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12 Important Things People Should Learn About Colorado Springs Before Moving There

12 Important Things People Should Learn About Colorado Springs Before Moving There

Colorado Springs is a famously attractive destination for people seeking to relocate. The rental market is cheaper than in most big cities, while the job market is thriving. Also, there’s a generally laid-back feel to the town, which some might even describe as bohemian, and of course a myriad of opportunities for outdoor activity.

If you’re considering Colorado Springs for your next move, here are some funny, quirky, interesting and very useful things to learn about this city.

1. How much do apartments and self storage cost in Colorado Springs?

Renting an apartment in Colorado Springs will cost you around $1,200 per month, well below the national average of $1,468, according to Yardi Matrix. You might want to look into self storage as well, as you’ll probably require a home away from home for all those things needed for enjoying the outdoors, including hiking gear and a bike, winter clothes and gardening equipment. The city is not short of good self storage options, with the street rates for a self-storage unit in Colorado Springs hovering around $108 per month for a standard 10X10 unit, under the national average rent of $114.

2. You get to witness the majestic beauty of Pikes Peak each and every day

The 14,115-feet high Pikes Peak towers over Colorado Springs with all its picture-perfect beauty – one more reason for the social-media obsessed Millennials to love this city. Basically, most pics you take around Colorado Springs are Instagram-worthy. “Pike’s Peak provides the backdrop for the city.  Almost every day you can see it on the west side of the city. It’s gorgeous,” David and Lisa Wolf, long-time residents of Colorado Springs, told us.

American writer Katherine Lee Bates, who visited the area in 1893, was so impressed by its beauty that she wrote the famous poem “America the Beautiful.”

3. Visit the Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods, located at the base of Pikes Peak, only a few miles from downtown Colorado Springs, is a national park featuring stunning geological formations. The iconic deep red, pink and white rocks formed millions of years ago due to erosion and upheavals in the earth’s surface.

The park, with its 21 miles of trails, is very popular for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding, and it attracts almost six million visitors annually.

4. Money has its own museum in Colorado Springs

It shouldn’t be assumed that Colorado Springs’ residents are materialistic – on the contrary, the city is well known for its unpretentious, relaxed lifestyle. But the Money Museum in the city, part of the American Numismatic Association, is a very cool place to visit, especially with your young ones. You get to explore the power that money has had throughout history and how it influenced culture, art, science and people’s lifestyles. Look at the fascinating exhibits about the evolution of currency worldwide and enjoy one the most extensive US gold coin collections ever assembled. The museum also organizes numismatics seminars and workshops.

5. Giraffes seem to be thriving at high altitude

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the highest in terms of altitude in the United States, and it has one of the largest herds of giraffes in captivity worldwide. About 200 giraffes have been born in Colorado Springs since the first one was brought here in 1954. The giraffes, obviously thriving at over 6,000 feet above sea level, are part of the zoo’s renowned breeding program that supports conservation efforts.

There are plenty more habitats and animals to admire at this high-flying zoo, including African tigers, several different species of bear, apes, bald eagles, and many more. In addition, an open-air ski lift allows you to admire the entire zoo from above.

6. Check out the one-of-a-kind museum of World War II aviation

As you have already noticed, Colorado Springs is a pretty unique place, so no wonder you can find an amazing, one-of-a-kind museum right here. The National Museum of World War II Aviation, opened in 2012, is the only one in the world to focus exclusively on the role of aviation during WWII.

You’ll be able to admire dozens of airplanes and other vehicles that were used in WWII. The museum also includes a state-of-the-art restoration facility, where old airplanes are brought back to life for the public to enjoy.

7. Take a stroll through Manitou Springs

As most Manitou Springs residents will let you now, their small town is not technically part of Colorado Springs. However, as it’s located just a few miles from downtown Colorado Springs, it has become a de facto neighborhood of the larger town. Manitou Springs is a National Historic District, scattered with art galleries, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. All in all, it’s the perfect spot to spend a relaxed afternoon with your family, or a fun weekend, making the most of the area’s many sunny days.

