Chautauqua Park sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains under what is called “The Flatirons” –huge rocks that overlook the entire Boulder Valley. The Chautauqua area extends East and South of Baseline Road from the park and North and West of the park. The main entrance to the park is located at the corner of Baseline Road and Grant Street.
Chautauqua Park is a magical year-round place where time seems to standstill. Chautauqua Park was part of the Chautauqua Movement that was started in upstate New York in the late 1800s. People were moving West and were accustomed to culture and education. Now they were settling in remote places where there was no culture. This cultural movement swept the U.S. in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The movement consisted of over 12,000 sites bringing lectures, performances, concerts, classes, and exhibitions to thousands of people in small towns. The Colorado Chautauqua was founded by the Boulder civic leaders and Texas teachers on July 4, 1898. Theodore Roosevelt called the Chautauqua movement, “The most American thing in America.”
The Colorado Chautauqua is one of only 22 National Historic Landmarks in the state of Colorado and is one of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in the U.S. It continues to exemplify its original ideals of culture and educational experiences.
The neighborhood of Chautauqua consists of the park, the homes to the East and South of Baseline Road, and the homes to the North and West of the park. The park has 100 cottages, 39 of which are privately owned, the remaining cottages are rented out at a nightly, weekly, and monthly rate, and the homes to the East and South of Baseline Road and row homes to the North and West of the park.
After 24 years of practicing Real Estate, I have finally chosen my niche and it is the Chautauqua area. Even though I will continue to service all of Boulder County, my heart is in the Chautauqua Park area.
My family goes back 3 generations to Chautauqua Park. My grandparents started coming to Boulder in 1918. They bought one of the cottages in the park, then tore it down and rebuilt the present cottage in the winter of 1924-25. I spent every summer of my life at Chautauqua Park. I moved to Boulder in 1993 and raised my son in that cottage after I became a single mom.