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2514 Old Broadmoor RD Colorado Springs CO 80906

Brooke Mitchell

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This Home's Great Features

Exquisite, custom remodel.. Unparalleled upgrades, with completely comfortable living and flow. All new windows, exterior & interior doors, some exterior brick, fresh paint, well-chosen tile at baths, new hardwood floors. Enjoy radiant hot water heat system in baseboards throughout and kitchen floor; bonus heat + central air system on main level to boost temperature change during any extreme weather days Extensive front porch addition with hearty iron support & design, with shaped concrete leads to double front doors with castle-like openings to allow for airflow through or see visitors. All custom kitchen appliances, including double ovens inside an operational & private prep pantry, ample food & small appliance storage. Kitchen faces front porch, holds top-of-the-line cabinet package, is open to the entire main level living space with huge island, and includes slider to rear patio for grilling. Main level master suite includes windows + sliding door, walk-in closet, sweet 5-piece bath with separate sinks and central tub. Main level also includes vaulted living room with stone fireplace, nearby powder bathroom. Main level suite #2 boasts tremendous size, great for home office and guest space, with exterior door access for many uses, plus enjoy walk-in closet and private en-suite bath. Have somebody in the home that needs main level living, lots of their own space, outdoor access, and more?… what a great space! One of the builder’s crown jewels is the custom full-wall sliding glass door system, which partially tucks behind fireplace for wonderful, open indoor/outdoor living! Reoriented exterior door openings have been moved to accommodate the best flow from inside to private outdoor living spaces, leading to a rear yard with plenty of trees and mature growth, and some room to kick the soccer ball around. Outstanding maintenance free deck accessible through several bedrooms, living room with wrap-arounds for access from kitchen or front driveway. Basement has a walk-out to yard and ample choices in family room / rec room space for TV, game tables, exercise, gaming, exercise, plus convenient wet bar. Two very generous bedrooms round out the basement, one with private en suite bath and one with bath right across the hall. Garage direction has been shifted and additional parking bay added for best storage and flow for owner and guests. From all new electrical and plumbing, no expense spared.






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Cheyenne Mountain School District D12 Schools

This home is located in the D12 Cheyenne Mountain School District. Here is some additional information about the schools in this district.

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12
1775 LaClede Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(719) 475-6100
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Elementary Schools

Broadmoor Elementary
Cañon School
Cheyenne Mountain Elementary
Gold Camp Elementary
Piñon Valley Elementary
Skyway Elementary

Middle Schools

 Cheyenne Mountain Junior High

High Schools

Cheyenne Mountain High School
Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy

Southwest Area Market Value

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4020 Saddle Rock RD Colorado Springs CO 80918

Brooke Mitchell

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This Home's Great Features

Gorgeous stucco ranch plan, your oasis in the city! Convenient to everything, but tucked in beautiful community on spacious lot. Custom kitchen with pot-filler at induction cooktop, cherry cabinets, 2 separate ovens, walk-in pantry, some lower pull-outs, & appliance garage. Top-of-the-line windows + shutters, blinds, & curtains! Hardwoods in main level living areas/hall, vaulted ceilings throughout main level, and central air system. Best garage in the area, with extra depth and amazing built-in storage! Main level brick gas fireplace; basement stone fireplace is wood-burning or gas. Basement includes 3 generous bedrooms + hobby room, wet bar, and walk-outs. Composite deck with 13x12 partially covered & 17x7 areas off living & office + awesome views, and it wraps around to front of house with gate. Larger patio off family room is 20X20 & partially covered by deck. Spacious multi-purpose basement room (hobby) with water, drain (previously had hot tub inside), timed ventilation, 220 in-wall. Sliding doors to enjoy view off living, office, family & bedroom 3. One could easily switch master over to the double-door entry office and have access to 5-pc bath, plus amazing organizing closet system... utilize either main level room as bedroom or office/library/den or nursery. Additional spa-like main level bathroom also easily accessible. Utility sinks at mudroom and laundry. Two partnering water heaters. Decra steel roof system. Trees recently trimmed, gutter screens on front of house, all topped off by beautiful landscape surrounding this gorgeous home.






