Boulder County Market Report and Alpine Modern Restaurant Review

Boulder County August Real Estate Market Report

Following a lull from mid-July to mid-August, Boulder County real estate action heated up in the final two weeks of the month, finishing strong with overall sales up 7.4% over August 2014.  With inventory down 9% from last year and 70% below long term averages the upward price pressure has been extreme, average overall prices are up 10% year-on-year including attached and single family homes.  September has so far seen an uptick in new listings compared to recent years but inventory is still down from August reflecting seasonal norms as we head into winter (Source:IRES MLS).   

With the sustained high demand and low supply, bidding wars on listings in popular neighborhoods remain the norm. Most premiums over asking end up in the 1% to 3% range in Boulder County, my average is 7.0%.  There is no substitute for in-depth research, proven strategy, and hard work.  Call me anytime for a consultation on getting your highest price or buying the house of your dreams, it is my distinct pleasure to help and your referrals of anyone considering entering the market are sincerely appreciated!  

Alpine Modern Café Restaurant Review

The metamorphosis of longtime stalwart Delilah’s Pretty Good Grocery into an organic co-op and now Alpine Modern Café happened only a few blocks from Boulder’s downtown core at 9th and College, yet somehow I missed it.  The transmogrification from quaint to cutting edge is so complete that I initially had the sense of being in a different city, or a parallel universe.  It’s a good universe, the Alpine Modern ‘elevated living’ aesthetic with burl walnut tables, subway tile and Carrera marble is solid with curvy chrome accents.  The vision is articulated through multiple Boulder channels including a retail store downtown, a magazine and the café; all are worth a visit.  Alpine Modern is 100% mom and pop passion but is so well executed it gives Apple a run for its money and makes me feel cooler and younger than I look in the mirror every time I go.  It also draws a mix of local homeowners, students and passersby creating community in an otherwise dead area across from the cemetery.

From the breakfast menu, the Avocado and Egg Tartine is served on crusty fresh sourdough with lots of ripe avocado and a perfect soft boiled egg.  It’s the details I appreciate, with radish slices and drizzled extra virgin olive oil adding zesty complexity.  If you prefer a sweeter breakfast many regulars swear by the Warm Quinoa Porridge, and the coffee comes from renowned Denver roaster Huckleberry.

                              The Avocado and Egg Tartine at Alpine Modern Cafe

                              The Avocado and Egg Tartine at Alpine Modern Cafe


The Quinoa Salad works well as a light lunch option with sherry vinaigrette quinoa meeting avocado to create a well-balanced bowl of goodness, add Alder smoked salmon to tide you over till dinnertime.  Baguette sandwiches are crafted with long thin pretzel roll buns, a fun take on the French version.  Overall it’s hard to lose at Alpine Modern, quality and attention to detail permeate everything on the menu and the service is spot on.  Please don’t go as often as I have been lately it’s getting harder to find a seat, and as always let me know what you think!            

Alpine Modern Café, 904 College Avenue, Boulder, 303 954 0129