Welcome to Chautauqua
A historic neighborhood ensconcing a Boulder landmark, where multimillion-dollar homes and striking vistas abound
Perched overlooking the soft glow of downtown Boulder, the Chautauqua neighborhood is one of the oldest, most revered residential locations in the city. With a name that translates to “gathering place,” it’s clear that those living in the area knew from the beginning exactly how beloved and coveted the neighborhood would be. Chautauqua features its iconic namesake park at the base of the Flatiron Mountains, where the vivid native flora blooms defiantly from the thick grass and creates a visual feast in the foreground of Boulder’s most famous prominent stone features.
Unique and curvy roads lead drivers through the impeccable, affluent neighborhood, which began with the creation of the Chautauqua Park in the late 19th century. Vast open spaces and tree-blanketed slopes create stunning 360-degree views, both from the peaks of nearby trails or the simple frame of your own front window.
Chautauqua is composed primarily of single-family homes lining arbored streets, large lots, and the occasional apartment and condo available for students at the nearby Colorado University. Due to its long-standing and rich history, the residential architecture of Chautauqua is remarkably diverse and spans across the centuries. From grand Victorians updated with the best in modern amenities to new-build townhomes and multimillion-dollar contemporary masterpieces, Chautauqua’s variety in both price and style enables a welcoming, open community.
What to Love
- Indoor and outdoor concert series in the Chautauqua Auditorium
- Highly valued sense of community togetherness and history
- Vast trails and park space at your disposal year-round
People & Lifestyle
Though at times dense with tourists, Chautauqua is typically a peaceful and outdoorsy neighborhood of like-minded residents who strive to maintain the beauty of the local parks and green spaces. The park itself makes for a spectacular venue and hosts many of the city’s annual events, which means that year-round residents won’t be short on activities to keep them engaged.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
Peer out at the astonishing Flatiron mountains from your outdoor seat at the Chautauqua Dining Hall, and you’ll see why visitors and residents alike have dubbed this one of the most unforgettable restaurants in all of Boulder. The wrap-around porch and quintessential Colorado cuisine have been enchanting diners since 1898, and the location remains a beloved wedding and event venue space.
Prefer to make your own meals at home? Chautauqua is packed with local goods and grocers set to provide for your cooking needs, including the organic produce and meats at Whole Foods. And while Chautauqua might not have its own assortment of retail stores or a bustling commercial scene, this historic neighborhood is less than ten minutes away from all of the offerings of the Pearl Street Mall. Cuisine ranging from hearty pub classics to upscale Italian and shops specializing in art, apparel, and decor are all just a few of the amenable facets of the downtown Boulder district.
Things to Do
What it lacks in shopping, Chautauqua more than makes up for through its natural majesty, outdoor appeal, and awe-inspiring historic sites. After all, the tourist population flocks to the small neighborhood for a reason. The Colorado Chautauqua is the venue for the city’s world-class concert series, held at the marvelous Chautauqua Auditorium and extends for six weeks. Among notable performers is the Colorado Symphony, which performs its own exquisite series during the season as well.
Chautauqua also abounds in events that celebrate a large scope of interests and cultures, including the yearly Shakespeare Festival at the Chautauqua Auditorium, thrilling theater aficionados throughout the city. Others will want to dive into the transformative experience that is the Hanuman Festival, which pairs the sacred practices of yoga with music and uplifting teachings.
Chautauqua is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- New Vista High School, 9-12, well-rated public high school
- Summit Middle Charter School, 6-8, one of the top ten best public middle schools in the state