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Old 02-21-2015, 08:42 AM
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Hi, my wife and I are planning on moving to Colorado Springs to work. We are researching the best parts of town to live in. We want to buy a home up to $350-375 with a medium/big fenced yard for our dogs and enough space to raise backyard chickens. We want to avoid:

* avoid crime, gangs,
* avoid homeowner associations,
* avoid noise
* avoid high risk wildfire zones.

Can anyone suggest the best places that meet those criteria?


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Old 02-21-2015, 09:07 AM
Location: Southwestern, USA
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There are plenty of places, but I hesitate bec some are high end...like
the Old North End...others like Pleasant Valley are '60-
'70s ranchers...others, the houses are too close together for me.

I would want more info on the type of house you would like, esp square footage....Divine Redeemer area I like ...but that's me....you might be
more upscale or want something newer or have to have a huge backyard, see?
I happen to like the Patty Jewitt area. (that's a golf course with a great restaurant)

I tend to like 'central' areas of cities...not the suburbs, again, that's me.

I wonder if it would be better to respond with where I would not live...
(I hate chain link fence areas, for example...maybe you need one for doggies?)

I need a 2 car garage and a big lot fenced in...maybe you don't.

Hows about more of the type of place you'd like...price range?
If you said $5-700K+ I'd want Old North End...the whole Wood Ave. area.
I ride my bike there...so nice.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:36 AM
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i can probably pay up to $350K. I'd like 2000 - 3000 sq foot if I could get it.

I'd like a back yard with a fence for my dogs. I'd also like to be able to raise chickens in my back yard--forgot to mention that.

what do you think?
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:02 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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I would recommend the Broadmoor area. Lots of beautiful homes low crime and the best school district in the entire city.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:08 AM
Location: Pikes Peak Region
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Miss Hepburn likes the same areas as I do, the more central parts of town. Older houses in neighborhoods with character.

For your price range there are a lot of options. Patty Jewett, Shooks Run, Ivywild and the west side of town come to mind. HOAs aren't common in these more established areas, the trees are mature and beautiful. The houses are older so there is a mix of smaller and larger ones but start your search around those areas and see what pops up. Colorado Springs Real Estate - Official MLS Listings - PPAR.com is a good place to start a search. The areas mentioned are zip codes 80903, 80904 and 80906 and the southeast part of 80907.

I've lived in Ivywild and Old Colorado City the past few years and love both areas. Backyard chickens are fairly common in both and when I was in Ivywild I had a few of my own. There are local supply stores that have chicks in the spring and I've seen ads on craigslist offering laying hens.

Good luck in your search and feel free to ask any more questions that may come to mind.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:28 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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To avoid crime, avoid living in a high poverty area. Look here to find the poverty areas:

Mapping Poverty in America - The New York Times
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:22 AM
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The town of Fountain seems to have options which fit the bill. Just south of Colorado Springs.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:09 PM
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wow LittleKW, thanks for that link, that is GREAT!
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:11 PM
Location: North of Colorado Springs, CO
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Sounds like you want to live in Falcon. You will be a good ways away from the mountains (and a good bit of the Springs) but you'll get everything you're asking for.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:12 PM
Location: Colorado Springs
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City of Colorado Springs FAQ (https://www.springsgov.com/) on chickens:

Q: Can I keep chickens in the City?

A: Yes, there is a maximum of ten chickens allowed with no roosters permitted. Development standards will apply for accessory structures to house the animals. For additional questions and housing regulations, contact the Humane Society at (719) 473-1741.
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