Read the latest newsletter from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rocky Mountain Realtors in Colorado Springs. BHHSRMR keeps you updated on market stats, Downtown news and events, plus helpful homebuyer and home seller tips. In this edition, you’ll find an invite to our Downtown Holiday Party, plus understanding your home warranty.
Downtown Colorado Springs
With more services and housing options downtown, you’re more and more likely to find exactly what you need within blocks of your home, business, or during your leisure time in the downtown Colorado Springs area. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to find things – we promise, they’re right around the corner! Here’s where you can find some of the most common supplies, services, and everyday items in within walking distance of downtown.
A Bottle of Wine for a Party, Dinner, or as a Gift
Flowers to Celebrate a Special Occasion or Just To Say I Love You
A Card for Any Occasion
A Book To Read
Last Minute Gifts
What Else Do You Need?
You’re bound to find whatever you need in Downtown Colorado Springs! See this interactive map to find exactly what you’re looking for in Downtown COS.
Gail Kohlmeister, Broker Associate
We are so excited to welcome the newest agent to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rocky Mountain REALTORS® franchise, Gail Kohlmeister.
Gail comes to us from another real estate company in town and feels like she’s finally “found her home” in regards to the brokerage she is working as a Broker Associate. As a Broker Associate, she is able to help home buyers and home sellers with any type of real estate transaction, including single family homes, condos and townhomes, raw land, new construction, and more.
Gail has lived in Colorado since 2007, and is very familiar with the Denver / Boulder area as well as being able to help clients in the greater Colorado Springs area.
She’s an energetic and determined individual and we are grateful she chose to be part of our organization to further her real estate career. You’ll certainly have the chance to meet her at one of our client appreciation parties or open house events. But feel free to reach out to her before then! You can find her on our website under Our Agents tab, or click https://www.peakdream.com/agent-detail/Gail-Kohlmeister/180953/
Downtown Colorado Springs has various living options, and depending on your needs and interests there is something for everyone. Lofts located in the heart of downtown will provide the urban city living enjoyed by some, and single family homes can also be a good option just outside of the core of downtown but still with easy access to amenities and entertainment. However, more and more people are wanting the city life and Colorado Springs has apartments for rent in the heart of downtown that provide walkability to experience the great art, award-winning food and variety of entertainment.
The Mae on Cascade 609 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Pictured above, these are luxurious and contemporary apartments with lots of amenities, located in the trending Trolley District of South Tejon Street. Lots of options and variety with 43 unique floor plans. https://maeoncascade.com/
Blue Dot Place Apartments 412 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Simple apartment living in the heart of downtown activities and surrounded by favorites like Loyal Coffee, The Garden and White Pie Pizza. Located on Nevada, just 1 block from the main entertainment strip on Tejon St. https://www.bluedotplace.com/
Casa Mundi 418 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
One of the newest complexes in Downtown Colorado Springs, Casa Mundi apartments bring unique character to the interior design as well as thoughtful amenities like electric car charging. The goal is to connect people and you’ll enjoy your new friends with the great proximity to all that’s happening on Tejon St. https://www.casamundiliving.com/
Casa Mundi Apartments
ECO 333 E Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Lots of great amenities including a 2nd floor pool and street level parking garage. Plus, westside apartments have incredible mountain views and all residents enjoy community favorites like Dutch Brothers Coffee, El Taco Rey, and Brass Brewing just steps away. https://www.333eco.com/
210 Pueblo 210 Pueblo Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
One of the smallest apartment buildings downtown with only 5 units, but it doesn’t lack character despite its size. Unique units and high-end upgrades and finishes inside. Plus, some of the best mountain views. An urban oasis just on the edge of Downtown. https://210pueblo.com/
22 Spruce Apartments, 22 Spruce Street, Colorado Springs CO 80905
Basic options and limited amenities, but dog friendly and some of the least expensive. Studio apartments start at 477 square feet. Located just across Interstate 25 from Downtown Colorado Springs. https://www.gb22spruce.com/
We’re all ready to get out of the house and enjoy the warm summer nights! Live music events are always a great way to relax and appreciate the art of music! We have many talented musicians in the Colorado Springs area, and here are some of the best places to hear live music.
