Welcome to Wonderland Hills & Dakota Ridge
Countryside luxury minutes from downtown Boulder
These neighborhoods are located in northwest Boulder and combine the privacy of serene mountain living with access to an exciting downtown scene. The residential areas are made up of peaceful streets and beautiful mountain views that make locals forget they live within a city.
Wonderland Hills was established in the early 1970s and focused on being a luxury suburb with easy access to the foothills. Largely newer, Dakota Ridge was built in the 200s and offers numerous townhomes and apartments alongside single-family properties. Both communities offer the best of green living, with eco-conscious homes and energy-saving amenities located inside the communities.
What to Love
- Walkable and amenity-laden residential communities
- Fast access to hiking and biking trails
- A small-town feel focused on friendship and belonging
Residents of Wonderland Hills and Dakota Ridge enjoy a lifestyle of luxury and peace. The homes here are large and often located on spacious lots, and the community is incredibly serene and welcoming. Tree-lined streets and plenty of open green spaces greet locals and visitors as they explore Wonderland Hills and Dakota Ridge. These neighborhoods are perfect places to raise a family or enjoy a peaceful and quiet lifestyle close to the mountains. Outdoor recreation is highly popular, and many people take advantage of the area’s easy mountain access by spending their free time exploring local hiking trails.
The homes in Wonderland Hills and Dakota Ridge are large modern builds focused on providing space to grow for budding families and state-of-the-art amenities for the average homebuyer. Properties often favor ranch-style architecture. The well-manicured lots and lawns here are large and often appear to disappear into the surrounding mountain ranges, giving the neighborhood a spacious and open feeling residents love.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
is a stylish tapas bar and restaurant channeling rustic European charm and flavors for the residents of Wonderland Hills and Dakota Ridge. The menu features an array of classic Spanish dishes, indulgent paellas, wood-fired pizzas, and decadent pasta. The ample outdoor seating provides a celebratory atmosphere that locals love.
For freshly-made small-batch bakery items, check out Lucky’s Bakehouse
. This locally owned bakery is a favorite of local residents who love to stop in for newly made two-day croissants, blue corn cookies, extravagantly custom-made cakes, and many other bakery items. Lucky’s offers an array of alternative menu items, including paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free pastries.
Lucky’s Bakehouse Café
is situated across the parking lot from the bakery. Under the same ownership, the café utilizes the same mentality of providing health-conscious, diverse, and delicious fare to Boulder residents. Lucky’s savory comfort foods hit the spot for neighborhood residents, and the locale’s dishes have helped the restaurant become a culinary staple of the area for over 20 years.
North Boulder Liquor
is a long-standing local establishment specializing in the finest alcoholic offerings. Belying its humble appearance, this residential favorite stocks a wide variety of craft beers, high-end wines, and over 150 malt liquors.
Things to Do
is the area’s central natural green space making up the Wonderland Hills community. This vast expanse of preservation land combines open prairies and foothills to create an idyllic scene of serenity and peace. Wonderland Lake Trailhead
loops easily around the lake, with access to several other trails leading into the mountains. Regardless of skill level, hikers can enjoy the area’s trails. Wonderland Lake also boasts a children’s playground and a beach ideal for lounging, fishing, relaxing, or watching paragliders and hang-gliders as they launch from Wonderland Hill.
Another fantastic way to access the mountain trails near North Boulder is through Foothills Community Park
. This 65-acre park provides locals with abundant recreational amenities, including playgrounds, basketball courts, in-line hockey rinks, soccer fields, multi-use sports fields, a pickleball court, multi-use paths, and several covered shelters. The park also features several interactive activities for children that stimulate and encourage natural play, such as a polar sundial, a rock wall, and art installations in the playground and along sidewalks.
Foothills Community Park is also home to one of Wonderland residents’ favorite dog parks, the Foothills Off-Leash Dog Park
. The park is separated into two sections, so small and large dogs can play while owners enjoy the gorgeous views. Water fountains and covered picnic tables are available in each area, making this dog park an excellent place for a meetup with your pups.