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Old 03-05-2007, 01:23 PM
 
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I visited the Colorado Springs area several years ago and was very much attracted to Woodland Park. I am pursuing employment in the Springs and was just wondering if I'm setting myself up for a horrific commute? I don't mind the mileage, but I don't do well with heavy traffic.
I would like @ 10+ acres and don't mind building myself. We have three young children, so schools and community are very important. I really don't want the wife to be miserable if the winters are too brutal either (I know this is somewhat subjective).
I do not want to live in a development, at least not in the typical sense and would just appreciate some candid input about family life in Woodland Park.
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:33 PM
 
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IMO, the commute btw WP and COS is serious stuff. Hwy 24 is steep in parts with lots of twists and must be a bear in snowy conditions - but I've never tried it in the snow. It is a max of 4 lanes. They plan to widen Rte 24 btw COS and Manitou "someday" and when they do the work you'll have those delays to add to your trip. The road can get pretty busy from Manitou into COS. The further from downtown you work, the longer your commute will be.

I'd rather see you look at Black Forest. Mostly flat or slightly rolling. For the most part excellent schools in D20 or D38. Commute from BF to town is a snap and it's a lovely area, no sub-divs in the standard sense.

s/Mike
Not a realtor.
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:55 PM
 
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Default Woodland Park Is Wonderful

Dear PoePoe,

Woodland Park is Heaven on Earth! We've lived here for 5 years now. My husband commutes everyday to Colorado Springs and ENJOYS every minute of it. The views are AMAZING! There is no traffic. Woodland Park is only 14 miles from Colorado Springs, and the highway 24 is new and very easy to drive. In the winter the roads are excellent. The sun is so powerful up here is clears off the roads in about 1 day - no matter what the temperature is. Woodland Park is definitely the best place to raise a family. It's like going back in time 50 years. People are nice, they aren't in a hurry, and are genuinely kind. The winters here a very mild. We have ALOT more sunny days than Colorado Springs. We have a different cloud system up here. We live in a rural wooded area called Ranch Estates. Just about 4 miles off of highway 24. Not your typical neighborhood, just gorgeous beautiful mountain wilderness. Zillions of aspen & pine trees & animals. The schools are great. Our kids both go to a private Christian school up hear (Colorado Springs Christian School). The public schools are great also. The buildings are new/newer and a small town feel. Our new library is the most beautiful one I've ever seen. If you have any questions, just ask.
Chris
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Old 03-06-2007, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I agree with Mike. I am not sure you would want that commute to Woodland Park w/ small kids waiting for you to get home. Blackforest and Monument have alot to offer. Depends where your job is going to be too. bashep
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Old 03-08-2007, 11:21 AM
 
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There is a lot to say about both places.
Black Forest has more open properties, more acreage. But Powers is a bear, and they are building more and more and more up there. Not very often do I not hear of a Car wreck on powers and barnes, and with the Cosmix going on and on, Woodmen and I25 ae horrible!
Driving to monument everyday is a fun filled traffic nightmare, but the houses and views there are really awesome. Also, snow can close off I25 north to Monument hill sometimes.
Woodland park is in the mountains. Communte is ok, as HWY 24 receives a lot of attention becasue of cripple creek. WP is smaller, closer knit community, but does not have all the ammenities of CO-SP. But when I looked at houses earlier this year in WP they were mostly not for the large family, or were relatively expensive. $400k+ easy.

Personally, without more info, you will have to judge for yourself.. there is a lot more to it becasue the houses are pricey in all three areas, it depends on where you work (north or south) Schools. Everyone says that D20 is the best, but you can find other schools that are really good (there are several Charter Academies around that are wonderful! And mostly free to attend).

Anyway, with your limited guidance, all three areas would be good.
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Old 03-08-2007, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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I think it would depend on where you are working. If you are employed at Ft Carson or somewhere on the south end, Woodland Park would be doable. If you work on the north or east side, then it would be horrible. Keep in mind that CO Springs business growth pattern is toward the north and northeast. Also many people commute to the south end of Denver for work and living in WP would take that option out. As mentioned earlier, Black Forest has acreage and great views, although not as nice as WP, IMO. Another thing to consider is your kid's involvement in extra-curicular activities. There is much more to offer in CO Springs.
We love Monument for it's location and feel. School District's 20 and 38 are both highly desireable and you can find just about any combination of housing from mountains to dense tracts-homes to large ranches.
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Originally Posted by poepoe View Post
I visited the Colorado Springs area several years ago and was very much attracted to Woodland Park. I am pursuing employment in the Springs and was just wondering if I'm setting myself up for a horrific commute? I don't mind the mileage, but I don't do well with heavy traffic.
I would like @ 10+ acres and don't mind building myself. We have three young children, so schools and community are very important. I really don't want the wife to be miserable if the winters are too brutal either (I know this is somewhat subjective).
I do not want to live in a development, at least not in the typical sense and would just appreciate some candid input about family life in Woodland Park.
I've known 3 families who moved up to Woodland Park and returned after one winter. One problem is that in commuting, you'll be driving into the sun both coming into the Springs in the morning, and going home in the evening.

Also, the additional altitude makes it a bit cooler, although when we get an up slope condition, Woodland Park can remain sunny while the Springs is cloudy.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:02 PM
 
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How is that area that you live in?

I have been looking at buying a few parcels there (small land/big house plans).

Did you get to do a regular septic there? Or, did you have to get an Aerobic one?
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:46 PM
 
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Wow...someone brought this one back from the dead. Maybe start a new thread?
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