Neighborhoods: North Academy Blvd. Corridor
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The Garden Ranch neighborhood August 8, 2015. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Village Seven was one of Colorado Springs’ earliest planned communities, dating to 1968. A family-oriented area, the parks, greenways and unusual street names give the neighborhood its own distinctive flavor. Where else could you live on streets called Carefree, Whimsical and Merriment?

The houses are mainly a mix of bi-level, tri-level, ranch and two-story designs from the 1970-1980 era, built by two of the city’s largest builders at the time — Shepard Homes and Gendron Homes. There are several apartment complexes as well and connecting greenways.

It’s still a popular area with great access to two of the city’s main arteries, Powers and Academy boulevards.

Extensive use of cul-de-sac streets guarantees less traffic and a suburban feeling for growing families. Throughout are now-mature aspens and evergreens planted by first residents.

Garden Ranch is near open space and yet is close to major arteries and amenities. Residents can use Garden Ranch Park and trails west of the area through University Park to open spaces including Pulpit Rock and Austin Bluffs.

There is quick access to Academy and Union boulevards and Austin Bluffs Parkway, areas with shopping centers, offices and restaurants. Residents have good access to all compass directions. Garden Ranch has a mix of new and older housing, including senior housing options. The 29-year-old Garden Ranch YMCA is well-utilized, and the bustling University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is nearby.

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