This meticulously restored home, located at 640 Mapleton Avenue, is one of the finest remodeled homes on Mapleton Hill. Walking up to the home, a welcoming front porch offers a great place to sit and look out to tree lined Mapleton Avenue, or to visit with friends and neighbors. Entering the front door, one immediately notices the unparalleled quality and attention to detail that went into this tasteful, timeless home. Recently expanded and completely remodeled with Boulder architect Lisa Egger and renowned local builder Sugarloaf, this level of construction quality and period detail is rarely seen in Boulder.
The front foyer is comfortable and welcoming, and leads into a beautiful family room. The family room features crown molding, natural oak floors, and windows that look north to Mapleton. Adjacent to the family room is a spacious and tasteful home office that can be accessed through the family room, or through a private entrance located off the front porch. This office or library can be closed off from the family room using the oversized pocket door.
A main floor bedroom is located on the west side of the home and features a great closet, beautiful detail, and an attached bathroom with beadboard wainscot, timeless console sink, and glass enclosed shower.
Through the family room is the formal dining room, which has plenty of space for an oversized dining table. The dining room features crown molding and a restored, built-in dining cabinet with glass enclosures. Directly through the dining room, on the south side of the home, is the stunning chef’s kitchen. Featuring walls of south and east facing windows, this space is flooded with morning light and offers vistas out to the picturesque English-style gardens. More on the gardens and outdoor space to come.
The kitchen was designed for a chef and a baker, and features custom Clive Christian cabinets throughout, topped with tasteful and functional slab Carrara marble counters. The center island features a wood surface that makes for excellent work space, and also provides a comfortable place to gather with friends. At the heart of the kitchen is the Aga cast iron range. The Aga has long been a staple in British country homes, and features consistently running ovens, two temperature controlled iron plates, and a large warming surface. In addition, it makes a beautiful statement and is truly a work of art. A thoughtfully located wall mounted pot filler sits above the Aga. The large main apron sink faces south out to the yard and gardens, while a prep sink faces east. The kitchen features a side-by-side Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer, and two refrigerator drawers and a wine fridge are tucked into the center island. The custom butler’s pantry features a second dishwasher, a prep sink, a built in Miele espresso machine and microwave, along with two large custom mahogany pantry cabinets and additional storage. No detail was overlooked in this remarkable kitchen.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a comfortable and bright breakfast room, which features a gas fireplace with marble surround and custom mantle, along with a large built-in buffet, also topped in Carrara marble. The breakfast room makes for a great area to dine and offers beautiful sight lines out to the rear covered porch, patio, and gardens. A secret door in the breakfast room leads down to the basement and mechanical room. The home features radiant heat throughout, and is cooled with air conditioning.
Up the original front stairs are two very comfortable bedrooms, along with the upper level laundry room. The master bedroom features two large custom closets that maximize every square inch of space. The elegant and well-lit master bathroom features a custom double vanity, high ceilings, a centered skylight, a large soaking tub, glass enclosed rain shower, and private toilet room. The master bathroom features Lefroy Brooks faucets and fixtures throughout.
The bedroom is spacious and comfortable, with vaulted ceilings, excellent south and east facing windows, a gas fireplace with a comfortable sitting space, along with built-in bookshelves, and a south facing master balcony. From the balcony there are seasonal views of the Flatirons, as well as a bird’s eye view of the elegant and manicured yard and gardens.
The second bedroom also features high ceilings, excellent windows, including multiple windows that look north out to Mapleton, and two skylights complete with moisture sensors that close automatically when it begins to rain. The en-suite bathroom features a console sink and a glass enclosed rain shower, clad in Carrara marble tile and complete with a bench below the window.
The picturesque and peaceful backyard and gardens, framed by a stone wall topped by a custom wood fence, can be accessed from a back door conveniently located between the kitchen and breakfast room, and can also be admired from the master balcony. A covered, south facing back porch offers excellent shade and a great place to sit, and features built in speakers. A large stone patio, surrounded by a stone half wall, makes for a very nice sitting area and also features an outdoor fireplace and a large, built in grill and work space. A large grassy area on the east side of the yard offers plenty of space to throw a ball. The crowning feature of the yard, nestled in the back left corner, is a formal herb garden highlighted by a delightful water feature, with gravel paths and featuring two shaded seating areas. This English style garden is rarely seen, wonderfully executed, and offers an excellent space to relax and enjoy this tranquil setting. The perimeter of the fenced yard is lined with abundant flowers and fruit bearing trees. The restored one-car garage features custom doors on both sides, tall ceilings, custom built-in cabinets, and currently functions as a woodworking shop. Around the west side of the garage is another beautiful garden featuring raised vegetable beds and espalier apples. With multiple areas to entertain, dine, and relax, this yard and its stunning gardens create a natural expansion of the home and offer excellent indoor/outdoor living that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
This location on Mapleton Hill cannot be overstated. Three blocks to the west is trailhead access to local favorite Mount Sanitas trails, as well as Red Rocks. A couple of blocks to the south is easy access to the Boulder Creek Path and a network of bike paths. North Boulder Park, a popular neighborhood park featuring play structures and a large grassy area to gather with the community is just a few blocks to the north. And downtown Boulder and the Pearl Street mall is an easy, five block stroll to the south. Pearl Street features award winning restaurants, bustling coffee shops, locally owned retail shopping, and much more.
The newly reopened Mapleton School is 2 blocks to the east and serves preschool and kindergarten aged children, and also has an excellent play structure and field. Equally charming in its look and feel, the neighborhood elementary school is the historic Whittier Elementary, the oldest continually operating school in the entire state. Whittier Elementary, located on 20th and Pine Streets, is also an International Baccalaureate School.
Featuring historic homes on tree lined streets, with unmatched access to trails, the neighborhood schools, and all that downtown Boulder has to offer, it’s easy to see why picturesque Mapleton Hill has always been one of Boulder’s most desired neighborhoods. 640 Mapleton offers a timeless, stunning home in one of Boulder’s most sought-after locations.