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Hot Property: A Contemporary Boulder Retreat with Room to Roam

For a cool $6.9 million, this five-acre horse property just south of Boulder boasts Flatirons views and direct access to riding trails within easy reach of the city.

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There are only seven homes in the Wildflower Ranch neighborhood south of Boulder, and they rarely come on the market. Despite being within 12 minutes of busy Pearl Street, the setting is remarkably peaceful and secluded, with sweeping views of the foothills. So it’s easy to see why properties here are snapped up quickly.

1357 South Cherryvale Road, in the heart of Wildflower Ranch, combines sleek contemporary design with country relaxation in a home that is both laid-back and sophisticated. The original home, built in 1991, was taken down to the studs and completely reimagined in 2019, with architecture and interior design by Boulder-based Bldg Collective and construction by Cottonwood Custom Builders.

The new 6,247-square-foot home is filled with natural light, thanks to large windows specifically placed to showcase mountain views. A Scandinavian-Japanese design influence plays out in clean lines and a fresh, natural color palette, with white walls and wide-plank oak floors. There’s plenty of space here for a family, with four bedrooms, including a main-floor suite, five bathrooms, and a home office. But the real scene-stealer is the lofty living area, which features a linear gas fireplace and a 15-foot-tall library wall with rolling ladder. Outside, a spacious courtyard offers lounge and dining areas for entertaining under the trees.

Along with a three-car garage and workshop, the five-acre property also includes a seasonal pond, two wells, and five shares of Davidson Ditch water rights.

Then there are the equestrian facilities: a two-stall barn with tack room and hay storage, plus a three-acre pasture and two fenced corrals. Riders who live here can mosey directly onto the Marshall Mesa Trail that connects with the Doudy Draw and Flatiron Vista, for a whole day on horseback.

“Most of the new, modern homes in Boulder are situated on one-quarter-acre or half-acre lots at the most,” says Carliss Erickson, co-listing agent with Jeff Erickson, of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s very rare and extraordinary to find a modern new build in Boulder with acreage, stunning views, in a spectacular setting, surrounded by open space, where you can saddle up your horse and ride off your own property onto the trails, and yet it’s only a 12-minute drive to the farmers’ market and your favorite downtown restaurant.”

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