What schools would my children attend?
Washington Village is in Boulder Valley School District RE-2. Public schools that serve Washington Village include:
The school district has a process by which students can apply to attend other schools in the district, such as Foothills Elementary, Whittier Elementary, or Fairview High School, which are within easy reach of Washington Village. Boulder also has a number of private school options. One of our community members has her daughter enrolled in the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in North Boulder.
NOTE: Boulder Schools are not just for children. The University of Colorado Boulder (aka CU Boulder) offers adults who are 55+ the option to audit classes for a small fee, and we enjoy many other benefits of living near a university campus. CU runs the Conference on World Affairs every spring, with a variety of panel discussions and performances that are open to anyone who chooses to show up.
How far is downtown?
We are 9 blocks from the heart of Pearl Street Mall. It's a scenic 15-minute walk, 5-minutes biking, 7 minutes by the SKIP bus route, or 5-minute drive.
Location is one of the best features of Washington Village. It's really hard to beat the convenience. Being close to everything lets you get your errands done quickly, so you can spend more time having fun.
Broadway Shopping Center: 2 blocks south
Ideal Market (groceries), Pharmaca (pharmacy/post office), Wine Merchant, restaurants (Noodles, Breadworks, Moe's Bagels, KT's BBQ, Hungry Toad, Milo's), coffee/tea shops (Vic's, Pekoe), Urban Pearl hair salon and the Alpine Barber, Sweet Cow ice cream, Ian Fredericks Eyewear, dry cleaners, gift show, flower shop, bike shop, and tons of open air seating where you can hang out with friends and view the Flat Irons in the distance.
Community Garden (Hawthorne Garden): 3 blocks north
Hawthorne Garden is one of the prime community gardens in Boulder, with 300 garden plots, a 2-acre CSA youth program, children's Peace Garden, ability garden, greenhouses, and an orchard and berry patch.
Pearl Street Mall: 9 blocks south
Boulder's downtown not only has outstanding restaurants and shopping, but also offers a number of street performers, craft fairs, festivals and music events that happen over the course of the entire year.
Boulder Farmer's Market: 11 blocks south
With locally grown vegetables, meats, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheese and wines sold by the farmers that produce them. While you're purchasing your fresh fruits and veggies (many of them organically grown), enjoy a tasty pastry from a local bakery or a meal created by local chefs.
Boulder Public Library: 12 blocks south
The main branch is downtown, where you can borrow a wide variety of media and publications, as well as events and art shows. The library spans Boulder Creek, which is a very pleasant place to ride or walk any time of year.
Bike Lanes/Paths: Everywhere
With miles and miles of bike lanes, separate bike paths, and the Valmont Bike Park (3 miles away), Boulder is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. More bike commuters travel down 13th Street than car commuters.
Open Space Trail Access: 1.2 miles
The "goat path" up Mt. Sanitas starts at the west end of Forest Street, or a less rigorous path starts at the trailhead on Mapleton Street. Hikers also enjoy relatively quick hikes around the Flat Irons above Chautauqua. And these are just a few of the nearby paths.
How do neighbors feel about the development?
The project experienced some significant resistance from the neighborhood between 2006-2008 that resulted in a compromise that turned one of the condo buildings into 6 single-family homes and a public park to preserve some of the open space of the school grounds and have the development present more of a residential face to the well-established residential neighborhood of Old North Boulder. While there will always be some who choose to resist any new development, many of the neighbors seem to be delighted with the project and how it is turning out. Community members have a number of ideas for how we can add value to the neighborhood by inviting neighbors to participate in some of our activities, such as art shows, neighborhood-wide pot-luck suppers, workshops, seminars and exercise classes, and possibly getting a casual Bocce ball league going in the park on summer evenings.
How did the 2013 flood impact the development?
The property is not in the 100-year floodplain, so we were fortunate to not have any creeks overflowing onto our property or surface water running into our buildings. However, we did experience a significant rise in the water table to a level that is above the bottom of the foundation for the single-family homes that have basements. These houses are currently dependent on sump pumps to keep their lower levels dry. The ground water from under the houses is being channeled to the storm water drainage pipe that runes down Broadway. No water entered the Schoolhouse and the water table is not high enough to interfere with the Elm townhome basements.