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Colorado Springs School District D11 Schools

This home is located in the D11 Colorado Springs School District. Here is some additional information about the schools in this district.

Colorado Springs School District 11
1115 N. El Paso Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 520-2000
Espanol: (719) 520-2012
Automated System for Recorded Information:
(719) 520-2300 or 1-866-433-8411 from outside the calling area.
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Middle Schools

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Northeast Area Market Value

This home is located in the Northeast area of Colorado Springs. Here is some additional information about the home values in this area.

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16945 Herring RD Colorado Springs CO 80908

Brooke Mitchell

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This Home's Great Features

Unique, Craftsman style Black Forest home with traditional living & dining, plus open great room for gathering! Nearly 7 acres to enjoy; w/mountain, tree, & rolling hill views surrounding. Covered 17x9 front porch welcomes you, great spot to relax and enjoy the views. Hardwood entry opens to living (currently office/school space) & dining, each with built-in shelves, dining with custom buffet. Glass French doors & pocket door provide separation of these spaces from the back part of the home, or open them up for traffic flow through the home. Great room (family + kitchen) with access to enclosed patio, leads to RV garage and unfinished apartment space above for optional separate living quarters. Main house kitchen includes granite tile counters, high-end appliances, nice eating space and generous pantry. Family room boasts an inviting fireplace and built-ins. There are 3 bedrooms up, 2 in basement. Master includes and updated 5-piece bath and walk-in closet. One upper level bedroom has dollhouse feel + walk-in closet, and the other has pleasant windows with view and generous closet. Tall basement ceilings provide great bonus TV space with built-ins, plus 2 generous bedrooms and 3/4 bath. Oversized 2-car garage attached to house. RV garage has 12' RV door with ' depth, plus 2 additional single car garage stalls. Two HVAC systems for climate control. There is so much to enjoy about this gorgeous home! ** detached living is an unfinished "apartment" above the RV garage. It is currently framed for great room, 1 bath, 2 bedrooms **






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Lewis Palmer School District D38 Schools

This home is located in the D38 Lewis Palmer School District. Here is some additional information about the schools in this district.

Lewis Palmer School District 38
146 Jefferson St.
Monument, CO 80132
(719) 488-4700
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Elementary Schools

Bear Creek Elementary
Ray E. Kilmer Elementary
Prairie Winds Elementary
Lewis Palmer Elementary
Palmer Lake Elementary
Monument Academy

Middle Schools

Lewis Palmer Middle School
Monument Academy

High Schools

Lewis Palmer High School
Palmer Ridge High School

Black Forest Market Value

This home is located in the Black Forest area of Colorado Springs. Here is some additional information about the home values in this area.

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234 W Rockrimmon BL #A Colorado Springs CO 80919

Brooke Mitchell

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This Home's Great Features

Enter from community open space into a vaulted living room w/wood fireplace. Large eat-in kitchen with sliding door to enclosed patio, to carport access. Added cabinets/counter could be moved/modified to create the kitchen feel buyer prefers. Living room is open to upper level loft w/skylight, great for a desk. Loft leads to master suite w/attached full bath including double vanities, 2 closets, and vaulted/lofted master with bonus windows. Basement includes bedroom & office, 3/4 bath, L-shaped family or playroom. Main level laundry, half bath & huge pantry. Basement office could be additional bedroom if new owner adds closet or armoire. Office wall could possibly be removed between these spaces for a big open family room. Tremendous storage space under stairs. Furnace, air conditioning and water heater were new 7 years ago.






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Northwest Area Market Value

This home is located in the Northwest area of Colorado Springs. Here is some additional information about the home values in this area.

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Searching for the Right Schools!

What are the Best Schools in Colorado Springs?

As real estate professionals, we are often asked to help find the “best school” and while we cannot steer you in the direction of a certain district, school or neighborhood for a variety of reasons, the truth is the “right school” is different for every family and student. I have a friend with 6 students in different schools/districts; they did the research to find what’s best for each of their students! I’m here to help you find more information so you can make an informed decision.

