Boulder is an enclave of about 100,000 residents “nestled between the mountains and reality.” It’s known for its scenic beauty and creative community’s laid-back lifestyle. Now, it’s also known as the most expensive real estate market in Colorado – and by quite a large margin.
Coldwell Banker ranked over 2,000 U.S. cities in its 2016 Home Listing Report. Because the average size home can vary greatly from market to market, the report compares the average price of four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes in each city to provide a more apples-to-apples comparison.
A sample-size home goes for an average of $929,496 in Boulder, which ranks 39th nationally and is nearly $275,000 more expensive than the next closest Colorado market.
While high, it feels like a bargain compared to California, where the average four-bedroom, two-bathroom home costs $2,453,718 in this year’s most expensive market in the country, Saratoga, California. Six of the top 10 most expensive markets are in Silicon Valley, and all 10 are in California.
“Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of innovation in the U.S. for years, with leading tech companies attracting some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds in the world,” said Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Clearly, the amenities of the region are also impacting home prices.”
While there are 25 communities in the U.S. where the average price of a four-bed, two-bath home is more than $1 million, here in Colorado, the cities included on the report range from $929,496 in Boulder to $184,833 in Craig. Overall, the average listing price of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Colorado as a whole was $462,793.
Top 10 Most Expensive Markets in Colorado
- Boulder, CO, $929,496
- Carbondale, CO, $657,700
- Westminster, CO, $655,571
- Durango, CO, $638,032
- Denver, CO, $610,773
- Broomfield, CO, $579,595
- Castle Rock, CO, $575,785
- Centennial, CO, $550,835
- Littleton, CO, $537,004
- Longmont, CO, $505,080
Click here to view the full Colorado state ranking for 2016.
Curious to see what a standard four-bed, two-bath in Boulder looks like? Check out this property listed for $1.049M in the foothills.
ABOUT THE 2016 COLDWELL BANKER® HOME LISTING REPORT
- The annual report is the most extensive home price comparison tool currently available in the U.S., ranking the average listing price of four-bedroom, two bathroom homes in more than 2,000 markets.
- While other affordability reports provide average or median prices for all homes in a given area, the Coldwell Banker® HLR analyzes more than 50,000 four-bedroom, two-bathroom home listings to better address how much a home in one market would cost if the same home were located somewhere else in the country.
- The national average listing price of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is $320,120 which, on average, can buy a sample size home in nearly 1,300 markets across the country.
The Most Affordable and Expensive Markets in Each State
An interactive list of the most affordable and expensive markets in each state can be viewed on the Coldwell Banker® HLR website.
The Coldwell Banker® U.S. Home Listing Report analyzes the average listing price of four-bedroom, two-bathroom real estate properties on coldwellbanker.com between January 2016 and June 2016 for 51,163 listings in 2,168 markets. The Coldwell Banker franchised affiliates, as well as other franchise brands associated with Realogy Holdings Corp, contribute to listings on coldwellbanker.com. Markets without at least 10 four-bedroom, two-bathroom listings on coldwellbanker.com between January 2016 and June 2016 were excluded from the ranking.