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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs looks up at Pikes Peak, which towers over the city at 14,115 feet. Colorado Springs (population 380,000) is an extremely popular community due to spectacular scenery, abundant sunshine, and conservative values. Originally built as a resort city, the town owes part of its growth and history to a huge gold strike nearby. The United States Air Force Academy, NORAD, Fort Carson are among the military bases also located in the area. Several evangelical organizations have their headquarters here.

Many malls are also located in the area. Many modern amenities such as open-areas, bike trails, parks, and cultural activities are among the reasons why the city was named in 2006 as the best large city to live in by Money Magazine. The Colorado Springs downtown area provides extensive shopping. The city is the 2nd largest city in Colorado.

Where to Retire in Colorado Springs and Home Prices

There are plenty of different types of housing available. Some of the nicest are the restored Victorian homes along Nevada Avenue. There are other old neighborhoods close in to town. Many offer views of snow-topped Pikes Peak or other mountains. The Broadmoor Hotel resort area is one of the most exclusive places to live in the city. Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs offer a flavor of the old west and some more interesting housing alternatives.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the median selling price of a single family home in the 2nd Quarter of 2016 was $259,300, which is much lower than the  median price in Boulder at $479,700. Larger homes in desirable areas can go for much more.

What is special about Colorado Springs

Lively downtown with broad streets and excellent shopping; The Antlers Hotel; The Cog Railway goes to the top of Pikes Peak; The sun shines 75% of days; 17,000 square foot Colorado Springs Senior Center; Pikes Peak; Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; Pike National Forest and Garden of the Gods; City is very walkable.  The USAF Academy is a proud part of the city.

What is not special about Colorado Springs

It is crowded in the summer time;  property crimes are above the national average; traffic along I-25 can be very heavy; runaway growth is a problem.

Climate and Physical Environment

The area experiences a 4 season climate. Summers tend to be cool, thanks to its altitude of 6000 feet. That same elevation provides a number of snowy blizzards, although the snow tends to melt quickly as blue skies reappear. Average July high is 84 and average January low is 14.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Musical events are plentiful in the area, either at the Pikes Peak Center, the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, or the free concerts offered by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band. Other cultural institutions include the Colorado Opera Festival, the Colorado Dance Theatre, the Broadmoor Hotel, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Colorado College and a small University of Colorado campus provide additional cultural opportunities.

Crime

Crime in Colorado Springs is slightly above the national average.

Medical facilities

Memorial Hospital and Penrose Hospital

Transportation

Colorado Springs Municipal Airport . Colorado Springs is a very walkable town.

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