Jun 07

Rural Monument and Palmer NW Colorado Springs Real Estate

William Jackson Palmer 1836-1909, founder of C...
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Near Pike’s Peak and the Pike National Forest, the historic town of Monument, Colorado rests at an elevation of 6,960 feet along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies.  Convenient to both Denver and Colorado Springs real estate, residents are employed in diverse industries along I-25 including farming, ranching, and all that the metro areas have to offer.  The beautiful neighboring Palmer Lake is three miles further into the mountains northwest of Monument real estate, yet with in El Paso County real estate.

Fast growing, these small towns and their rural surrounds are a peaceful haven for 4,000 to 16,000 people, depending on which neighborhoods are counted.  On the fringes of Colorado Springs real estate, properties range from old Victorian Monument homes, to modern equestrian estates, and to lovely manors along the Woodmoor Pines Golf Country Club.  With larger acreage per home, property values of both Monument real estate and Palmer real estate are significantly above average.

Monument was first called Henry’s Station after Henry Limbach, one of the original settlers.  When the Denver & Rio Grande railroad that linked the two bigger cities came through town in 1870, the name was changed.  It was a General William Jackson Palmer who suggested the lake at Palmer Divide as a perfect place to draw water for the steam engines.

Today, mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders, and skiers make use of the defunct graveled railroad paths.  The Tri-Lakes area is inviting for off-road vehicles as well.  Plenty of pastoral picnicking and exploring, wildflower and critter identification goes on around here under the canopy of the red rock formations and blue skies.

Historic downtown offers a variety of shopping and dining, the Lucretia Vaile Museum and the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts.  Unique and interesting stops, such as a folk-art gallery, a teahouse, along with gift, antique, and toy stores provide respite for many a mountain biker pedaling through town.  Major big box stores and huge shopping malls, cultural and sporting events are right down I-25.

One of the best school districts in the state, The Lewis-Palmer School District, became that way because of small class sizes, parental involvement, and the reputation for challenging classes and student achievement.  Pair that with local opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as 4-H, golf, and music and parents opt for this quality of life for their families.  Voters also understand the importance of education and well-fund new facilities such as the Palmer Ridge High School being constructed now and pay raises for teachers.