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

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


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

Joan and Bryan Gibson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

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 Mountain Shadows

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!


Mountain Shadows House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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 ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 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
  • 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
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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


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average rating of 4.952381 based on 42 reviews

Fabulous home for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

I am a little late in submitting my review as we stayed at the spectacular Tuscan home last summer, but I did not want to miss the opportunity of giving Joan and Bryan a heartful thanks and to let others know that this is a great place to stay. The home is located in a great location, close to Garden of the Gods, downtown Colorado Springs, and Red Rock Open spaces. We also enjoyed the Colorado Springs Zoo, a tour of the Broadmoor hotel. Their home was nice, had a great view of the city, toys for the grandkids to play with, plenty of kitchen supplies and great sleeping accommodations for our 12 person family reunion. Of course, one of the highlights for the grandkids was when a group of deer joined us for breakfast on the deck! The grandkids are still talking about that! Thanks again Joan and Bryan for your great hospitality. We will return!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"You should see the mansion my mom rented for Thanksgiving!" - Courtney

  • 5 of 5

Joan and Bryan's gorgeous home was the perfect Thanksgiving retreat for our family. They were not present during our stay, but they anticipated all of our possible needs - a turkey roaster in the pantry, beautiful China, leaves in the table with enough seating for all of us to share our meals together. Their home is spectacular and spacious. We prepared our feast in the 2 well-equipped kitchens on the lower level. We enjoyed the pool/ping pong table in the game room. The views of the city of Colorado Springs and the mountains are amazing. We even were entrusted to care for their pets! We truly felt at home.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful home,! Stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated an early Christmas with our children and grandchildren. Joan even had a Christmas tree set up for us! What a lovely, personal touch. The home is beautifully appointed, with careful consideration for nearly any or every need met. So many memories made! Late night card playing, meals shared, and even a visit to Santa! The bar has been set pretty high now, I'm not certain how I will meet our family's expectations in the future, without returning here! We could not have had a better experience! Thanks Joan and Bryan, for an exceptional experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: August 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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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: July 2017
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $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.
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.
Cancellation Refunds:
100% - 90+ days before arrival
80% - 60+ days before arrival
60% - 30+ days before arrival
30% - 10+ days before arrival
0% - <10 days before arrival
% applies to amount paid to owner minus unrecoverable rental expenses already paid by owner or VRBO fees.
Adjustments, at times, have been made for very serious emergencies.
Thank you, Joan & Bryan

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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