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A Favorite Among Locals

Pine Creek has a feel of approachable luxury with a range of homes from Tuscan Villas to traditional semi-custom and custom homes. The public golf course is a favorite among locals, and the homes are woven throughout the expanse of the course. Even if you are not a golfer, it is nice to see the greens and enjoy the panoramic views of the front range from the neighborhood. Homes in Pine Creek are priced from the $300,000’s to the million dollar range.

D-20 is the school district for Pine Creek, and Challenger Middle School is located in close proximity to the neighborhood. Also, get those wallets ready! A short distance away is some of my favorite shopping in town from Anthropologie, Lululemon and a favorite place to grab healthy, farm-to-table food on a quick lunch break is Mod Market. These places and more are all located in The Promenade Shops at Briargate.


By: Cherise Selley

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Cherise Selley

A Slice of Paradise

Live and play in Cordera, one of Colorado Springs premier Briargate neighborhoods still under development. We have assisted our clients with resale as well as new home purchases with distinguished local builders such as Keller Homes, Saddletree, Symphony, Vantage, and Campbell Homes. One of the unique features that stands out about the neighborhood is that most homes are built on Cul-De-Sac streets which is a dream come true for many families.

The outdoor lifestyle of Cordera is fun and inviting. You can walk to the nearby themed parks: Ye Olde Castlewood Park is derived from Alice and Wonderland and Happy Meadows Park from Charoltte’s Web. The miles of walking paths lead to the recreation center that features a grand lawn area perfect for events, a large heated pool, an amazing fitness room, plus rooms that can be utilized for your own private event or meeting.

Chinook Trail Elementary is a top rated D-20 school in the community. The school has an international approach, and they teach the children Mandarin Chinese.

With homes ranging from the $300,000 – $800,000+ range, this area will appeal to many families in various stages of living. Cordera is truly a slice of Colorado Springs paradise for many!


By: Cherise Selley

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Cherise Selley

Discover this hidden community!

Behind the gates of High Forest Ranch enter a world where the Ponderosa Pines gently line the streets, and the private roads take you into a community of exquisite custom residences. The lot sizes range from around 2.5 to 39 acre lots. Some of the home sites have views and are less densely treed; most are nestled into a canopy of trees.

Unique thing to know about High Forest: some properties have a carriage house or apartment over the garage. Carriage houses are not so typical in our marketplace, and it is rare to find detached living quarters on the same lot.

Enjoy fishing without leaving the neighborhood. There are a few stocked ponds along with miles of trails and open space. The community recreation center is perfect for weddings or special events. Another notable fact is that property taxes are lower in High Forest Ranch than some of the other newer million dollar home communities, and HOA dues are around $450.00 quarterly.

High Forest Ranch appeals to Denver and Colorado Springs commuters and has great access to all the new shopping at the Northgate corridor as well as Monument. Lewis-Palmer School District 38 is the primary district for High Forest. See a sample HERE of what we listed and sold this year in the community.


By: Cherise Selley

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Cherise Selley

Wagon Trails is conveniently located in the N/E section of Colorado Springs, close to prime shopping, D-11 Schools and Penrose Hospital (voted one of the top 50 hospitals in the United States).

Discover an assortment of homes that range from the $200,000 to the $400,000 range, with a variety of floor plans. Many properties back to the open space, where you will find a hiking trail that meanders throughout the community.The Wagon Trails  recreation area includes an adult 25-yard pool, two kiddie pools, snack bar, tennis courts, basketball court, multiple picnic areas, and a picnic pavilion. You receive all these amenities for HOA dues that are less than $300.00 annually.

There is also a neighborhood elementary school and neighborhood parks. Also, if you are looking for further recreation, Villa Sport is adjacent to the neighborhood and is an upscale fitness club and spa. Ahhhhh, did I hear deep tissue treatment?


By: Cherise Selley

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Cherise Selley

Oct
12

Golden Glory

We interrupt our normal real estate day to bring you a moment of golden glory.

The beauty of the fall leaves changing among the majestic mountains provides a scenic backdrop where inspirational dreams are made. Some people seem to embody certain seasons, and my good friend and Associate Broker, Shawna Uehling, represents fall to me … it is so fun to see the season through her eyes.

For Shawna, fall is why the move from California to Colorado was so special for her family: the opportunity to experience four seasons. We were able to get away for just a few hours and drove about 30 minutes past Woodland Park into Florissant. Ahhhhh, if you haven’t seen those fall leaves yet, you better hurry. Fall is certainly one of the most special times of year in Colorado! If you do miss it this year, you might plan to visit one of the 10 Best Places to see fall leaves next year!


By: Cherise Selley

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Cherise Selley

Old Colorado City is conveniently located between Manitou Springs and Downtown Colorado Springs. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the timeless appeal and vintage charm of Victorian homes & historic buildings nestled along the tree-lined streets.

Discover some of my favorite places to dine in town: Jake & Telley’s for amazing Greek food and Paravicini’s is a wonderful Italian restaurant. 503W brings in the “cool factor” to a converted warehouse w/ garage doors that frame the building, and the popcorn at Brother Luck is so good it should be forbidden!

If the walls from the buildings could talk, they would tell of days of the wild west that now bustle with today’s commercial activity. For instance, Agia Sofia (a non-profit coffee house and book store) & adjacent Daisy in a Bottle (a must-see clothing boutique) occupy a historic old jailhouse building. Beyond tourism and shopping, annual events like ArtWalk & Territory Days are part of the heritage of Old Colorado City.

Movie fact: Jane Fonda and Robert Redford recently filmed part of their movie in Colorado Springs. The site location involves a home in Old Colorado City.

