There is no place on earth like Manitou Springs.
In terms of mountain splendor, spiritual mystique and general quirkiness, Manitou Springs, Colorado takes the gold medal. The town’s unofficial tag-line is “Keep Manitou Weird” – how fun is that?
Described by the New York Times as a “Hippy Mayberry”, Manitou Springs features annual coffin races, haunted Victorians, numerous healing mineral springs, public art, street musicians, a plethora of hemp and magic crystal stores, Mexican-day-of-the-dead, cowboy and Celtic paraphernalia, a spiritual vortex, Wiccan culture… and… I know I’m forgetting some things. Just suffice it to say that Manitou Springs is one of the coolest, most unique places in the world.
It is also very picturesque. Set at the base of “America’s Mountain” (Pike’s Peak) just west of Colorado Springs, it has a beautifully preserved historic district with many eye-popping Victorians both large and small and everything in between.
This stunning mountain home located just west of Denver, Colorado seems to defy being categorized. The outside is linear and ranch-style – a bit of a mid-century feel – but also has some cottage-y elements with the decorative green trim and cupola-like thing jutting out from the roofline.
About three years ago we journeyed to Pine Junction, Colorado to look at this little old schoolhouse that had been extensively remodeled and is now used as a private residence:
It was small – 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, just over 1,000 square feet – but we were smitten.
And who wouldn’t be? Especially if you are looking for a historic yet diminutive nest in the mountains, surrounded by ponderosa pines with easy access to the main highway.
“I want an old house with character.”
That was me… before. Before actually owning an old house.
As mom always said, “be careful what you wish for.”
Yes, I love old houses. But actually owning one, and taking care of one, is a pain-in-the-a**!
My 1870’s Gothic Revival in Canon City is not my first old house.
In 2004 we bought a 1904 worker’s bungalow that was cute but in need of some love: