After 28 years of living in essentially the same six block radius of western/central Boulder, CO it was time for a change. We have been pondering a move for a few years now. We seriously considered Europe, but too big of a change for right now. How about a modern prefab on land somewhere? Or build our own new home? We’ve been collecting information and scanning websites and MLS. We have loved Boulder but sometimes there is a need for a new view, a different perspective. I began to really listen and pay attention to the words I was using when describing what I wanted in a move. Space, different view, a bit removed. I narrowed it down to wanting a home where I couldn’t see another house, where our dogs could run free, I could play my music loud and sunbathe without worry of the UPS man popping in. A few months ago my daughter and I began the hunt in earnest. One lazy Sunday my daughter and I drove out to see several different properties. Each one was a bit too run down, or too far out, or too something
. The last one on my list that day was in the foothills. Now, when you live in Boulder you are either in the city or in the mountains. I have NEVER been a mountain gal. I love visiting them and camping in them but to MOVE to them, ahhh no thanks. However, it was a beautiful day, and we were out and about anyway, so we decided to take the winding road up the mountain. Twisting, turning, then dirt, then more swirls, then a private road off the already dirt isolated road, and there it was, our new home. We both knew it from that moment. There perched on the side of rock outcropping was a stucco adobe styled home with a view, oh the view! Space! I took my husband up to see it that week in one of Colorado’s renowned freak spring blizzards, figuring this was a good test of the roads and what it would be like in the winter, and success! The inside of the home is spacious, all open with a huge sun room spanning the entire west side of the house and uninterrupted view of Bald Mountain. The handcrafted mud Kiva fireplaces
sits regally at the center of the open living space. The traditionally crafted handmade mud and straw brick walls surrounding it, with convenient little nooks for my “special treasures”.
It has been like moving to another state, it is so different than living in the city, but with a 15 minute drive down to a town we have known and loved for 28 years. Surrounded by 200 acres, private trail to nearby waterfall, wildlife abounds! As I sit in my red chair and wonder at my good fortune, watching the hummingbirds buzz by, and in the evening soaking up the extraordinary starlight, I am grateful, I am still, I have a new perspective. It is amazing what the subtle and not so subtle shifts you can create in your life can produce. When you get that “evite” to our next Wear Peace open house you MUST come up and travel with us to a different state, of mind, and come spend some time in my red chair.