When buying a home, the move is always the hardest part. What will your new city look like? What is there to do? Where is the best music venue? We would like to help in any way we can by giving you a little information at some of the communities we service.
Second only to Denver in population in the state of Colorado, the city of Colorado Springs has a remarkable ability to balance feeling both urban and small town. The city is home to many students and military personnel, with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and several military bases in immediate proximity to the city. Known for its family focus and cutting edge technology development, Colorado Springs continues to grow in the shadows of Pike’s Peak. Remarkable red rock formations comprise the famous Garden of the Gods, and vibrant businesses dot the Interstate 25 corridor that connects the northern and southern halves of Colorado. Denver, the state capital and center of the largest metro area in Colorado, is only 70 miles north of town, with the peaks of the Rockies even closer to the west. There is no shortage of outdoor activities near any part of the city.
Ute Pass Area
Enjoy a glass of Colorado wine creekside or relax for the night at a bed & breakfast in Cascade. Take a moment to lock your gaze on the spectacular Green Mtn Falls. Discover a new trailhead tucked behind the hills of Chipita Park. Travel down Ute Pass, the corridor connecting Colorado Springs to Woodland Park and beyond into the elevated grasslands hidden behind the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Gorgeous homes can be found between thickets of trees along the ridges on either side of US Highway 24, the main route through the pass.
From city-woodlandpark.org: “Woodland Park is a flourishing, family-friendly community of people who enjoy a high quality of life.” The most populous town in Teller County, the city of Woodland Park is a mid-mountain haven of both activity and relaxation. Situated at the base of Pike’s Peak, residents and travelers alike find hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, four-wheeling, fishing, golf and other outdoor activities abound during all four seasons. Standard shopping centers, as well as unique shops, flank US Highway 24, the main artery through the town. Indoor activities include music, visual art, theater, and, of course, restaurants and taverns.
A famous gold mining town in its own right, Cripple Creek has been a home for many outdoor enthusiasts, artists, and entrepreneurs for well over a century. Most of the town’s travelers and tourists come for both Rocky Mountain repose and the excitement of its more recent gold rush - gambling. Since 1991, both new and antiquated buildings now house casinos of various sizes and activities. A pair of theaters, one featuring films and the other featuring true theatre troupe acting, provide year-round entertainment. Gold mining views and information can be found while riding the Victor and Cripple Creek Narrow Gauge Railway, a mainstay of the town. There is no shortage of vistas, trails, and streams to pursue your favorite activities in the natural landscapes surrounding the town.
6 short miles west of downtown Colorado Springs is the quaint, yet vibrant, city of Manitou Springs. Rated as one of 8 premiere “retirement-friendly” locations in America, there are plenty of options for both activity and relaxation throughout the town. Enjoy a crimson sunset while soaking in the hot springs, or enjoy the hops at a local brewpub. Outdoor musical events line the summer calendars, while snowshoeing and cross-country skiing draws the heartiest of adventurers out of their snow-covered cabins. Mere minutes from both Colorado Springs and the mountains themselves, Manitou Springs tourists and residents get to have a touch of it all.
Not to be missed along the north slope of “America’s Mountain,” Pike’s Peak, the town of Divide is a historic and compact community. Notable for having inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the famous tune “America the Beautiful,” the residents of Divide are assured protection of their picturesque town from excessive development. A regional growth plan maintains Divide’s “rural” aesthetic, while it still lies in proximity to the larger urbanized landscape of Colorado Springs down the pass. Mueller State Park provides exceptional outdoor activities, while the seclusion of the ranches and cabins that have cropped up along US Highway 24 allows the serenity of mountain life to reach indoors as well.