Manitoids have long taken pride in keeping Manitou weird; the bumper sticker says so. The eclectic incorporated town is rich in history and creativity, and it’s the gateway to Pikes Peak.
Barr Trail begins here for intrepid hikers, bikers and runners heading up the peak. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway station is the hub for the historic ride to 14,115 feet (though it’s currently closed for long-term maintenance). And the Manitou Incline draws all sorts seeking a steep and lung-busting workout. Yes, there are still springs here too. You can taste their mineral-rich waters at the various fountains around town.
The housing market mirrors the eclectic and diverse vibe. You can find stately (and not-so-stately) Victorian homes, historic cabins, creekside condos, Southwestern adobes, funky hillside perches and sprawling custom showpieces high in the surrounding foothills. High-dollar ’hoods sit high above Manitou on two sides. Crystal Park is one such gated community high overhead with seclusion and sweeping views; open lots are still available for building. Across Highway 24, Cedar Heights soars with spectacular views.
The average sale price there was $782,637 in 2017. Whatever your address, Manitou will welcome you with its funky festivals proudly independent spirit
Median sale price: $343,000 (2018, per Trulia)
Average sale price per square foot: $275
High School: Manitou Springs, 8/10 Great Schools
What you’ll find in the garage: VW bus, coffin for races, Carnival costume, Grateful Dead concert poster
Hot spots: Workout on the Incline. Soak at SunWater Spa. Catch live music at the divey Ancient Mariner or the crunchy Kinfolks. The Penny Arcade is a must.
Trailside: Red Mountain for an Incline alternative. The Intemann Trail connects to Red Rock Open Space and beyond. Garden of the Gods is right next door.