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HISTORY

Highlands Ranch, Colorado is a beautiful Front Range valley filled with rolling hills and native grasses and trees. The first people to live in this area were Indian tribes made up of Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho. The Spaniards came to Highlands Ranch, Colorado to explore the area and in 1803 this valley was part of the Louisiana Purchase.

Even during the Colorado Gold Rush era of Colorado, Highlands Ranch remained a farming and ranching community. Located approximately twelve miles south of Denver and just a few miles south of the city of Littleton, Colorado, most residents visited the “big” cities to purchase supplies.

In 1859, Dad Rufus “Potato” Clark purchased a 160-acre homestead in the area. Clark planted and sold potato crops and became known as the “Potato King of Colorado.” Soon after, pioneers came to live in the valley to raise crops and livestock.

The famous Highlands Ranch Mansion also known as “Castle Isabel” was built between 1891 and 1904. John Springer, an eastern businessman built the Highlands Ranch Mansion on 23,000 acres of ranch land and raised cattle. During the 1920’s and 1930’s the land that Springer bought was sold several times. Lawrence C. Phipps, Jr. bought the land in 1937 and continued to raise cattle and hunt fox in the area. He changed the name of the property to Highlands Ranch. When Phipps dies in 1976, Marvin Davis, the owner of a big oil company, bought the land. Davis founded the “Highlands Ventures Corporation” to market the property. He then sold the area in 1978 to Mission Viejo Corporation, a real estate conglomerate, that became the official owners of the Highlands Ranch lands.

 

STATISTICS

Highlands Ranch, Colorado is one of the most populous unincorporated communities in the United States. According to the US Census Bureau, Highlands Ranch has a total area of 23.5 square miles of which all is land and the elevation is 5,680 feet above sea level. Highlands Ranch boundaries are the Douglas County Line to the north, Quebec Street to the east, Santa Fe Boulevard to the west and Daniels Park to the south.

Chatfield State Park borders Highlands Ranch to the west and the cities of Littleton and Centennial are located to the north. The city of Lone Tree is located to the east and the town of Sedalia is just south of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

The population of Highlands Ranch is 93,352 people. According to a 2006 estimate, the median income for a household was $97,627 and the median income for a family was $101,373.

 

HOUSING

With almost 300 days of sunshine per year, Highlands Ranch, Colorado offers fantastic outdoor amenities all within walking distance or just a few driving minutes away. Located 12 miles south of Denver in Douglas County, Highlands Ranch was founded in 1981 as a planned community. Many different housing developers bought large parcels of land and began building custom homes.

Some of the subdivisions located in Highlands Ranch are Auburn Park, Brownstone at Town Center, Canyon Ranch, Carlyle Ranch, Chalet, Eastridge, Falcon Creek, Falcon Hills, Gleneagles Village, Highland Park, Lantern Hill, Mansion Hill, Palomino Park, Sundance at Indigo Hill, Stoney Pointe, and The Villages. House values range from the mid $200,000 up to $1,300,000.

With approximately 28,997single-family homes and 3,305 apartment units, Highlands Ranch, a convenant controlled community, is known as a “bedroom community” of Denver. The area has several major streets, schools, recreation centers, public library and a town center including a snaking “green belt” for recreation.

If you are considering moving to Highlands Ranch, Colorado and looking to finance a new or used home, contact Stone Creek Mortgage. We have helped thousands of people for over 14 years get loans for homes in Highlands Ranch. Even if you are unable to obtain conventional financing on any property in Highlands Ranch, Stone Creek Mortgage can find the right financing for you. He has funded loans within 96 hours of the initial request and finds you the right and fairest solution for your home mortgage loan.

 

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS

Highlands Ranch Mansionlocated at 9900 South Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is a historical ranch mansion that is still a working ranch today. More than 100 years old, the ranch mansion sits on 250 acres of land with 17,000 square foot house and nearby barns and ranch buildings totaling 41,000 square feet. The Highlands Ranch Mansion is one of the most architecturally unique structures in Colorado that includes 14 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, a great room, a ballroom, a dining room, a library, a billiard room, a butler’s pantry and kitchen, and a private courtyard. Highlands Ranch Mansion is used for community festivities.

Cherokee Ranch and Castle located at 6113 N. Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, phone 303 688 5555 is one of Douglas County’s unique architecture that combines aspects of the Western United States and a Scottish-style castle. The Castle is a museum and a home to historic collections of fine art, furnishings and memorabilia from around the world. Art lovers often visit to see original drawings by Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The breathtaking views from the Castle show the magnificent snow capped Rocky Mountains.

Castle Pines Golf Club located at 1000 Hummingbird Drive, Castle Rock, phone 303 688 6022, is a members and guests only golf club. For over twenty years the Internationl PGA Tour was held in August at Castle Pines Golf Club on this Jack Nicklaus designed course. In 2007 the International cancelled the PGA tournament.

