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John Venezia Park Update

John Venezia Park Update

In just a few short months, the long-awaited John Venezia Park will open in northern Colorado Springs, bringing a visionary park to life. Years of planning have gone into the creation of John Venezia Park, and it promises to be a park for all ages and abilities to enjoy. The new park, located near the Cordera Community fills a gap in the northern area of Colorado Springs. Spanning over thirty acres of valuable space, John Venezia Park has been carefully planned to serve as the heart of the community. Inspiration for the space comes from Colorado’s frontier roots, both the pioneer and ranching that Colorado residents continue to pay homage to. A short bike ride or stroll from Cordera will get you into the heart of John Venezia Park. Surrounded by eighty acres of protected open space, the park will include several playgrounds, fields, treed areas, pavilions, and a sprayground for hot July days. Each area, carefully thought out, will fit the needs of today’s active community while evoking Colorado’s heritage and history. The Pastures Think of The Pastures as free-range play for your kiddos. Long gravel pathways and acres of soft bluegrass beckon children to be creative, whether they are playing freeze tag or simply running around. Numerous shade shelters will be interspersed throughout the pastures, giving welcome respite from the bright Colorado sun. This area should also serve as a natural gathering point, whether for a group of parents from nearby neighborhoods or more formal playgroups. The Range Rather than having to caravan all over El Paso County for youth sports practices, The Range will provide top-notch...
Fun Neighborhood Party Ideas

Fun Neighborhood Party Ideas

The weather is warming up, and everyone is ready to venture out and enjoy the season. As daylight lasts longer, take advantage of this time and have some fun with your neighbors. We have several ideas that will help make neighborhood get-togethers a blast! Wine Tastings If this sounds like something that your friends and neighbors would like, a wine tasting can be a great get-together idea. Plan ahead with several neighbors on a weekend night, and set up lawn chairs and tables. One neighbor might do a cabernet station, and the next neighbor might have a rose station. Have a half dozen different sipping or tasting stations, along with some snacks that complement the different wines. Ideas for pairing are easy to find on the internet: cabernets pair well with chocolates, red zinfandels with brie, malbecs with gouda, sauvignon blancs with citrus, and chardonnays with almonds or anything vanilla-based. And if wine doesn’t sound good to everyone, do something similar with craft or home-brewed beers. The key is just to have something that gets neighbors out and mingling! Ice Cream, You Scream When the days get downright hot, planning an ice cream social is easy and fun. Pull a couple of neighbors together, and gather all of the fixings for ice cream sundaes. Have some people bring toppings, some people bring ice cream, and others bring cones or cookies for sandwiches. Set up a table, have plenty of napkins, and watch kids and adults enjoy cooling off. If you want to go an extra step, ask people to make their own ice cream for the get-together. There is...
5 Tips to Help Prepare Kids for a New Home

5 Tips to Help Prepare Kids for a New Home

Moving can be a real thrill, whether it is across town or across the country. While moving is exciting and momentous, it can be a bit overwhelming for children. Thinking ahead and taking several steps can ensure that it is an exciting time for your kids too. Involve your kids in the process No matter what their age, kids like to know what to expect. Try to keep them in the loop with age-appropriate information. Write big dates on a calendar, so they know when packing begins, when the movers are arriving, and when the actual closing date is.If you are looking at homes in a specific neighborhood, pull it up on line so that they can see the nearby parks and recreation areas. When you have picked out a specific home, let them come with you to do a walk through. A vacant home invites kids to run through and imagine themselves in it. Introduce them to their new neighborhood If you live in the same city or area, this part will be easy. Drive through the neighborhood, so they are familiar with it. Search out parks and coffee shops, places that will make them feel like they are at home. If your move is out of state, becoming familiar with the new neighborhood is still possible. Utilize the internet to introduce your kids to local places, like a neighborhood library or a nearby froyo shop. Make connections in school and with activities Stress for children often comes from not knowing what to expect. Taking away the unknowns can help them feel at home and transition to a...
Getting to Know Your New Neighbors

