12864 Pine Valley Cir - Golf, Swim, Run, Play

12864 Pine Valley Cir - Golf, Swim, Run, Play

I'm so excited about this new listing the Woodmen Hills community in Peyton Colorado. It's a great 2-story with ample rooms for rest, play, craft, exercise, TV, games, etc!

The main level includes a generous living room, dining and kitchen... With a walk-out to a great back yard, bordered at the rear with privacy trees; plus enjoy a patio and storage shed. The main level also includes a bedroom, great for home office. 

The upper level includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a loft to separate the master suite from the additional bedrooms. The spacious master includes a walk-in closet and 5-piece bath. 

And the basement... Well, there is a great family room, split with carpet and tile for game or bar area, plus a bed & bath, and bonus room for game table, theater, exercise equipment... So many options! 

All of this in a community surrounded by the Antler Creek Golf Course, a couple community recreation centers with in and outdoor pools, trails and parks throughout. New shopping is just around the corner for convenience. 

Take a look at this link for more detail, and let me know if you'd like to see it! PineValleyCir.com

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Getting to Know Meridian Ranch

Getting to Know Meridian Ranch


Maybe you’re just scoping Meridian Ranch from afar. Or maybe just want to know—WHO RUNS MERIDIAN RANCH? I did. This post kicks off the Brain Builder series for Meridian Ranch at Falcon Colorado. You ready?

Sure, there’s no such Meridian mayor running the place. But are you wondering…WHY ISN’T THERE A HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION? If you’re just getting into Meridian Ranch, you’ll likely find this answer on some FAQ online – or maybe scattered everywhere online. But if you’re like me, you had no clue on this. And you’re reading now to get to the skinny. So here goes:


Stonebridge enclave does. Ah ha! Got you. Here’s where the Catch 22s begin. If you know them all, that’s fabulous! But if you’re new (or busy like me), anyone can find the setup confusing. Wondering who maintains the common grounds? The parks? The trails? Storm drains? Sewer? And all that stuff out there?


Or in longwinded Germanic-Latin: the “Meridian Service Metropolitan District” takes stead. Keyword here is “Service.” We see these guys driving everywhere in their white trucks helping us.  They do everything from supplying water, growing our rec center, contracting street light maintenance, parks, trails, entrance monuments…you get it. Here the Service District functions like a HOA, but instead of being private like a HOA, it’s a public entity formed under Colorado law. Now for the second catch (mostly for the uninitiated): Service District doesn’t enforce covenants.  Instead, they’re on record as being part of a “special district" serving Meridian Ranch.  Just think about that relaxing lazy river for those kiddos at the 42,000 square foot YMCA. Or that enormous hot tub at the new indoor pool (for us big Kiddos!). Third Catch: The Meridian Service Metropolitan District doesn’t do everything a HOA usually does. In the big picture, they don’t remove snow, unless it’s trail snow. And if you’ve haven’t yet just arrived, the Service District doesn’t remove garbage. Most notably, the Meridian Service Metropolitan District doesn’t govern those pesky architectural and covenant issues…those naughty “CC&R” violations.  If you know a guy who’s had a dead tree in their yard for four months, there’s a second group enforcing CC&Rs. Who does that?


Or more correctly said (with stylish British accent please) the “Design Review Committees.”  What a DRC does do like a HOA is function like an architectural committee. Here the DRCs approve new changes for homes and landscaping plans. And, unlike the Service District (if we’re slacking) the DRC will write us up for covenant violations. Perhaps you’ve been there?  I have, and yes, you’ve got to still love the DRCs—Meridian Ranch property values are crushing it this year! For both current and new Ranch folk, this leads to yet a Fourth Catch: DRCs don’t maintain our roads (El Paso County does), and the DRCs don’t pay for those snow plow trucks zooming the Ranch in January (El Paso County does).

So let’s pause there. We just said DRCs? Yes, to make this awkward, there are two DRCs for Meridian Ranch. And yes, the odds of guessing your DRC number correctly is logically equivalent to flipping coins in your pocket. Try it one day (just not while driving Londonderry). But seriously, your DRC is based on your home’s location. Click here to find yours. Finally, to make this more awkward, Meridian’s Stonebridge community doesn’t have a DRC!  Stonebridge has a ________ (kindly fill in the blank, or click here if you’re paying attention ( : 


Okay, a h-o-a lot of info making us a little smarter in our neighbor talk, so let’s stop there! I’ve got to go now. But you’re probably wondering, how the Meridian Service District gets funding? Or maybe you’re “nail-biting” confused between that name “Ranch” District and “Service” District? Maybe you have no clue. Relax! We’ll cover that in my next Brain Builder post…

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5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 17, 18) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 17, 18) in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Philharmonic -"Symphonic Dances", Sat Sept 17, 7:30, Sun Sept 18 2:30pm at Pikes Peak Center

Admission: $21 and up, Kids Free. Celebrating its 90th year, the Philharmonic presents Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and DiLorenzo symbolizing artists at the beginning of their career, at the end of their career and still producing. For more information: www.csphilharmonic.org.


Pawtoberfest, Sat Sept 17, 10-3pm Bear Creek Park.

