Downtown, Central and Ivywild Real Estate for SaleBetween downtown Colorado Springs and the Cheyenne Mountain lies the subdivision of Ivywild. The boundaries that roughly define the 5.13 acres in the neighborhood are State Highway 115 to the east, Cresta Road to the west, Lake Avenue to the south and Brookside to the north.
Long targeted by the city for rejuvenation, Colorado Springs has focused on improving the infrastructure. A first important step was the construction of a neighborhood park at Dorchester and Navajo, but that is only the beginning. Street improvements on Navajo Street and Tejon are coming soon as the result of a grant program for community development. Next will be improvements to Cheyenne Boulevard at Tejon, which will improve traffic flow and provide for pedestrian safety.
DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS, CENTRAL AND IVYWILD NEIGHBORHOODS
- Central Colorado Springs
- Old North End
SHOPPING AND DINING
Developers interested in maintaining the forward momentum of the community have re-developed the site once occupied by Ivywild School, closed in 2009, into an attractive complex including Bristol Brewing Company, a performance and meeting venue, bakery and coffee shop. A portion of the space includes residential units and office space. Vegetable gardens, parking areas and a community gathering space for outdoor events have already been developed on the school grounds.
Additional restaurants include Springs Orleans offering traditional Creole and Cajun cuisine; The Skirted Heifer featuring eco-friendly and locally sourced hamburger; Alice in Wonderland Themed The Rabbit Hole and MacKenzies Chop House for a great steak.
PARKS AND RECREATION
The 4,241 households in the neighborhood have a mean income of approximately $54,147. Most of the properties are three to four bedroom single-family homes. The neighborhood consists primarily of older homes, built between 1940 and 1969, with some additional construction between 1970 and 1999.
The views, even from some of the smallest homes are breathtaking. Winding streets meander through tall trees beside a beautiful mountain backdrop. A large portion of the community is active in the U.S. military. In fact, the military population is larger than that of over 98 percent of all American neighborhoods. This leads to an extraordinarily diverse neighborhood. Additionally, almost 43 percent of the neighborhood works in sales and service. The next largest occupational group is executive, management and professional.
The terrain and location of the neighborhood requires about 76 percent of working residents drive private vehicles, but many take advantage of carpooling, but fortunately, the average commute is between 15 and 30 minutes, much shorter than for most Americans. The nearest airport is Colorado Springs Airport, located at 7770 Milton E. Proby Parkway.At the heart of the Downtown/Ivywild revitalization program, known as the Ivywild Neighborhood Urban Renewal Plan, is a strong community commitment. The Ivywild Improvement Society is a non-profit neighborhood coalition of residents and business owners dedicated to making the neighborhood a better place to live. Through fundraisers and social media, the organization seeks to raise awareness of community issues, support neighborhood businesses and lobby for ongoing urban renewal. You will find members of the organization hard at work promoting community garage sales, clean-up efforts and more. Brilliant blue skies, towering pines and majestic mountain views make Ivywild a gorgeous place. Its dedicated residents keep it that way.
In the Old North End neighborhood, work is being done to protect the lush medians, historic homes, and grow community connection. The area offers walking tours to build awareness and features Monument Valley Park, founded in 1907 by General William Jackson Palmer. The Friends of Monument Valley Park was formed in 2000 to restore, protect and enhance the park.
If you love Victorian Style homes built during the days of the Gold Rush – when Americans traveled to the area to create their fortunes and better for the gold in Pikes Peak, you will love these areas. The Old North End of downtown Colorado Springs was a showplace for those who had become wealthy off the gold rush to flaunt. Get a taste of 19 of the best with the Tour of the Old North End.
SCHOOLS, HEALTH, AND TRANSPORTATION
This area is served by Colorado Springs School District 11, the most established school district in the area. District 11 features more than 60 schools and alternative education options focused on student achievement through continuous improvement. They offer free preschool and full day kindergarten programs. Of course, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of the Rockies serve those seeking an upper level education.
Colorado Springs Mountain Metro provides public transportation to and around the Downtown and surrounding areas, including ADA Para-transit Service, Car/Van Pools and Park-and-Ride Options.