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.
I visit Manitou Springs often – I was there just this past weekend. I enjoy the atmosphere and I enjoy gawking at the amazing Victorian homes.
Here’s one that is currently for sale:
This 1889 house is on the market for $260,000. It has only 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and just under 1300 square feet, but is chalk-full of character.
And the property comes with the neatest glass studio…
Inside the studio:
Let’s have a look inside the main house, shall we?
The living room:
The master bedroom:
The exposed stone wall is just gorgeous.
Have a look at the newly remodeled master bath:
Now I know many people who would cringe at the thought of glass block being used in a historical home, but I kind of like the mixing of elements.
Afterall, Manitou Springs is all about the mixing of elements…nature, history, art, music… that’s what make it so unique.
Well… Manitou does go a little above and beyond in terms of eccentricity.
Ahhhhhh…… Manitou…. we love you.