Getting to Know Your New Neighbors

You’ve signed the closing papers. Gotten the keys to your new home. Watched as the last box has been unloaded from the truck. Found the box holding your wine opener and light bulbs that will get you through the first night. Now, your next big task is to get acquainted with your new neighbors. We have a few helpful ideas that will help you meet your new neighbors in no time! Social Media Facebook isn’t just a place to look at cute cat memes or your college roommate’s vacation pictures. More and more community groups are popping up on Facebook. Doing a search of your new neighborhood or town on Facebook might let you know if there are playgroups or groups of people with similar interests in your area. Other apps and websites like meetup.com are a good way to find potential friends. Meetup has everything from Mommy and Me to vegan cooking to weekend hiking groups – you just type in your interests and area to find a group that might fit what you are looking for. Check out local amenities If your new neighborhood has a recreation center or a clubhouse, become familiar with all of the activities it has to offer. The chances are good that you will meet neighbors in a yoga or spin class at the local rec center, or at the neighborhood pool. If you are moving into a master-planned community, taking advantage of all of the amenities will help you meet neighbors and quickly feel at home. Join in local community happenings Depending on the time of year, your new neighborhood may...
Understanding the Total Cost of Home Ownership

Understanding the Total Cost of Home Ownership

You’ve diligently completed the recommended steps of the home-buying process. You are pre-approved for a mortgage loan and are starting to look at homes in your price range. You may even be thinking about making an offer on a home that fits your needs and wants. This is the exciting part of the process where home ownership gets real. While you are in this stage of the home buying process, take some time to calculate the TCO, total cost of ownership. Definition of TCO Total Cost of Ownership is so much more than simply your mortgage amount. No doubt, the mortgage amount is an important one, and comprises the bulk of your monthly budget for home ownership. But, several other amounts come into play when figuring out the TCO. Taxes, insurance, utilities, regular maintenance, and HOA dues should all be part of what you look at when figuring out the true total cost of ownership. Taxes Property taxes are an important part of the TCO equation, as they can vary greatly from area to area. Property taxes typically include taxes for the school district, any improvements in the area, and any mill levies for the area. Previous amounts paid by prior owners of a property are often available online or upon request. Homeowners Insurance Insurance for your home is another substantial and important expense. Homeowner’s insurance covers your home’s replacement value if it is damaged or destroyed by a covered loss, such as fire. The cost of your insurance can vary greatly, depending on what deductibles you choose, the home’s details, and the area you are buying in. Quotes...
Winter Fun in the Pikes Peak Region

Winter Fun in the Pikes Peak Region

Winter in the Pikes Peak region is more fun than you can imagine! Going to the mountains for a long ski weekend is great, but there is no need to drive hours for fun when you live in Colorado Springs. Plenty of fun for the whole family can be found in the Pikes Peak region during the cold months. Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is an easy and inexpensive winter sport that even little ones can have fun with. Look at local sports equipment stores or online for basic snowshoes, and make sure that they fit well. Strap them on and you can go anywhere that you would typically take an easy hike or run. Start easy, on a fairly level trail, so that you and your family get the hang of how snowshoes feel. Some basic trails for snowshoeing that you might already be familiar with are the Sante Fe Trail, Seven Bridges trail, and the Rampart Reservoir trails. These are all easily accessible, and good for all ages. Sante Fe and Rampart Reservoir both have fairly little elevation gain, but can be long. Seven Bridges is shorter, but has over two thousand feet of elevation gain. Cross Country Skiing Cross country skiing, or Nordic skiing, is something that you don’t have to travel to ski resorts to have fun with. Cross country skiing is fairly inexpensive, easy to learn, and can be done almost anywhere within an hour of the Colorado Springs area. Grab a pair of cross country skis at your local sports store, or rent a pair, and travel to a Nordic Center to get the hang of...
Welcoming Guests Into Your Home for the Holidays

