Near Old Colorado City, this is a modern, beautifully appointed space in the historic, eclectic, "Westside" neighborhood. It is an independent, light filled loft above a detached garage, having vaulted ceilings with fans, and a skylight. The floors are natural concrete with warm, radiant heat during the cold season. The kitchen contains a gas range, a refrigerator, and microwave, (no dishwasher) and is completely outfitted for full meal preparations and serving. There is off street parking in the driveway below, off the alley, with a private, secure entrance. (I am in the house in front.)
The daybed in the main living area stores a trundle underneath so it can separately (or together) sleep two people. There is a queen sized bed in the separate bedroom with comfy down/feather comforter, blanket, and pillows, and ample closet and drawer space. There is a shower only. From one to four people can be very comfortable as guests.
The loft is within walking or short driving distance to historic Old Colorado City with its shops, galleries, restaurants, and summertime Saturday morning farmer's market in Bancroft Park. It is only a ten minute drive downtown to the east with more shops and restaurants, museums and galleries. Just beyond that is Memorial Park with its Olympic velodrome and annual Labor Day balloon fest. Slightly north of downtown is Colorado College (Alum mom, 2010!). It is less than 15 minutes from the Broadmoor Conference Center. The space has easy access to the Cimarron Expressway (Hwy. 24) for travel either to the freeway or west into the mountains, Manitou Springs, and Garden of the Gods. It is also near the Midland Trail for bicycling, walking, or jogging. There is a bus stop on the corner for public transportation.
From the north and west views one can catch glimpses of the beautiful Rocky Mountains and foothills. It is truly a comfortable and inviting loft, created by and for an artist, and continuing to show some local creations.
I believe everything is accurately described and listed. If you have any questions, please inquire. I am happy to accommodate.
If you are relying on GPS to get to the loft, it is going to lead you to the front of my house on Cucharras St. You will need to continue on around the block to the alley behind the house which takes you to the garage (1808B). The loft is above that with the entry gate on the right after having parked in the driveway. The gate is opened by pulling up on the handle. And there you are, at the orange door!
Thank you for your respectful, gentle care of this loft, and relative quiet.
In order for you to have the best experience at this altitude, there are a couple of things you will wish to be mindful of. Because of the dryness, you need to work extra hard at staying hydrated. Caffeinated drinks are actually diuretic and can work against you. The first signs of dehydration are usually dry lips and headache. Also, alcoholic beverages are about twice as potent here as at sea level, so one drink may equal two of what you may be accustomed to. It helps to go slowly and intersperse with water.
And remember to use sunscreen! One can burn even on a cloudy day! Hats and sunglasses are highly advisable--particularly if you have fair skin and pale eyes. Okay, enough of that--have fun!
I stayed in the Artist Loft for just shy of 3 months. Kimberly was a great host and was always available by text message or email. She would occasionally text to make sure I was alright and didn't need anything. Otherwise she tried to keep out of the way. The apartment was perfect for my stay as it was close to where I was interning. The apartment was comfortable and had all the amenities I needed. I would definitely stay here again if I come through Colorado Springs.
Our stay at Kimberly's Artist Loft was so much nicer than any hotel room could provide. It was clean and well-appointed with all of those things that a hotel does not provide. Kimberly came out to greet us when I rang her doorbell, as we could not find the apartment entrance. That was due to the fact that I did not remember to print down the detailed instructions she had provided. Kimberly was very gracious in showing us the way in, and kept a low profile for the rest of the week. She was available by text if we had any questions or issues, which was nice to know. The heating system in the apartment was very nice as it got cool during our week, the heat radiated from the floors, kept us very comfortable. Kimberly had lots of reading material about the state and information about various Colorado Springs tourist sites and other interesting topics.
I would recommend the Artist Loft to any of my friends and would consider staying there again if we return to Colorado Springs.
Kimberly is a wonderful host, and her property was perfect for our visit. We found it to be just as described on AirBnB--and even better! Kimberly has thought of everything her guests may need, and was very quick to respond on a couple of occasions when we had questions. If we are in the area again, we will definitely want to stay at Kimberly's place!
We loved our stay in the Artist Loft. From the well stocked kitchen to the fresh flowers, my husband couldn't decide if we were staying in a fancy hotel or if we were welcome guests in a good friend's home. Kimberly was a great and thoughtful host and even her neighbors were very friendly. We would definitely stay again.
We had a wonderful weekend stay in Kimberley's charming, artfully decorated (no coincidence as she's an artist) garage loft apt. As a VRBO host myself, I know this business and appreciate a good value. I also learned some things from her on how to do it right. We felt welcomed from the get-go: chocolates, fresh fruit, breakfast items, bottled water, the list goes on. The location is excellent--just five blocks from the Old Colorado City shops and restaurants, and a 10 min drive down Colorado to downtown. Wifi internet access. The property is quiet, has plenty of natural light from east/south facing windows and a skylight, the bed and linens are first-rate, and the bedroom has plenty of storage. There is a washer/ dryer, nice desk work area, well-supplied kitchen, and HDTV with a comfy armchair. The LR has a pullout daybed we didn't use as it was just two of us. Kimberley bent over backwards to make us feel welcome-- to our delight she was available and promptly responsive when we locked ourselves out. I only hope the place is available next time we're in the Springs, because this will most definitely be our default "home away from home" when visiting here. Thanks a million, Kimberley.
Wowza! We loved this place. Kimberly thought of every detail. The mix of modern, comfort, and art was fabulous. It was decked out with every detail from lotion to fresh fruit to tons of linens. Being from Texas, I was worried about the no-A/C factor, and it was 100% a non-issue. Between the fresh air and swamp cooler it was perfect, even in August.
We were greeted with some surprise chocolates (nice!). The mix of old industrial modern + a little mid century + new & nice construction was perfect. Great decor and feel. It's walkable to the old Colorado City downtown shops. I can't rave enough. Thanks Kimberly.
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights and were sad to leave. We felt so at home! We got into town a little sooner than expected our first day and Kim let us in earlier which was awesome. She left fruit and chocolates for us too! If you are looking to be super comfortable, feel pampered, and be in walking distance to old town this is DEFINITELY where to stay. We will absolutely be coming back!
I have loved living in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for over 30 years where I teach college art. I am a metalsmith and watercolorist, and enjoy drawing upon our natural surroundings for inspiration. I also work part time with hospice. Creativity and caregiving are my natural way of life, yet I keep a very low profile.