Press Release – Realtors The Becky Gloriod Partners Analyze Amenities of Colorado Springs for Retired Military

Becky and Jack Gloriod, of The Becky Gloriod Partners, list the top three tips regarding why Colorado Springs is an ideal retirement place for military personnel.


Colorado Springs is an enticing community for anyone, and is being discovered by people from all walks of life. It has more than 300 days of sunshine every year, majestic mountain views, an extensive hiking/biking trail system, easy access to skiing, low cost of living, low property taxes, great business development opportunities and a well-educated workforce.

“Colorado Springs features fantastic real estate values compared to nearby Denver, where home prices are 50% to 60% higher,” said Becky Gloriod, of The Becky Gloriod Partners and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “It is also the ideal place for retired military personnel. Furthermore, Thrillist, in 2015, ranked Colorado Springs as the No. 3 Best Military Town in the United States.”

For veterans considering retiring to Colorado Springs, The Becky Gloriod Partners list the following three benefits:

No. 1: Military community. “Individuals transitioning from military to civilian life may find comfort knowing that they share a common bond with many others in the community who have either served or are currently serving,” said Jack, a Vietnam veteran and retired Army Colonel. “In fact, Colorado Springs is known amongst retired military as a great place to live.”

No. 2: Wealth of resources. “Individuals retiring from the military are still relatively young, and often decide to return to a city such as Colorado Springs that has a wealth of resources available for veterans,” said Becky. “The city is incredibly friendly to people wanting to start a small business, as well as a host to dozens of defense contractors.”

No. 3: Growth. “From 2000 to 2014, Colorado Springs saw a population growth of nearly 20 percent, and over the last year has seen a 20-percent increase in building permits for new houses,” concluded Jack. “Additionally, the Fort Carson Army Base, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base bring many new residents to the area.”

About Becky Gloriod, The Becky Gloriod Partners, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Becky Gloriod has consistently been recognized as one of the Top 5 Agents in the Pikes Peak Region since 1998. She was chosen as the No. 1 Agent in the Pikes Peak Region in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and the No. 1 Agent in the Southwest & Broadmoor area since 1995. Becky, who specializes in luxury properties, is a charter member of The Elite 25, a luxury real estate networking group. For more information, please call (719) 229-9777, or visit Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rocky Mountain, REALTORS is located at 660 Southpointe Ct., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

Luxury Estate Bordering Private Park


12840 Bridle Bit Rd.

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80908

Nestled on a lush five-acre lot in Black Forest with mountain views, this close-in French Country home represents the ultimate in quality finishes and main level living. Designed by highly acclaimed architect Bennett Strahan, built by Gary Gregoire and professionally decorated by Joni Bader, the home captures the essence of elegant but comfortable Colorado living. Special features include an impressive foyer with free-floating circular staircase, an exquisite great room with a 20’ ceiling, a main level master suite with a sumptuous bathroom and premier outdoor living. Conveniently located, the home enjoys close proximity to I-25, hospitals, Flying Horse Country Club, Denver Tech Center, shopping, restaurants and downtown Colorado Springs. Lovingly built with exceptional detail for the current owners, the home is being offered for sale for the first time. This home for sale is located at 12840 Bridle Bit Rd. At a Glance:

  • 5 Acres with views of the mountains, Pikes Peak and the Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy.
  • Fabulous landscaping with automatic sprinkler & drip system. Special landscape features include gravel paths, a water feature, grove of fruit trees, various evergreens and two unusual tri-color beech trees.
  • Ideal horse pasture that’s approximately 2 acres with fencing on two sides
  • Stucco exterior with charming window shutters and stone accents.
  • Concrete tile roof
  • Inviting covered front entry porch that boasts a tiled floor, knotty alder front door with stone surround and a peaked cedar ceiling with chandelier. There is a second front porch – also covered – that is ideal for outdoor dining. This porch is accessed from the dining room.
  • Expansive rear deck with wrought-iron railings. The deck’s floor is a combination of tile and Brazilian iron wood. Deck is accessed from the living room, the master suite and the kitchen area.
  • Oversized, side-loaded 4-car garage with adjoining green house
  • Concrete driveway with circular turn-around, ample guest parking and stamped concrete accents.
  • 7,829 square feet with 3,331 square feet on the main level
  • 5 bedroom suites, 7 bathrooms
  • Central Vac
  • Sound system throughout to include the rear deck and lower patio.
  • Hand textured walls; Solid knotty alder doors; Custom knotty alder woodwork
  • Pella windows with built-in interior shades
  • 6-zone in-floor radiant heat for the tiled areas on the main and basement levels; 3 furnaces (one in attic, one in basement bedroom/bonus room closet and one in utility room with humidifier); Central air on main and upper
  • Water softener and PH conditioner

Main Level

The heart of the home is the stunning great room that boasts a 20’ ceiling, a bay of windows and a lovely limestone fireplace with gas logs. This room also has a soft beige carpet with a leaf motif and a walkout to the expansive rear deck.

