South Boulder artistic home an entertainer’s paradise

Large home sits on one of Boulder County’s highest lots

By Tatyana Sharpton Jun 24 2020

Editor’s note: BLDRfly’s fly listing of the week features custom stories on standout listings every week sponsored by a local real estate agent or brokerage. More information on the sponsorship here.

BLDRfly’s fly listing of the week presents a three-bedroom, four-bath, 4,720-square-foot mountain home on a 0.43-acre lot in South Boulder’s Rolling Hills neighborhood, listed for $2,389,500 at 2855 Lafayette Drive.

Listed by Karen Bernardi, who leads The Bernardi Group at Coldwell Banker, the home sits on a high lot over a drop-off that connects its backyard to open space below; a fence keeps wildlife from snacking on its garden.

Built in 1974 and most recently owned and renovated by the owner of the former Maclaren Markowitz Gallery, the home’s high ceilings, modern architecture and large windows give it an eclectic, artsy vibe conducive to entertaining. At one point, it even showcased approximately 86 pieces of original art from artists represented by the gallery, including some outdoor sculptures that will come with the house.

Karen Bernardi

“It’s very creative,” says Karen, “with lots of glass that accentuates the views, cool room designs and lots of wall space.”

The two-story home’s landscaping also reflects this creativity, with lots of little nooks, gardens and gates, like the one at its entrance that opens to a flower-filled courtyard and leads to a hidden-from-street-view front door.

Its design supports in and outdoor living and hosting; a large wrap-around deck for friends to spill out and a grape arbor-covered patio provides a shady spot to enjoy breakfast and soak in morning views. The home also has a 20-by-30-foot greenhouse connected to the family room.

The home’s patio looks out onto the entire Boulder valley. Image: IRES MLS,

A 360 degree mountain view

Less than a quarter of a mile (four minutes walking) from Boulder’s Shanahan Ridge Trailhead, a four minute drive from Harlow Platts Community Park Playground, and about seven minutes from Marshall Mesa Trailhead, the home poises occupants for outdoor adventure.

Reach Out to The Bernardi Group for Private Showing

“It’s one of if not the highest house within the city limits of Boulder,” says Karen. The home’s upstairs features a 360-degree view of the mountains and out East.

Since the start of Covid-19, Karen has seen an influx of people moving from larger cities like New York City and LA. Sitting on one of the highest lots in city of Boulder removes restrictions, allowing you to build an even larger home if a new owner wishes.

The home’s previous owner renovated its kitchen twice. Image: IRES MLS,

Reach out to Karen Bernardi’s team to set up a one-on-one video showing or to ask any questions. You can also access the 3D virtual tour on the listing site here.

Karen brings nearly three decades of local real estate experience to every transaction, where she specializes in mountain communities from far up Sunshine Canyon, to Golf Course communities in Broomfield and Westminster, from horse properties in Lyons, to Boulder’s prestigious Carolyn Heights neighborhood.

Header image: Art space + fairy gardens in the heart of South Boulder’s natural landscape. Image: IRES MLS,