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Old 01-07-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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From a distance, some of the real estate “with views” seems very appealing. What negatives may I be missing? Proximity to highways, weather/temps, public services, tourists, etc?
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:25 PM
 
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Summer tourist hordes, very little parking, narrow hilly streets, high prices.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:30 PM
 
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Lets not forget threats of flash floods and winter driving issues, especially if this view lot is in the shade. In some cases, highway proximity, in others road maintenance. If these view lots are in Crystal Park, water access and the legal process and expense of obtaining it can be an issue.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:10 PM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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From a distance, some of the real estate “with views” seems very appealing. What negatives may I be missing? Proximity to highways, weather/temps, public services, tourists, etc?

Tourists ... lots and lots of tourists.

I live on a flat, open street with a nice view of Pikes Peak - so not all nice views involve hills. Streets off the main downtown and close to the action can be crazy, but there are neighborhoods where you can be away from most of that.
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:25 AM
 
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Besides the tourists themselves, one thing that turned me off of possibly living in Manitou Springs is that pretty much all the businesses there are tourist-oriented. If you want to buy groceries, for instance, you'll have to go to Old Colorado City anyway.... so you might as well consider living in OCC or other west-side neighborhoods rather than Manitou. You'd get more resident-oriented services, less traffic and congestion, easier access to/from other parts of town, etc.
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:59 PM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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Besides the tourists themselves, one thing that turned me off of possibly living in Manitou Springs is that pretty much all the businesses there are tourist-oriented. If you want to buy groceries, for instance, you'll have to go to Old Colorado City anyway.... so you might as well consider living in OCC or other west-side neighborhoods rather than Manitou. You'd get more resident-oriented services, less traffic and congestion, easier access to/from other parts of town, etc.
That used to be true; but not so much anymore. Old Colorado City/Westside sees heavy traffic and busy streets most all the time. The Safeway is a 5-minute drive from Manitou Springs (the King Sooper on Uintah adds another 5-7 minutes), so groceries are close at hand. And shops in OCC are every bit as tourist-oriented.

That said, there are more affordable housing options on the Westside, with some really nice little neighborhoods.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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From a distance, some of the real estate “with views” seems very appealing. What negatives may I be missing? Proximity to highways, weather/temps, public services, tourists, etc?
Why are you asking? Moving here? If so, more info about yourself might help.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:19 PM
 
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Thinking about moving to Colorado and retiring somewhere along the 25 corridor, with family just south of Denver.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:47 PM
 
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We just retired and bought a house in Manitou Springs about 6 months ago. We also looked along the 25 corridor from here all the way north of Denver before choosing where to buy. We love Manitou. It's a great little town next to every convenience that you would need close by in Colorado Springs. The people vibe here is awesome. Our main reason for choosing here though was for the scenery and to get away from traffic noise. Check out a gated community called Crystal Park. It is a beautiful neighborhood. We have views looking down at Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs along with the beautiful terrain around us. Houses tend to be a bit more spread out due to the terrain. One warning though. If you look in this neighborhood be aware that some homes here can take 20 to 30 minutes to get to once you drive thru the gate. Mileage wise they are not that far but the roads are very curvy. A few you'd probably want to own a 4wd. We lucked out with our house and are only about a mile from the entrance gate. The little bit of higher elevation here means there is a bit more snow to deal with and the winds can be a bit crazy at times. Our roads in our neighborhood are plowed regularly though. Good luck with your move.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:53 AM
 
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Helpful, thanks.
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