2021 Summer concerts, bands, and live music in Colorado Springs
Hillside Gardens Summer Concert Series – Editors Choice
One of our favorites is just east of the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs. The Hillside Gardens and Event Center hosts live bands and entertainment every Wednesday night 6:00PM – 8:30PM. Your $10 admission also gets you one drink ticket to sip on as you peruse through the beautiful gardens. There are multiple bars, food vendors, and plenty of places to relax on the grass or set up your own chairs. Local bands play in various spots throughout the property so you can find something for everyone. No pets or outside food, but this is an experience you’ll want to return to every week. https://hillsidegardensandevents.com/summer-concerts–other-garden-shenanigans.html
Jazz in the Garden at Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church Downtown Colorado Springs
Head Downtown and North on Tejon St to find the smooth sound of jazz. A historic church downtown brings the community together at this outdoor event which is free to the public, but we suggest considering a donation. Look for it every 2 weeks until September 3rd 2021 keeping in mind that it is dependent on weather. However, you can bring food and drinks and enjoy a picnic while listening to live music. There are still some COVID-19 protocols and details you’ll need to know before you go: https://www.gssepiscopal.org/music/musicjazz-concerts/
Weidner Field – A community venue for weddings, events, sports, and entertainment
The brand new soccer stadium in Downtown Colorado Springs hosts more than just the Switchbacks FC soccer team. It’s also a fantastic venue for live concerts and events, under the name Switchbacks Entertainment. Top musicians and bands are scheduled at this state-of-the-art venue including Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen See the full line up of events, including Premier Lacrosse League and Switchback FC games. https://www.weidnerfield.com/blogs/weidner-field-events
Manitou Springs Free Concert Series
Monday and Thursday nights are hopping at Soda Springs Park in Manitou. Music starts at 7:00PM and a full schedule can be found at https://manitousprings.org/2021-summer-concert-series/.
Probably the coolest place you can be in Colorado Springs, you’ll often find live bands on the weekend nights. The hip setting attracts all kinds of people wanting to see the newest of “places to be” in the Trolley District of Downtown Colorado Springs. The food hall setting is casual and allows for a group to each enjoy their favorite food and drink from the many vendors, then all sit together in a trendy atmosphere. From beer to cocktails, you’ll find whatever you want at the various bars and brewery. Then, relax and enjoy the live music on most weekends. https://coatiuprise.com/events/
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort
A unique venue in Old Colorado City worth checking out if you’ve never been. They host all kinds of events from running clubs, bike rides, yoga, and live music on Friday nights during the summer. http://bicycleresort.com/calendar/
Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers: Sunset Patio Sessions
If you live further North Colorado Springs or Monument area, here’s a great option during many Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Casual and free, you can bring your own chairs or blankets and claim a space near the firepits enjoying the mountain views. Music starts at 6:00pm, but come an hour early for happy hour. https://bootbarnhall.com/patio-sessions
First and Main Summer Concert Series
Another shopping center, hoping to grab your attention with some free live music and get you into the shops, restaurants, and entertainment of the town center. Check out https://www.firstandmaintowncenter.com/events for Friday night concerts.
El Paso County Concerts in the Park
All concerts are free and open to the public, 6:00PM – 8:00PM however the location changes. Depending on what style of music you’re interested in hearing, there are various nights featuring local musicians. See https://www.elpasoco.com/el-paso-county-parks-brings-back-concerts-park/ for details and locations.
Summer Concert Neighborhood Events
Some of the larger neighborhoods in town will host live music events, including Banning Lewis Ranch (https://banninglewisranch.com/news-events/) and Gold Hill Mesa (https://www.goldhillmesa.com/community-life/events/) but these are still open to the public and typically a free event.
Permanent Music Venues
Don’t forget to check the indoor music venues as well for major concerts and national headliners:
- The Black Sheep https://www.blacksheeprocks.com/
- Stargazers Theater https://stargazerstheatre.com/
- The Gold Room https://www.goldroomlive.com/
- The Loft Music Venue https://loftmusicvenue.com/
- Motif Jazz Cafe https://www.motifjazzcafe.com/
- ICONS Gay Piano Bar https://www.icons-co.com/
Finally, don’t forget to check the music calendar at your favorite breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, and bars who often host live music.