Once you have selected the right school or district for your student or family, try out our Springs Homes awesome new search-by-school-district capability.

School district map

Here is a brief summary of all the local Colorado Springs area school districts, with approximate area descriptions, websites, mean SAT Scores, Median Home Price in the District and the Student Enrollment.

(Data courtesy of the MLS, and

Colorado Springs School Districts

Academy School District 20 –

Located in the north end of Colorado Springs, including a high school on the Air Force Academy, hence the name.

Median Sales Price $493,669. Student Enrollment 24,578. Mean SAT Score 1092.

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 –

Southwest Colorado Springs, west of Hwy 115.

Median Sales Price $455,000. Student Enrollment 5,148. Mean SAT Score 1153.

Colorado Springs School District 11 –

One of the oldest school districts in Colorado Springs. I’ve always mistakenly thought the largest acreage, but it is probably the highest population. It is the “central” school district, mostly downtown and areas surrounding, all the way up to Woodmen Rd.

Median Sales Price $235,000. Student Enrollment 28,332. Mean SAT Score 966.

Ellicott School District 22 –

More rural schools located east/southeast of Peyton, Colorado.

Median Sales Price $225,000. Student Enrollment 1,072. Mean SAT Score 932.

Falcon School District 49 –

Eastern Colorado Springs out toward Peyton, north of Peterson Air Force Base, east of Powers.

Median Sales Price $160,000. Student enrollment 15,478. Mean SAT Score 927.

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 –

Southern Colorado Springs to Fountain, Colorado, including schools on Fort Carson Army base in southwest Colorado Springs

Median Sales Price $237,000. Student Enrollment 8,120. Mean SAT Score 967.

Hanover School District 28 –

Rural east/southeast of Fountain, Colorado

Median Sales Price $220,000. Student Enrollment 260. Mean SAT Score 812.

Harrison School District 2 –

Southeast Colorado Springs, west of powers, East of Hwy 115 to South Academy, portions in the Widefield area

Median Sales Price $203,000. Student Enrollment 11,441. Mean SAT Score 945.

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 –

Located in the Monument, Colorado and Palmer Lake, Colorado portions of Northern El Paso County.

Median Sales Price $445,000. Student Enrollment 6,207. Mean SAT Score 1129.

Manitou Springs School District 14 –

Located in Manitou Springs, west of downtown Colorado Springs.

Median Sales Price $495,000, enrollment 1,458. Mean SAT Score 1044.

Peyton School District 23JT –

Rural district Northeast of Colorado Springs
Median Sales Price $349,000. Student Enrollment 622. Mean SAT Score 1004.

Widefield School District 3 –

South Colorado Springs, North of Fountain
Median Sales Price $249,900. Student Enrollment 9,283. Mean SAT Score 942.

Woodland Park School District Re-2 –

Located in Woodland Park, Colorado and surrounding communities, west of Colorado Springs, up Ute pass to the west

Median Sales Price $203,000. Student Enrollment 2,495. Mean SAT Score 978.

Researching Your School Choices

Within these districts are some Charter School programs that, while in the public school system, have a different operation, websites, etc.

When we enlisted our boys in public school, we visited public and charter school open house nights, investigated programs available, location, etc. There is so much importance in your child’s education, so whether you are looking for a house in a school district or trying to “choice” into a different school for your child, do a little (or a lot of) research!

Good luck with your school research. I’m here to help if it’s time to move!


Hiking the Pikes Peak Region North to South

It might seem a bit silly as the weather turns cooler to talk about hiking. However, Colorado’s 300+ days of sunshine lend to year-round hiking (and golfing for that matter)… plus if it’s too snowy, I’ll just throw on snowshoes and “hike” that way. I am certainly not an expert on all of these trails, but I will try to give a brief description or the terrain and length.

Notes: 1) for most trails dogs must be “on leash”, 2) pretty much all trails I’m discussing are powered by muscles, not motors (horses, people. bikes, etc… just no motorized vehicles).. oh, and 3) prepare to see wildlife (mostly deer, squirrels, rabbits, maybe fox.. and occasional bear, snake *yes, there are rattlesnakes here*)

Hiking North of Colorado Springs

Let’s start with my favorite (ok one of my faves) SPRUCE MOUNTAIN – just north of the El Paso / Douglas County line, north of Palmer Lake. Primary trail is a 5.6-6 mile loop. Difficult uphill, switchback trail to top, then loop around the top.

