Sean McIllwain, Mod Boulder Real Estate

Sean McIllwain, Mod Boulder Real Estate

BOULDER – Creating new, high-density neighborhoods; bringing vibrancy back to downtrodden areas; offering new entertainment and dining options for locals: these are just a few of the benefits of strategic, successful infill development.

Constructed on vacant lots or under-utilized land, infill developments build high-density residential neighborhoods, creating an energetic, urban environment. With raw land becoming a rarity in Boulder, we’re seeing lots of infill projects these days. These residential projects tend to go quickly, most even being sold before construction is complete. Here are a few opportunities to get in early on new, hip projects popping up around our town.

The Row at Goose Creek
Before these townhouses were constructed, it would have been hard to imagine housing in this location. While the electrical substation is directly in the sightline of Flatiron views, urban dwellers will nonetheless appreciate the easy access to the Goose Creek bike path and its overall central location.

The Row’s design combines the look of turn-of-the-century rowhouses with a modern twist. The building is decidedly contemporary but uses classic materials: brick, metal, and barn wood siding. Additionally, the latest energy efficiency building techniques are in place, and residents have the option of installing solar panels and electric car charging outlets. The last remaining unit is still available for $721,700. (Listed by RE/MAX of Boulder).

S’PARK West 24
This is the first installment of market rate homes in the S’PARK community, so named for the parcel’s predecessor, Boulder’s beloved Sutherlands Lumberyard. S’PARK is slated to be a modern village with active greenspaces and cutting-edge sustainability for people to live, work, eat and play.

The contemporary, lock-and-leave units should spark the interest of the nearby Google crowd. (See what we did there?) With techies as their target demographic, the builders are keeping it simple – much in the vein of Apple or Tesla – with only two finish choices available. While the buy-in is steep (the homes start in the mid $900Ks), once the S’PARK development is fully built out, buyers will be glad to have been early investors. The estimated completion date is August 2018. (Listed by RE/MAX Alliance on Walnut).

The Mark on Pearl
Nestled among historic landmarks, The Mark on Pearl intends to create a new vision in the heart of downtown Boulder. The development consists of eight luxury residences built from the ground up on Boulder’s famed Pearl Street. With a statement-making design, these townhouses are sure to be in high demand once they’re officially released (and yes, we’ve got the inside scoop).

The project has yet to break ground. With price points hovering in the $1.6M range for 1500+ square feet of downtown living, the homes are a Boulder bargain. Their eastern-edge location shouldn’t deter interested buyers; this cushion protects residents from central Pearl Street’s urban noise and makes access to the 28th Street corridor a breeze. (Listed by Goodacre & Company).

By Sean McIllwain, Mod Boulder Real Estate. Sean McIllwain is the current president of Historic Boulder and the founding broker at Mod Boulder Real Estate. Call 720.252.6051, e-mail [email protected] or visit