Construction began in Village Seven, one of the oldest planned communities in Colorado Springs, nearly 50 years ago. The neighborhood's cul-de-sacs are filled with ranch-style and two-story homes. Mature trees beautify the area.

Garden Ranch residents have easy access to Garden Ranch Park, Pulpit Rock, Austin Bluffs, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and popular shopping and dining areas. The Garden Ranch YMCA turns 30 this year.

Home of the Mountain Lions, UCCS encompasses 550 acres at the foot of Austin Bluffs. It is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system, and, as of 2014, had 11,000 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students.

University Village Colorado is the product of a city mission to turn a strip of old motels and decaying properties into a shopping and dining hub for UCCS students and other community members. The center boasts a Costco, Lowe's, Trader Joe's, Stein Mart, Kohl's and a MacSuperstore, along with a wealth of locally owned and chain restaurants.

Trails wind through Pulpit Rock Park, one taking hikers to a view of west Colorado Springs and the Rampart Range.

The 700-acre Palmer Park has one of the city's most extensive trail networks for hiking, running and mountain bike riding. The outer loop is about eight miles. An enclave of homes sits between the park and Colorado Springs Country Club.

Knob Hill started as its own city of fewer than 4,000 people before being annexed by Colorado Springs in 1950. It is home to Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, founded in 1874.

Fans of music and other performances can see quality, affordable shows at the Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, the Springs Ensemble Theatre and the Black Sheep.

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