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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,You Tube, News, Pandora's) and SLING for Live TV and sports (if you request it)

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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 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
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • 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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Gorgeous Mountain Home 10 Minutes to Downtown Boulder
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Great views! Great location!

  • 5 of 5

This property has everything we look for in a Colorado rental: great access to the local hiking trails; plus great access to all the restaurants and shops in Boulder. The owner, April, is a wonderful hostess! This property gets all of the little details right.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We booked a Monday -Friday stay for a family of 7. There was plenty of space with the two little ones sleeping on a couch. The views are absolutely breathtaking. The house it lovely with all the comforts of home. April was very accommodating and let us roam her property like it was ours. The town of Boulder is nearby for food and essentials. Lots of hiking trials and sledding hills nearby. I saw wildlife most mornings out on the hills. We really enjoyed our stay, and will not soon forget the amazing sites of being nestled literally in the mountains. The elevation was 7000 ft.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Breathtaking views and only 9 miles from town!

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin? I am still reeling from the wonderful cozy holiday time spent here with my adult children and my husband.

The owner, April and her dog, Lucky could not be more wonderful and helpful. She does live attached to the house but you will never know she is there unless you want to see her. She lives on another level completely and we cannot hear each other at all. We mostly texted back and forth with any questions which she was quick to answer.

This house location offered breathtaking views, sunrises, sunshine (despite the cool weather), and just enough snow to make it feel like Christmas! Easy access from Boulder only 9 mins away but you felt like you were in the mountains almost alone. The house had it all. It felt like a cabin with all the natural wood, but had enough space for everyone to relax. You can entertain beautifully here as the kitchen is well-stocked with every possible cooking utensil, spices, tablecloths, candles, etc. The bedrooms had the coziest bedding and pillows and every room had a mountain view to wake up to in the morning! The bathrooms were beautiful as well and you will never run out of towels! We had firewood for the amazing wood stove, access to a huge laundry room, multiple decks and patios, etc. The house was immaculate. Cannot say enough and want to return in the summer. So much to do and so close to it all. Our trip was amazing. Thank you, April!!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

  • 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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