Also in Douglas County is the GREENLAND TRAIL – access off Hwy 83, 8.2-mile loop, varying difficulty, light traffic

Just into El Paso County is the PALMER LAKE RESERVOIR – moderate 4.1 miles out and back, trailhead in Palmer Lake

MOUNT HERMAN – 2.2 mile out and back, trailhead on the west side of Monument at the edge of Pike National Forest

Jump over to the east side of I-25 for FOX RUN Regional Park – with a variety of loops to make your hike longer or shorter, with several access points off Roller Coaster Rd and Stella Rd. (Dog Park available) I love this one, because it’s near my boys’ school and I can knock it off right after school drop off.

Also nearby are BLACK FOREST REGIONAL PARK 2.9-mile loop and BLACK FOREST SECTION 16’s 4-mile loop, one I do often since it’s near my house.

All along the west side of I-25 is the SANTA FE Trail – I believe it’s at least 19 miles from Palmer lake trailhead to downtown Colorado Springs. It’s out-and-back as far as you can stand to push yourself… with stops all along the way (Palmer Lake, Baptist Rd, Air Force Academy Northgate entrance, Woodmen Rd, near Criterium bike shop, Gossage Park, Monument Valley Park, etc.)

Hiking in Central Colorado Springs

Another out-and-back in town is the COTTONWOOD CREEK Trail with many paved portions from at least Austin Bluffs/Woodmen intersection to Academy Blvd just north of Dublin. Great trail for kids on bikes, with a quick stop-over to play at Cottonwood Creek Rec Center and Park.

Recognizable from all over Colorado Springs is PULPIT ROCK. (near I-25 & N. Nevada) I chuckle at this one because I know there are a couple loops, but seems friends and I always get off track here and end up scaling the side of the hill either up or down. We have been all the way to the top, and kids climbed the rocks (scary moment as a mom!). Views of Pikes Peak are particularly phenomenal from here!

GARDEN OF THE GODS has a bunch of different trails from fairly easy & mostly paved simple portions “inside the loop”, to longer options outside the driving loop. This is a great place to drive through and stop for some great photos of the red rock formations, with visitors or your friends and family. Kissing Camels is one of the most famous formations, from the Garden of the Gods Club up the hill, the camels which appear to be kissing frame Pikes Peak.

Another favorite of one of my hiking buddy’s favorites is PALMER PARK – again, multiple trail options depending on difficulty and length you desire. Also, awesome views from many spots!

One I don’t often think of is the HOMESTEAD Trail – located near Powers Blvd, it runs through neighborhoods from Old Farm to at least Constitution. Sidebar- It would be difficult to mention all of the neighborhood trails in one blog, as Colorado Springs / El Paso County has always been very intentional about creating parks, trails, open spaces all over the place. I feel like every neighborhood has a trail or several!

Back to the west side, on the edge of Pike National Forest and south of the United State Air Force Academy is BLODGETT PEAK – 3.5 miles out and back with pretty steep grade climbing the mountainside.

UTE VALLEY trail is also another friend favorite, on the west side of town, off Vindicator. The most heavily trafficked portion is a 3.5-mile loop, however, you can turn off in several places to shorten or extend that. Be prepared to see lots of mountain bikes here… popular trail!

One I’ve never visited is the ROCK ISLAND Trail – 11.8 out and back from Nevada to Powers along Constitution.

Hiking in East Colorado Springs

If you trek east of Colorado Springs/Peyton several miles, a really fun place to explore is the historic CALHAN PAINT MINES – you can do out and back or a loop, plus explore the amazing rock formations created by water and limestone over hundreds of years. WOW!

Way back over to the west side in Manitou, Colorado – for those who really like to push themselves, the INCLINE is a vertical climb up the side of Pikes Peak. I have done it a handful of times, it’s tough! Most hike up it and go down Barr Trail. You can also take Barr Trail up past the top of the incline for most exploration toward the top of Pikes Peak.

