If money were no object, what neighborhood would you live in? A remodeled old house on the west side with big trees and a view of Pikes Peak would be as good as it gets.
Characterize other neighborhoods around town. The Briargate area seems sterile and impersonal. A woman in my neighborhood lives in the house she was born in. A few years back, she was talked into buying a house in Briargate. She lived there two years, couldn't stand it, and bought her old west-side house back.
Which is better: a new house in a newer neighborhood, or an old house in a neighborhood with "character"? Newer neighborhoods have covenants that make them homogenous and one-size-fits-all. Older neighborhoods have diversity and community.
If you could live in any neighborhood, which? I like neighborhoods close to the mountains, especially the Pleasant Valley area.
Does Colorado Springs have an east-west rivalry? The west has history, lots of trees, pretty scenery. The further east you go, the flatter it gets, the more houses are on top of each other.
Which is better: new houses or older houses with "character"? I like houses with cool woodwork fashioned by someone long ago. I like that continuum with the past.
Characterize a few neighborhoods around town. Briargate is upscale. The west side is older, slower. Stetson Hills is 35- to 45-year-old on-the-rise business types.
What's best about Colorado Springs? We're military, and Colorado Springs is our best stop ever. There's always something to do.
Do you prefer newer houses and neighborhoods, or older houses and established areas? I grew up in an old house. I'd rather live in a new house now. I'd be happiest moving a house from Briargate to Old Colorado City.