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Hey Colorado peeps!  My mom is quite seriously considering a move to the Colo Spgs area (from Illinois.)  Aside from taxing retirement income, the cost of living is so much more reasonable, especially property taxes!

Anyways, thought I'd ask around to see if there are certain areas to focus on, and others to avoid.  She is retired and will likely look for some sort of senior community condominium set up - not a "home" per se, just a community without playgrounds and kids running around.  She's only still in her 50's.

Any thoughts are much appreciated.  Obviously, I hope she goes through with it, so I have one more reason to visit (and eventually move to) my favorite state :)


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Any reason for C Springs?  It has always felt too touristy down there when I happen to be.  A friends Grandma use to live down there in a apt complex that seemed to be senior specific but I don't think it officially was.
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Colorado Springs has a half million people and once you get beyond Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City its not very touristy at all.

The Springs has a thriving Retired Community. I lived there the better part of 20 years and got my degree at Colorado College.

IMO she should look at places AWAY from the Military bases as those tend be the rougher neighborhoods. There's a sweet looking place like you're talking about on Lower Gold Camp Road on the West Side. Gorgeous, quick access to the Mt. Parks and Pike National Forest.

Personally I am not a big fan of the East side of the City. I'd look into the following areas: 1) The Broadmoor; wealthiest part of the city. 2) Rockrimmon. 3) Old Colorado City/Manitou Springs. 4) Downtown and Hillside.

Give me a call if you need specific info.


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Geez: She's in her 50's and thinking about a "Retirement Community"? Time to hit the trail!

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Geez: She's in her 50's and thinking about a "Retirement Community"? Time to hit the trail!

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Any reason for C Springs?

I agree.

I'd pick Fort Collins above Colorado Springs.
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Any reason for C Springs?

I agree.

I'd pick Fort Collins above Colorado Springs.

She likes to travel and wants to be in a town with a decent airport, Colo Spgs has at least a few daily flights to Chicago, so she can visit non-existent grandchildren  :D

She also likes Northern New Mexico a lot so the proximity is nice and our impression is that there is less sprawl than the Denver metro area.

But, I digress, the question wasn't "what town should she move to" it was "what area of Colorado Springs should she look at?"


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Geez: She's in her 50's and thinking about a "Retirement Community"? Time to hit the trail!

Very helpful, thanks.  Times 2!!!

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She likes to travel and wants to be in a town with a decent airport, Colo Spgs has at least a few daily flights to Chicago, so she can visit non-existent grandchildren  :D

She also likes Northern New Mexico a lot so the proximity is nice and our impression is that there is less sprawl than the Denver metro area.

But, I digress, the question wasn't "what town should she move to" it was "what area of Colorado Springs should she look at?"

Sorry, I did not mean to derail the original quuestion.  It was personal curiosity since I did the move from Chicago to Colorado and had to ask the question of where in the state to move and why.  My mom did the same for New Mexico.
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Flag down mtngrl on FB, she lives in CO Springs.  Woodswoman does too, but she is not on FB, she is here, but may not check this forum.  If you send her a PM, I'm sure she would have some thoughts for you.

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I agree with Double Cabin. I've lived in the Springs for the past 5 years. I've lived on the  East side, central by downtown, and now currently on the West side really close to where the fire was.

There are a lot more good areas than bad here. I would avoid the southern part of the town if possible. I think the westside is the best because you're close to Garden of the Gods and many other local trails.

Not very often I can contribute to these boards, so please feel free to ask any questions about specific areas she's looking at.
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Flag down mtngrl on FB, she lives in CO Springs.  Woodswoman does too, but she is not on FB, she is here, but may not check this forum.  If you send her a PM, I'm sure she would have some thoughts for you.

Thanks - I started to send them both PM's and then just figured I would post instead to see what other feedback I might get.

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Personally I love Fort Collins in terms of city aspects, but Colorado Spring captivated me for so long because:

a) Better Weather more often than not.
B) IMO much better hiking in and out of the city. Horsetheif Park and Pancake Rocks are among the best hiking within an hour of a metro area you will ever find. She might enjoy Cripple Creek too.
C) In my mind there is no doubt that Southern colorado is the best of the Centennial State.
D) Manitou is simply awesome.
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Personally I love Fort Collins in terms of city aspects, but Colorado Spring captivated me for so long because:

a) Better Weather more often than not.
B) IMO much better hiking in and out of the city. Horsetheif Park and Pancake Rocks are among the best hiking within an hour of a metro area you will ever find. She might enjoy Cripple Creek too.
C) In my mind there is no doubt that Southern colorado is the best of the Centennial State.
D) Manitou is simply awesome.
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The possibilities within an hour of Phoenix or Las Vegas far overshadow what CO Springs has, IMO.