Hiking on the Westside of Colorado Springs

I love to explore the west side of Pikes Peak by driving through Woodland Park, CO and hitting the CRAGS Trailhead. The views from the top are amazing!.. and there are more options to include “bouldering” the side of Pikes Peak.. maybe next time. 😉

The PIKES PEAK GREENWAY Trail will take you from downtown Colorado Springs to Fountain, CO, considerable portions paved.

The southwest side of Colorado Springs offers SO many options, I’ll try to touch on them all. First BEAR CREAK Park, trails, nature center – sports, probably the largest and most popular dog park in town, plus trails and open spaces to enjoy.

Next.. RED ROCK CANYON Open Space – Red Rock Section 16 is one I’ve done several times, also popular for mountain bikers. I know there are parts of the area I haven’t seen.

Hiking South of Colorado Springs

I am going to lump together two multi-trail spaces… STRATTON OPEN SPACE & CHEYENNE CANYON – These areas encompass so many trails it’s hard to list them all –

* Gold Camp

* Cheyenne Canyon Columbine Trail

* Mister Twister Loop

* Seven Bridges

* Mount Muscoco Trail

* 7 Falls

* Buckhorn Loop

* Silver Cascade Falls

* Mays Peak

* Garfield Trail

Some of these trails are definitely not for the faint of heart or the physically unfit; please always remember to bring water, snacks, protective gear.. especially if you are traversing a different altitude. Colorado storms can be sudden and dangerous!

To discuss and find trails I’ve never done, I used an app and web page called All Trails… check it out at home or on your phone when it’s time to hit the hills for some fresh air and physical fitness! There are so many trails I didn’t even touch on, so much Colorado to get out there an explore… enjoy!!


How to Use the El Paso County Assessor Website

Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado, located within El Paso County. I’ve recently had more opportunity to explore the user-friendly El Paso County Assessor’s website. As a Realtor in Colorado Springs, I have used this site quite a bit for real estate purposes, but there are some functions that are useful to any resident of El Paso County. Here are some of the ways that I have used the El Paso County Assessor Colorado Springs’ website recently.

Tax bills

If you have a mortgage on your home, it is likely that 99% + of the El Paso County population has an escrow account established with their lender. The lender collects 1/12th of your taxes in your escrow account with your monthly payment.  You will receive a bill at the residence (or your address if it is an investment property). The taxes are due in one payment April 30 or in two installments at the end of February and June 15. Your lender will pay this. Some ask that you send it in with your payment following receipt of the bill, just to make sure your lender received it. If you don’t carry a mortgage or have enough equity, you don’t have to carry an escrow account (determined by lender) then you need to be prepared to pay these taxes per the deadlines indicated. The Assessor’s website is handy to check the Colorado Springs Tax Assessor’s information:

  • Amount of your tax bill
  • Changes in the last few years to your tax bill
  • Verify the tax amount of a property that you are considering purchasing

Property Search

I have a past client looking to make a change. They are enjoying their beautiful new home, but looking into the future. She described to me a property that had some stigmatizing factors (condemned house, mercury spill). She was willing to invest in the land, clean up the spill, build an updated home. So she described the location to me, “it’s down at the end of the road that my house backs up to.”

  • I went to the El Paso County Assessor page and looked up her address.
  • Make sure the appropriate property is selected, verifiable by address or owner name.
  • I clicked the upper left “Parcel Map” link.
  • I clicked around the plats/parcels in the area and showed her my search until we figured out the parcel she was looking for.
  • I went to the MLS and found the property. She thought it had gone off the market, but it actually sold. It would have been a great investment, but we continue her search.

Tax Information

I had a client moving out here from their former post in Oklahoma. The house they were interested in seemed to have very low taxes indicated. We needed to find out why.

  • I placed the property address in search bar
  • Click County Treasurer Tax Information
  • The seller had occupied the house for nearly 30 years. Due to that and their age, they qualified for the state/county homestead exemption, so the tax rate they paid was half what a new home-owner would pay.