Outlets at Castle Rock located at 5050 Factory Shops Blvd, Castle Rock, CO, phone 303 688 4495. The Outlet stores at Castle Rock are directly on the west side of Interstate 25. With 477,786 square feet and over 110 shops anchored by The Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Off 5th Saks Avenue Outlet, Coach Factory Store, Liz Claiborne and Tommy Hilfiger Factory Store. The Outlets at Castle Rock draws 4.2 million visitors each year. Bargain-lovers will enjoy “mining” for great deals. Free parking encircles the entire complex and free bus rides are available inside the complex.

Park Meadows Mall located at 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, Colorado, phone 303 792 2533 is Colorado’s only retail resort. Park Meadows combines the best of the Colorado outdoors with 160 of the finest retailers and restaurants in America. Top named retailers include Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn Kids, Sundance, Planet Funk, John Atencio and Janie and Jack. Great restaurants include P.F. Chang’s, China Bistro, California Café and The Cheesecake Factory. You’ll enjoy 12 eateries inside the Dining Hall at Park Meadows Mall.

 

PARKS SYSTEM

The Metro District of Highlands Ranch owns and maintains remarkable networks of outdoor recreation facilities. With 22 parks, more than 70 miles of trails, and 2,000 acres of natural open space areas, Highlands Ranch is home to active outdoor loving people and a diverse wildlife. In fact, 85 percent of homes in Highlands Ranch are located within one-quarter mile of a park, open space area or trail.

In addition, there are two skate parks, an outdoor inline hockey rink, four dog off-leash areas, eight lighted public tennis courts, three lighted ball fields, an historic park and three community gardens.

The Backcountry Wilderness Area (formerly known as OSCA), is a wonderful place to hike and view nature. Located in the southern section of Highlands Ranch on 8,200-acres or nearly 13 square miles this area represents 37 percent of the 22,000 acres in Highlands Ranch. The Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA) and Shea Homes were joint applicants for the plan. There you will find five miles of soft surface trails. The outdoor views are filled with plentiful natural resources including native grasses, ponderosa pines, and Gambel oak. Elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, wild turkeys, prairie dogs and other wildlife live on the property. The Backcountry Wilderness Area has reserved seven thousand acres for wildlife habitat and preservation with very limited access. A cultural and historic preservation area has been created on the property adjacent to the Tall Bull Memorial Grounds in Daniels Park. This area is the only one of its kind in the country and protects the Tall Bull Memorial Grounds for the Native American tribes that used the site. The majority of this property is privately owned but access on the East-West Trail from Griggs Road is allowed.

Redstone Park is located on the west side of Highlands Ranch at the intersections of Town Center Drive and Foothills Canyon Blvd, just east of Santa Fe Drive and often referred to as Westridge. The park is nestled between the neighborhoods of Westridge Pointe and Highlands Ranch Golf Club. One of the larger parks in Highlands Ranch, the park offers stocked fishing ponds, picnic areas, shelters, dog park on the east side of the park, fantastic playground sets for the kids, tennis courts, ball fields and restrooms.

Falcon Park Playground is a kid’s delight. This Park includes picnic shelter, swings and rock climbing equipment.

Wildcat Regional Park contains 200 acres of open space in Douglas County. The park includes sports fields, shelters, ice arena, water based dog park, trails for hiking, biking and special events.

Daniels Park is one of largest parks in Denver Mountain Park system. Daniels Park is located just north of Castle Pines North subdivision. The 1,000-acre historic ranch in Douglas County is known for its bison herd, dramatic views of the mountains, historic ranch buildings, and distinctive stone shelter. Located twenty-one miles south of Denver, Florence Martin donated the park to the City in two parcels. The first 40-acre area donated was with a shelter house in 1920. The remainder of the 1000.65 acres was donated in 1937. Most of the park is a Bison preserve and natural area where visitors can view the animals in a high-plains habitat. Enjoy the panoramic mountain views from the shelter house and don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch.

Douglas county Property Tax is used to pay for parks system

 

SCHOOLS

The schools in Highlands Ranch, Colorado is run by Douglas County School District.

Highlands Ranch High School located at 9375 Cresthill Road, Highlands Ranch, CO, phone 303 387 2500 has 1,773 students in grades 9 through 12.

Mountain Vista High School located at 10585 Mountain Vista Ridge, Highlands Ranch, CO, phone 303 387 1500 has 1,211 students in grades 9 through 12.

Rock Canyon High School located at 5810 Mac Arthur Ranch Road , Littleton, CO , phone 303 387 3000 has 1,129 students in grades 9 through 12.

ThunderRidge High School located at 1991 Wildcat Reserve, Highlands Ranch, CO, phone 303 387 2000 has 1,530 students in grades 9 through 12.

