Downtown is really becoming a great place to encounter a variety of people and cultures. Colorado College helps give downtown a younger more vibrant vibe. I personally Like to go to Rasta Pasta for that reason. There are nightclubs, great book stores and unique shops downtown.
Colorado Springs is largely suburban and to get that hip situation you are going to go downtown.
I hope this helps.
But like any newly built area, what is planned, and what is there now are two different things.
As far as the classic, walk-to-convenience neighborhoods, there is one grocery downtown near Tejon and Boulder, and the area around Colorado College is doing well with the Old North End, the Grand Dame of all COS neighborhoods immediately to the north, and Divine Redeemer and Hastings to the east. Patty Jewett is to the east of the Old North End and features a lot of the great bungalow architecture of our past and is still on the way up. The area at Corona and Columbia around Dog Tooth Coffee is a really popular meeting area. Sales activity downtown right now is slow by downtown standards, primarily because it has been the most popular and bullish in the last half decade. It has not seen much in the way of price correction at all despite our market being off for more than two years.
Both Susan and Barb gave you some good areas to look at. You may want to keep in mind that without knowing what you mean by "older home" it's a little difficult to be too specific. The old North end and Westside neighborhoods have turn of the last century Victorians, however between the two I believe that most people would consider the Westside more "hip". Additionally, most of the Old North End area is a Historic District and as such the properties in it are protected, but that also means there are tax credits for historic rehabilitation performed on them.
Surrounding the downtown area or within easy travel distance there are properties in comfortable neighborhoods that range from the late 1800's right up to the 1940's and 50's, so "older home" becomes a little subjective.
If you are open to them, the Downtown and near downtown areas also have lofts available for truly hip in the middle of things living.
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All of these areas are mountain side, or close and near everything such as shopping, parks, trails, colleges, bars, restraurants, etc... and have fairly easily access to I25 (our main corridor) for commuting purposes.