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One of the largest and most populated unincorporated communities in the United States, Highlands Ranch Colorado sports a population of just over 96,000 according to the 2010 census. Located in Douglas County, Colorado, Highlands Ranch is next to the city of Littleton and has enjoyed a rich, vibrant history as being in the Denver area as well as being one of the fastest growing communities in adding over 20,000 residents since 2000.

The History of Highlands Ranch

The first residents of Highlands Ranch were Native American tribes that populated the area. It was first explored by Rene-Robert Cavelier in 1682 and was declared part of the Louisiana territory. By 1803, the land belonged to the fledgling United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Explorers wander through the Highlands Ranch area over the next half-century, but it wasn’t until the Denver area began to settle in 1859 that a large population began to move in.

Highlands Ranch was first permanently settled in 1870 and continued to grow over the years, albeit slowly as the gold rush of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the region took hold. However, unlike Denver and Littleton, Highlands Ranch remained more a series of ranches and farms and did not grow like the other communities at the time.

By 1978, the entire Highlands Ranch area had been purchased and by 1981 the first homes were built as a part of the outlying Denver area. By 1985, the area had become a very attractive place to live thanks to SH 470, the beltway which wrapped around the greater Denver area had been constructed near Highlands Ranch. While the early residents complained about the overall lack of retail development it soon gave way to the massive growth that has been occurring ever since.

Today, the explosion of growth continues as Highlands Ranch fills out its space and more people are discovering the advantages of living in the area itself. Labeled a “bedroom community” of the Denver area, many of the residents in Highlands Ranch commute either to the downtown area or the Denver Technological Center.

What Highlands Ranch has to Offer

Today, there are four recreational centers, six high schools, a plethora of retail shopping, small businesses and many different parks and open spaces that are still part of the area. Despite having a population close to 100,000, it has no police force and borrows from next door Littleton and Douglas County in general for law enforcement, street maintenance and the like. What government there is comes from three elected board members who form the Board of County Commissioners. Everything from housing decorations, fencing and even the area’s library system are all governed by this particular board.

Despite being unincorporated, Highlands Ranch is still growing strong and its location has attracted quite a number of people who work in the downtown Denver area. While traffic is still a major issue, the people of Highlands Ranch enjoy their status as being one of the best communities in the greater Denver area.  

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Highlands Ranch Zip Codes: 80116, 80119, 80130, 80219

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$615,000
3 Beds 3 Baths 3388625 MLS
WOW!!! This is the one you are waiting for! Come see this UPDATED 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in Westridge with a FINISHED BASEMENT! The curb appeal is excellent and then immediately upon entry you'll be impressed by the STUNNING REMODEL of this common Highlands Ranch floor plan. You'll be greeted by gorgeous PLANK HARDWOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT & drawn to the DREAMY GOURMET KITCHEN complete with MASSIVE GRANITE ISLAND BREAKFAST BAR, AMPLE CABINET SPACE w/PULL OUT DRAWERS, GAS RANGE w/HOOD & STAINLESS APPLIANCES. The kitchen is open to the family room with GAS FIREPLACE! You are then just steps to the NICE BACKYARD w/CONCRETE PATIO. Upstairs you’ll find a SPACIOUS PRIMARY SUITE with PRIVATE UPDATED ¾ BATHROOM and walk in closet. By now you've certainly noticed the NEWER WINDOWS, PLANTATION SHUTTERS & UPDATED LIGHT FIXTURES THROUGHOUT! The secondary bedrooms share another full bathroom. The BASEMENT IS FINISHED! Could be used as a 4th bedroom, 2nd family room, gym, etc. FINISHED BASEMENT also features a ¾ Bathroom & LAUNDRY AREA. FURNACE & AC ONLY A FEW YEARS OLD!! This fabulous home is MOVE IN READY! Walk to school, parks, trails and Westridge Rec. Center. Overall a FANTASTIC LOCATION! Close to shopping, dining, entertainment & highways! Access to all 4 state of the art Recreation Centers! Schedule your showing today and check out the interior DRONE FLY THROUGH online now!

9670 Autumnwood Place, Highlands Ranch

Courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado, LLC - Highlands Ranch Real Estate . team@soldbysimmons.com,303-289-7009

$1,680,000
5 Beds 5 Baths 5311019 MLS
Nestled in the serene community of Hillcrest in Highlands Ranch, this meticulously maintained home offers a perfect blend of comfort and modern elegance. Step inside to discover a spacious layout on 1/2 an acre, ideal for both daily living and entertaining. The gourmet kitchen is a chef's dream, boasting sleek quartz countertops, premium appliances, tile backsplash and ample cabinet space. The inviting open-concept living space has vaulted ceilings, large windows and is adorned with a cozy fireplace, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for gatherings with loved ones. The light filled sunroom is the perfect space to enjoy your morning coffee and watch the sunrise over the stunning backyard! Retreat to the generously sized bedrooms, including a luxurious primary suite with a spa-like en-suite bathroom featuring dual vanities, a soaking tub, a separate shower, and a huge walk-in closet. The property is truly a park-like oasis! The lawn and landscaping have seen painstaking care over the years. Enjoy over half-an-acre as your own private paradise, with two patio areas and a basketball/sport court all surrounded by lush greenery, perfect for alfresco dining and relaxation. If you have a green thumb, there are multiple garden beds for your vegetables and flowers. The sellers recently had 4 mature, 12-foot ponderosa pines installed to complete the captivating ambiance of the space. Located just minutes from major highways, shopping centers, restaurants, and top-rated schools, this home offers convenience and tranquility in one of Colorado's most sought-after communities. Don't miss the opportunity to make this your new home sweet home.

9262 Rockport Lane, Highlands Ranch

Courtesy of Legacy 100 Real Estate Partners LLC . clay@tichotarealty.com,303-941-6749

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