Boulder Equestrian Homes For Sale
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Equestrian Homes For Sale in Boulder, CO
Boulder Horse Property
Boulder is one of the most popular places to live in Colorado, especially for buyers who enjoy outdoor activities such as horseback riding. If you're looking for an equestrian property in Colorado, then Boulder could be the perfect fit for you. Kenna Real Estate can help you to select the perfect horse property in Boulder and support you throughout the process of buying your new home.
Living in Boulder
The city of Boulder and the surrounding county of the same name are widely considered among the best places to live in Colorado due to the high quality of life in the area. Boulder is a thriving city, and many people commute to work here or live in the surrounding suburbs. As well as some excellent bars, restaurants, and leisure facilities, locals can also enjoy frequent arts, music, and sporting events. The local schools are excellent, so Boulder is a good choice for families. However, there are also lots of younger residents who are attracted by the strong job prospects and vibrant culture of the city. Boulder is ideally located for exploring the surrounding landscape, including the nearby Rockies, which provide spectacular views from many properties in the area.
Is Boulder Horse Friendly?
Outdoor activities of all kinds play a big part in the Boulder lifestyle, so horseback riding is a popular activity in the area. Boulder County actually has more horses than cows, despite having many working ranches in the area. Horses play a big role in the local community, and it is easy to find services such as farriers, equine veterinarians, and tack suppliers in the area. Boulder also has some superb trails and open spaces where you can ride, although you'll often have to share these areas with other users, including families, hikers, and cyclists.
However, Boulder is also a very busy city, and the more urban areas at the center of the community are less suitable for horse ownership or riding. If you're planning to live in this area, then you might want to look for boarding stables nearby rather than keeping your horse on your own land. Boulder County has some excellent boarding facilities that are easy to reach from the center of the city.
Colorado Horse Rescue is based just outside the city. The charity provides rehabilitation services for neglected or unwanted horses as well as support for horse owners in the community. The CHR also offers horses for adoption once they are well enough to leave, so it can be a good place to find your horse to enjoy your new property in the area.
Equestrian Trails and Equine Facilities in Boulder
Boulder is a very horse-friendly area, so there are few restrictions on which trails and open areas you can ride in. The trails are often rocky, so it is best to shoe your horse before tackling them. You are also likely to encounter other trail users, so it's important to ensure your horse is comfortable in what can be a busy environment, especially in the summer months.
Boulder County manages extensive public spaces that have some superb trails for different levels of riders. Some of the best places for horseback riding include Rock Creek Farm, the Caribou Ranch, Rabbit Mountain, and the Heil Valley Ranch. Horses are allowed on most trails in these open spaces, except the Lichen Loop at the Heil Valley Ranch and the sections of the Rock Creek and Coal Creek Trails that pass through Lafayette and Louisville. One part of the Walker Ranch Loop is also best to avoid as it has a steep section of stairs that are difficult for horses to manage. Some of the other trails through parks and nature reserves are also off-limits to horses, but you'll have plenty of horse-friendly options to choose from in the Boulder area.
You won't find as many places to ride within the city of Boulder as a lot of routes have been closed to horses. However, there are some interesting routes in areas such as Greenbelt Plateau, the Boulder Valley Ranch, Flatirons Vista, and Goshawk Ridge. It's important to check which areas allow horses and to check if you're allowed to leave the trail if you want a more adventurous ride. Although Boulder is very horse-friendly, there are sometimes restrictions in place to protect the environment or ensure other users have space for different types of outdoor activities.
The best way to keep up to date with where you can ride is through the Boulder County Horse Association (BCHA), which provides various services for horse owners in the area. The BCHA also organizes group rides and other events, so joining is a good way to get to know other horse owners and riders in the area. It's also a good idea to download the Boulder Area Trails App, which provides real-time updates on trail closures.
Since horseback riding is so popular in the Boulder area, there are many other facilities, including riding schools, boarding stables, dude ranch experiences, and equine therapy centers nearby. The area is also well served by equine supply stores and other essential services for horse owners, which makes caring for your horses much simpler. You should easily be able to find everything that you and your horse need in the area.
