Head out to the far northern edge of Colorado Springs’ city limits and you’ll find one of the fastest-growing and most desirable areas in town: Northgate.
This family-friendly region is all about large lot sizes, new palatial homes, great schools, and a ton of modern amenities and conveniences. Not to mention breathtaking scenery from almost all directions: Pikes Peak and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to the west and south, the Tri-Lakes area and Black Forest to the north.
The entire Northgate area encompasses 54 square miles and is home to a population of just over 30,000. Colorado living at its finest, there are so many reasons to love Northgate…let’s take a quick look around!
The area itself was named for its proximity to the North Gate of The United States Air Force Academy. For many, the military academy is the pride of Colorado Springs, and certainly a defining landmark of Northgate.
One of the main draws of living in Northgate is that it’s relatively close to both downtown Colorado Springs and Denver. Residents are never far from I-25, and on average they enjoy a modest 24 minute commute.
Northgate Schools and Education
It’s no secret that education is a huge factor for parents when searching for a new home. For that reason alone, many choose Northgate so their kids can attend Colorado Springs’ premier D-20 Academy School District. D-20 includes 21 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 7 high schools.
The Flying Horse Community in Northgate even has its own K-12 school, Discovery Canyon Campus!
When it comes to higher education, Northgate has several fantastic options. Aside from the prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak Community College’s Rampart Range Campus is also located in the immediate area. Head just a few minutes south, and you’ll find one of the nation’s fastest-growing universities (and areas largest employers), the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). UCCS offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s degrees, and five doctoral degrees.
Northgate Shopping, Dining, and Recreation
Now for the fun stuff. And for many, what makes Northgate the best place to live in Colorado Springs…
All the shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities!
When you live in Northgate, just step out your front door and you’re a stone’s throw from an abundance of awesome activities, as well as the city’s most contemporary shopping centers and popular restaurants.
Northgate residents enjoy convenient accessibility to multiple shopping and dining venues, anchored by the expansive Interquest Marketplace featuring a movie theatre, bowling, laser tag, arcades, and more.
Other points of interest and fresh eateries within this thriving area include the spectacular Great Wolf Lodge with indoor waterpark, Bass Pro Shop, CB And Potts, Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern, Mod Pizza and Costa Vida. Across the interstate, residents take advantage of the convenience of chain stores like Home Depot, Kohl’s, PetSmart, and Wal-Mart.
History buff? You’ll love exploring the regions storied mining past at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry located right along North Gate Boulevard. While you’re there be sure to say hi to Nugget, the charming burro who’s always happy to greet visitors with a boisterous “hee-haw!”
Golf lover? Northgate is your teeing ground with several championship courses at Club at Flying Horse, Kings Deer Golf Club, Monument Hill Country Club, and two golf courses at the United States Air Force Academy.
The best part? Because Northgate is a true epicenter of Colorado Springs growth, the area continues to expand and will be the place for developers and trendy retail establishments to set up shop for years to come.
Northgate also comes with the added perk of putting you at 6,958 feet above sea level…which means you’re never far from stunning panoramic views and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. In the shadow of Pikes Peak, the Northgate community boasts an abundance of recreation activities. Along the eastern edge of Northgate lies Black Forest, home to Fox Run Park which offers hiking, running, biking, horseback riding, and cross country ski trails.
The New Santa Fe Trail runs through Monument and Palmer Lake and connects with the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail to extend into Colorado Springs and is a popular running, walking, and biking route. Hikers can summit Mount Herman and visit nearby Monument Rock to enjoy some interesting rock formations—all in a mere half-day adventure.
Northgate Homes and Real Estate
With several superb neighborhoods and amenity-rich communities, the rapidly-expanding and highly-sought after Northgate area features dream homes in a convenient and picturesque location ranging from $400,000 to over $1 million.
Constructed by the area’s most respected builders, the houses in Northgate are typically only 10 years old (or newer), meticulously-crafted, and boast larger than average lot sizes with great views.
From families to active adults to retirees, there’s something for everyone in Northgate.
- Deer Creek at Northgate
- Trail Ridge
- Trail Ridge South
- Northgate Highlands
- Struthers Ranch
- Bison Ridge
- Kettle Creek
- Flying Horse
Interested in Buying or Selling in Northgate?
So there you have it. Thanks for joining us on this tour of beautiful Northgate! It really is among the best places to live in Colorado—because it’s one of those rare areas that checks all the boxes for many homebuyers. If you’re one of those buyers, or are simply looking to learn more about Colorado Springs real estate, give us a call at (719) 548-9900 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.