Real estate in this area includes a little bit of it all, from Victorian homes to modern architecture. Oftentimes you will see people renovating homes and commercial spaces and reselling them or enjoying them for their own use for years to come. Old Colorado City is one area prime for redevelopment opportunities over the years.


By: Cherise Selley

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Cherise Selley

The historic town of Manitou Springs is located in the foothills just West of Colorado Springs. Experience historic culture, amazing shopping, beautiful bed & breakfasts, and great tourist stops as well as gathering places of the locals. Insider tip: if you are a foodie, visit The Olive Tap for the most amazing variety of oils and basaltic vinegars you will find in Colorado. (I especially love the dark chocolate basaltic vinegar drizzled on pears. YUM)!

It is also fun to explore the grounds of Briarhurst Manor. They are just beautiful ~ a great place for a wedding venue; plus this is a wonderful place to celebrate that special occasion dinner. Renowned Bed and Breakfast, The Cliff House, is a perfect local romantic getaway.

As a kid, the historic Manitou Springs Penny Arcade was one of the places I enjoyed going to again and again for a mean game of Skee-ball. It’s fun to go back to the places that were enjoyed by the former generation!

Housing in Manitou is as diverse as it comes. You will find everything from charming turn-of-the-century Victorian homes to small bungalows. Head up the “Crookedest Road in North America by Robert L. Ripley” to explore the gated community of Crystal Park ~ it is truly a hidden gem in our city. Plus enjoy amazing custom homes showcasing mountain and city views for miles in the neighborhood of Cedar Heights. The community is located in the D-14 school district.


By: Cherise Selley

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Cherise Selley

The vibe of Flying Horse showcases several different subareas outlined along the golf course, open space and parks. The mountain views provide a beautiful backdrop of serenity, contrasting the greens of the Tom Weiskopf Signature Golf Course throughout the community. Flying Horse exemplifies a neighborhood with a hip “fun factor” along with abundant options of custom housing and new home construction found in this premier Northern Colorado Springs neighborhood.

The Flying Horse Club caters to golf enthusiasts, tennis players, swimmers of all kinds, sunbathers, and any of those who enjoy fine dining in an upscale environment. The Club, of course, comes with premium workout facilities, exquisite spa treatments, and world class dining (you’ll have to check out The Steakhouse that opened up this year). There are so many activities for adults and kids alike; so living in Flying Horse is a perpetual place to connect with other people and is a wonderful playground for the entire family.

We have our own custom homebuilder, Alliance Builders, as well as many others in the community. Real Estate ranges from the $400’s into the millions. Flying Horse is located within Academy School District 20, which has previously been voted Best Local School District by Colorado Springs Business Journal and is renowned for their excellence in education. With a wide variety of housing options, the close proximity to the Northgate Corridor which just opened a new Sprouts along with Bass Pro Shop and a host of other convenient shopping, you will be in the heartbeat of all that is new in our city.
 


By: Cherise Selley

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Cherise Selley

As an alumnus, it is always exciting to see the new developments happening in your alma mater. As a graduate of UCCS, it is extraordinary to see the development happening on the 450 acres that house the University. Buildings are popping up along the Nevada Corridor, businesses are popping up and thriving, and the housing demand of the 11,500 students who are enrolled at the school is adding value to the surrounding community. I got to have a peak at some of the developments happening in the sports programs with the Peak Producers, (my access to the presentation was through Cherise, vice-president of Peak Producers). 

To illustrate the growth, Beau Kelly, UCCS’s Assistant Director of Development, showed us comparisons to the 2004 numbers, and the growth is really impressive. The school has gone from 7,646 enrolled students to 11,500. The athletic scholarship budget has grown from $250k to $1.2m, and the coaching salary has more than doubled. What this means is high quality coaches bringing in high quality athletes, which is a huge boon to this growing D-2 school. They’ve just added a baseball program and are creating a world-class indoor track and field complex next spring. Beau’s excitement ran through the attending members of Peak Producers, because the growth in the athletics program is a great sign for the growth of the rest of the school.

Beau also made sure to lay out some facts related to UCCS’s economic impact, which was very insightful. UCCS, on its campus, employs 1,700 people and adds $310m dollars to the local economy. Not to mention a 90% retention rate of graduates, meaning that 90% of UCCS graduates stay in Colorado Springs, putting their new education in to practice while working for local companies and creating new businesses here in the Springs.

For more information on UCCS, check out http://uccs.edu. For more information on their athletics programs: http://gomountainlions.com/

For more information on Peak Producers: http://www.thepeakproducers.com/


By: Kristofer Warbritton

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Kristofer Warbritton

As a visual artist, I’m always seeking out visually-captivating experiences. When I heard about the Lantern Glow at the Pikes Peak International Raceway, I had to check it out. Overall, it was a great experience, with what seemed like thousands of people showing up to enjoy some time together and participate in a celebration of light, friendship and the start of summer. Summer in Colorado Springs is full of amazing and beautiful events framed around the afternoon thunderstorms that come in like clockwork over the Rockies.

I brought along our new video tool, the DJI OSMO, and was really pleased with the results. Check out this little video I made and get a view of the Lantern Glow through my eyes! As I explore more events around Colorado Springs, I will be bringing the OSMO with me, with the goal of showing some of the amazing activities that Colorado Springs has to offer. More likely than not, you will see my beautiful companion, Vivianna. The next video I will be putting up is a quick look at Territory Days, the annual Memorial Day Weekend Event that takes over Old Colorado City.


By: Kristofer Warbritton

Colorado Springs Realtors-Selley Group Real Estate-Kristofer Warbritton