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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 2013 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,You Tube, News, Pandora's) and SLING for Live TV and sports. AC in living room as well s ceiling fan and fans in all the bedrooms. Temperatures in the mountains run cooler than town by average of ten degrees which makes for delightful sleeping!

THE OWNER, April Story, & her dog Lucky, have a separate two-story residence connected at one corner to the VRBO house. If you have any needs, they are tail-wagging happy to be your ”concierge”. Otherwise, you will only interface in the parking area.

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

DIA (Denver Airport) is one hour away. Rocky Mountain National Park and Brainard State Park (both have incredible hiking and wildlife including moose and elk) are within 45 min. to an hour .

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; mountain getaway; nature retreat

More Details

April Story
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2018

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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Smoking allowed outside on the many patios but no smoking inside house.
  • Refunds will be available for cancellations given at ANY time in full or part for any dates that are subsequently booked less a $50. rebooking fee.
  • Please read and agree to the one page Sunshine rental INFO/Terms attached
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • 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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Gorgeous Mountain Home 10 Minutes to Downtown Boulder
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Beautiful, peaceful, unique.

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for our family to visit our son who lives in Denver. The house has everything you need and has a cabin feel with elegant touches. The property is hard to describe, a gorgeous view, flowers all around, horses grazing, mule deer, fox, rabbits. April is lovely, and takes care of anything and everything that might come up. She knows the area extensively and suggested less known unique places nearby. She also told us some of the interesting gold mining history of the area. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The horses were the highlight of our girls’ trip to Colorado. The views from the home were stunning. Everything was perfectly organized, charming, and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, serene location

  • 5 of 5

There were 6 family members (3 adult couples) that stayed over an extended weekend. Perfect accommodations. The home is located on a mountain with a spectacular view. It is also just a 10-15 minute drive down the hill to Boulder. We intend to stay here on our next trip to Boulder!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

April was a fantastic host of this beautiful property. Our family just recently stayed here and April and Lucky, her dog, made us feel overly welcome. The views were amazing and April had EVERYTHING we could possibly need! We will look into this property the next time we head to Boulder as Sunshine Canyon is close to town but feels so remote at the same time. It's a perfect location for everything as it's the center of many things to do.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer Stay

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful location, Every morning as we sat on the patio sipping coffee we experienced the beauty of nature, Deer grazing on the grass lands, numerous birds singing, and prairie dogs chirping away. After the morning entertainment it's just a short drive to many of the beautiful sites colorado has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful stay! The home and views are incredible. April is more then accommodating and friendly. My children loved the horses and her dog Lucky.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • 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.
One page info/contract must be read and agreed to prior booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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