(Closed) Moving to Colorado Springs, CO this summer. Advice!!!

posted 5 years ago in Military
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I live in Wyoming but I’ve spent some time there.  It’s pretty!  A LOT of great hiking very close by.  It’s quite an uber-religious / conservative place (Focus on the Family, etc are headquartered there) but it’s big enough that you can find people who are into that or not into that, depending on your preference.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@MissMeeksy:  Don’t go!!!!

 

ah hahaha just kidding!

 

I would like to add the gang activity there. Saw it on the history channel so it’s def. true!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I lived there this past summer! I see you put this under military, so would you hope to be close/near a base? It’s actually quite a large city- I lived just north of downtown and had to drive for about 20 minutes to get to a SuperTarget, all still in the city. It could easily take you a half hour to get from the very top to the bottom or from the east to the west. And there’s no real highway going east-west which is a bit annoying.

 The north side of town is the nicest. It’s called Briargate, but it’s also more spendy. The next nicest would be Broadmoor which is on the west-southwest side of town. The south side is the lowest income area- that’s where I worked. I would avoid living south central of downtown if you can help it. 

So northside is your safest and nicest bet by far! Near downtown is nice, but it was on street parking and I liked it for the walkability to bars and restaurants. It has much younger vibe thanks to Colorado College. 

There is definitely a conservative lean for the city in general, but it certainly isn’t overpowering on a day to day basis. And it certainly is gorgeous! I moved back home to MN because my job was eliminated, and after living in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Springs (as folks there tend to call it) was just a bit too small town for me!)

Post # 8
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Helper bee

And it is true about the gangs, which was a bit of a shock to me, but I had middle school students with family members who had died due to gang violence even. But really, during the day time you’re going to be safe wherever, and just avoid that south central side if you need to be out by yourself at night time. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I only lived there for a summer and it was a couple of years ago, but I just wanted to tell you that I LOVED it there… good luck! Smile

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve never lived there but I’ve been through there quite a bit.  Hike up Pike’s Peak!  I’ve done it twice and it’s quite the workout!  Hiking is one of my favorite things to do, and there is a lot of that there.  That’s probably what I’d spend most of my weekends doing if I lived there Smile 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@MissMeeksy:  Glad to help! I always ate at the Noodles and Company and Panera at the Southgate area near-ish to Broadmoor. The “Small Town” thing is a little hard to describe- but mostly it felt more like a college town than a city.

The downtown is pretty much only on Tejon St, so it’s not incredibly big or diverse. There’s also no big sporting events or venues (outside of the Air Force Academy and sometimes things happen with the Olympic Committee), and not a lot of big music venues either. Denver isn’t crazy far away though. It certainly is gorgeous though if you like mountains. 

 

Let me know if you can think of any other questions! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

@MissMeeksy:  Bookmarking this. We’re currently waiting for Fiance to get his PCS orders for next year but we’ve requested (and heard whispers about him getting) Fort Carson. Maybe we’ll see you there 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Sorry I’m coming into this convo a little late but figured I might be some help considering my husband is currently at Ft. Carson and we live in the springs =)  (sadly we’re about to move for his Captains Career Course…so I’m jealous you’re moving here!) lol

1. as one of the prior posters wrote, Briargate is the newer more “developed” part of town. This is where we live. He has a pretty hefty drive to work every morning though =(

2. The west side is a really cool area, older but nestled at the bottom of pikes peak AKA–Beautiful!  You’ll find some really cool houses or lofts in Old Colorado City or Manitou Springs, but it’s kind of a hit or miss regarding the neighborhood and it’s safety.  I’m not sure what your BAH is, but the closer you get to the Broadmoor area, the more you’ll be spending in rent.  My husband lived in an apartment really close to the broadmoor (off 115 near southgate) and paid almost the same for his 1 bdrm as we pay now for our 2 bdrm condo.  There is def. options though since it’s so close to Ft. Carson, but you may just want to do some research.

3. Downtown area is great also, but you’ll def. get a more college vibe since Colorado College is located downtown.  So you run into the risk of having college students as neighbors (which you could anywhere but more so here).  Again, like the west side, you’ll be on one street full of beautfiul historic homes, then turn the corner and wonder if it’s a meth house! lol.  It’s just more diverse and not as developed.  But still beautiful.

4. Fountain (small town south of COS) is where A LOT of our friends live.  It’s super close to Ft. Carson and housing is more affordable.

 

Colorado Springs is seriously one of the best places I’ve ever lived!  It’s not a super metro area (you can easily take a trip up to Denver for that) but it has it’s fair share of good nightlife, amazing local eateries and so many outdoor activities! Take advantage of it…there is so much to do outdoors that is serioulsy in your back yard!  If you and your husband enjoy   working out, there is a weekly 5k run called “Jack Quinns 5K” located downtown that’s my husbands and mine’s favorite weekly activity. (I walk, he runs). It’s super low key and when you’re done, you meet at the Jack Quinn bar and drink cheap beer! It’s great.

Feel free to personal message me if you have any other questions …I’d love to help =)

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I agree with Terryal87. We live in Manitou Springs and we love it but most of our friends live Downtown or “Up North” where all the shopping is!

Feel free to message me with any questions!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s beautiful at Ft. Carson! And the weather, well was all over the place lol. Mornings are freezing, daytime I was sweating, and the night was mild and chill but perfect. But enjoy it to the fullest! It’s wonderful out there.

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