Main Level Details:

  • Setting the stage for more good things to come, the impressive foyer features travertine floors with a beveled “pillow” edge, a massive circular chandelier and a dramatic free-floating circular staircase with curved stairs and a wrought-iron railing with faux painted copper accents.
  • To the left of the foyer, the large formal dining room awaits. The dining room offers a peaked, beamed ceiling with chandelier; wide-plank hardwood floors and French doors that open to the cozy covered porch/nook on the front of the home. An arched stone doorway leads to the kitchen area and adjoining hearth room.
  • A cook’ delight, the gourmet kitchen opens to a cozy hearth room and a breakfast nook. This entire area has tiled floors. The hearth room features an inviting stone fireplace with gas logs and a custom “Wattle and Straw” flu that enhances the home’s French country character. Additionally, the hearth area has French doors that access the expansive rear deck and a wall of alder bookcases. The breakfast nook features a coved ceiling with alder molding, chandelier and faux painted ivy accents. The nook also offers deck access, a sunny bay of windows and a built-in desk with file drawer.
  • Designed by Randy Hall, the gourmet kitchen features a sage green center isle and inset cabinetry in a pleasing combination of alder wood and cream. All the countertops in the kitchen are slab granite. The center isle has an icemaker, wine cooler, raised counter seating and a stainless steel sink with instant hot and an adjoining colander/ strainer bowl. Additional kitchen appliances include a microwave, Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, Kitchen Aid dishwasher and a Dacor stainless stove with 6 gas burners and double convection ovens. The tiled backsplash behind the stove has an imported Italian tile mural. The custom flu over the stove houses a 3-speed exhaust fan and has a faux ivy motif that mirrors the breakfast nook ceiling. Don’t miss the pull-out spice cabinets on either side of the stove’s back splash! Amazing detail!
  • Off the kitchen, an arched entry with stone trim leads to a walk-in pantry, the laundry room, the garage and a back staircase to the lower level.
  • The walk-in pantry features a large sink, small refrigerator, tiled floors, white cabinetry and storage shelves
  • The laundry room, which comes complete with a Maytag washer and dryer, offers a tiled floor, tiled counter, sink, white cabinetry and convenient toilet located behind a privacy wall.
  • Located to the right of the foyer, the powder room has a travertine tiled floor with beveled “pillow” edge, crown molding and a custom travertine vanity base with blown glass vessel sink.
  • Next to the powder room, there is a handsome office finished in alder wood. The office offers an impressive box-beam ceiling, wide-plank hardwood floors, built-in desk, wood paneled walls, bookcases and a bay of windows.
  • Across from the office, you’ll find the lovely master suite. The master bedroom boasts wide-plank hardwood floors, crown molding, ceiling fan, and gas fireplace with alder mantel flanked by bookcases and French doors that open to the expansive rear deck. The sumptuous master bath features raised dual vanities with inset alder cabinetry and slab limestone countertops. The bathroom floors are tiled with an inlaid border. A large tiled shower, water closet and Jason Air tub complete the master bath. The tub is built into a cozy bay with windows that frame the serene setting. Off the bath, there is a spacious walk-in closet with built-ins.

Upper Level

The impressive circular staircase goes to the upper level where a wide hallway leads to two bedroom suites. Open on both sides, the hallway overlooks both the foyer and the great room.

Upper Level Details:

  • Both of the bedroom suites on this level enjoy private tiled bathrooms with water closets and walk-in closets.
  • Off the hallway there is also a loft/office area. This area features built-in bookcases, a built-in desk and a charming alcove with window.

Walkout Lower Level

The lower level features a fabulous rec room that opens to a covered flagstone patio with hot tub. In addition to the walkout, the rec room boasts a wood-burning, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with alder mantel and a wet bar. The wet bar has inset alder cabinetry, slab granite countertop, refrigerator and wine fridge.

Lower Level Details:

  • At the base of the spiral staircase, a tiled oval with inlaid star burst provides a pleasing visual to the spiral opening from the lower level to the upper level.
  • Off the rec room there is a large bathroom that has a spacious alder vanity with arched ceiling above and a slab travertine countertop. This bathroom also has tiled floors, a tiled shower and private water closet. The adjacent guest bedroom/ bonus room has direct access to the bathroom.
  • The adjacent guest bedroom/bonus room has a walk-in closet and French doors that open to the rear patio with hot tub.
  • A second guest suite on this level has a French door walkout, a walk-in closet and a private 5-piece tiled bath. This bath room has a separate shower, water closet and a Jason Air Tub.
  • Large media room that is prewired for home theater equipment.
  • Storage closet under the stairs that houses the home’s sound and security systems.
  • Two storage rooms, one with 8’ X 8’ safe room
  • Utility room with water softener, PH conditioner, furnace with humidifier and the boiler for the hot water.