8. Get used to living near Olympians

The US Olympic Training Center has been located in Colorado Springs since 1978, and the reason why the city was selected to host the training center has to do, once again, with the altitude. Experts agree that training at high altitudes drastically improves athletes’ performance.

And not only might you casually meet your favorite Olympian while standing in line to get coffee, but you can also tour the facility and understand all the hard work and dedication behind getting those shiny medals.

9. Cross America’s highest suspension bridge

Located about an hour away from Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the country, crossing the gorge at almost 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River. The bridge itself is 1,260 feet long, 18 feet wide, and its towers are 150 feet high – a impressive structure that offers breathtaking views. The bridge is part of the Royal Gorge Park, which also includes aerial gondolas, zip lines, hiking trails, a children’s playland and photo lookout areas.

10. Are you ready to track Santa?

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)’s famous Santa tracking program started in 1955, and Colorado Springs is the origin of this beloved tradition. It appears that in 1955 a child trying to reach Santa Claus on a hotline provided by Sears misdialed and instead reached Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command Center.

The call was answered by Colonel Harry Shoup, who provided Santa’s “current location” for the young caller. From there, the Santa tracker exploded in popularity, and today NORAD, who took over this huge and extremely important mission, relies on hundreds of volunteers to answer the approximately 100,000 phone calls and 12,000 emails coming in each Christmas.

11. Colorado Springs is a favorite destination for Millennials

According to research done by the Brookings Institution, the city registered a 15% growth of its Millennial population between 2010 and 2015, the highest nationally. The proportion of Millennials among the entire population of the town is over 26%, the same research says. This obviously indicates that Colorado Springs is a young and thriving place, with plenty of amazing food and entertainment options available.

12. Learn the good and the bad about Colorado Springs: there’s plenty of sun but a little less oxygen

Due to the high altitude of its geographical location and the dry weather in the area, Colorado Springs benefits from about 300 days of sunshine per year, making it one of the sunniest places in the United States. However, there are some downsides regarding the weather in Colorado Springs.

“With the elevation comes crazy weather — it can be really warm, almost hot one day, and the next day snow,”  added David and Lisa Wolf. “Last year we had a horrible blizzard May 20 that wiped out so many trees. The earliest we have had snow since we’ve lived here was September 8…then everything went brown and dead.  Very short growing season! We usually have thunderstorms every afternoon in summer and unfortunately really bad hail frequently.”

The elevation of over 6,000 feet also means that Colorado Springs only has about two-thirds of the oxygen concentration found at sea level. For some people, the exposure to low amounts of oxygen and the changes in air pressure can lead to altitude sickness, characterized by symptoms such as headache, nausea, and tiredness. “It takes about a year to get used to living at this altitude. Some people cannot – especially if they have heart issues,” explained our Colorado Springs couple.

Are you already living in Colorado Springs? Let us know in the comments what your favorite things about the city are and what else a person planning to relocate there should know about.

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Published at Thu, 30 Apr 2020 06:42:23 +0000

Austin’s Best Neighborhoods for Renters

Austin is one of the most culturally and economically diverse cities in the entire U.S., and it’s only getting better. Besides being one of the country’s most booming cultural hubs, an excellent place for prosperous employment and one of the safest urban hotspots in the U.S., the cost of living in Texas’ capital is also lower than most cities in its category. 

Meanwhile, high incomes, low taxes, great public transportation, and a thriving music and arts scene will make any renter happy to live here. So, if you want to enjoy the perks that the greenest town in Texas has to offer, here’s a breakdown of its most popular neighborhoods for renters, which are just as diverse as the local community itself: 

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 48
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 5,565
  • Average rent: $2,668
  • Average apartment size: 968 square feet
  • Median age: 35.7
  • Share of renters: 45%

As is the case with many big cities, the most sought-after neighborhood in Austin is the bustling downtown area. And, why wouldn’t renters want to live here? Downtown Austin is as lively on a Tuesday as it is on a Saturday, and as one of the biggest cultural hubs in the U.S., there are plenty of job opportunities that anyone would want to live near. It should come as no surprise then that residents living in the core of the job hub earn a higher income than those in most of Austin’s popular places. 