Your next adventure could be easier than you think! We are excited to welcome our new neighbors just a few doors up from our office. RockE Mountain Bike just opened in the former Mt Chalet space at 226 North Tejon Street in Downtown Colorado Springs. The provide electric bike rentals, sales and service.
Electric bikes provide more assistance so you can ride longer and easier, especially giving you a break on those steep hills!
Even if you are staying at a hotel, VRBO, or visiting relatives in the Colorado Springs area, Rocke Mountain Bike will deliver bikes to your location! You can take your adventure anywhere, like one of our famous open space areas throughout the city like Garden of the Gods or Palmer Park Open Space. Starting May 31st, e-bikes will be allowed on trails managed by Colorado Springs as part of a year-long pilot program.
We encourage you to enjoy a urban ride in downtown Colorado Springs and help support small businesses! Check out the unique coffee shops, art on the streets, independent stores, and amazing restaurants and bars.
Reservations can be made online at https://www.rockemountainbike.com/
Fall in Colorado Springs means the longest running women’s film festival in North America is just around the corner! November 2019 will bring another year of films from all over the country and a gathering for everyone to experience them, not just women!
The origin of the festival dates back to 1987 when two women started brainstorming on the way back from the Telluride Film Festival, and realized they could make Colorado Springs as cool as Telluride….actually, cooler.. And yes, the films are topics are to “present the world as women experience it” but these films impact and spark individuals of every sex and walk of life. It’s still a mystery why more people (I’m talking to you gentlemen) don’t attend this fantastic local event.
The weekend (November 15-17, 2019) kicks off with an epic party on Friday night at the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College. It’s a city party that attendees will continue to talk about all year long. Tickets are a must, and can be purchased for this event alone. But that’s no fun? Upgrade yourself and grab a Full Festival Pass for the entire weekend so you’ll have access to all the screenings, parties, and opportunities to meet directors, actors, and more.
See the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival for tickets and additional information, including programming and events, or to simply make a donation: https://rmwfilm.org/festival/
Active Duty or Retired Military? Take advantage of the military discount, plus check out the Military Free Day on Sunday, November 17th. Simply enter “Military” in the offer code to redeem either offer and be prepared to show your valid military ID at will call.
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Live Music in Colorado Springs
JULY 6-7: Kick summer of with the Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival, July 6th and 7th at American The Beautiful Park. This family-friendly event runs 10am – 4pm both days. Tickets and more info
JULY 8: Musical Monday’s bring concerts to Monument Valley Park each week, and July 8th you’ll be treated with the Tribe Band concert starting at 7pm on the west lawn of the Fine Arts Center.
JULY 12: Relax in the gardens of Grace and St Stephen’s Episcopal Church with Jazz in the Garden, starting at 7pm
JULY 13: Enjoy art galleries and music in a trendy scene, beneath the Colorado Ave bridge. Blues Under The Bridge is a local favorite, from 1pm-10pm.
JULY 15: Musical Monday brings the engaging tunes of One More Shot starting at 7pm on the west lawn of the Fine Arts Center.
JULY 22: A local favorite, often seen at Motif Jazz Cafe, Musical Monday welcomes Wayne Wilkinson Trio starting at 7pm on the west lawn of the Fine Arts Center.
JULY 26: Relax in the gardens of Grace and St Stephen’s Episcopal Church with Jazz in the Garden, starting at 7pm
JULY 29: For this Musical Monday event, enjoy the beautiful Colorado evening with Easy Morning Rebel starting at 7pm on the west lawn of the Fine Arts Center.
There’s plenty more music events to choose from at https://www.peakradar.com/categories/music-dance/
Other Downtown Activities
If live music and concerts aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of other options.