Square Footage of a Property

  • Put property address in search bar
  • At the very bottom of the property page, there is a “Residential Information” section. If you click on the square footage indicated there, it will take you to a verification page. (** Caution, the number indicated here, is normally only above grade, so do click the link to see square footage broken down by living levels.)
  • I’ve had 2 instances in the past 3 years where this information was conflicting.

1) Builder filed a building plan with for a partial basement/partial crawl space, then ended up finishing the home with a full basement. We were able to reach the original owner, who is a local Realtor as well. He even almost wanted to buy his old house back! So we had to indicate the square footage discrepancy in our square footages disclosure and why the assessor page had incorrect information.

2) Builder filed a building plan with a full basement and ended up doing a partial basement/partial crawl space finish. We discovered from the previous MLS and tax records that there was a discrepancy. We input the MLS with a partial finish, and the owner had the assessor come out and update the square footage, so any future owners/Realtors would have accurate information. It took a couple weeks, but they verified and updated the website for accuracy.

Plat Maps

We are about to host an open house for neighbors to view the progress on a newly reconstructed beautiful home in Broadmoor Heights. I needed to find a way to map the area, so we could hand deliver invites to these neighbors.

  • I put the address we are listing in the search field on the El Paso County Assessor site front page.
  • I again clicked “Parcel Map” at the upper left.
  • I printed the approximate area to which I knew we wanted to deliver.
  • I clicked house by house to make sure I had all the addresses on my printed map.

Past Home Sales

While we have access to the MLS, sometimes the information isn’t 100% accurate depending who completed the data input. Also, there are foreclosures and For Sale By Owner transactions that don’t always hit the MLS, but would be recorded sales with the county.

Property’s Legal Description

We all know our home by the address, but in the real estate world that is a “commonly known as” address, and every legally recorded document is filed against the legal description… usually Lot ___ Block___ in *Subdivision* and Filing ___ Colo Spgs. You want to verify that your documents and closing are recorded against the correct legal description. This is a huge reason why we have title companies to verify and ensure such things.

So, you can see the El Paso County Assessor’s Website is not only easy and user-friendly, but you can get so much information about a property. If you need to visit the El Paso county Assessor’s Office in person, here are the contact details and hours as well:

El Paso County Assessor’s Office Location

1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 2300, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Telephone: (719) 520-6600 — Fax Number: (719) 520-6635

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday
Offices closed: Saturday – Sunday

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Academy School District 20 Boundary Changes

If you want to stir up some controversy, start a discussion about schools; if you really want to get people excited, start a discussion on school district boundaries. Academy School District D20 is proposing some boundary changes for the upcoming school years. One of the first things people ask is about changes to external boundaries (those bordering other districts). The answer is NO, those will not change. It would take an act of Congress or God to change those. 😉 I met with a parent volunteer on the Boundary Committee this week to try and understand details (since I couldn’t make the open house discussion nights).

Changes to District 20 Boundaries

When the bond issue passed in 2016, Academy School district 20 began contemplating new schools, and with that comes a lot of tough decisions. We all see the growth around the district! The team that worked long hours to adjust and add school boundaries is made up of board school district board members and about 25 parents who volunteer to help “redistribute” thousands to students. I can’t imagine the difficult task of understanding the growth, school-age students per household, etc.

The PROPOSED plan is spread out over the next 5 years, and I will try to lay out the details to include map links. (below).  There will be a Board vote going forward in October.

D20 School District 2018-2019 school year

1) Elementary #20 (yes, they will be renamed) – SEE MAP 1 – new school in the Southeast portion of Wolf Ranch development. Research Blvd Is in the process of being extended east to Black Forest Rd to allow for access. This connection will not be open until right when school begins for the ’18-’19 school year, as they don’t want people speeding through that zone and re-adjusting to school speed limits.