Of course, all of these perks do come at a cost, and rents in the neighborhood are higher than the national average. Also, if you want to enjoy the high life by moving to a luxury apartment, you’re going to have to shell out a pretty penny for it because these units go for $2,736 on average. Still, living close to award-winning restaurants, museums, diverse art galleries and the best shopping spots in the city is worth it — especially if you want to snatch up a place with a view in one of the neighborhood’s many high-rise apartment buildings.

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 153
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 4,360
  • Average rent: $1,449
  • Average apartment size: 843 square feet
  • Median age: 33.7
  • Share of renters: 58%

If you’re looking for a master-planned community where you can have some peace and quiet — but still be relatively close to the heart of the action — Mueller’s the place for you. This brilliantly designed neighborhood is the result of years of redevelopment that completely changed the face of the old airport area. The award-winning urban village has everything you could possibly need nearby. Plenty of parks and recreational areas, great restaurants, and a dedicated retail area are all a stone’s throw away from where you’d be living. Plus, it’s only three miles from the downtown area. 

Meanwhile, if you’re planning to or already have kids, Mueller is also a great place for families. In particular, the parks, children’s hospital and good schools make it the perfect location for young families looking for a balance between a great neighborhood and a fair price — apartments here go for less than the national average. 

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 424
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 11,059
  • Average rent: $1,645
  • Average apartment size: 800 square feet
  • Median age: 32.6
  • Share of renters: 60%

South Lamar seems to have it all. It’s full of trendy restaurants, bars and art galleries, and is only two blocks away from the Greenbelt. Even so, it still has a residential feel, which makes it a great place to call home. Plus, it’s as safe as urban neighborhoods can be with a community feel among residents. Moreover, great markets and grocery stores are within walkable distance, and commutes are shorter than average in the area. While South Lamar isn’t as quiet as other neighborhoods in the city and is mostly a young professional hotspot, it does have plenty of great schools that parents swear by, making it a good home for families, as well.

However, because it’s close to both the Greenbelt and the downtown area, rents are higher than average in this vibrant neighborhood. But, they’re still much lower than in other central places like Downtown Austin or Hyde Park, so the price is worth it, especially if you’re a young professional. 

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 420
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 7,324
  • Average rent: $1,211
  • Average apartment size: 846 square feet
  • Median age: 34.2
  • Share of renters: 66%

Wells Branch is the third-most-popular Austin neighborhood for a reason: the suburb offers a great mix between urban living and small-town quiet, with great schools to boot. Parks are abundant in the area, with the largest one running straight through the middle of the suburb, so you’ll be close to a green space wherever you choose to live here. What’s more, the skate park and swimming pools make it the perfect spot both for young renters and families, while the spacious dog parks ensure any furry friends are healthy and happy. 

Wells Branch also comes with lower-than-average apartment rents, so if you’re looking for a deal, this is the perfect spot for you. And, because the apartment buildings in the area are low-rise, you’ll enjoy clear skies and plenty of sun on your walks through this quiet, yet lively suburb. 

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 193
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 8,897
  • Average rent: $2,123
  • Average apartment size: 895 square feet
  • Median age: 25.3
  • Share of renters: 78%

This young and vibrant neighborhood mixes the best of both worlds. It’s just north of the university campus, which means it’s the place to live for upper-level students and young professionals alike, and that you’ll enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while dwelling among socially conscious people. But, Hyde Park is also a quiet area with a small-town feel, so you won’t be bothered by noisy streets or too-loud neighbors. 

The youngest neighborhood in Austin, Hyde Park doesn’t have as many green areas as suburbs further from the city core, but its historic buildings and beautiful streets make it a delight to stroll through. Combine this with the area’s trendy, independent cafes and restaurants, and you have the makings of a near-perfect neighborhood. Of course, everything that makes Hyde Park such an amazing place to live also makes it one of the priciest neighborhoods in the city its rents are well above the national average, with apartments going for $2,123 on average. 