Take a stroll through one of the farmer’s markets, like the Summer Vegan Market on July 7th at the Fine Arts Center from 11am-3pm. Also, don’t miss the weekly Colorado Farm and Art Market at Pioneer’s Museum from 3pm-7pm every Wednesday. Or wait until the end of the month to check out the Colorado Grown Family Day at Pioneer’s Museum from 10am-2pm on July 27th.
July is also full of annual events, such as PrideFest in American the Beautiful Park on July 13 & 14, the Downtown Summer Sidewalk Sale on July 26-28, and the Rodeo Parade on Tejon St from 6:30pm-7:30pm on July 9th.
Full Event Listing and Downtown Information
You can always get more information and see downtown event details at https://downtowncs.com/ Transportation is easy, with services like Lyft, Uber, and PikeRide and Downtown Colorado Springs is very walkable as you’re exploring different events. As always, we’re happy to have you contact us directly if you have questions or would like recommendations.
The term speakeasy was originally coined back in the 1920’s during the prohibition era. Because alcohol was illegal, patrons had to “speak easy” or quietly while drinking at these mostly unknown and illegal establishments. Other unspoken rules and tradition often included exiting through a different door than you entered and perhaps even having a code word when arriving at the discreet entrance.
Today, some bar owners have kept the theme running, with hard-to-find bars tucked in alleys, behind a closed door of a shop, or underground with limited signage. Colorado Springs will surprise you with these local cocktail bars, and you’ll be sure to impress out-of-town guests by visiting one of the downtown speakeasies.
Brooklyn’s on Boulder,
110 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
As the longest running and most established downtown speakeasy, Brookly’s is a local favorite. Perhaps because it’s one of the hardest to find because unless you know what you’re looking for, you could walk right by it over and over again.
Pulling back another term from the past, they’ve set up as a fake haberdashery (men’s clothing) store front on Boulder Street between Tejon and Nevada. The small display-window vestibule is the entrance that only about 5 people can cram into at a time. Ringing the small white doorbell will soon beckon an employee to slide open the small slot in the black door and ask how many in your party (don’t worry, there’s no need for a code word). It’s a popular attraction and limited room, so you’ll probably end up waiting on weekends.
But perhaps what makes Brooklyn’s even more unique is that it’s actually the tasting room for a small local distillery called Lee Spirits (small in distilling square footage, but growing quickly throughout the state and nation). Lee Spirits makes gin and whiskey (a recent addition), so Brooklyn’s primarily has creative gin concoctions that will make you question if you’re actually drinking gin. However, that’s all they serve. No beer, wine, or anything else – just craft cocktail drinks. But don’t bust it until you’ve tried it. Their staff is amazing at helping you find a gin drink you’ll love based on what type of spirits and cocktails you typically enjoy. And don’t forget to go out the back entrance to the alley so no one knows you were there!
The Archives, 15 S Tejon St Colorado Springs, CO 80903
After decades of being open, the popular Ritz Grill finally closed and gave locals two new options within the space on Tejon St. Upstairs is now Colorado Craft Social, a unique Colorado fare restaurant and bar. Downstairs became a trendy speakeasy called The Archives, “serving craft libations and late night food” according to their website. Their drinks tend to have roots in classic cocktails, but a talented mixologist twist make these libations modern day favorites. It’s the largest of the speakeasies in Colorado Springs, and probably the best place for food as most others serve light snacks, cheese boards, etc.
Although you can enter through Colorado Craft upstairs while it’s open, during the late night you’ll have to use the alley entrance just around the corner off Tejon Street from Colorado Craft Social.https://www.thearchivescos.com/
Allusion Speakeasy, 323 N Tejon St Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Tucked in the back of Rooster’s House of Ramen Restaurant, you’ll (hopefully) find a discreet door along the back wall. Formerly the location of Sakura, a Japanese themed cocktail bar, Allusion is the smallest of all the speakeasies in Colorado Springs both in staff and square footage. Because of this same reason, Sakura abruptly closed when the head bartender left to work at The Archives and even took some staff along with him. Now, Allusion has twisted the same small space into a totally new concept. In fact, Allusion has one of the best concepts for keeping customer coming back. The theme and concept change every quarter including new cocktails and even decor. Whether you like fantasy, fiction, folklore or much more, you’ll find a theme you like at Allusion. If not, check back in 3 months! https://www.allusionbar.com/
Shame and Regret, 15 East Bijou Street, Suite C, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
This alley-only access cocktail bar was formerly the 15C Cigar and Martini Bar, which was only recognized by a small blue light over the door. Now, additional windows and signage have been added, but it still only accessible from the alley on Bijou Street, between Cascade Ave and Tejon St.
