South Boulder

Laidback suburban neighborhood surrounded by open space

Welcome to South Boulder

South Boulder is a laidback area surrounded by ranchland and open space. South Boulder is great for families and commuters, offering quiet residential streets and miles of trails within 10 minutes of Downtown. South Boulder was first developed in the 1960s, and it retains its casual suburban vibe. The neighborhood is surrounded by working ranches, which remain largely unchanged from the city’s founding. South Boulder real estate mostly consists of ranch-style mid-century single-family homes.

What to Love

  • Laidback suburban atmosphere

  • Surrounded by trails and open space

  • Table Mesa shopping and dining

  • Excellent schools

People & Lifestyle

South Boulder’s relaxed suburban atmosphere and great choice of local schools make it a popular neighborhood for young families. The neighborhood offers a wonderful balance between outdoor recreation and convenient amenities. Residents can easily bike into Downtown Boulder or along trails into the surrounding mountains.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Table Mesa Shopping Center is South Boulder’s main commercial hub with over 50 restaurants, retailers, and services. Tenants include Southern Sun, a laidback craft beer brewery with a great selection of draft beer and pub eats. The patio at Southern Sun is one of the best spots in Boulder for majestic views of the famous Flatirons. 

South Side Walnut Café has been a local favorite for breakfast and lunch fare since 1983. Breakfast specialties include sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, French toast, and thick Belgian waffles. The lunch menu includes gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, and Mexican-style bites. Moe’s Bagel is a family-run business offering lovingly prepared New York-style bagels in a range of flavors. The bagels can be enjoyed alongside homemade cream cheese or a variety of more elaborate toppings. 

Other businesses at Table Mesa include King Soopers for groceries, Pharmaca for health supplements and beauty products, and specialty stores such as Boulder Cycle Sport and Neptune Mountaineering with everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors.

Things to Do

Harlow Platts Community Park is a gorgeous green space with spectacular mountain views and a lake. A path runs along Viele Lake’s perimeter, and fishing is permitted on its waters. Other activities at Harlow Platts Park include a playground, exercise stations, a soccer field, volleyball court, and tennis courts. There’s also a nine-hole Disc Golf Course

Harlow Platts Park is adjacent to the South Boulder Recreation Center. The rec center has an indoor swimming pool with a diving board and hot tub, weight and cardio rooms, a gymnasium, dry sauna, and studios for dance, yoga, and Pilates. 

Lots of hiking trails are easily accessible from South Boulder homes. The 13.2-mile Boulder Mesa Trail is open for hiking, running, and horseback riding. This trail takes in stunning views of foothill peaks and the Flatirons. The NCAR Nature Trail offers stunning canyon and mountain views for hikers and bikers. A short drive south of South Boulder, Eldorado Canyon State Park is a sprawling 885-acre recreation area with dramatic scenery. Eldorado Canyon is one of the world’s premier rock climbing areas with over 1,000 rock climbing routes. The park also offers miles of scenic trails for hiking and biking.


South Boulder is served by the Boulder County School District. Highlights include:

  • Bear Creek Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Mesa Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Creekside Elementary School at Martin Park, Public, PK-5

  • Southern Hills Middle School, Public, 6-8

  • Fairview High School, Public, 9-12