Homes with Acres in Boulder
You can find a wide range of homes for sale in Boulder. Properties in the city itself are usually too small to keep your own horse, although there are some larger lots around the edges. However, the surrounding Boulder County has some of the best horse properties for sale in Colorado. If you're planning on keeping multiple horses, then Boulder County will be one of the best places to look for your new home. It is possible to buy homes with many acres in this area, often with excellent facilities for horses, including barns, stables, and outdoor arenas.
Many properties in Boulder County are zoned for horses, but the number you can keep will depend on the size of the property and where it is located. Most residents will be able to keep riding horses for their own use, even in suburban areas, as long as they have at least half an acre of pasture per horse. You may be able to keep more horses if the land you buy is classified as agricultural rather than residential. If you want to keep other livestock or horses for other purposes, then you will need to consult the local zoning district regulations. Your Kenna realtor can ensure that you understand the local regulations so that you can choose a suitable property for your needs.
Finding a Horse Property in Boulder
Boulder is one of the most popular locations in Colorado, and there are some great properties in the area. If you want to live in the city, then you may want to consider boarding your horses rather than buying your own land. However, if you would prefer to live on the outskirts of Boulder or in a more rural area, then it is possible to find some great homes with acres for horses.
The first step to finding your dream equestrian home will be to narrow down the options. The property search on Kenna Real Estate's website can help you to do this, as you can choose to only see properties where horses are allowed. Our search filters also allow you to select properties that have the equestrian properties you need. You can choose to look for properties that come with a barn or stables, paddocks, a corral, or an arena where you can ride. You will also be able to narrow down your search according to the features of the houses that come with the land, such as the number of beds and baths or the age of the building. Our experienced realtors can also help with your property search by recommending properties for sale in Boulder that match your requirements.
Once you have a selection of properties that meet your needs, you might want to arrange viewings or ask your realtor for more information about each home. All of the properties you view should meet the essential criteria you have set for yourself, but there may be other features that you would like your new home to have, if possible. You should look for properties that have as many of these features as possible when you are comparing the listings. Your Kenna realtor will be ready to answer any questions and advise you on your property search when you need help.
Tips on Buying Equestrian Properties
Buying a horse property is different from buying any other type of home. As well as considering the house itself, you will also need to ensure that the land you are buying will be suitable for your purposes. Since you will have many additional points to consider when looking at a horse property for sale in Boulder, it is even more important to have a realtor you can trust to guide you through the process. Your Kenna realtor can advise you on every aspect of buying horse property in Boulder. Some of the questions that we can help you to consider are as follows.
- Is the property zoned for horses? Many people own horses in Boulder County, so there are many suitable properties in the area. However, it's always important to check the local zoning regulations and to be aware of any other rules that cover the property before you buy. Kenna's local realtors are very familiar with the regulations in Boulder County, so we can help you to select a property that suits you, whether you need room for a single-riding horse or you're planning to build a new stable on your property.
- Does the property have enough space for your horses? Knowing how much land you need is essential when you are buying a home with acres. Properties in Boulder County are expected to have at least half an acre of pasture for each horse that you keep, but the requirements can depend on where the property is located and what uses you are making of the land. As well as considering pasture space, you may also need to allow room for exercise areas such as an arena and outbuildings like a barn or stable.
- What equestrian facilities do you need? Horse properties for sale in Boulder come with a range of different equine facilities. Some of the larger properties in this area have corrals, barns, arenas, and other areas for keeping and riding horses. Others only have small pastures where you can keep horses and might need some work in order to meet your needs if you want your own stable or other facilities. If you're looking for a property with specific facilities, then you can use the Kenna property search to select homes that meet your requirements. Your Kenna realtor can also recommend properties that would be suitable for you.
How Kenna Real Estate Can Help
Having the support of an experienced realtor is essential when you are buying a home with acres. In addition to all the usual considerations when buying a home, you will also need to evaluate the quality of the land and equine facilities. A realtor who has experience with equestrian properties can also provide valuable advice on local zoning laws and other regulations that could affect the land you're buying.
Kenna Real Estate has extensive experience with properties for sale in the Boulder area. Our team of dedicated realtors has helped many horse owners to find their new homes in the area. We are very familiar with Boulder and the surrounding areas, so we can answer all your questions about buying property in the region. Since we have plenty of experience with equestrian properties, we also understand the unique needs of horse owners. We can recommend properties that would be a good match for you and support you throughout the process of buying your new home.