Northeast Colorado Springs really started to show significant growth in the 1970s as the city grew Northward towards the United States Air Force Academy. The majority of the Northeast region is positioned between the two major North-South Roads- Academy and Powers Blvds, which makes this area very easy for commuting purposes in either direction.
The Northeast area of town has a dense mix of residential, commercial development, office buildings, and restaurants. Some of the popular neighborhoods in this region include Sundown, Wagon Trails and Northwind and Greenhaven- which have a close proximity to Cottonwood Creek Park. Cottonwood Creek is a city maintained park larger than 77 acres, featuring four soccer fields, three Softball and Little League fields, tennis courts, and in line hockey court, disc golf course and walking and biking paths that connect to miles of trails.
The Northeast region sits mostly within Colorado Springs School District #11, the largest District in the city. There are some fantastic School options in this area as well.
On the South end of this region you'll find Palmer Park, a 730 acre public Park that features Baseball/ Softball fields, a playground area, great dog park including an off-leash dog area, volleyball courts, picnic grounds, and over 25 miles of trails. This Park also has some of the best views in the entire city from several vantage areas. This park is such a unique area and because of it's grand size and proximity to residential neighborhoods.
Movers into this area have found it a great mix of convenience and value, offering a great blend of mature communities and modern floor plans.
The center of this active community is found in the Wagon Trails Recreation Community Center. The center features a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool with a lap lane, volleyball and basketball hoop, a separate 18-inch-deep baby wading pool, a 30-foot Splash Park with a mushroom fountain and water tunnels along with a snack bar, tennis court, barbecue grills and picnic areas. Home ownership comes with a membership to this family-friendly and user-oriented center.
McCleary Park positioned close by and backing up to Freedom Elementary adds a multi-use park for residents. The park is 5.1 acres and has baseball and soccer fields, basketball/in-line hockey courts, a playground area, grills and picnicking area.
This planned community has winding streets without major thoroughfares resulting in a safe environment for raising children. Spectacular views of Pikes Peak reign in the background. And, yet, access to Powers Blvd and Woodmen is within minutes allowing for tremendous shopping and dining on both Woodmen and Powers. The enclosed neighborhood sets it apart while making easy accessibility to Woodmen providing the east/west route and Powers the north/south route to the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base as well as the Colorado Springs Airport. Powers also provides entrance to Interstate 25 making the trip to Denver an easy commute.
Just off of N. Academy and Flintridge is one of Colorado Springs more mature and comfortable neighborhoods, Vista Grande. This is an area where neighbors wave to each other as they are picking up the morning paper, and where laughing children stroll down the walk to and from school. Homes and townhomes in this area range from the 70's to the 400's, with a very attractive median sale price of $160,000. Most of the homes here were built in the 70's and are primarily ranchers, bi-levels and split levels; however there are some three and four level houses in the neighborhood.
Vista Grande is a place where families can grow and flourish. There are four city parks in the area including Freemont, Tomah, George Fellows and Keystone; and they offer football/soccer fields, Baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, picnic areas and playgrounds. Most of the homes are within five minutes walking distance from a park.
Vista Grande is also central to the North Academy shopping areas. There is a King Soopers, Target, Big 5 Sports and Safeway all within five minutes of the neighborhood. Chapel Hills Mall is just about a ten minute drive to the north, while the Citadel Mall is about the same distance to the south. Numerous other small shopping centers and strip malls surround the Vista Grande neighborhood.
Many military families live in Vista Grande as well. The Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and Peterson AFB are all within a twenty minute drive.
Vista Grande is served by School District 11. As the largest district in the city, D11 is well known for offering parents and students the most academic choices, as well as a challenging and innovative curriculum. The main schools in the neighborhood are Keller Elementary, Russell MS and Doherty HS.
With its comfortable neighborhoods, numerous parks, central location and great schools, Vista Grande is a great place to call home.