The area's southwest neighborhoods are in many ways centered on nature. Dirt trails, paved paths, parks and open spaces are prolific. Homes are built along creeks or on treed mountainsides. There are rock formations to climb, and the views are spectacular.

Wild animals consider this place their home. Deer graze in yards and bears pay regular visits.

The Skyway neighborhood includes modestly priced homes but sales numbers soars as you reach the hillside mansions in the trees.

Area homes fall within Cheyenne Mountain School District 12.

Many of the homes along Cheyenne Creek first were built as summer cottages. Most have been expanded over the years and large new homes have been added to the area. At most homes, outdoor living is supreme. A former homestead, Harlan Wolfe Ranch, has become a Pikes Peak Urban Gardens pick-and-pay locale.

The Ivywild and Cheyenne Canyon areas have colorful histories that have included baseball teams, a circus, a famous science fiction writer and other oft-told stories.

Dating back to 1888, Ivywild has original Victorian homes, smaller bungalows and new apartment complexes and condominiums. Infill residences are tucked onto large lots.

A major neighborhood redevelopment is underway in Ivywild. The neighborhood's 1916 Ivywild School was closed in 2009. It was the perfect opportunity for two restaurateurs and developers, one a craft beer expert, to rescue the grand building and turn it into the centerpiece for a multiuse commercial/retail development that has won wide acclaim and is being copied. On the site is a performing arts center, Bristol Brewing, a bakery, deli, concert and community venue and an art and farmers market. It's just the beginning and a popular one at that.

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