This home built in 1889, is the last "surviving" home on the former main street of Eastonville, a "ghost town" east of the Black Forest on the outer edge of booming Colorado Springs. Google "Eastonville" to see many articles, Google Earth to see foundations and the rail bed. The town of Eastonville was one of the railstops for the Denver & New Orleans Railroad and is featured with many photos in Jim Jones' book "Denver and New Orleans In the Shadow of the Rockies".
The home was built close to the northern end of the town. It originally had never been wired or plumbed and had 2 brick chimneys to support wood stoves for cooking and heat. When purchased by the current owners they made it their family home spending hundreds of hours of thoughtful labor to repair and preserve the home's original wood floors, the peg stop windows with original glass, beautiful pocket doors, the chimneys and anything of character. New insulation, new professionally installed wiring and plumbing were added along with a 3 acre foot new well and septic tank. A 300 sq.ft. sunroom was added on the south side of the home for solar heat and Pikes Peak mountain views; dormers and a shed dormer were added to the second story and the attic was converted to one big open space, used as a bedroom and bathroom.
There are 2 gas stoves (that look like wood stoves with visible flame in glass door) and they each have thermostats. All other rooms have electric baseboard heat for zone heating. The kitchen has a wonderful Great Majestic wood/coal cookstove that is fun to cook on winter mornings and it will heat the home in a snowstorm if the power ever fails. It's also the "second oven" during the holidays and has warming bins.
The 100+ year old hay barn with basement and 4 stalls still stands as well as a cattle loafing shed next to the hay barn and a smaller barn with an uppper floor next to the home. An original building that can be seen in one of the earliest photos before the Eastonville train depot was built remains on the property. It is currently referred to as "the bunkhouse" due to a few cowboy friends that lived in it for short periods, bunkouse style. It is now in the works to become an Air BnB. A former railcar from the train that was used by the section crew to stay in at times is now used as tool storage. Another one is up on the hill by the big barn.
The 40 acres is zoned for 2 homes and the well could support more. The hill behind the current home is an awesome private site where you could build another home and not be visible from the "town'". The 40 acres is fenced and cross fenced and in the southwest pasture along Sweet Road is a 300 by 150 foot roping arena with a cowshed. The grass on this 40 acres is abundant as the thunderstorms that traverse the Palmer Divide are always generous with rainfall on old Eastonville. Cattle and horses still graze the land. The well permit is a 3 acre foot permit to the Dawson Aquifer (water rights still intact with the property). There are also unpermitted shallow stone lined wells from the former businesses and homes of Eastonville.
A small subdivision called the Russel Gates Addition on the 40 acres is still on the records in the El Paso county recorders office. Forty grassy acres this close to Colorado Springs is a peaceful treasure. The Colorado Springs airport is a 35 minute drive and the back way to Denver's DIA is a traffic free rural route of an hour and 20 minutes. The ever expanding community of Falcon is 9 miles down the winding Eastonville Road, winding because the road parallels the former rail grade of the Denver and New Orleans rail line. The newer Falcon High School is on the Eastonville Road and the community of Falcon is growing fast with new restaurants and shops. Falcon and Eastonville now have the address of "Peyton, Colorado 80831" due to the location of the only post office for the area being in Peyton. The Post Office and a small grouping of vintage shops in Peyton are a close 6 miles to Eastonville, along with the excellent small Peyton schools. The school bus can stop at your driveway.
Eastonville still displays on maps of the area and on some of the local channels the weather map still has "Eastonville" on it. Occasionally the weather person for the station will still reference the weather at "Eastonville". There is a spring near the old barn, and a 100+ year old apple tree that still produces great apples. Of note there is also an echo in certain places in the pasture behind the house, an unsolved murder did occur in the town and yes, there are "ghost stories" from the past about the house and a few unexplainable "events" from the present owners.
From the website Ghost Town Wednesday: Eastonville, Colorado: "In 1886 there were around fifty residents, but by 1900 the town boasted a population of around five hundred. Three mercantiles (Russell-Gates Mercantile Company, Eastonville Mercantile Company and Foster Brothers General Merchandise) had been established, along with a meat market, bakery, livery stable, three hotels, a school, a drugstore and, of course, saloons".
Note the home and all structures will be sold "as is" and a real estate attorney or professional real estate broker will do the contracts as required by law. Buyers' agents welcome.
Also consider the owner of the adjacent rental property with a currently leased home and approxmately 42 acres has a great pond, the foundation of the former Eastonville School and has said he is also willing to sell, which could result in an 80+ acre multi home estate with many options for "your town".
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