Details: This will be the neighborhood elementary for the following:

* the eastern “half” of Wolf Ranch, primarily from Wolf Lake Dr (portions go as far west as Valemount or Wolf Center) to the east to the eastern district boundary, north to Old Ranch or Wildflower Rd (again, please see maps)

* southern filings of Wolf Ranch from Research south through Cumbre Vista to Woodmen Rd

* Forestgate, Silver Ponds, eagle Wing Estates communities

* Innovation Learning Center will eventually be at this site as well.

2) Redistribution at northern part of ASD20 (Discovery Canyon Campus, Antelope Trails, Da Vinci Elementary Schools) – (MAP 3) goal is to increase population at Antelope Trails Elementary and take population load off Da Vinci and Discovery Canyon Elementary Schools

* Northgate Estates and small surrounding area (just north of Northgate Rd & Voyager) – neighborhood elementary will be changed from Da Vinci Academy to Antelope Trails

2019-2020 school year – (MAP 4)

1) Middle school #8, location northern portion of Cordera. Distribution details (yes, confusing, consult maps and the district)

* take the population pressure off Challenger and Timberview Middle Schools

* neighborhood middle school for all of Cordera

* neighborhood middle school for Wolf Ranch, Cumbre Vista, Forest Gate, Eagle Wing Estates, Silver Ponds

* east, northeast of Powers, south of Old Ranch Rd

2020-2021 school year –  High School Realignment Scenario C – 1 year after opening of middle school #8 (MAP 5)

* Cordera and western Wolf Ranch to Pine Creek High School * this is a change

* Eastern Wolf Ranch, Cumbre Vista to Liberty High School 8 * this does not change neighborhood school boundary

* Rampart boundaries unchanged

2021-2022 OR 2022-2023 school year (TBD) – Elementary School #21 (MAP 6)

* location in North Creek near Pine Creek High School

* move western portion of Cordera to new elementary

* move students from south of Shoup, east of Hwy 83 to new elementary

* move students from west of Milam, west of Howells (from Edith Wolford Elementary) to new elementary

I would love to hep you understand these boundaries and changes, as it relates to selling or purchasing a home in the Academy School District 20. This is historically a strong district with high test scores and personally, expect nothing less as it continues to grow!

Academy D20 Proposed Boundary Maps


* Students transitioning within same school level will be polled and most likely be allowed to stay to keep original neighborhood school where maps otherwise indicate a change would be required. Please consult district for details.

* Opinion – I am personally excited about the growth and forethought the district has to plan for the population growth.

* This is not a final and conclusive decision, please reference the district website or call them.


14910 Spiritwood Loop – Black Forest Home


After years of living in Black Forest ourselves, there are normally two personality types:

  1. I have always lived in the City, want some space & trees/views, still like people
  2. I want to live in seclusion and never see anyone again

I’m kidding of course, because there are all sorts of people here, but some do tend to lean one way or the other.

If you are looking for a community in the Forest… this IS IT!! Seriously, I know 4 families on the cozy Spiritwood Loop and there is a strong sense of community! What you find here (if you choose):

  • Neighbors who care about one another
  • Common spaces for annual gatherings
  • kickball / baseball back stop
  • Equestrian easements for the horse-back-riders
  • variety of home ages/styles/sizes
  • Low HOA dues to keep the neighborhood nice
  • not overly strict covenants so you can enjoy your home and land the way you’d like

My new listing at 14910 Spiritwood Loop exists in this lovely community, and has also been nicely kept up and updated itself! Enjoy–

  • fun outdoor spaces to include a gathering fire pit and welcoming “southern” front porch
  • hardwoods throughout the main level
  • peaked main level ceilings
  • Quartz kitchen counters, huge pantry, open living
  • Fireplace at family room, adjoining dining space
  • walk-outs to separate patios off kitchen and master
  • updated master bath and huge walk-in closet
  • 2 basement bedrooms, one it huge! & with nearby 4-pace bath has almost on-suite feel
  • abundance of trees
  • winding driveway (owners will leave you the snow-blower!)
  • Spacious 3-car garage with workshop space
  • tremendous lower level rec room with versatile space for office, TV, gaming, exercise, theater potential

There is so much to this sweet neighborhood and home. Please take a look, and feel free to contact | 719-229-8143 if you don’t have a Realtor to show you this lovely home! For more photos, video, 3D tour and so much more, please check out !!