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 908
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 18,882
  • Average rent: $1,476
  • Average apartment size: 818 square feet
  • Median age: 34
  • Share of renters: 57%

South Congress is the shopping and entertainment heart of Austin. If you’re thinking of moving to Austin and you’re the type of person who thrives living in the middle of the action, then this is your best choice. In fact, SoCo is one of the most active neighborhoods in the state, filled to the brim with creative restaurants, live music venues and plenty of local retailers, each with their own unique personality. Of course, while a bustling neighborhood such as South Congress is a dream for many young urbanites, it’s also become known as a home base for tourists, so it’s not the best choice if you’re looking for a quiet community. 

However, if you live for concerts and like dressing with thrift shop flair, SoCo is for you. The young, bustling neighborhood also has an unobstructed view of the Texas State Capitol, and its rental prices are about the same as the national average, with apartments renting for $1,475.

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 324
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 6,735
  • Average rent: $1,221
  • Average apartment size: 870 square feet
  • Median age: 30.7
  • Share of renters: 44%

Onion Creek is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Austin because it’s quiet, well-managed and home to the only golf community in southeast Austin. The neighborhood lies south of the Onion Creek Greenbelt, and while it’s not the most walkable of residential areas, there are plenty of stores that are just a short drive away. Homes in the neighborhood are spacious, and because of its distance from the core of the city, they also come at a lower price than usual, going for $1,221 on average. 

Add a pool and a local park to the in-demand Onion Creek Club, and you’ve got the makings of a great family neighborhood (especially for golf lovers), just 10 miles from downtown Austin. 

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 834
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 10,158
  • Average rent: $1,297
  • Average apartment size: 841 square feet
  • Median age: 40
  • Share of renters: 46%

If you’re looking for a neighborhood with a tight-knit community and a life of its own, Balcones Woods should be at the top of your list. This small, but lively community is known for its active local life. Residents are engaged in interest clubs and the neighborhood association organizes activities for most of major holidays. Moreover, while the area has a quiet feel to it, it’s also located in the heart of northwest Austin, so it’s close to some of the best shopping and dining districts in the city, as well as the biggest tech employers. 

Overall, Balcones Woods is a great place to move for both single, young professionals and families. It’s friendly and close to everything the big city has to offer, and with an average rent of $1,297, it’s prices are well below the national average.

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 530
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 9,597
  • Average rent: $1,105
  • Average apartment size: 805 square feet
  • Median age: 30.9
  • Share of renters: 62%

If affordability is your main concern, North Lamar is the most inexpensive of Austin’s most popular neighborhoods for renters, with apartments going for $1,105 on average. This tiny neighborhood is only 15 minutes from the heart of the city and comes with fantastic Asian shops and food, and plenty of other diverse mom-and-pop businesses. Though a major highway and thoroughfare border it, it’s still surprisingly quiet. 

Living in one of Austin’s cheapest neighborhoods comes with its drawbacks, though. The southern border of the neighborhood is considered unsafe at times, while parks and cultural centers are in short supply. But, if you’re looking for a great deal and don’t mind living in a shabby area, residents will tell you that it’s worth it and the neighborhood has its charm.

  • Number of large apartment buildings: 864
  • Number of apartments for rent in large buildings: 18,650
  • Average rent: $1,625
  • Average apartment size: 858 square feet
  • Median age: 37.6
  • Share of renters: 44%

Last, but not least, Barton Hills is the place to live if you’re a nature lover but still want to be close to Austin’s core. This sought-after neighborhood is located right next to the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Zilker Park, home to the famous Austin City Limits and SXSW festivals. Besides the roaring cultural life, the neighborhood is also within close proximity of any shops and restaurants you might want to visit, as well as plenty of museums and art galleries. If you’re not one for driving, Barton Hills is also well-connected through public transportation. 

To top it off, the area is wildly praised by its residents, who recommend it not only for its vibrant local life, but also for its safety and great schools. Residents here have the highest incomes of Austin’s most popular neighborhoods, so high-end apartments abound while rentals go for $1,625 on average.

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Published at Thu, 30 Apr 2020 06:04:51 +0000