What do you get when you cross healing mineral spring waters with views of the Garden of the Gods and Pike’s Peak? You get Manitou Springs. The native Indians called the Great Spirit “Manitou” and considered the springs sacred ground. They even put down their weapons when neighboring tribes came to the springs for healing.
Those who have always wanted to live in a resort town will be impressed with the Manitou Springs real estate Ramona Williams of the Keller Williams Partners will show them. Living at the foot of Pike’s Peak and with the Colorado Rockies in sight will give buyers of homes for sale Manitou Springs CO an exciting lifestyle.
You’ll find entrancing properties covered in trees and occupied by largely mid-century modern Manitou Springs homes for sale with the occasional chalet-type home thrown in for contrast. You have a choice between two bed one bath homes of 900 square feet clean up to five bed four bath houses of up to 6,000 square feet.
For buyers with design/build in mind, you’ll find plenty of lots for sale upon which to build your dream home. Most are wooded lots with many on hilly property while some are on flat ground. Have no fear that you’ll be too far away or not have the mountains in sight. It won’t happen. Above it all, you’ll enjoy a special Colorado sky bluer than any blue in the country.
Of major importance to anyone moving to another city, jobs and industry and schools top the list of things they need to know. Manitou Springs real estate is only six miles from downtown Colorado Springs, both in El Paso County. With all its resort atmosphere, the population of the town is only 5,000. Manitou Springs School District 14 educates about 1,400 students in two elementary schools, one middle, and one high school. The school system is ranked 46th out of 126 Colorado school systems.
The largest sector of industry in Manitou Springs is management, business, science and arts comprising education, healthcare, and social services. The service industry is second with retail and public administration under its auspices. Up to 14,000 jobs are listed online in Manitou Springs alone.
Buying homes for sale Manitou Springs CO with Ramona Williams’ guidance is only the beginning of the adventure. The Great Spirit gave us a former tourist cable car morphed into a mile-long, 2,000 foot walk up Manitou Incline, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and the Garden of the Gods. Then there’s the more than 800 years old Manitou Cliff Dwellings, the architectural wonder of the Indians living there from 1200 BCE to AD 1300.
Originally built as a trading post, today’s Garden of the Gods Trading Post is situated in a traditional Indian Pueblo home. Featuring handmade items, art works, toys, gifts, clothing, and more, hikers, visitors, and home folks can also enjoy Starbucks Coffee and other drinks. The Balanced Rock Cafe offers Buffalo Burgers, wraps, soups, salads, and other fare for those on the go or those who just want a great meal.
The Manitou Incline began its life as a cable car track to carry supplies to builders atop Pike’s Peak. After the pipelines were laid, the Incline carried visitors to the top to see the view from on high. A masterful view it was, too, and still is today.
When the rails were disassembled, the ties remained to form a sort of staircase up the Incline. The trail is advanced. It’s 2,000 feet up with 2,744 steps. It should take you just over half an hour to climb the Incline. If you’re not physically fit, keep in mind it can take the EMTs up to four hours to reach you.
Known as the Manitou Grand Caverns, the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park offers both inside and outside wonders. Inside, carry a candle lantern or flashlight as you crawl through thousands of years old caves. Learn their history and hear spine-tingling ghost stories.
For the adventurous at heart, the outside wonders include climbing the Wind Walker Challenge Course. You’ll be wearing a full body harness and attached to the overhead track. As you’re zip-lining along, notice the incredible views. You can always feed the need for speed on the 200 foot cliff launch at 100 mph on the Terror-dactyl ride.
Made of Colorado red sandstone, the cliff dwellings are an authentic representation of the Anasazi Culture housing. Walk through the rooms on a self-guided tour and see the architectural innovations of this culture that lived so long ago.
Below the dwellings is a three story Pueblo type building built in the early 1900s in the Anasazi style. A native Indian family lived there until 40 years ago. Today, it’s a museum and gift shop, but still faithful to the Anasazi style of architecture.
Natural wonders aren’t all you’ll find when you step outside your new Manitou Springs CO real estate for the first time. Remember it’s a resort town, so follow the tourists and find out what the old west was really like, hit the pinball machines in the arcade, and check out the museums.
Two of the reasons tourists love visiting other cities is for the shopping and the food. If there are festivals and events offering food, drink, music, and cool stuff, that’s much better. As a Manitou Springs homes for sale buyer, you’ll soon find little boutiques out of which you can’t stay, little cafes or restaurants whose food is too good to pass up, and art galleries and other shops you’ll want to keep secret.
People come to Colorado for the authentic western experience which embraces elk steaks, barbecue, and Buffalo burgers. It includes horse riding, hiking mountain trails, and sleeping in real western cabins. While your lifestyle will be a little more luxurious, it’s still exhilarating to live in the same area that native Indians and the first pioneers lived.