Southwest Colorado Springs is an intriguing area of town and packed full of history. It is also where two extremes of living seem to coexist on top of each other. On the one hand, you have the opulence and luxury of the Broadmoor and Stratmoor areas; where palaces and mansions reach price points many of us will never earn in a lifetime. Yet, down the road are quiet, small and budget-friendly homes at the lowest prices in the city. A seemingly mismatched combination.
However, in the midst of this contradiction of lifestyles, lies the roots and passion of what makes our city great. At the foundations of these massive homes and estates is the story of men and women who established a precedence for the direction of our beautiful city, and, who provided the finances to support the vision. Likewise, within the more humble homes are young families of service men and women who protect our freedom and ability to earn our fortunes and dream our dreams.
Southwest Colorado Springs overlaps with the popular and whimsical Westside previously mentioned in this series. However, unlike the Westside, the Southwest is much more subdued in its own way.
The area I am referring to BEGINS IN THE BROADMOOR/CHEYENNE CANYON AREA, IS EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS, WEST OF I-25 AND NORTH OF CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK.
Nearly all of Southwest Colorado Springs is located on the "skirts" of Cheyenne Mountain. This means they are surrounded by mountains and open spaces, giving residents ample opportunity to be outdoors and active.
The southwest area is one of the least dense parts of the town in terms of population - only second to the eastern plains of the city. As a result, homes are situated on larger lots than the average single-family property anywhere else in Colorado Springs.
Home prices are all over from the lowest to the highest priced and the styles are just as different. Numerous mid-century designs as well as Tudor, Modern, Tuscan and more. Every neighborhood is completely different than the one next to it!
While there are vast differences in the types of communities, you can easily group them into a few categories:
BIG MONEY AND RETIREES
There is a substantial 55+ population in the southwest. Many retirement communities exist within the Broadmoor community. Townhomes, patio homes, and assisted living centers are all readily available. Quiet neighborhoods, fine dining, clubs, golf courses, and social events abound.
Additionally, for the elderly or invalid on a limited income, the esteemed Myron Stratton Home offers a chance for living in dignity, a legacy started in 1913 at the wishes of Winfield Scott Stratton. One of the finest programs for the indigent in the Pikes Peak region. The lush landscaping, buildings, and services are spectacular. It is a jewel in the city and an exemplary symbol of selflessness and offering a hand to the poor.
Big money abounds in Southwest Colorado Springs. While there are a few million dollar estates scattered around the city, the vast majority of 7-figure homes are located in the Broadmoor area. Homes that simply take your breath away.
Just when you think that the southwest is about big money and older residents, you enter into affluent and active neighborhoods such as Broadmoor Bluffs/Broadmoor Glen. Similar home designs to the North and Northend sections of the city, but on bigger lots and steep roads. Swimming pools, soccer fields, kids playing ball in the streets. Great options for single-family living.
Hop across Hwy 115 and Ft. Carson Army Base occupies 137,000 acres of land. A massive base that represents the largest sector of the southwest COS. While there is plentiful housing on base, many families choose to live in the surrounding neighborhoods and apartments, opting for the lower-income houses available.
Looking for a unique place to live? I love the artsy and fun community along North Cheyenne Canyon Rd. and near the Stratton Open Space. Tiny roads offshoot from the main road into little communities of the most interesting homes you will find. Tucked into the steep hills or canyon. The homes are packed in, the roads steep and narrow, but they are fascinating all the same.
Note: Living in Southwest Colorado Springs opens you up to a greater possibility, even certainty, of having to share your space with the local wildlife. This includes deer, bear, coyote, fox, even mountain lion...along with numerous other critters!
Southwest Colorado Springs is covered by two school districts: Cheyenne Mountain District 12 and Harrison District 2.
Cheyenne Mountain District 12 is ranked in the top 5 districts in the state of Colorado. They provide 5 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, and a successful charter school, The Vanguard School.
The most notable landmark within Southwest Colorado Springs is the Broadmoor Hotel. As a result, the area, in general, is referred to as "Broadmoor." When people hear "Southwest Colorado Springs," they think of the Broadmoor area.
The hotel is bursting with the early history of Colorado Springs. The 5-star hotel itself opened in 1918 and has received celebrities and dignitaries from all over the world. It continues to grow and expand its reach and influence across the city.
DINING, SHOPPING, AMENITIES
As you drive through the communities within Southwest Colorado Springs, most areas feel spacious and quiet. It's easy to assume that there are not many options for shopping and dining. However, it is quite the opposite.
The Broadmoor World Arena is the home to the biggest events in the city. From concerts to speakers, the circus, and even a yearly visit from Cirque de Soleil. Next door to the arena is a large complex of hotels, multiple dining choices, and a large cinema.
Across the street, a medical complex is taking shape, including a brand new Urgent Care facility.
For specialty dining and shopping, the Broadmoor Hotel offers numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops within their complex.
Additionally, most neighborhoods have local shopping centers with a variety of options for nearby residents. Downtown Colorado Springs is also a quick 10-15 minute drive.
TOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
The options for outdoor activities in the Southwest section of the city are endless. Due to the presence of the Broadmoor Hotel, tourism is a big part of this area. Tourists are not only drawn to the amenities of the hotel, but Seven Falls (recently acquired and renovated by the Broadmoor) brings in a steady stream of visitors.
- The Cheyenne Mountain Resort is nearby and also a popular place for conventions, Sunday brunch, or couples wanting a special weekend getaway.
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Founded in 1926 and the only mountain zoo in America. If you have not visited it yet, strap on your hiking boots (optional, but, yes, it's steep!), grab your kids, and you're in for a REAL TREAT! While there, ride the Sky Tram or drive up to the Will Rogers Shrine for a spectacular view of the city and explore more of our wonderful history.
- Seven Falls. A narrow canyon with lovely falls. Climb the steep staircase to the top of the falls and hike around. Enjoy a meal at the new restaurant or shop the newly renovated gift shops. **Note: You must park near the Golden Bee at the Broadmoor Hotel and ride a free shuttle in order to gain access to the attraction.**
- Emerald Valley Ranch. A luxury wilderness experience. Also provided by the Broadmoor Hotel.
For those residents who love to explore and hike, numerous trails and areas exist such as:
- Bear Creek Regional Park
- Section 16 (more towards Manitou)
- Stratton Open Space
- Cheyenne Mountain State Park
- North Cheyenne Canyon/Helen Hunt Falls
- Quail Lake
- Gold Camp Road
MAKE SOUTHWEST COLORADO SPRINGS YOUR HOME
With so much to offer, Southwest Colorado Springs may be for those:
- Families and individuals looking for larger homes on larger lots.
- Anyone wanting to live closer to the mountains and hiking.
- Want close, quick access to Ft. Carson.
- Looking for a home in a "mountain" setting but still within the city.
- Enjoy watching wildlife
- Have a larger budget and looking for exclusive living options.
- Affluent Retirement Communities
- Need budget-friendly options
Sound like something that would be good for you? Let's meet and talk!
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