Manitou Springs, Colorado Real Estate and InformationTucked into the breathtaking natural beauty of east central Colorado’s Front Range is the city of Manitou Springs. Less than seven miles west of Colorado Springs and resting in the protective shadow of Pikes Peak, the Manitou Springs area is home to dozens of mineral springs, from which it takes its name. The city provides a number of drinking fountains around town where you are free to partake in the naturally healing benefits of the spring water.
To the Algonquin, “Manitou” means “Great Spirit,” which is an apt moniker for the gateway city to Garden of the Gods, which is, according to the City of Manitou Springs’ website, the state’s most popular free park. Fortunately for residents of this picturesque town, the Great Spirit placed this small city of nearly 5,000 residents in a sunny, mostly arid climate that is a scenic, two-hour drive from popular ski resorts like Breckenridge and Monarch.
Shopping and Dining
Manitou Springs’ stunning scenery and serene lifestyle naturally draw in and hold talented artists, musicians, and actors from all over the world, imbuing this small mountain town with a genuine sense of wonder and creativity. The city’s historic district is home to various art galleries, gift shops and trading posts, offering a plethora of handcrafted American Indian keepsakes and treasures.
There are also more than 20 locally owned and operated restaurants in Manitou Springs. When you are in the mood to splurge and enjoy some fine dining, check out Briarhurst Manor Estate, Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, The Craftwood Inn, or Cliff House at Pikes Peak. For those other times when you want to go out to eat someplace nice but not expensive, Manitou Springs has you covered there too, with numerous family and casual dining spots, including but not limited to the following:
- Adam’s Mountain Cafe
- Spice of Life
- Heart of Jerusalem Cafe
- Stagecoach Inn
- Red Mountain Bar & Grill
- Sahara Cafe
- HMS Ancient Mariner Tavern
- Savelli’s Pizza, Pasta & Subs
- Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery
Parks and Recreation
The City of Manitou Springs manages and maintains myriad city parks, which include the following:
- Schryver Park
- The Creek Path
- Memorial Park
- Seven Minute Spring Park
- Mansions Park
- Soda Springs Park
- Paul Intemann Memorial Nature Trail
- Peakview “Tot Lot”
- Mabel Willie Park
- Bill Bauers Park
- Deer Valley Nature Park
- The Playpark
Outdoor enthusiasts will feel like Vikings in Valhalla here in Manitou Springs and all of El Paso County. In addition to Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods mentioned earlier, Manitou Springs real estate is just a short, picturesque drive away from such must-see destinations as Cave of the Winds, Miramont Castle, the Cliff Dwellings Museum, the Ghost Town Museum and the Manitou Springs.
Historic and wonderfully anachronistic downtown Manitou Springs emits a laid-back, casual aura in which you will discover one-of-a-kind curiosities, such as Arcade Amusements, where you can still play pinball for a dime, revel in the nerdy nostalgic arcade paraphernalia and memorabilia and thrill yourself plying the controls of one of the myriad old school video games.
The city’s elevation is approximately 6,500 feet above sea level. Residents enjoy more than 250 days of sunshine on average each year, with only about 32 inches of snow and 15 inches of rain which means the area has mostly balanced, fairly predictable weather patterns.
An interesting factor regarding Manitou Springs real estate is that the median home cost in 2012, according to the real estate website, Sperling’s Best Places, was about $238,700.
Schools, Health, Transportation
The K-12 public education needs in Manitou Springs are met via Manitou Springs School District 14, which has a total enrollment of approximately 1,400 students served by two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
Some of the fine health care service providers and medical care facilities in the Manitou Springs area include Memorial Hospital Central (Colorado Springs); Centura Health-Penrose St. Francis Health Services (Colorado Springs); and Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (Woodland Park).
Highway 25 runs primarily west through the middle of town and is fed by a series of city streets, country roads and even Interstate 25 a few miles east. Mass transit options for El Paso County residents generally include Mountain Metropolitan Transit, FREX and Greyhound Bus Lines. The Colorado Springs Airport is about 15 miles away and Denver International Airport is about 76 miles away.