The low-lit bar (now smoke-free) includes red upholstered booths, which brighten up the mostly black-wall space. Local art decorates the walls (much of it from the Modbo Art Gallery located directly across the alley). Think trendy and classy, but also secretive and intimate like a place you might feel shame and regret later that night based on how many cocktails you indulge in. https://www.facebook.com/shameandregret/
No matter which Colorado Springs speakeasy you choose, reservations are highly recommended, or at least be sure to check their hours. Some speakeasies are only open on certain days as well. As with any craft cocktail bar, take time to enjoy the quality and the art of creating custom cocktails. Most of all, discover something new and bring your friends to one of these hidden gems.
When our clients say Sell My House Fast Colorado Springs Realtors at Berkshire Hathaway jump to the opportunity and challenge. Our team of experienced real estate agents engage intentional, direct and effective marketing tactics immediately. The specifics might bore you, but the results are what you’ll talk about for years when your home is sold as quickly as some of these.
320 Childe Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
This was perhaps one of the most impressive homes we’ve had the privileged to market and sell. Granted, the absolutely breathtaking views and updated fixtures and amenities helped sell this custom Broadmoor home. But typically, a home in this price range (this home was listed for $799,000) stays on the market for an average of 9 months. With an average price point just above $350,000 for single family homes, this beautiful home in southwest Colorado Springs would typically be expected to have slower showing activity and longer days on market. However, this home was under contract in less than 24 hours with multiple showings and competitive offers that exceeded list price. Real estate agent Wayne Jennings represented the sellers and was able to provide the marketing exposure and tap into the niche buyer group that had been searching for this type of house. Consequently, when it hit the market in April 2019, it was a quick turnaround and huge celebration for the sellers.
230 E Main St, Florence, CO 81226
Just outside of Colorado Springs to the southwest is the quaint town of Florence, CO. It’s been a tourist destination for years, as the town has rightfully claimed the label, “Antique Capital of Colorado” due to the solid option of antique stores along Main Street. With a lower altitude and warmer climate that Colorado Springs, plus a homey small town community, Colorado natives and out-of-state residents are flocking here to vacation, invest, and live. So, a newly renovated single family home on Main Street within walking distance of Florence restaurants, shopping and entertainment has a strong appeal. In fact, many are waiting to jump on an opportunity like this, especially while home prices are still reasonable. That’s exactly what happened at 230 E Main St the day it went on the market. After years of renovations and hard work, the seller made what was an eyesore along Main into a luxurious residence that anyone would love to call home. Buyers quickly set up private showings and the home was under contract within 24 hours.
4988 Old Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Homes all over Colorado Springs are represented by our agents and selling in 24 hours or less! We sell in every area, every price range. With 76% of the sales in the Colorado Springs area in the $200,000-$400,000 price range, there’s a lot of competition among buyers. It’s definitely a seller’s market in this bracket of sales (meaning the seller has the advantage and more power in negotiations, etc) and we saw that on 4988 Old Fountain Blvd. This ranch-style home has a lot of great curb appeal, plus extras like a spacious sunroom and patio, and RV parking on the side of the home. When a homeowner says Sell My House Fast, Colorado Springs real estate market still has it’s challenges in accomplishing this goal. The real estate agent has to be thoughtful of pricing the home correctly, marketing and promoting the right features, and putting it on buyer’s radar before there’s even a sign in the yard. Realtor Marion Meyer nailed it on this one, making sure that her colleagues, potential buyers and other key industry contacts knew this listing was coming soon. Thanks to her thoughtful and intentional homeselling tactics, it’s another case of 24 hours of showings ending in a solid contract for the seller.