A craftsman bungalow in downtown Boulder

Optimizing space while preserving craftsman character

By BLDRfly Creative Studio Aug 12 2020

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BLDRfly’s fly listing of the week presents a bright 1920’s 2-bed, 1-bath bungalow on a 1,235 square-foot lot listed for $760,000 at 2120 15th Street #9.

Listed by Ellen Ross of Coldwell Banker, the condo offers private living with its own private patio and backyard area. Originally on a single deed with three other buildings, the owners had to condominiumize the property to split it up and sell each unit separately; thus, we have No. 9.

The home’s vaulted ceilings and skylights bring tons of natural light, with windows almost 56-inches wide, and that combined with its open layout gives the 810-square-foot space a spacious feel. Its neutral palette allows anyone to bring their own pop of color and style.

Recently renovated by Ellen, who has owned the home for 16 years as a rental property, the bungalow features a brand new furnace, all refinished hardwood floors and a dual fuel stove for those who love to cook.

She also updated appliances to optimize space. In keeping with the home’s post-World War I Arts and Crafts style architecture — marked by the home’s tapered big front columns and trim — a single piece of stainless steel from Germany defines the updated kitchen sink.

Super Boulder accessible

Set back on 15th Street with a sidewalk in front of it, residents live close enough to Pearl Street Mall they can walk but still feel like they’re in a residential neighborhood.

With great walkability to everything on both east and west sides of Pearl Street, Beleza Coffee Bar just a 12-minute walk north and Boxcar and the suite of restaurants and businesses on West Pearl just two blocks away, and the Boulder Canyon bike path just north, this home has a prime Boulder location. (Which makes it quite a good investment property.)

“If you didn’t want to drive,” Ellen tells BLDRfly, “you’d have access on foot or bike to anything!”


In the 16 years Ellen owned it, she only had three tenants. With Covid-19 shifting everyone’s flow, her last tenant got an opportunity back East and suddenly Ellen had time to refresh and renovate the space, playing general contractor and designer and bringing in experts.

Reach out to Ellen Ross to set up a one-on-one video showing or to ask any questions.

Ellen Ross has called Boulder home for 30 years and has owned and managed residential and commercial investment properties in the Boulder area for the past 15 years. She joined Coldwell Banker after enjoying a career as a marketing professional and raising two children.