Colorado Springs Bike Trails: Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

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With the warmer weather, I have been excited to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. With my bike, I have been exploring some of the great Colorado Springs Bike Trails and I stumbled upon another one. The Pikes Peak Greenway Trail is one of the most popular bike trails in Colorado Springs.  I like it because it's paved, located in the heart of town and is gently sloping.  It winds through the city, but you'd never know you were in one.  The trail parallels streams, rock formations and even crosses over some old, wooden bridges.  At certain points, you can even see a train which runs daily.

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The Greenway Trail is multi-use and runs north to south across the whole city of Colorado Springs. It connects to a number of other trails with multiple trailheads and is easily accessible. You can decide how far you want to go and how much time you want to spend on the trail. 

On the north side of Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Greenway is connected to the New Santa Fe Trail which runs through the Air Force Academy, through the town of Monument and ending up in Palmer Lake. Unlike the Greenway, the New Santa Fe Trail is a gravel surface.

On its southern end, the Pikes Peak Greenway continues on to the Fountain Creek Regional Trail at the El Pomar Youth Sports Park. The trail follows the Fountain Creek all the way to the city of Fountain and is mostly paved the entire way.

If you combine all three trails you can ride one way 40 miles from Palmer Lake to Fountain - mostly downhill!  How you get home is up to you. If you want some more tips on where to ride your bike, !

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Buying a Home with a Pikes Peak View

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People come to the Colorado Springs area from all over the country... the world for that matter. They move here primarily because of our military and technology companies, but also just for the sheer beauty and reasonable cost of living. The Pikes Peak region is a popular place. One of the first things people ask for (especially from the midwest or south) is for a Pikes Peak view! "America's mountain" sometimes feels like she's right on top of our beautiful city! Since the angle and view of Pikes Peak can vary so much, it can be a big factor in determining where you should buy a house. 

I frequently tell incoming clients that there is a trade-off between the view versus the feeling of living in the mountains. Once you get pretty far west, it's actually more difficult to see Pikes Peak because the other mountains stand in the way. So, I just wanted to give you a little perspective on our beautiful mountain from various angles. As you look through them, I'm sure you can hear "for purple mountain majesty, above the fruited plains.." playing in your head. Katherine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful lyrics, inspired by Pikes Peak, actually originally as a poem called "Pikes Peak"; later it was put to music with Samuel A. Ward of Grace Episcopal Church in NJ. 

This beauty was taken from eastern El Paso county in the Calhan/Peyton area as I headed back into town after showing houses. As you can see, Pikes Peak looks like a lone, towering peak from this distance, the rest of the mountain range hardly discernable. Note the cows and wide open spaces... if you're looking for this type of land and view, maybe this is the area for you!

Head just a bit further west into Colorado Springs. This shot it taken from the Briargate area. Obviously, a recent snow fall helps define the lines on the mountains, but it's also just a little more clear the closer you are. 

This one is on the way up Ute Pass. This might be the type of "peak-a-boo view" you might expect if you land in a home on the west side of town (west side is pretty much west of I-25, our major interstate... but the further west the better for most with this preference). 

Not sure I will call this saving the best for last, but I have a strong opinion on the beauty in Woodland Park... our mountain town, just 20-30 minutes "up the pass" west of Colorado Springs. The perspective on Pikes Peak is completely different. The mountain is far deeper that it seems from the Colorado Springs area. I've hiked the Crags from this back side and you can see to the west for miles. 

Needless to say , the weather, the friendliness, and so much more... but Pikes Peak is probably our most notable landmark, with Garden of the Gods, the United States Air Force Academy and the Broadmoor hotel as other major draws to the area. I'm not sure if this helps you make a decision about where you will end up buying a home, but in any case, I'm sure you'll love the area and our mountains almost as much as I do! 

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (Apr 29-Apr 30)

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The weather won't stop the show this weekend with these Colorado Springs events. We have a fun free activity for kids on Saturday, the annual Taste of Old Colorado City is happening on Sunday, and other events happening in between. So explore Colorado Springs and enjoy the last weekend of April!