Additional Listing Information – 12840 Bridle Bit Rd.

Best Colorado Springs events of Summer 2016

Most people know Colorado Springs is home to Pikes Peak, the Garden of the Gods, three U.S. Olympic Training Centers, the U.S. Air Force Academy and numerous museums and cultural centers. However, not everyone knows the area is home to some fun and unique annual festivals and events. From donkey races to wine tasting to the arts, there’s plenty to do in Colorado Springs this summer.


Manitou Springs Wine Festival

When: June 4, 2016 Where: Memorial Park in Manitou Springs What: Wine enthusiasts, rejoice! Named as one of “The Best Festivals and Fairs in Colorado this Summer” by TravelMag, the annual Manitou Springs Wine Festival brings wine fans from near and far to enjoy wine from 30 Colorado wineries, along with food, vendors and live music.

Colorado Springs Summer Rodeo Series

When: June 15, 22 and 29; July 6 and 27; and August 3, 10 and 17, 2016 Where: Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs What: During the rodeo, attendees will see traditional rodeo events like mutton bustin’, calf scramble, steer riding and more. A petting zoo, rodeo games and beer garden will be available each rodeo day beginning at 4:30 p.m. Stick around after the rodeo for live country music.

Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack

When: June 18-19, 2016 Where: Colorado Springs Airport What: As the beginning of Pikes Peak Speedweek, the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack is a two-day event featuring side-by-side racing on a half-mile track with high-speed cars from around the world.

Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

When: June 24-25, 2016 Where: Centennial Park in Cañon City What: This two-day festival features everything — river board freestyle, fly casting, kayaking, rafting challenges, and inner tube and community raft races. Visitors can also enjoy live music, food and drinks, a kids’ zone, vendors and more. Started in 2001 as a “Build Your Own Boat Race,” the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival has continued to grow annually to develop the Whitewater Park in Cañon City.

85th Annual Donkey Derby Days

When: June 25-26, 2016 Where: Cripple Creek What: The annual Donkey Derby Days was started 85 years ago by Charley Lehew as a way to bring people to Cripple Creek in the summer. This two-day event features donkey races, live entertainment, a parade, family activities, street vendors, heritage competitions and a dog show.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

When: June 26, 2016 Where: Pikes Peak What: Beginning in 1916 by Spencer Penrose, the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb happens on the final Sunday of June as the end to Pikes Peak Speedweek. Sidecars, motorcycles, semi-trucks and unlimited racers compete in this event to race on a twisty road to summit of Pikes Peak. They scale the mountain along the 12.42-mile course; the current record is 8 minutes and 13.878 seconds. Although the race only happens on one day, fans can view practice and qualifying races from competitors the week of the race.


Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo

When: July 13-16, 2016 Where: Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs What: Started in 1937, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has a long legacy as a great family-friendly event. The rodeo features mutton bustin’, pony rides, mechanical bulls, vendor booths, fried food and other activities.

El Paso County Fair

When: July 16-23, 2016 Where: El Paso County Fair and Events Complex in Calhan What: Originally started in 1905, the El Paso County Fair has grown into a 40-acre annual event that brings rodeo fans from all around. The eight-day rodeo features live music, carnival rides, 4H animal shows, arts and crafts, fair food, petting zoo, auto races, talent show, demolition derby and the rodeo.

Rocky Mountain State Games

When: July 22-24 and July 29-31 Where: Colorado Springs What: The Rocky Mountain State Games are a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and are a multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and abilities. Sports at the games include air hockey, arm wrestling, swimming, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee and more.


Vino and Notes

When: August 6, 2016 Where: Woodland Station in Woodland Park What: This wine, food and jazz festival features more than 20 wineries, food pairings with the wine, vendors and a lineup of live jazz music that will set the tone for a great day.

Mountain Arts Festival

When: August 6-7, 2016 Where: Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park What: With Pikes Peak as the backdrop, this festival is the perfect place to browse jewelry, woodcarvings, paintings, pottery and more from artists across the country.

Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon

When: August 20-21, 2016 Where: Begins in front of Manitou Springs City Hall What: The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are not your average half-marathon and marathon. With high elevations and altitudes, runners must complete a qualifying event before registering. In 1959, Arlene Pieper became the first female finisher of a marathon at this Pikes Peak race. There you have it: a whole season worth of festivals and events you can’t miss here in Colorado Springs.  Summer is a great time to explore the greater Colorado Springs area.

