Highlands Ranch is located approximately 25-30 minutes south of downtown Denver and 10-20 minutes southwest of the Denver Tech Center. A master planned community, Highlands Ranch celebrated its 30 year anniversary, in 2011. The multitude of amenities, parks and extensive walking/hiking trails are just a few of the many benefits of calling Highlands Ranch home. Award winning Douglas County School District serves all of Highlands Ranch in addition to several private and charter schools including Valor Christian High School. Great access to major state highways, interstates and light rail provides convenient access to large employment centers, downtown and the rest of Metro Denver.
Highlands Ranch - Past and Present
Highlands Ranch has a rich history, dating back to the early days of Denver. In 1859, Rufus H. Clark (a.k.a. Dad Clark) homesteaded the land. With his thriving potato farm, he was known locally as the “Potato King”. Around the turn of the 20th century, the first phase of what became to be known as Highlands Ranch Mansion began. Highlands Ranch changed hands several times in the early 1900’s, until a prominent Denver family (Phipps) bought the ranch in 1937. Lawrence C. Phipps, Jr. made it a dairy and cattle ranch, giving its present name, Highlands Ranch. In 1978, Mission Viejo Company (a successful development company from Southern California) bought the ranch and began its master planned development in 1981. Shea Homes purchased Highlands Ranch, in 1997, putting its own stamp on the master planned community.
Today, Highlands Ranch has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top places to move to in the nation and one of the best communities by Business Week to raise a family. Highlands Ranch has four “state of the art” recreation centers offering: fitness gyms and classes; indoor and outdoor
Highlands Ranch - Rec. Center
pools; climbing walls; gymnastics; preschool and a variety of classes, for all ages. Additionally, Highlands Ranch makes the most of Colorado weather and sunshine with:
70+ miles of trails
2200 acres of natural open space
2 skate parks
8 lighted public tennis courts
3 lighted ball fields
As a master planned community, Highlands Ranch has a wide price range of homes to choose from. There is something for every home buyer: entry level homes, condos, townhomes, maintenance free patio homes, single family and high end luxury homes. Since its inception, Highlands Ranch has attracted some the region’s best and most popular builders. Highlands Ranch is comprised of numerous sub-developments each representing a unique niche in the overall market.
Shea Homes is currently developing the last available parcel in Highlands Ranch, Backcountry. Backcountry is bordered to the south by 8,200 acres of open space that exemplifies the Colorado lifestyle. It is a premium gated community with homes ranging from the $400,000 to over $1 million.
For more information about Highlands Ranch and finding your next home contact Mitch Shannon of RE/MAX Masters, Inc. Click here to see homes for sale in Highlands Ranch.