Admission: Free. The eighth annual event of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak region features a fun run, food merchants and beer garden to raise money for homeless animals. Last year raised $100,000 for the shelter. For more info and a festival guide: www.pawtoberfest.org.


Bines and Brews, Sat Sept 17, 1-5 pm, Limbaugh Park, Monument, Co

Admission: $30, $10 dd. Sample brews from over 15 local breweries plus 3 Hundred Days of Shine and The Ice Cave Cider. Leave the kiddos and pooches at home for this event. For more information: http://trilakeschamber.com/bines-brews.htm


Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest, Sat Sept 17 11-6pm, Sun Sept 18 1-6pm, Woodland Park

Admission: $6, Under 21 Free. Head to higher elevation for a fun Oktoberfest featuring biergartens, brats and lederhosen. This is the 19th year for Woodland Park to host this gathering and there is a shuttle from the high school For more information: http://woodlandparkchamber.com/oktoberfest.html.


Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, Fri Sept 16 - Sun Sept 18, Rock Ledge Ranch

Admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors, $4 6-12, under 6 free. The 38th annual art festival features 165 artists and their handcrafted folk art, clothing and furniture with antiques and live music. For more info: www.rockledgeranch.com.


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9 Things Which Give Value to a Neighborhood

9 Things Which Give Value to a Neighborhood

I recently wrote a blog about things which devalue a neighborhood. Now it's time to talk about things which add value to one:


1. School District - Being in a desirable school district always adds value to a property. In fact, I sometimes get phone calls from out of state buyers who are coming to Colorado Springs and have already targeted which school district they want to live in. They are usually willing to pay more to live in such areas.

2. Neighborhood Pool and/or Rec Center - Many of our neighborhoods have a private pool and rec center just for the locals. Wagon Trails, Banning Lewis and Woodmen Hills are some, to name a few. Residents pay homeowner association dues for pool and rec center access, but they are more than happy to have these amenities which are not open to the general public.

3. Golf Course - Neighborhoods surrounding a golf course are always in demand. Homes in such areas usually cost more, but buyers consider it very valuable to live in prestigious golf course communities like Flying Horse or Pine Creek.

4. Neighborhood Trails and Open Space - If an area has its own trail system or designated open space, people consider that a plus. Take Wolf Ranch for example, this neighborhood has a private trail system weaving through it. I have heard buyers say they were hoping for such.

5.  Views of Mountains - A neighborhood which offers unobstructed mountain views will always warrant a higher price tag in Colorado Springs. After all, when you live in Colorado you want to see those mountains as much as you can!

6. Near to Shopping and Restaurants - I'd say this is added value. I promote such conveniences with my listings. I once had a home for sale where the buyer was happy to learn of the new grocery store being built just blocks away from her new home.

7. Near Water - Any time you can find a neighborhood bordering a lake or even ponds, it's valuable. Look at the new Forest Lakes community in Monument. The average price there is in the mid $500,000's.   Buyers will pay for that precious water nearby.

8. Cul-de-sac Community - Banning Lewis Ranch is the perfect example of this. Developers designed this neighborhood so that most of the interior streets are cul-de-sacs which means they are not high traffic and are more kid friendly.

9. Gated Community - Will buyers pay more to live in a gated community? You bet. Look at High Forest Ranch or the Broadmoor Resort Community. Both are gated with on staff security guards, offering residents an exclusive and protected environment. And both are on the higher end of the housing market.


Yes, it really is about location, location, location!

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5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 10, 11) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 10, 11) in Colorado Springs

Organ Spectacular -"Pipedreams", Sat Sept 10, 7pm at the First United Methodist Church.

Admission: $20-25. Mix the unmistakable sound of the pipe organ with the Chamber Orchestra and you get "Pipedreams". Three of Colorado Springs’ finest organists will perform pieces by Albioni and Handel. For more information: www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.


What IF Festival, Sat Sept 10 10-4pm Downtown Colorado Springs.

Admission: Free. The premiere science, engineering and technology fair comes alive this Saturday and is fun for all ages. Over 100 interactive exhibits, music on 6 stages, food trucks and a beer and wine tasting garden. Let your imagination soar at this great event. For more info and a festival guide: www.whatif-festival.org.


"Trash", Thurs, Fri, Sat thru Sept 24, Funky Little Theater 2109 Templeton Gap Road

Admission: $15. Inspired by reality TV shows "Honey Boo Boo" and "Duck Dynasty", this regional premiere is a dark, funny and not so funny look at life. Probably not exactly appropriate for the elementary school crowd, but it is sure to draw you into the unbelievable drama. For more information: www.funkylittletheater.org


Front Range Open Studios, Sat, Sun Sept 10-11 10-5pm, Various Locations in TriLakes Area

Admission: Free. With 22 artists in 16 studios, the Front Range Open Studio is a popular weekend for those looking to get up close and personal with the artists and their craft. This is the only true studio tour in Colorado. For a map and more information: www.frontrangeopenstudios.com.


Miguel Dakota with Differents, Fri Sept 9, 6-8pm, University Village Center

Admission: Free  Originally scheduled for Aug 19th, Miguel and his band will come back to the University Village for the Free Summer Concert Series. Miguel had us glued to our set during the America's Got Talent Finals, and is always fun and appealing to all ages with his blend of pop, rock and alternative music. For more info: www.UVCShopping.com.


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