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By Marianne Bandy | Broker in Parker, CO

Highlands Ranch: Denver’s Unique Family Suburb

Bugling Elk, Highlands Ranch, COOf the many Denver suburbs, Highlands Ranch is one of the more unique places to call home.  After 30 years, Highlands Ranch residents continue to have a great life in this lovely area which has been recognized by many national magazines as one of the top places in the country to raise a family.


Highlands Ranch is not actually a city.  Managed by the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA), it’s an unincorporated community in northern Douglas County, CO. The county provides law enforcement and other necessary functions while residents handle more local issues. But regardless of its “official” status, inhabitants say that Highlands Ranch has everything they need, and then some.


For outdoor lovers, there are 27 parks as well as many trails and recreation centers for exercise. Highlands Ranch can also boast of its 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness Area which offers wildlife excursions such as elk-bugling tours. Few other suburbs can offer this.


Douglas County has one of the top school systems in the state, which continues to attract young families from all over the country.  Statistics show that 58 percent of residents over age 18 have some type of college degree, from associates and bachelor’s to graduate or professional level. This is much higher than state and national averages and higher than all other Denver metro counties. Great education means qualified workers, which has brought companies such as Lucent-Alcatel, Avaya and Lockheed-Martin to Highlands Ranch. 


The change of the Highlands Ranch neighborhood from growing suburb to an established community has not been without pain. Economic issues have stalled the development of a mall area with boutiques and restaurants, and some resident transplants from the East Coast wish for the small neighborhood corner store.  But new businesses continue to pop up in existing commercial spaces, keeping things fresh.


Most Highlands Ranch homeowners do not want the area to become a formal municipality, feeling this would result in a larger tax burden.  Instead, the Highlands Ranch Metro District is creating programs to keep the “country feel” of the area. Money from investments and property taxes will be carefully tended to handle long-term maintenance needs.


Families have now lived several generations in Highlands Ranch, and neighbors have become friends for life. Those who relocate to Highlands Ranch quickly feel that same desire to settle permanently in a place where life runs at a more reasonable pace, and family and friends come to mean the same thing.


Let the professionals at the Bandy Team help you buy or sell a Highlands Ranch home, contact us for a no-obligation consultation. If you’re thinking about buying a Highlands Ranch home, we can show you some terrific property there, including homes in Highlands Ranch Backcountry. You may also be interested in horse property in Franktown or homes in Parker, including a wide variety of real estate in Canterberry and property in Stonegate.


Marianne Bandy


Highlands Ranch Real Estate

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