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There is nothing like Pikes Peak, the Taryall, Sangres, Collegiates, Mueller State Park, the Rampart Range, etc., within hundreds of miles of Vegas or Phoenix. Places like Picketwire Canyonlands, McCintyre Hills, Beaver Creek State Wildlife area, and Apishapa State Wildllife Area IMO rival many Desert Treasures. There's no way in Hades I'd like those cities over the Springs when it comes to outdoor activities OR CLIMATE.

The City Parks System in the Springs is pretty darn incredible too. Cheyenne Canon, Garden of the Gods, Palmer Park, Bear Creek, and several more gems make it a city beyond compare for anyone that like to walk or enjoy other outdoor activities. For many that's why the Springs is about as revered a retirement destination as there is.


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I agree with double cabin as a worthwhile destination. I'm also transplanted from Chicago area (Aurora) to CS ... in 1948 and went to Colorado College (since moved on). She will appreciate the weather.  It does get a bit cool (-xx) in February but only for a couple of weeks.

I'd look for a facility that has small single/duplex dwellings (2 bedroom), with provided landscaping, near a mall/market, but all included within a complete 'neighborhood' with meals provided (if desired or when guest show up), a central meeting hall that is the hub of entertainment and tours as well as just a good gathering place with a fireplace and a library.  It should include a clinic/pharmacy and an upgrade to different accommodations as she get older or her activity is impaired.  You are looking for a 50+ only (short term guests excluded).

I've been planning one near Wolf Ranch (east of town) just south of Research Parkway.  I'll keep you in mind if it happens.


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There is nothing like Pikes Peak, the Taryall, Sangres, Collegiates, Mueller State Park, the Rampart Range, etc., within hundreds of miles of Vegas or Phoenix. Places like Picketwire Canyonlands, McCintyre Hills, Beaver Creek State Wildlife area, and Apishapa State Wildllife Area IMO rival many Desert Treasures. There's no way in Hades I'd like those cities over the Springs when it comes to outdoor activities OR CLIMATE.

The City Parks System in the Springs is pretty darn incredible too. Cheyenne Canon, Garden of the Gods, Palmer Park, Bear Creek, and several more gems make it a city beyond compare for anyone that like to walk or enjoy other outdoor activities. For many that's why the Springs is about as revered a retirement destination as there is.

Now you're not talking an hour, buddy. Try Tucson, too.

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Sangres and Collegiates are less than 1.5 hours, Apsihapa and Mcintyre about the same, Picketwire might be 2 hours. Otherwise the rest I mentioned are within an hour. There's nothing like Pikes Peak in either the Stasteof Nevada or Arizona let alone anywhere near those cities.

Rem, she asked for specific suggestions for the Springs, not general recommendations for anywhere. So as much as your surly posterior wants to diss the Springs since you did live there briefly you might share something with her pertinent to her request, good or bad. I wish we could put Tucson's political climate in the Springs. IMO Tucson is awesome, quite the difference from the rest of Arizona.

S Peacock, let me know if you ever make it up here.


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DC, I just love giving you a hardtime.

Pikes Peak is boring compared to the Spring Mountains.


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Double C. This summer August in the planning.  Deborah would probably like to do something as well.  I'll let you know early enuf - hopefully.  And there are a few others who would be fun at a pizza place too.

The west side of Pikes Peak is one of the nicer walks I know starting from near Gilet at 9900' - to catch early fall colors.  Makes a nice car shuttle if you go down Barr or catch a ride from the top.

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But, I digress, the question wasn't "what town should she move to" it was "what area of Colorado Springs should she look at?"

Now that you've brought it up, her criteria fit Durango well. :D I know nothing of Colorado Springs except how to drive through it quickly. Very helpful, I know.


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If your mom is a figure skating fan, some of the best skaters in the US train at the World Arena. The Broadmoor FSC host an annual competition there, which we attend. The Front Range is probably the best situation based on ease of air travel out of the Springs or Denver.

All of the skaters attend Cheyenne Mountain High School so a good neighborhood might be found in the geographical boundaries of that school district.
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