Where can you find mid-century modern homes in Colorado Springs?
There is only one neighborhood in Colorado Springs with a glut of true mid-century modern homes. But there are several places sprinkled throughout the city where you can find these architectural gems.
Most of the houses in Skyway were custom built with big beautiful windows, tall ceilings and open floor plans in the 1950s and 1960s. They’re stunning homes and most of them retain the character and charm they were born with.
Nestled in the foothills adjacent to sprawling Bear Creek Park and just a few minutes from the Broadmoor, these School District 12 homes with big grassy fenced yards and plenty of forested privacy command some high prices.
Complete with their shag carpet, pink sinks, single-pane windows and Formica countertops, these houses typically sell for $350,000 and up. Updated, they usually top out over $500,000.
Of course, they also typically sell quickly as they’re unlike almost anything else in town and come with coveted custom features, including good square footage, open floor plans, big windows, great yards and historic charm in a desirable location.
This neighborhood of custom homes is just down the road from Skyway, though many – even Realtors – don’t know it exists. The neighborhood is often referred to as Manitou Light because it’s technically part of Manitou Springs though it doesn’t have any of the same crunchy bohemian character.
Instead, these custom homes, many built in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, come with either big fenced yards or sweeping views of Red Rocks Canyon Open Space or Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods, depending on which side of the mesa you’re on. Most of the homes in the neighborhood don’t have that show-stopping mid-century design, but several do. And if you’re on the hunt for a mid-century home in Colorado Springs, you could score something extra special here. Some of these houses have close-in Garden of the Gods views. And most are close to a trailhead leading into Red Rocks Canyon Open Space.
Of course, these charmers come at a price as well. With the original untouched character of their birth years, these homes sell in the $350,000 range. Updated, they’re in the $400,000 and $500,000 realm.
Between Colorado Springs Country Club and Palmer Park
This neighborhood has many different names. Whatever you call it, it’s a beautiful community filled with idyllic midcentury brick ranchers, big grassy fenced yards and lots of mature trees. You can wander into Palmer Park or hit the golf course. The whole neighborhood was built in the 1950s and 1960s, which makes it a delight to visit. It was built for upper-middle class and wealthier families, and houses tend to be fairly big – ranging from 2,500 square feet to more than 4,000. There are a couple single-story homes without basements that are just over 2,000 square feet. Yards are at least a quarter of an acre. Still, there are just a handful of homes in the mix that have that midcentury MODERN design. Prices in this community range from $350,000 to about $500,000.
All over town
There are mid-century modern homes spread throughout the city here and there. Quite a few beautiful ones are in the Old North End near downtown. I grew up in one in Briargate and there are some north and east of town. They just don’t comprise whole neighborhoods. That’s why you need a good Realtor who knows how to set the parameters of your search so you can find those hidden gems – wherever they’re hidden.
While we typically think of mid-century modern homes as luxurious custom-built oases of at least 2,000 square feet, builders were incorporating many of those attributes into production homes in the 1950s and ‘60s as well. And those houses are sprinkled throughout the central part of Colorado Springs.
You can find them north of the Patty Jewett Golf Course in spades and all around Palmer Park. While much smaller and much less extraordinary, these houses have some of the same open ranch floor plans, big windows and sprawling private yards as their big brothers.
The best part is that these mini-mid-century mods come with mini prices as well. You can often find houses that fit this description for around $250,000 – sometimes they’re even updated at that price.
My favorite mini-mod neighborhood in Colorado Springs is absolutely Pleasant Valley. The houses are typically just 1,100 to 1,800 square feet. But most are ranch homes with great wood floors, some built-ins, big windows and gorgeous grassy yards. The best part, you can stroll into the Garden of the Gods whenever you please.
For a mini-mod neighborhood, Pleasant Valley commands some not-so-mini prices. Homes here typically sell for $250,000 to $375,000.
If you’re looking for a mid-century modern home – or a mini-mod – give me a call. I LOVE looking at these houses and would be happy to show them to you.