The area just west of the University of Colorado is referred to as the “Hill”. Located on a steep incline just south of Downtown Boulder the Hill is a collection of eclectic shops and student oriented restaurants and bars. The close in surrounding area is a mix of fraternity and sorority houses, apartments and shared housing for students. Their are many older homes in this area and many have been converted to student housing. Some of the most charming older homes in Boulder are located to the west and south of this area. It is a very interesting blend of student population, teachers and others associated with the university and a mix of long time residents and new families that are drawn to this area.