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About Manitou Springs
Manitou Springs Real Estate
The little town of Manitou Springs is tucked between Garden of the Gods Park and Pikes Peak located off of Highway 24. With some of the prettiest views in the state, this golden city is an incredible place to live. Surrounded by natural beauty all around you, homeowners in Manitou Springs are blessed with views and wildlife not often seen in the area. With plenty of trails and open spaces around the town, it is a perfect place to be if you love the outdoors. The small-town feel gives residents a strong community, but you are still 15 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, so you know you are never far from the urban lifestyle.
Ranging from small, older homes, to modern condos and even high-end custom homes on the foothills, there are homes for everyone in Manitou Springs. Crystal Park, a gated community in Manitou Springs, is a custom-home community that offers plenty of space and acreage for everyone who lives there. Dominating the market are the single-family homes, and many of the properties offer incredible amenities not found in any other town. The views, access to trails, and wildlife exposure you get when you live in Manitou Springs makes it an incredible place.
Available in Manitou Springs is still to buy your own land and build on it. This option provides builders and buyers to create their own custom home in the town. Purchasing your own land allows you to be creative with the building process, and your only limit is your budget. Working with a builder can allow you to customize your house with bedrooms, bathrooms, manipulating natural light with windows, or anything else you can think of. With incredible mountain views and secluded locations still available, buying land and building on it could be a great way to create your own dream house in the hills.
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Crystal Hills is a community of mainly older homes. These single-family homes are situated on the foothills, so they provided a secluded feel to them. As it is still within walking distance of downtown Manitou Springs, you will feel apart of the community while living in the mountains. Crystal Hills provides great homes for those looking to blend a mountain home with still an urban feel.
This beautiful community is a gated mountain neighborhood with over 2,000 acres of space inside of it. With space for 360 homes, but only 220 built, Crystal Park would be a great place to build your custom dream home. Crystal Park has multi-acre lots providing residents with plenty of wooded, mountain space to enjoy their property. Trails from the neighborhood venture into Peak National Forest, adding to the already beautiful and natural feel of the neighborhood. For amenities in the neighborhood, every resident has access to the following: high-altitude heated swimming pool, tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball, and children's playgrounds. While all of the benefits of living in a mountain community are present in Crystal Park, Manitou Springs is still a short drive down the mountain so you can enjoy the beautiful town and your mountain lifestyle simultaneously.
Not all homes in Manitou Springs are parts of neighborhoods. The town has a lot to offer to those not looking at a community. These homes are still great options with incredible views and properties.
History in Manitou Springs
Back in 1872, General William Palmer and Dr. William Bell founded the town of Manitou Springs with the intent of making the town a "science health resort". To this day, Dr. Bell's home, Briarhurst Manor, is open to the public as a fine dining option. The manor is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With much of the town maintaining a very 19th-century appearance thanks to the preservation efforts of the residents, Main street is lined with mainly one a two-story adjoined shops and restaurants. With at most 10 natural springs in the area, Manitou Springs was said to have water that healed the sick. With water still free to the citizens of the town today, Manitou Springs is home to some of the state's freshest and best tasting water.
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Life in Manitou Springs
With a population of less than 5,000 according to the most recent census, Manitou Springs has maintained a small-town feel. Along with the preservation efforts of the town, most of the buildings have maintained a 19th-century look and feel to them. As a mountain community, life for residents means getting outside and enjoying nature. Whether they stay in Manitou Springs or venture up Highway 24 to another mountain town of Woodland Park, enjoying spending time in the beautiful scenery is a must for residents. The clean Rocky Mountain air and fresh spring water will make you feel refreshed and ready to explore the incredible location you are in. Manitou Springs is a cozy mountain town that has no shortage of activities and recreation you can do outside.
Manitou Incline. One of the most popular hikes in southern colorado, this trek gains over 2,000 feet of elevation in less than 1 mile of hiking. Connecting with Barr trail, this can be the first leg of completing the climb of Pikes Peak. With both locals and tourists attempting to complete this trail, it can be a fun way to challenge yourself and others physically and mentally. The Manitou Incline provides some of the best views of Manitou and Colorado Springs, so be sure to bring a camera when you do it.
Pikes Peak. America's Mountain. Drive or hike up the summit of this 14er. Pikes Peak is a beautiful mountain and you get to experience a drastic change in elevation as you travel from below 7,000 feet to 14,115 feet. With high-altitude donuts available at the summit, you can taste and see what it is like to be on top of one of the prettiest mountains in the world. The summit house has a gift shop and restaurant so you can experience life at over 14,000 feet
Santa's Workshop: North Pole. No matter the time of the year, it is never too early to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. With fun rides, activities, and of course, meeting Santa, both kids and parents will both enjoy spending time at the North Pole. Surrounding yourself with cheer and nature brings you closer to Colorado, yet you feel like you are transported up north as you can celebrate with your family all year long.
Penny Arcade. Manitou Springs is home to one of the last true penny arcades. With games from as far back as 1930, you can play all the classics and more. With skeeball, pinball, pool, and other classic arcade games, there is fun for the whole family. They also stay true to the original pricing, so you can find games that only cost a penny. The penny arcade is a great way to spend time with friends, and then you can take time exploring downtown Manitou Springs, as the main street is within walking distance.
Pikes Peak Cog Railroad. Closed until May of 2021 for upgrades, the Pikes Peak Cog Railroad is a great way to summit America's Mountain. Being able to stop and look around to see the wildlife gives the entire family a new perspective instead of driving to the summit. Ending at the same point as the drive, you are able to see the gift shop and purchase the high altitude donuts like everyone else. Take the train back down the mountain and you will see even more wildlife. It is truly a fun experience for the whole family.
Cave of the Winds. Inside the mountain lies beautiful cave systems open for the public to see. Cave of the Winds gives multiple tours of these caves, ranging from family-friendly short tours to hour-plus tours that will have you crawling through cracks and walking through mud. This fun experience will teach everyone a history of the rocks in our area as well as show you beautiful formations under the ground. Everyone will learn some geology as they explore these awesome caves. Also available are zipline tours above ground, as well as some incredible views of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak.
Cliff Dwellings Museum. A museum where you can go inside the cliff dwellings and actually touch them? That is what the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum offers to guests. With 40 rooms to see and experience, you will learn about the history of the dwellings and the history of Manitou Springs. With the dwellings actually from southwest Colorado and brought to Manitou in 1907, you can see how they preserved the dwellings as well as showcased them for us to witness. You will be able to see not only the dwellings but original pottery and jewels from the Taos Pueblo Indians from New Mexico are on display as well.
Does purchasing Manitou Springs real estate interest you? If so, be sure to contact Joe Clement to help you find the best property options for you in Manitou Springs!
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