You know what they say about real estate: location, location, location. Living in Colorado Springs is more than real estate and an address. Locals find a feeling and sense of belonging in unique neighborhoods that match their own character and values. From master planned communities, to downtown lofts and historic craftsman homes, Colorado Springs communities are friendly and appealing areas that offer superb opportunities for living, working, and recreation.
The second-largest city in the state, Colorado Springs is the largest city in El Paso County. At the base of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs offers a range of home styles no matter your taste. Take your pick from quaint cottages and historic Victorian homes, mountain chalets, modern builds, hillside neighborhoods and urban living. Downtown Colorado Springs is the heart of the city. In the suburbs, Gold Hill Mesa offers hilltop living between downtown and Pikes Peak, and to the east, Banning Lewis Ranch boasts 65 acres of trails and parks and easy access to neighboring schools. Drive times are short (typically 20 minutes), and many residents opt for the city’s vast network of trails that offer a fresh commute. Learn more about relocating to Colorado Springs.
Nestled in the gateway to Pikes Peak is the rich history and creativity of Manitou Springs. Barr Trail begins here for intrepid runners, hikers, and cyclists heading up America’s Mountain. The Manitou Incline draws those seeking a steep and lung-busting workout. Springs do exist here, and you can taste mineral-rich waters from fountains around town. Main street has its own vibe, with independently owned shops and cafés and a working vintage penny arcade embedded for fun. Housing is electric and diverse. Find Victorian homes, historic cabins, creekside condos, Southwestern adobes, and funky hillside perches.
Steeped in a history of ranching and agriculture, Fountain boasts charming aspects of country living with the urban amenities. Just 10 miles south of Colorado Springs, Fountain offers affordable housing, family-friendly parks and trails, and access big-city amenities. An All-American City, Fountain provides a pure Colorado setting.
You can take the name literally. Mostly pine forest, Black Forest offer privacy seclusion on large acre lots. Horses and small ranches are common in the area, which reaches over 7,500 feet in elevation. Housing is a mix of cabins, single-family homes, and new construction that includes sprawling manors. Coffee shops and breweries dot small retail spots, and trails are aplenty, especially at Black Forest Regional Park. The multi-use recreation area offers athletic fields, picnic pavilions and trails for hikers, runners, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Want more? Black Forest is a short 25-minute drive to downtown Colorado Springs.
Situated in the open plains, Calhan is the highest non-mountain incorporated town in the country, clocking in at 6,508 feet above sea level. Only three miles south of Calhan is Prospector’s Point, which at 7,204 feet is the highest point between the Mississippi River and Rocky Mountains. A ranch and farming community, Calhan is also home to many recreational opportunities, from the El Paso County Fairgrounds to Paint Mines Interpretive Park.
The westernmost town in El Paso County, Green Mountain Falls is a small mountain town cozied up on the north side of Pikes Peak. Only 15 miles from Colorado Springs, living in Green Mountain Falls offers the perks of a quiet mountain town with access to the job market and amenities of the nearby city.
A rapidly-growing town in north El Paso County, Monument offers main street mood with big city access to Colorado Springs and Denver. Locals sip coffee or take a run at Monument Lake, a stone’s throw from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Monument is home to excellent schools, local business, and retail centers.
Located 30 miles north of Colorado Springs, Palmer Lake is a small, open space community offering stunning views of the Front Range mountains. Parks and outdoor activities take advantage of the town’s namesake lake. Palmer Lake’s quaint downtown is also home to a vibrant arts community and the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts.
Surrounded by the Pike National Forest and 18 miles west of Colorado Springs, Woodland Park is an ideal Rocky Mountain gateway town with fresh air and beautiful mountain scenery. The largest city in Teller County, tourism primarily fuels the Woodland Park economy, with plentiful options for lodging, camping, recreation, and dining.