Highlands Ranch Colorado Real Estate
by Pete Doty
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About Highlands Ranch
HIGHLANDS RANCH is located in the south end of the metro Denver area and encompasses an area of over 22,000 acres. The community has been created from the beginning as a master planned community with over 1/3 of the acreage being dedicated to open space and parks. Concrete jogging paths and nature walks are the norm through the wonderful park system.
There are over 28,500 residential dwelling units and typically some 600 property listings for sale. My wife & I have lived here since 1989 and her new car averages less than 5000 miles per year, “because everything is so close”.
Prices of homes range from about $165,000 to over $1,000,000. There are gated communities, luxury homes, golf course lots and quiet cul de sac lots listed in the Denver multiple listing service (MLS). Properties for sale with mountain views are frequently found throughout this south Denver Colorado community. The commute to the Denver Tech Center is about 15 to 20 minutes for most residents of this master planned community.
Highlands Ranch CO is a 22,000-acre master-planned community which was founded in 1981. In 2006 the community boasts a population of 86,721 in 27,720 single family homes and 3,305 apartments. Highlands Ranch Colorado is located 12 miles south of Denver Colorado in Douglas County and offers a wonderful quality of life and opportunities for an active lifestyle.
Highlands Ranch Neighborhood Areas
Highlands Ranch homes are located in 4 main areas:
- North Ridge was the first area developed, south of C-470 and east of Broadway.
- Eastridge from approximately Wildcat Reserve Parkway to the eastern boarder with Lone Tree Colorado
- Westridge which encompasses the area around Highlands Ranch Parkway west from Broadway to Santa Fe Blvd.
- Southridge is the final area of development in the southern section of Highlands Ranch CO.
Each of these areas has seen development of homes, condominiums and town homes which are regularly for sale in the Multiple Listing Service MLS.
It's All About Lifestyle!
With 4 recreation centers available to all residents of the community, fitness, recreation and social opportunities abound. Visit the map: Highlands Ranch Colorado Recreation Centers or the web site www.highlandsranch.org which offers information about the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts' programs and services in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Highlands Ranch is a Master Planned Community
The Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA) reminds the residents on its opening web page that:
Homeowners are required to submit plans for any and all exterior improvements for approval to the Architectural Control Committee prior to installation. Our goal is to ensure choices are in harmony with the overall appearance of the community.
At closing, new homeowners are given a copy of the Community Declaration and the Residential Improvement Guidelines and Site Restrictions (RIGs). These documents do the following:
Outline what exterior home improvements are allowable by the Highlands Ranch Community Association and what covenants are in effect.
Outline what exterior home improvements must be reviewed by the Architectural Committee prior to work being started.
The Metro Districts of Highlands Ranch Colorado are the local government in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Elected board members represent five geographic districts in Highlands Ranch.
They are committed to making Highlands Ranch Colorado a great community by providing quality municipal services while managing resources wisely.
The Highlands Ranch Metro Districts' Municipal Services
- Construction of major roadways
- Installation and maintenance of landscaping adjacent to major roadways
- Installation of traffic signals and street lights on major roadways
- Construction and maintenance of parks, open space and trail systems
- Providing youth and adult outdoor recreation and sports programming
- Management and maintenance of extensive non-urban areas
- Construction of storm drainage facilities
- Emergency and fire protection services through a contract with the City of Littleton Colorado fire protection district
- Water and wastewater services through a contract with Centennial Water & Sanitation District
Highlands Ranch History
The land that is now Highlands Ranch, Colorado was a prime hunting ground for the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians. The area's ownership passed back and forth between Spain and France until Napoleon sold it to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
Original homesteaders were: David Gregory, the first person to actually live on land now recognized as Highlands Ranch; Lewis Wales Cleveland, the cousin of President Grover Cleveland; John W. Springer, a descendant of the russian czar; Johanne Welte and Plazidus Gassner, owners of a ranch that made brickand Limburger cheeses; and Rufus H. Clark – ol’ Dad Clark himself!
In 1859, Dad Clark filed a 160-acre homestead on the site of today’s Highlands Ranch Golf Club. At the time, Colorado farmers had great success growing potato crops and Rufus decided to try his hand at it. His first harvest was so abundant that he became known as Colorado's “Potato King”.
From 1891 to 1904, the first phase of the Highlands Ranch Mansion, originally called Castle Isabel, was built. Around that same time, property owner John Springer purchased additional land, bringing his total holdings to 23,000 acres. The acreage changed hands several more times until 1937, when Lawrence C. Phipps, Jr., son of a U.S. Senator from Colorado, bought it for cattle ranching.
After Phipps' death, the property was owned briefly by Highland Ventures and then by Mission Viejo Company in 1978. In 1981, the Phil and Kaye Scott family led a group of "pioneer" homeowners to the Highlands Ranch we know today, where homes were built and districts were created.
A new era of ownership was heralded in August 1997 as Shea Homes purchased the property and began the vital community we enjoy today!
Today there are still buffalo in the Daniels Park area on the eastern border of Highlands Ranch CO.
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*Italicized portions from www.Highlandsranch.com
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