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Spectacular Tuscan home-Great City & Mt views. Whole Home OR Lower Walkout Level

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths2
Space 5,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Impressive 250 degree overlook from the Foothills near Garden of the Gods

This very unique home has THREE OPTIONS!

Option One:

Most of the year, the spacious (2,500sqft) Lower Walkout Level is available while homeowners reside on the upper level. It sleeps 13 people.

Option Two:

For SPECIAL WEEKS of the year (AFA Graduation, July 4th, and other 7 day rentals on request), the whole home (5,700 sqft) is available for up to 15 guests. It includes the lower level and the main level. Both levels have magnificent views, spacious living areas, and are wonderfully appointed. The studio apartment is not included with this option - but could be added bringing the total to 19 guests.

Option Three:

This newly added industrial themed studio apartment (1,000 sqft) under the garage sleeps 4 people. It is available for extra large groups when combined with the other rentals or can be rented separately.

This new and luxurious Tuscan home provides spectacular views overlooking the city of Colorado Springs, the Front Range, and the mountains. Located on the northwest side of Colorado Springs, south of the Air Force Academy in a safe and quiet neighborhood, this beautiful home is near Flying W Ranch (working to reopen), Glen Eyrie Castle, and Garden of the Gods Park. Old Colorado City, the Cog Rail to Pikes Peak, and the Manitou incline are also nearby.

Option One: The “Lower Walkout Level” comfortably accommodates up to 13 people with its own living/kitchen great room. The kitchen is fully stocked (large and small appliances), has a walk-in pantry, and an island with 2 stools. The leather couches are perfect for relaxing, conversing, or watching the large screen Smart TV hooked up with a DVD player and a PlayStation 3 (just bring your own games).

This level has 4 large lovely bedrooms. The first has a castle mural painted in the round turret near a comfortable king size bed. The Master bedroom has a massive king size bed and its own dressing table. A third bedroom features a queen bed and a double/single bunk bed, while the fourth bedroom has a queen bed, a trundle with two twin beds, and a desk for laptops. Each bedroom has its own roomy closet.

The two full bathrooms have double vanities and Tuscan style rain shower/bathtubs. When you need a break or want some entertainment, there's a separate game room with a high quality Ping-Pong or Pool table. A front loading high efficiency stacked washer and dryer are available as well. The "Lower Walkout Level" has about 2,400 sqft of living space.

You'll love living outside too on our large fully covered arched patio with a propane grill and outdoor seating from which to take in the morning sunrise or the twinkling river of city lights at night. Our neighborhood deer have been known to visit and pose for photos right there in front of the stone wall!

Option Two: The whole house includes the lower level just described and the main level where owners usually reside, and sleeps 15 guests. You'll step into the travertine marble entryway with exquisite marble columns opening to a great room featuring a floor to ceiling stone gas fireplace. It’s cozy and comfortable for both conversation or enjoying the large screen smart TV. A dream kitchen beckons and has everything needed for cooking up memorable meals. The professional series stove has large and small ovens, and a griddle as well as the 4 large burners. Take advantage of the ample counter space and the elevated center island. Watch the sunrise or see the mountain shadows slide across the city from the dining nook furnished with a unique table & chairs all hand painted by the artist/owner.

The master retreat is tastefully filled with an antique bedroom set and has a private sitting room in the adjoining round turret for those treasured “tete a tetes”! More travertine awaits you in the luxurious master bath with a large whirlpool tub and a steamy rain shower. There's a double sink vanity and private toilet area.

On this main level, there’s also an office/laundry room, a powder room, and an amazing partially covered deck with wrought iron railings, a professional TEC Thermal IR Grill, and comfortable seating from which to admire the mesmerizing view spread out before your eyes. With binoculars, we’ve observed Big Horn sheep, lynx, and foxes lounging and frolicking on the foothills. Plenty of deer, finches, magpies, and other birds share our surroundings as well as the more elusive eagles and falcons.

A large bonus room in an upstairs tower makes a good retreat for playing games, doing puzzles or crafts. Through an ornate wrought iron door, you can step out on our “Juliet” balcony for a bird’s eye view of the landscape.

