city lights.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Stunning round glass block walk-in shower in bathroom.
  • King size beds (1) King Bed in Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (2) Queen Bed in the two upstairs bedrooms. Bedding for the living room sofa for one person, it's NOT a pull out, just a comfortable sofa. Possibility of adjoining bedroom and full bath may be available.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Hiking everywhere. Boulder is also famous for it's bike trails and water recreation on Boulder Creek. Fantastic restaurants, shopping, parks, music, all within 12-15 minutes from the house.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Glorious view and a fantastic house.

  • 5 of 5

We have loved our stay at April's home. The house has been perfect. Extremely well appointed and very organized with nothing missing. The property is gorgeous and very well maintained. The view however is really something to behold. Fantastic all round.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Adult Weekend Get Away

  • 5 of 5

(2) couples spent a long weekend in Boulder. Accommodations were absolutely top notch. No issues. April was wonderful and shared a tremendous amount of local history, hiking advice, etc! We would book again in a heartbeat. Far enough from Boulder to be in the mountains. Yet close enough to travel in for shopping, dining, etc. Layout was perfect for two couples- upstairs master with unique bathroom/shower and downstairs master with full bath for the other.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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30th birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

absolutely stunning! immaculately clean. we had such a wonderful, relaxing weekend stay at april's vrbo. april had so many great recommendations for us which was so helpful. we had some ideas of what we wanted to do but april's suggestions of where to do those things was incredibly helpful. would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed at April's place for a long weekend. Absolutely beautiful views, great amenities, unique suites. Great location for hiking and getting to town quickly. April is great to work with. Have stayed at 6 VRBO locations previously and April is the best person I have worked with. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place!!

  • 5 of 5

April was awesome to work with. She was super fast and attentive to emails and text and always there to help and make sure we were comfortable. There horses on the property that are fun to see if you have young kids like us. The house was clean and just as described, with all details taken care of. The views are stunning and absolutely relaxing to have dinner out on the back porch and watch the deer and wildlife come strolling by. the drive between the house and Boulder is great up and down a windy mountain road that almost always had deer on it so it made the 10-15 minute drive quick!! If I come back to the Boulder area I am staying here again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home and furnishings in Sunshine Canyon

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my husband and two adult sons stayed here during a trip to Boulder. The location makes it easy to go further into the mountains or down to Boulder yet stay in Sunshine Canyon (with gorgeous views of the sunrise/sunset). This is a complete 'home within a home.' The owner lives in the front of the house, with a completely private, separate entrance for the guest quarters. The linens, furnishings, and original artwork are beautiful. The appliances, amenities, etc. are also great and the home was exceptionally clean. It is nice to be out of the city (even Boulder) where wildlife abounds and for activities like cycling, hiking, climbing, etc. The host (April) did an exceptional job and is committed to permaculture on her land. We would love to return here again!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

In 12 minutes you can be at one of MANY downtown restaurants or shopping. Or stay put and enjoy the serenity of the natural surroundings, go walking/hiking on numerous trails in every direction from the property. Historic Gold Hill town of 112 is ten minutes west. Rocky Mountain PArk is 45 scenic minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates


$175. clean fee.
5% discount off rate if booking made over 60 days prior and full payment made at time of booking.

50% deposit required to book. Balance due 60 days prior arrival.
5% off rates OPTION for paying 100% at time of booking if more than 60 days out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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