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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Manitou Springs, Colorado

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Where to Retire in Manitou Springs and Home Prices

People who come here are often attracted by the Victorian homes in many of the neighborhoods.  Over 700 homes have been included in a historic district. There are not many new developments, although there are newer homes outside of town ranging from log homes to very palatial mountain estates.  Zillow reports the median home value in early 2020 was $407,408.

What Is Special about Manitou Springs

Its preserved Victorian charm and its artsy side appeal to many people. The cog railway is a big attraction, as are the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.  Colorado is a friendly state for people over 65 - there are significant property tax exemptions as well as exemptions on significant amounts of social security and pension income.

What Is Not Special about Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs is a busy tourist town near the very busy city of Colorado Springs.

Climate and Physical Environment

Manitou Springs is just west of Colorado Springs in central Colorado. The elevation is high at 6,412'.   Thanks to that altitude the January average temperature is in the high teens and the average July temperature is in the high 50's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

A big part of the attraction to Manitou Springs are the shops, restaurants, and galleries in the downtown.  Many artists live and work in town. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a popular attraction, as is the Pike's Peak Railway. Nearby Colorado Springs has a plethora of cultural attractions and restaurants.


The crime rate is well below average with an index of about 250 vs. the national index of 320.

Medical Facilities

Nearby Colorado Springs has 2 hospitals and a large supply of medical professionals.


Colorado Springs has several transportation options.

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