Things to Do This Weekend

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Basic Field Methods in Paleontology -  Sat Apr 29, 9:30am - 12:00pm, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park

Admission: $20 + museum admission ($11.50/person). Discover history and learn how to collect a fossil and preserve all the historical information that comes with finding a fossil. For more info, visit: Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

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Healthy Kids Day -  Sat Apr 29, 9:00am - 12:00pm, YMCA (all locations)

Admission: Free. YMCA's national initiative to encouragne and improve kids and families' health. Activities includes: games, arts and crafts, demos, and classes. For more info, visit: Pikes Peak YMCA.

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10th Annual Earth Month Fashion Show & Greenie Awards -  Sat Apr 29, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Colorado Springs City Auditorium 221 East Kiowa

Admission: $35 general admission, $50 premiere floor seating. Fashion show that features recycled clothing and proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Field Institute that restores and conserves trails and natural landscapes. For more info, visit: Rocky Mountain Field Institute.

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2017 Taste of Old Colorado City -  Sun Apr 30, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City 2408 West Colorado Ave.

Admission: $30 general admission, $50 VIP. Enjoy an afternoon in Old Colorado City on Colorado Springs' westside where fine restaurant food, wine, and microbrews from around Colorado with be featured alongside local music and art. For more info, visit: Taste of OCC.

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Monster Jam -  Sun Apr 30, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, The Broadmoor World Arena 3185 Venetucci Blvd.

Admission: $18-48. Be wowed by these monstrous off-road vehicles in a motorsport competition. Don't miss this last Colorado Springs show. For more info, visit: Broadmoor World Arena.

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Scenic Colorado Springs bike trails: Biking USAFA

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Colorado Springs is unique in that we're a sprawling city at the base of the mountains. Nature and wildlife are abundant here, and the mountains are our backyard. Woven throughout the city are trails for biking, hiking and running. And it's easy to lose yourself in the outdoors. To really capture such beauty I highly recommend visiting the Air Force Academy.  Located near the Northgate area of Colorado Springs, the Academy was built right in the mountains and occupies 18,000 acres of land.

This weekend I took my new road bike to the Academy for a scenic ride. Minutes from my house I was immersed in pine trees, riding the gently curving roads which weave through the mountain. I passed some wild deer grazing, which is common for our town.  In fact you can often see deer, wild turkeys or herds of antelope at any given time. The Air Force fighter jets known as the Thunderbirds were practicing this weekend, in preparation for their upcoming air show for the graduation ceremony next month. I could see them flying in formation then splitting off into various directions. It's fun to hear their jet engines as they speed by the backdrop of majestic mountains. 

No wonder Katherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics to America the Beautiful while in Colorado Springs. It's by far the most scenic, beautiful place to be. I wouldn't trade it for any other city! Want to know some of my other favorite places to go? Give me a call and I would be happy to share them!

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Colorado Springs: A Seller's Market For Sure

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It's definitely a seller's market right now. Properties often receive multiple offers. Bidding wars are the norm, where the highest and best offer gets the house. Days on market have dwindled down so much that many homes sell the first day they are on market. 

I am working with a family right now who is super excited that we got their current home under contract so fast, and it went for above asking price. Yay!

But now the flip side of that is we are pressed to find another home for them to buy.  There isn't much inventory out there right now, and the good stuff is selling super fast. 

For example, this week we looked at a home which had just hit the market earlier that morning. We arrived mid afternoon to see it. While there, we ran into two other buyers who were seeing it. We were going to write an offer on it, but I learned from the seller's agent that he already had two offers on the table, both of which were thousands above asking price.  And he was expecting more by end of the day. 

My buyers were disappointed. They learned that in order to even be considered they would have to bid thousands over asking price and even with that, there were no guarantees their offer would be accepted.  It's tough out there. An appraiser recently told me that in Denver they are getting offers sight unseen, meaning buyers are not even going in the houses before writing an offer. Yes, the Colorado real estate market is that crazy right now.

Here are the latest Colorado Springs housing statistics, as of end of March:

INVENTORY OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES FOR SALE...down 25% from last year

INVENTORY OF TOWNHOMES/CONDOS FOR SALE...down 2% from last year

AVERAGE SALES PRICE OF A SINGLE FAMILY HOME...up 11.5% from last year

AVERAGE SALES PRICE OF A TOWNHOME/CONDO...up 12.1% from last year

To summarize, homes are in demand and there is less inventory for sale right now.  Supply is down which is driving prices up.  It's a great time to be a seller.  It's a tough time to be a buyer.  At times like this, you really need a good Realtor in your corner! Give me a call, I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

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