Welcoming Guests Into Your Home for the Holidays

The holidays bring many things; visits with Santa, tree decorating, and buying presents for loved ones. Classroom parties, too much candy, and Christmas carols may also be a regular part of the season. Houseguests are also a tradition for many of us over the holidays, and we always want to make them feel welcome. A few small actions can help you make your house guests feel welcomed and appreciated. Entry From the second your guests arrive at your front door with suitcases in hand, make them feel welcome. Even if you don’t go all out with decorating your yard with lights, make the entry way feel festive and welcome. Hang fresh garlands and ribbon around your doorway. Make sure that leaves and snow are swept away. Whether you have a simple wreath on your front door, or you go all out with topiaries and lights, decorating your entryway will truly make your guests feel welcomed from their first moments at your home. Guest bedroom Your guests will probably have their own guest bedroom while they are visiting your home. Make sure that it makes them feel wanted and nurtured. Fresh flannel sheets and cozy down comforters will help them stay warm if they are not used to December in Colorado. Have a bedside table with a lamp for reading before bedtime. If you want to go a bit further, and make them feel like they are truly on vacation, have water bottles, small snacks, and a variety of fun magazines or books by the bed. A place to put their suitcase, along with a couple of empty drawers and...
Venezia Park Will Be Unlike Any Other in Colorado Springs

Venezia Park Will Be Unlike Any Other in Colorado Springs

The north side of Colorado Springs has become one of the most desirable places to live in the entire state. Its schools rank among the top in Colorado. Several major employers call northern Colorado Springs home. Esteemed shopping is nestled in spacious corridors. And soon, northern Colorado Springs will soon also have a world-class park that has been years in the making. Just a stone’s throw from the Cordera community, Venezia Park will be a centerpiece with something for every member of the community. Named after one of the founders of the original Briargate corridor of Colorado Springs, Venezia Park promises to be a crown jewel of the Briargate Master Plan. The many years of thoughtful planning that went into the design and development of Venezia Park will make it unlike any other park in the area. 30 acres of land will serve as the actual park, with an additional 80 remaining protected open space for the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse. Paying Tribute to Colorado’s Roots Located at the corner of Briargate Parkway and Union Boulevard, Venezia Park will be a short bike ride or stroll from the Cordera community. City officials and park planners are creating a park that recalls Colorado’s pioneer and ranching roots. Different areas of the park will pay homage to the state’s early days. Homestead A large set of pavilions, the Homestead, will anchor the park. The pavilions can be used for family gatherings, birthday parties, celebrations and community building events. Ample parking and shaded areas will make this the center of Venezia Park. Corral A large Universally Accessible Playground called The Corral will...
2015 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes

2015 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes

The 2015 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes promises to showcase the best home builders and communities in the area. Each home and community that is selected to be part of the Parade of Homes exemplifies beautiful design, hot trends, and the latest and greatest amenities available. Every home featured overflows with ideas you can incorporate into to your own living space, whether with current design trends, landscaping features, or technological innovations. Cordera has proudly been part of the Parade of Homes for several years. Many builders in Cordera have received numerous Parade awards, and our Villas at Estancia won over 10 industry awards at last year’s Parade of Homes. Year after year, Cordera continues to raise the bar for what a community should be. Community An intentional and master-planned community, Cordera is different than many neighborhoods that you may have lived in before. Trails and sidewalks encourage neighbors to get out on foot. Beautiful landscaping and thoughtful street designs stand out from other neighbourhoods. Ample cul-de-sacs provide safety, space and beautiful views for homeowners. Our community features several home builders and many different home designs, allowing your individuality to shine through. With the variety of builders and floor plans available, there is no danger of Cordera ever feeling like a neighborhood where your home looks exactly like every other home on the block. Education Cordera lies in the heart of acclaimed School District 20, and Chinook Elementary is located within the community itself. Academy District 20 consistently ranks as one of the top school districts in the state. Class sizes remain small, students score higher nationally than their peers...