Option Three: An industrial themed studio apartment under the garage sleeps 4 people. This new and fun space features concrete ceilings, half stone walls, and custom Edison bulb light fixtures. It's light and open, welcoming and comfortable. There's a king wall bed that's easily raised and lowered. Heavy privacy curtains can be drawn around it at night. A daybed with a pop up trundle sleeps 2 more people.

The bathroom has a walk in shower, double sink vanity, private toilet, and a closet.

The kitchen area has a microwave/convection oven, a 2 burner induction stovetop, a large refrigerator, dishwasher, and a butcher block island. The seating area is elevated to maximize the great views from the windows.

A large screen Smart TV with a blue ray player are in the comfortable living area along with a long desk and rolling chair. Through a sliding barn door is a small room with a Precor treadmill from which you can watch TV as well. This unit has a laundry closet and a walk in pantry.

While being totally private with its own wheelchair friendly entrance, it can adjoin the lower level through a lockable door.

All three options will make your time in Colorado Springs relaxing and memorable.

More Details

Owner
Joan and Bryan Gibson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

About Joan and Bryan Gibson

Natives of Wisconsin, Bryan and Joan Gibson moved to the Springs after a stay of 6 years in Phoenix. Both taught in public and Christian schools for many years, Bryan in the science and math fields and Joan as an art teacher. Now they pursue their interests in art (the home showcases a mural and hand painted furniture by Joan), photography, and astronomy (just ask Bryan for a 'star party' from the deck!). Now, semi-retired, Bryan's an Adjunct Science/Mathematics Professor for a local college and host the local Astrophotography group for the Springs. They have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren who live in Arizona and California. Bryan also enjoys artisan bread making and custom roasts his own coffee. If you're a coffee lover ask for a cup of what he believes is the world's best roasted coffee beans (Kenya and Kona)!

Joan and Bryan Gibson purchased this house in 2014

Why Joan and Bryan Gibson chose Colorado Springs

Why Colorado Springs? Compared to the extreme cold of Wisconsin winters and the extreme heat of Arizona summers, coming to Colorado felt like Goldilocks landing in the 'just right' state! We love it here with its mild and sunny, yet variable seasons. We located to the foothills on the city's northwest side to be near Bryan's job as a photographer/videographer and eLearning developer for an international brain training company. Our home was chosen for its views of the city and the mountains. In 2012, the Waldo Canyon Wildfire took our original home as well as those in our immediate and extended neighborhood. After nearly 2 years, our neighborhood is almost 100% rebuilt and is beautiful. We were able to move 'back home' in 2014 and are enjoying our new dream house. While we occupy the main level, we've decided to use the lower level walkout for when our family gathers and to share with others desiring a spectacular home away from home in beautiful Colorado Springs. For four special weeks during the year we are making our entire home available for use by the Air Force Academy parents or other large family groups who need a nice place to stay in Colorado Springs. For most of the remaining balance of the year, the Lower Walkout Level will be available for those needing a very nice place to stay, at a moderate price, for a family of up to 13 individuals.

What makes this house unique

Great location and breathtaking views! A quiet, safe, and newly rebuilt neighborhood that's minutes from the most visited (free admission) park in all of Colorado...Garden of the Gods, as well as Flying W Ranch (not yet reopened), and the Navigator headquarters at Glen Eyrie with its beautiful and historic castle. Not much further south is Old Colorado City with its unique shops and eateries, Manitou Springs with its shopping and the challenging incline, the Barr Trail, and the Cog Rail up to Pike's Peak. Many popular destinations in Colorado Springs like the Olympic Training Center, the beautiful Broadmoor Resort, the Air Force Academy, Focus on the Family, and the unique downtown are easily accessible with I-25 a mere 3.5 miles away. Denver and all it offers is only an hour to the north.

Built in an impressive Tuscan style, this new home has a tower, a turret, stone arches, a water fountain, an easy access circular driveway, and a wheelchair accessible private entrance to the lower walkout level. It's the perfect place to keep the family together for weddings, reunions, graduations, or vacations. We'll leave the lights on and the welcome mat ready!

Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Colorado Springs Airport
Nearest Golf
2.4 Miles
Kissing Camels Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2.8 Miles
Hwy I25
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Many along Centennial & Garden of the Gods roads
Nearest Ski
74 Miles
Breckenridge Ski Resort

Located in a safe neighborhood on a private cul-de-sac this

5600 sq.ft. home is very near Flying W Ranch on the foothills of the mountains. Garden of the Gods, Glen Eyrie Castle, and Ute Park are withing 5 minutes. Within 10 miles is the Cog Rail to Pike’s Peak, the incline, USA Olympic training Center, Mineral & Mining Museum, the Zoo, Old Colorado City, the Broadmoor and others.

Amenities

Mountain Shadows House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Entry Powder Room - toilet
    Tower Powder Room - toilet
    Guest Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sink vanity
    Guest Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sink vanity
  • 3 Full, 2 half
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master Retreat - 1 king , with adjoining turret and bath area
    Guest Bedroom #3 - 1 king , Master Bedroom Level 1
    Guest Bedroom #4 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Queen bed with Double & twin bunk bed
    Guest Bedroom #1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed
    Guest Bedroom #2 - 1 double , Tempur-Pedic adjustable bed with vibrating massage
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews
5

Unparalleled view

  • 5 of 5

This home has good parking, open floor plan, well stocked kitchen, fun ping pong or pool table, 2 suites of 2 bedrooms each, and a covered terrace over looking the entire city. What more could you ask for?!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful addition to a great vacation

  • 5 of 5

Bryan, Thank you for opening your home to us. We had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The beds were comfortable. Our kids loved having so many game options and chasing rabbits through the yard. The kitchen was well stocked. We felt at home and will definitely stay with you again if we come to Colorado Springs.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind remarks. It was really great fun having you there - and especially watching the kids trying to catch all the rabits! You were all very special! Thanks for staying with us. Bryan
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5

Great location, amazing views and hosts. Very warm, nicely furnished and spacious for large groups!

  • 5 of 5

One of the best places we have rented across different states and years. We will absolutely rent this place again when we make a repeat trip to Colorado Springs!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The home was beautiful and met my family's needs.

  • 5 of 5

Mr. and Mrs. Gibson are an awesome couple and very welcoming. I asked about something and Mr. Gibson was right on it. There were 18 of us so the lower level and studio apartment met our needs wonderfully. The view is awesome and the home is very warm and inviting. We all commented about how great it was. It was closely located to the attractions I wanted to take my family to with the exception of one. It was a great relaxing vacation for us. Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Gibson. Doreen

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for extended families!

  • 5 of 5

We came with our two kids and four grandkids. We enjoyed seeing all the wildlife from the porch. A deer came close and rabbits live nearby. Our grandkids loved the air hockey and board games. Great for cooking big family meals. Thanks for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with breathtaking views!

  • 5 of 5

Pictures do not do this home justice. Home is GORGEOUS!! Very clean and completely modern with all the comforts of home. Great accommodations for a large family or group. Very close to major tourist attractions yet still has a quiet neighborhood appeal. A must stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 10.25%

Cleaning fee and Damage Protection fee is dependent of the area of the home used.
Whole Home:
Whole Home Cleaning = $175 (special weeks only)
Rental Insurance fee for Whole home is $99.00 ($5000.00) or $69.00 (for $3000.00),
plus $200.00 Refundable Damage Deposit.
Lower Walkout Level only:
Cleaning Fee -Lower Level Walkout = $80.00,
Rental Insurance fee for Lower Walkout Level ONLY, is $59.00 (for $1500.00), $69.00 (for $3000.00), $99.00 (for $5000.00), or $39.00 by request (for $1000.00)
plus $100.00 Refundable Damage Deposit.
Other
If you will be renting the WHOLE HOME - to keep it legal with Colorado Springs (which requires one-month rentals or longer for a whole home), the rental agreement will be written up as a one-month rental, but one where you can leave when you want. If you have questions about this please contact us.
Thank you, Joan & Bryan

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.