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Old 07-13-2018, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Charleston SC
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If you could live anywhere in Colorado Springs, where/which neighborhood would it be and why?

Thank you for your input!
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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I love where I'm at - Security/Widefield/Fountain - small town feel, more diversity than many other parts of town, less expensive in many areas (lower taxes, cheaper homes etc.), family is here, good mountain views, etc.

However, I would say I really like the Broadmoor neighborhood too - if money were no object - some really nice homes there, nice shady trees everywhere, etc.

Although the NE part of town is really popular and I see the appeal, I just don't like how hot the market is - too much growth too fast for me. And because so much of it is new it feels rather sterile and commercialistic to me.
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Charleston SC
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I love where I'm at - Security/Widefield/Fountain - small town feel, more diversity than many other parts of town, less expensive in many areas (lower taxes, cheaper homes etc.), family is here, good mountain views, etc.

However, I would say I really like the Broadmoor neighborhood too - if money were no object - some really nice homes there, nice shady trees everywhere, etc.

Although the NE part of town is really popular and I see the appeal, I just don't like how hot the market is - too much growth too fast for me. And because so much of it is new it feels rather sterile and commercialistic to me.
Thank you so much. I won't be there to see it all for another 2 weeks but your take on Broadmoor and the NE is exactly how Im feeling after doing lots of online homework. Ill look into Security/Widefield/Fountain. TY!
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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West side. Old Colorado City. Historic, artistic, creative, experimental, laid back. A little sanity in the insantiy that is Colorado Springs.
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Which environment are you seeking? How much can you afford? What are your priorities, e.g. schools, size of lot, driving distance or walking distance to stores, etc.

There is no one place. You need to decide priorities.

Personally, I live near Rampart HS and I like the location because after 30 years or so, the trees have grown, the neighbors are nice, the crime rate is low, and we're very close to everything we need.
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Charleston SC
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Which environment are you seeking? How much can you afford? What are your priorities, e.g. schools, size of lot, driving distance or walking distance to stores, etc.

There is no one place. You need to decide priorities.

Personally, I live near Rampart HS and I like the location because after 30 years or so, the trees have grown, the neighbors are nice, the crime rate is low, and we're very close to everything we need.
Schools that are known for having a good special needs program is important. My youngest will be going into 6th grade. A sense of community (whether it be neighborhood, or country club, etc). We are downsizing as our youngest is our last at home so in an ideal world, we'd like to spend mid 500's tops but can certainly go up if we find a house/neighborhood/area we like. SMALL house is also a goal. I love the Flying Horse Club but the layout of the homes is bothersome to me unless you go custom which takes us out of our price point. THANK YOU!
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Although the NE part of town is really popular and I see the appeal, I just don't like how hot the market is - too much growth too fast for me. And because so much of it is new it feels rather sterile and commercialistic to me.
Totally agree I don't even feel like I'm in Colorado Springs when I go up to Briargate or Flying Horse lily white sterility.
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Cost no object, it would definetly be one of the old or old looking estate styled places in the Broadmoor. Simply because I love old houses and many of these are sitting on 2+ acre lots.

Manitou is nice for its old architecture, but the lots sizes are simply not compatible with my lifestyle.

Some of the areas on Mesa Rd are very nice. Most are mid century, which isn't my preference, but some of the new construction is pretty nice. This stretch of road has probably the best views both east and west of any place in the city and in most cases, lots are large enough to suite my taste.

I'm actually very happy where I'm at in Old North End Neighborhood (ONEN). I'm in one of the more average sized houses in the area and would love to have a larger one, but overall the area is great. Wide roads, wide sidewalks, old tree canopy, active community, near downtown, close to the interstate, and more.

There are some very nice newer neighborhoods in the growing northern parts of the area. If you have a budget target and school needs, I'd look at schools and programs you need first, budget areas nearby, then sort through specific neighborhoods.

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Old 07-14-2018, 07:42 AM
 
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1. I'd look at neighborhoods that surround the Broadmoor in D12. Skyway, Broadmoor Ridge, and more. Close to trees, the mountains, parks, and things to do.

The only downside is that it is further South & when you have to go shopping there will be more homeless people and, "grime," sitting outside or on the roads than in other parts of the city due to the proximity to creeks, camps, and downtown.

2. Peregrine. Very far north, D20 schools, West of i25.

3. Meridian Ranch. Completely different feel than the others, far East, but has lots of stuff for kids and families. Still new builds. D49 - I think special needs will depend on the school here. I have a friend with an autistic child and one with a speech problem that get more support in the school than at home in the Falcon area, but some of the reviews for D49 elsewhere complain about lack of SN support. I've contacted them about gifted support and they're really enthusiastic through email, but I'm not sure how that translates IRL.

4. Briargate with an HOA.

5. Banning Lewis Ranch. Like Meridian, kid friendly. D49.

There's so many great areas in D11. However, the choices for MS/HS are limited. As a parent, that concerns me and crosses out a lot of potential areas. However, I've heard from people that they don't mind these schools or have alternatives.

6th grade will be elementary in D12. Middle everywhere else I believe.
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I live in the far north east part of Colorado Springs in the forest and with exception to fire danger, I love it up here. I feel like we are living in the mountains and my kids have almost a full acre of forest to run around on. We are always cooler temperature wise than Colorado Springs proper and we get more snow.

I do love the SW part of town, by the Broadmoor. It's gorgeous and green with deciduous trees (as opposed to mostly ponderosa up north). Love Peregrine too. When my husband and I are older I would love to live in Old North End, an area that has beautiful old Victorian houses.

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