Downtown Colorado Springs has a rich and storied history. It can still be seen today in many of the historical buildings still standing. In 1871 General William Jackson Palmer drove the first stake in Colorado Springs at the interaction of Pikes Peak and Cascade Avenues. Through the end of the 1800's and in to the early 1900's, Colorado Springs' Downtown saw the development of many historical structures. The El Paso County Courthouse was built in 1903, and stands today as the Pioneers Museum. The Antlers Hilton opened in 1883, the Colorado Springs Public Library in 1905, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center opened in 1936. The first electric traffic lights were installed in downtown intersections in 1923.
The Downtown Region is an extremely popular destination for house hunters that appreciate the stunning mature trees, classic architecture, and access to great parks, restaurants and nightlife. Along Tejon Street, as well as Cascade and Nevada, you'll find a fantastic City Center, that has all the feel, charm and energy of a large Downtown, while allowing for accessibility, inexpensive public parking and great community parks.
In the center of downtown is Colorado Springs' first park, Acacia Park, donated to the city by General Palmer, in 1871. You’ll find shuffleboard at the north end of the park, and the ever-popular Uncle Wilber Fountain and playground on the southwest corner. The Acacia Park Summer Concert Series fills the band shell and park with music on summer nights. Several festivals and events are also held in Acacia Park throughout the year.
Located on the southwestern edge of downtown, America the Beautiful Park features a playground, walking paths, picnic pavilion and restrooms, as well as access to Midland Trail and Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. Numerous events and festivals are held at America the Beautiful Park throughout the year, including arts and film events, festivals, charity fundraiser runs, and more.
Alamo Square encircles the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, one of the most recognizable historical buildings in downtown. The park includes several sculptures, flowerbeds, and a gazebo.
Running along the western edge of downtown, Monument Valley Park is one of the most extensive parks in the downtown area. Monument Creek runs the length of the park, as does the Pikes Peak Greenway trail, and connecting Monument Valley and America the Beautiful parks. This park also offers Softball/ Baseball fields, Soccer field, a playground, an Outdoor Pool and Tennis courts.
With Downtown continuing to grow further with projects like "City For Champions", and the expansion efforts into Ivywild, the Downtown footprint has grown in recent years, and is expected to grow even larger in the near future. For more information on the "City For Champions" project, visit www.CityForChampions.com
Downtown neighborhoods are diverse and unique- The Old North End, just to the North of gorgeous Colorado Colorado College, that offers beautiful Craftsman and Victorian architecture, as this Neighborhood started development in the early 1890's. There are also beautiful neighborhoods East, North, South and West of Downtown that offer various types of homes, neighborhoods and their own distinct personalities and amenities
Old North End
The historic and picturesque Old North End neighborhood of Colorado Springs developed rapidly following the discovery of gold in nearby Cripple Creek and Victor in the 1890s. The building boom of this prosperous period resulted in a neighborhood with strong visual continuity and high-quality, distinctive architecture. Along its wide tree-lined streets and landscaped medians, a harmonious assortment of homes and mansions provide a fascinating study of turn of the century 20th century architectural styles.
You feel like you step back in time when strolling through the Patty Jewett neighborhood with great homes for sale in Downtown Colorado Springs. The homes in this neighborhood boast an exceptional amount of character. The homes start from the turn of the century and continue up to the stylish 50's architecture. Some of the homes were used to house the caretakers for the Patty Jewett Golf Course.
The homes today just aren’t built like the historical homes of this neighborhood. You will find many homes in this neighborhood with original features; fir flooring, classic windows, wide moldings and over-sized lots. You can find beautiful front porches with original bead boarding and windows with the milky glass. There are many 30’s style homes situated in the area also with classic 30’s style architecture. All of these historic homes are showcased by wide streets with large, shady, established trees.
Although many residents of this neighborhood relish in the history and classic architecture of this neighborhood, some residents are taking a fresh look at some older homes. Some homeowners are choosing to “POP the TOP” of current homes and add an additional floor to the home. Homeowners that have chosen to do this have kept the integrity and character of the historical home and the result ends up being a two story home which meshes perfectly with the rest of the neighborhood.