Eagle Academy located at 9375 CrestHill Lane, Littleton, CO phone 303 387 2700 is an alternative school with 90 students in grades 9 through 12.

Some of the middle schools in Highlands Ranch are:

Ranch View Middle School located at 1731 Wildcat Reserve Parkway , Highlands Ranch, CO, phone 303 387 2300 has 975 students in grades 7 through 8.

Cresthill Middle School located at 9195 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO, phone 303 387 2800 has 896 students in grades 7 through 8.

There are over 16 elementary schools located in subdivisions in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Some of the schools are Arrowwood Elementary, Copper Mesa Elementary, Cougar Run Elementary, Heritage Elementary and Trailblazer Elementary.

 

TOP BANKS

First Bank of Littleton 
2219 Wildcat Reserve Pkwy
Littleton, CO 80129
Phone: 303 471 1000

First Bank of Highlands Ranch 
101 W. County Line Rd
Littleton, CO 80129
Phone: 303 798 3000

Wells Fargo Bank 
9255 S. Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303 470 8927

Wells Fargo Bank 
66 W Springer Dr.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303 470 8920

Wells Fargo Bank 
44 W Centennial Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 800 869 3557

KeyBank 
3626 Highlands Ranch Parkway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 720 344 2000

Colorado State Bank 
9561 S. University Blvd,
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Phone: 303 318 6040

 

TOP EMPLOYERS

Because Highlands Ranch, Colorado is considered as a “bedroom community” many residents commute to work in Downtown Denver or to the Denver Technological Center.

Alcatel -Lucent Technologies is an international company with offices in and around Highlands Ranch, Colorado. This high tech company delivers voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband access, carrier and enterprise IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move.

Information Handling Services located at 15 Inverness Way, Englewood, CO, phone 303 790 0600, provides information in four major areas – energy, product lifecycle management, environmental and security. Their customers range from governments and multinational companies to smaller companies and technical professionals in more than 180 countries. Since 1959, IHS has been in business and employs more than 3,000 people in 35 locations around the world.

DIRECTV located at 375 Inverness Pkwy, Englewood, CO, phone 303 397 7601 is a direct broadcast satellite service transmitting digital satellite television and audio to millions of American homes.

Park Meadows Mall located at 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, Colorado, phone 303 792 2533 is Colorado’s only retail resort. Park Meadows combines the best of the Colorado outdoors with 160 of the finest retailers and restaurants in America. Top named retailers include Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn Kids, Sundance, Planet Funk, John Atencio and Janie and Jack. Great restaurants include P.F. Chang’s, China Bistro, California Café and The Cheesecake Factory.

 

LINKS

Highlands Ranch is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Colorado. Many of the fire and protection is provided by Douglas County.

Douglas County Public Works Department 
100 Third Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303 660 7490
Web site: http://www.douglas.co.us/publicworks/

Douglas County Sheriff Department 
Justice Center
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303 660 7505
Web site: http://www.dcsheriff.net/

Douglas County Fire Departments 
300 Perry St
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Web site: http://www.crgov.com/fire

In addition, the Metro District of Highlands Ranch has established fire and emergency services to Highlands Ranch through an intergovernmental agreement between the Metro District and the City of Littleton. Staff and equipment are located in three fire stations, two of which are in Highlands Ranch. Fire station # 16 is located at 8119 Blakeland Drive off Santa Fe Drive. Fire station # 17 is located at 9554 South University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. Fire Station # 18 is located at 401 Timbervale Trail near the intersection of S. Broadway and Lucent Boulevard.

Xcel Energy
24-hour Electric and Gas Emergency Contacts:
Electric Emergency/Power Outage 
1-800-895-1999
Gas Emergency/Gas Odor 
1-800-895-2999
Web site: http://www.xcelenergy.com/

 

SHOPPING MALLS

Outlets at Castle Rock located at 5050 Factory Shops Blvd, Castle Rock, CO, phone 303 688 4495. The Outlet stores at Castle Rock are directly on the west side of Interstate 25. With 477,786 square feet and over 110 shops anchored by The Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Off 5th Saks Avenue Outlet, Coach Factory Store, Liz Claiborne and Tommy Hilfiger Factory Store. The Outlets at Castle Rock draws 4.2 million visitors each year. Bargain-lovers will enjoy “mining” for great deals. Free parking encircles the entire complex and free bus rides are available inside the complex.

Park Meadows Mall located at 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, Colorado, phone 303 792 2533 is Colorado’s only retail resort. Park Meadows combines the best of the Colorado outdoors with 160 of the finest retailers and restaurants in America. Top named retailers include Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn Kids, Sundance, Planet Funk, John Atencio and Janie and Jack. Great restaurants include P.F. Chang’s, China Bistro, California Café and The Cheesecake Factory. You’ll enjoy 12 eateries inside the Dining Hall at Park Meadows Mall.