Fountain, Colorado Real Estate and InformationFountain, Colorado, is a city in El Paso County, residing about 30 miles north of Pueblo and 10 miles south of Colorado Springs, on the north-south corridor of Interstate 25 in the southeastern portion of the state. Founded in 1859 with roots steeped in railroad shipping and ranching, Fountain was named after Fountain Creek, which flows through the city. It was officially incorporated in 1903 and today is home to more than 25,800 residents.
The city is what the state of Colorado defines as a Home Rule Municipality, meaning it is self governing, with its own water and electric utilities and the power to determine its form of government. Fountain’s mayor and six-member city council work together with commissions and advisory boards to govern the city, while its city manager administers all its various departments.
- Fountain Valley
- Cross Creek
Shopping and Dining
Fountain residents enjoy a wealth of shopping and dining options. They are only about 10 miles from Colorado Springs and shopping malls like Chapel Hills Mall, The Citadel and The Promenade Shops at Briargate. They also have a number of retailers and restaurants located right in their quaint, charming home town.
At or near the geographical center of the city, shoppers and entertainment seekers gravitate to the strip of land between I-25 and Highway 85. This slice of Fountain real estate is essentially downtown Fountain, and offers a cornucopia of locally owned and operated businesses, specialty shops, and eateries in a spectacular small-town shopping environment.
The district is broken up into sections according to nearby landmarks, such as highways, city streets, and big name stores. Some of the sections are:
- North Santa Fe Avenue – with Home Suite Home, Pizza Factory, Jez Inc. Tattoo & Jewelry, and more
- Downtown – with Achievement Gallery, Lil House of Music, God’s Pantry food bank, Fountain Arts Center & Dance Studio, and more
- Mesa Ridge Parkway – with Dragon King Chinese Restaurant, Smoker Friendly, Advance Auto Parts, Timber Ho Cabinets, Safeway, Lowe’s, and more
- Fountain Valley Shopping Center – with Valley Blankee, Chic’s Espresso, Bombardier’s Hangar, Alpenrose German Deli, and more
Parks and Recreation
Fountain real estate, regardless of which part of town, is guaranteed to be near a park or open space of some kind. The City of Fountain maintains and manages about 100 acres of neighborhood and community parks, including the following:
- Metcaffe Park – more than 36 acres with a sweet skateboard park, BMX bike track, dog park, and a whole lot more
- Aqa Park – big multi-use field, basketball and tennis courts, and a covered pavilion
- Fountain Mesa Park – multi-use field, play structure, swing set, and walking trail
- Hibbard Park – climbing structure, covered pavilion, and walking trail
- Conley Park – picnic tables and play structure
- Lindamood Park – basketball courts, play structure, three mini-pavilions, and a drinking fountain
- Mayor’s Park – benches, a water fountain, restored railroad caboose, and the city’s Holiday Festival of Lights.
The City of Fountain’s website describes the city as one of El Paso County’s fastest growing communities, boasting a 7 percent growth average from the year 2002 to 2008, with the real estate website, Sperling’s Best Places, citing a more than 66 percent population growth since 2000.
Fountain was selected as “America’s Millennium City” in 1999 by the New York Times, and an “All-America City” in 2002 by the National Civic League. The city is also the home of Pikes Peak International Raceway.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 has a total enrollment of about 7,840, and is made up of eight elementary schools (Aragon, Eagleside, Mesa, Jordahl, Mountainside, Patriot, Abrams and Weikel), two middle schools (Fountain and Carson), one high school (Fountain-Fort Carson) and one alternative secondary school (Lorraine).
Medical care facilities, health care centers and hospitals near Fountain include, but are not limited to, the following: Memorial Hospital Central (Colorado Springs); Centura Health-Penrose St. Francis Health Services (Colorado Springs); and Parkview Medical Center (Pueblo).
Transportation options in and around Fountain include the Colorado Springs Airport, I-25 and U.S. highways 24 and 85, and mass transit options, such as Greyhound Bus Lines and Fountain Municipal Transit.