Cordera, in north Colorado Springs, is a master-planned community where builders have set a distinct architectural style to the homes, with an emphasis on avoiding cookie-cutter exteriors. Semi-custom houses are offered by local builders and the houses wind along curving streets and cul-de-sacs.

The community is in Academy School District 20 and was designed to cater to residents' needs for work and play. There is a community center, storybook-themed parks ("Alice in Wonderland," "Charlotte's Web") and trails that invite safe fun for kids of all ages.

The community center features a swimming pool, art and fitness classes and social gatherings, and the grand lawn is home to a summer concert series. Regular gatherings include the Friends Over 50 potluck and Parents Night Out. Wolf Ranch, in northeast Colorado Springs off North Powers Boulevard, offers pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, tree-lined streets and cul-de-sacs and roundabouts designed to create community and slow traffic. It also is part of Academy School District 20.

The private recreation center offers YMCA-led classes, a swimming pool and splash park, and acres of grassy activity space. There are regular Parents Night Outs and Teen Nights.

Ten miles of trails are open to pedestrians and cyclists and connect a series of pocket parks. Abbey Pond is a wetland that has been used as an outdoor classroom. Westcreek Park features picnic tables, playground equipment, multipurpose fields and roller hockey and basketball courts, and there's a special place for pups: Woof Ranch Dog Park.

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