If you have been following our series highlighting the different areas of Colorado Springs, we’ve covered the eclectic Westside and the quiet NorthWest part of town. Now we take a peek at the opposite end of our city and, by far the most sought after, fast-growing area of Colorado Springs – the Woodmen-Powers corridor.
The growth since the turn of (this) century has been so explosive that what once was the edge of town is quickly becoming another “central” part of the city. At ground zero of this recent explosion of growth is the intersection of Woodmen & Powers.
It seems like just the other day when Powers was the easternmost edge of the city. Most of the land east of the boulevard waved yellow and pale green with native grasses or ranch land. Antelope were plentiful. Then, in the blink of an eye, shopping centers and beautiful master-planned communities popped up seemingly overnight.
It is a little more difficult to map out exact borders, but roughly speaking, I am referring to West of Mark Sheffel, East of Union/Academy (focusing more North of Woodmen), South of Hwy 83, then extending southward along Powers Boulevard until about South Carefree, merging with the Eastern-Central part of town (we’ll explore these neighborhoods later).
The eastern portion of Colorado Springs may not be as close to the mountains and hiking as the western side, however, the panoramic view of Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains is breathtaking. You can follow the mountain range for as far as your eye can see. From this vantage point, one can truly appreciate the magnificence of America’s Mountain.
This is the land of SUVs and minivans, greenways, soccer fields, parks, and suburban streets meticulously lined up in perfect rows. Shopping, dining, giant fitness facilities, and just about any resource you can think of will occupy this particular part of town. It’s a hustle-and-bustle of construction, families running errands, and the overall energy of rapid growth.
NEW BUILDS AND LUXURY APARTMENT HOMES
Much of the Woodmen-Powers corridor consists of large, beautiful single-family homes. If you are looking for a new build, then the northeast section of Colorado Springs is where you want to look. Neighborhoods such as Wolf Ranch and Cordera, off of Powers, are expanding at a tremendous rate and are well-thought-out safe communities.
Each Master-planned community offers meticulously groomed parks, walkways and bike trails, elementary schools, and recreation centers, and most offer community-only swimming pools. These communities are extremely attractive to young families.
Some of the popular neighborhoods include:
- Wolf Ranch
- Wagon Trails
- Stetson Hills
- Springs Ranch
- Pine Creek
At the same time, if you prefer apartment living, the choice of magnificent apartment homes may have you reconsidering the convenience of maintenance-free living. In addition to beautiful complexes, many with stunning views of the mountains, the amenities offered are enough to entice some to give up a larger home to enjoy fitness rooms, beautiful pools, and even a private car wash!
COST OF LIVING
The benefit of a Master-planned community is one tends to get more for their money. While there are customized options available, for the most part, you are limited in what you can get in your home. Although this may be true, it is still beyond the “cookie-cutter” model of yesteryear.
Single Family Homes
That being said, these homes are gorgeous but START in the upper-$300s and beyond.
There are options for a lower price point in several of the neighborhoods built prior to 2010. Here you can find homes from the mid to upper $200s.
The average rent starts around $1100/mo for a one-bedroom.
ENTERTAINMENT, FITNESS, DINING, AND SHOPPING
As the population growth in the Woodmen-Powers Corridor has prospered, the amenities and conveniences were quick to follow. The benefit of living here is that you are at the hub of activity.
FITNESS and athletics
Two massive, membership-only fitness facilities stay busy all year. Villa Sport Athletic Club and Lifetime Fitness offer services for the entire family. Outdoor pools, classes, sports leagues, and premier services.
Moreover, smaller athletic clubs such as the YMCA and Cottonwood Creek have more affordable options. Numerous athletic fields for public use exist, including the exciting, new John Venezia Community Park being built off of Union and Briargate.
The Spring and Summer brings a special time in our city – Sky Sox Baseball and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Soccer. Both Minor League teams play at the Sky Sox Stadium located off of Powers and Barnes. On Friday nights in the summer, step out and enjoy the fireworks after a home game!
ENTERTAINMENT AND SHOPPING
The Cinemark – Main Street – campus off of Powers is becoming a one-stop destination for movies, dining, and shopping. They even host a Farmer’s Market and Evening concerts in the Summer.
Other shopping areas include Chapel Hills Mall, The Promenade Shops At Briargate, and numerous other outdoor malls and complexes near every neighborhood.
As the Millenials are growing up and moving in the suburbs, you’ll notice that specialty, locally-owned cafes, coffee shops, and stores starting to spring up into the New Urban neighborhoods. Until recently, you could only find such treasures in downtown or the older parts of the city. As the Millenials spread out, they are bringing their unique taste for the eclectic and love of community-based enterprises out of the downtown atmosphere and into the suburban areas of town.
With the population expanding quickly to the north and east, both major hospitals in the Colorado Springs built beautiful, new hospitals and corresponding medical centers in the area. Penrose-St. Francis medical complex spreads over many acres at the intersection of Woodmen and Powers. Just up the road is the Memorial Hospital medical complex, just off of Powers at Union and Briargate.
If you have a family and are looking for a place with:
- active neighborhoods
- access to state-of-the-art facilities
- in close proximity to dining, shopping, and entertainment
- love the easy access to parks, paved bike trails
- are close to many of the mom-groups/play-date gatherings
…then the Woodmen-Powers Corridor may be just the right fit for your family!
Don’t forget! It is a great place for non-traditional families as well since most of the options for luxury apartment living are located here. By the same token, Powers Boulevard provides quick access to military bases such as Peterson and the AFA.
Ready to start looking for your new home? Give me a call and we’ll get started right away!