Hello Psychotherapist,If you want to live close to Manitou Springs then consider moving down the mountain to the area of Old Colorado City, it is in the West Colorado Springs area on AreaVibes. You will find more homes in your price range. Moving away from Manitou Springs, Briargate is another nice area, it has a C rating for crime on AreaVibes. Most of the houses their are probably above your price point but you can a few nice houses in your price range. I personally am partial to North Powers or Falcon. Falcon is an unincorporated area of El Paso County on the east side of Colorado Springs and Powers is on the east side of Colorado Springs. I invite you to search my website at www.VeteranRealtyColorado.com. It is more up to date than sites like zillow or trulia. You can also find my contact information there. I will be more than happy to help you find your new home here in the Colorado Springs Area.