Requirements to become a Realtor

With the booming real estate market, especially locally, we are seeing lots of people interested in the real estate business… friends, family, & clients. Here are the requirements to become a Realtor and what you need to know before you take the first steps towards changing your career.

It all starts with real estate school, but those of us in the business a while know there should be some sort of personality exam first. HA! It’s a very interesting and challenging business, but so much fun most of the time! Here are the requirements to become a Realtor and what you need to know before you take the first steps towards changing your career.

Real Estate School

This is the actual real first step. My schooling was 16 years ago, WHOA! So things have obviously changed, but the goal of real estate school is to provide a framework for the industry and help you learn to pass the test. Then the real education begins. 😉  My top recommendation would be a real school like Kaplan where their sole focus is the real estate industry and surrounding fields (appraisers, etc).

There are other ways to do it, I think our local community college and probably the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) have real estate classes. Classes can be taken on-line through schools all over the country.

Real Estate Test

(Dun dun DUNNN)

  • You have to pay each time
  • There is one test facility in Colorado Springs (and one in Pueblo)
  • There are two portions… State and National
  • Plan a couple hours
  • Results pretty much immediately
  • I think the majority do not pass the first time
  • Your license can transfer to different state with different levels of reciprocity (some are full transfer, some partial, some require taking their state test, some don’t transfer and you have to start over)

Hanging Your New License

Once you pass the test!.. you will soon have a Colorado Real Estate license, but now you have to figure out where to “hang” your license. During real estate school, if you went to classes at Kaplan in person, some real estate companies will come visit your class and do some light recruiting. You may also do research on your own. What do you want? … what do you need?

  • First, the state requires hanging your license under a brokerage for minimum 2 years to be supervised by a broker.
  • small or big?
  • boutique or big box?
  • company splits or desk fees?
  • personality (yes, offices carry different personalities, and like any job, it’s nice to get along with the people you work with)
  • monthly meetings
  • supporting staff
  • mentor program

Once you pass your test, to be issued a license, you have to be fingerprinted by the state of Colorado. They do a full background check.

The Costs of Being a Realtor

It is expensive to get going; there are start-up and recurring costs:

  • Real Estate School
  • PPAR/CAR/NAR (see next paragraph) – monthly/annually
  • Electronic Contract Software – monthly
  • License Renewal – every 1-3 years
  • Signage – as needed
  • Lockboxes – as needed
  • Education – multiple times annually
  • Gas/vehicle maintenance – weekly/monthly (I drive now about 25,000 miles per year)
  • Meals, expenses, client referral gifts
  • I’m sure there are others I’m not thinking of!

Join a Real Estate Board

Our local board is the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. Membership here includes membership to the local board (PPAR), Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR). To join the board there are required orientation and ethics classes. You will learn how to use the MLS and how to handle various situations. It would also be advised to take additional classes through PPAR or local title companies for things like contracts, electronic contract software, etc. There is so much you can learn.

Required Continuing Education

As with most licensed profession, continued education is required… a certain amount of hours per 1 and 3 year period… ethics, contracts, elective courses… all to help you become better at what you do.

The industry is constantly changing, the contracts change annually, every transaction is different because of various parties involved and every home is unique.

My best advice

  • work on a team or under a mentor for at least a year!
  • soak up everything you can from the successful agents around you
  • SAVE$$!… it can take months/years to be truly successful, and even then there are rollercoaster times as the market shifts. It may be several months before you close your first sale, and you need to still be able to pay your rent/mortgage during that time… and probably eat.

If you have a friend who is a Realtor in Colorado Springs, take them to lunch or coffee and “pick their brain”. I have done this with several people in the past few years. I love helping people, so I want to talk them through if it’s a good choice. Everyone thinks it’s so easy right now because it’s busy, but in 16+ years, this is the hardest market I think I’ve worked! If you are interested, jump in with both feet and prepare to be challenged, frustrated, encouraged, let-down, built-up, and grow!  If you already have your license check out our mentorship program. It is a good option to get off on a good foot once you have your license.


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