Colorado Springs Area Farmers Markets

Colorado Springs area farmers markets are opening soon, and residents can pick up fresh produce and local products at a variety of spots throughout the city and beyond. The 2016 farmers market season is a great excuse to explore neighborhoods and outlying cities. Here are some of our favorite markets in the area: 

Banning Lewis Ranch

6885 Vista Del Pico Boulevard in Colorado Springs 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays from May 26 through Sept. 29 (719) 592-9420

Briargate Farmers Market

7610 North Union Boulevard in Colorado Springs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays from May 18 to Oct. 19 (719) 592-9420

Cañon City Farmers Market

Veterans Park, 211 S 3rd Street in Cañon City 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays from June 7 to Oct. 11 (719) 671-2519

Castle Rock Farmer’s Market

414 Wilcox Street in Castle Rock 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays from July 9 to Sept. 24 (720) 272-5517

Chapel Hills Mall

Briargate and Academy Boulevards in Colorado Springs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from June 4 to Oct. 29 (970) 785-6133

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

215 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays from June 15 to Oct. 12 (719) 640-6154

Cordera Farmers Market

11894 Grandlawn Circle in Colorado Springs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays from June 5 to Sept. 25 (719) 592-9420

Downtown Sunday Market

Acacia Park, 115 E Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays from June 12 to Oct. 9 (719) 886-0088

Florence Farmers Market

Pioneer Park, Pikes Peak and Third Street in Florence 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays from June 2 through Oct. 13 (719) 784-6489

Fountain Farmers Market

116 South Main Street in Fountain 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in May 31 through September (719) 382-8930

The Margarita at Pine Creek

7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from June 11 to Oct. 8 (719) 640-6154

Meridian Ranch

10301 Angeles Road in Peyton 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays from June 7 to Sept. 27 (719) 592-9420

Monument Hill Farmers Market

66 Jefferson Street in Monument 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from May 21 to Oct. 15 (719) 592-9420

Old Colorado City

Bancroft Park, 2408 West Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays from May 7 to Oct. 29 (719) 574-1283

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

Harlan Wolfe Ranch, 915 West Cheyenne Road in Colorado Springs 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in June through September (719) 651-3416

Pueblo Riverwalk

125 Riverwalk Place in Pueblo 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays beginning June 23 (719) 595-1589

Woodland Park

221 S Center Street in Woodland Park 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays in June through September (719) 689-3133

Western Museum of Mining & Industry

225 North Gate Boulevard in Colorado Springs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in June through October (719) 488-0880   Be sure to double-check market hours and days before you head out, as times are flexible and subject to change. Enjoy all the great neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, and have fun exploring.

Key Benefits of the Berkshire Hathaway Brand for The Becky Gloriod Partners’ Clients

Three years ago, the Gloriod Prudential Real Estate franchise linked with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to give their clients the power of local expertise and the reach of a global company. Ever since, the partnership has been a win for home buyers and sellers who demand the best of both worlds.

The Berkshire Hathaway brand is recognizable and credible around the world. Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett is known for his business acumen and focus on quality, and those traits are true for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. These values align with what we do at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rocky Mountain Realtors as well as The Becky Gloriod Partners. As Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices moves into the international market this year, our reach will grow even more.

The partnership between The Becky Gloriod Partners and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices gives our clients several benefits. For example, our agents have access to Berkshire Hathaway listings and agents with a touch of a button. Instant information is available about every listing in the country.

In Colorado Springs, networking is another benefit. By connecting with other agents and understanding our clients’ needs, we’ve been able to buy or sell homes before they are even listed. Outside of Colorado Springs, our connections span the country, so we’re able to connect clients with reliable, high-quality agents in their destination cities.

The Becky Gloriod Partners’ clients already have the benefit of extensive print and online advertising when it comes to selling a home in Colorado Springs. Being a part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand, our home sellers get the added bonus of even more advertising muscle. The more exposure you have, the more potential buyers come to see your property. The more people who see your property, the more potential to catch the attention of a buyer.

Our partnership also benefits home buyers in another way. The Becky Gloriod Partners has long offered relocation services in Colorado Springs, and that experience pays off for both buyers and sellers. When home buyers are new to the area, they know the Berkshire Hathaway name is a symbol of trust and reassurance.

Home buyers from across the country can rely on the power of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the local expertise of our partner group. We’re delighted to help people. It’s what we do. It’s why we’re in business. Being under the Berkshire Hathaway umbrella allows us to help people even more.