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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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3 Beds 3 Baths 8262504 MLS
3 BD/3 BA in Highlands Ranch w/ MOUNTAIN VIEWS. Home has been lovingly cared for, super clean, well maintained and in great condition. The welcoming covered front porch is a great place to unwind after a days work or time spent in our Colorado high country. The back deck offers west-facing front range views overlooking the fully fenced backyard. Upon entering the home, you will see great living spaces and open floor plan. The living room (currently being used as the dining room), has a large bay window allowing for great natural light. The kitchen and family room spaces look out onto the backyard with mountain views in the background. Powder and laundry room complete the main floor. Upstairs you will find the primary suite with 5 piece primary en-suite bath and walk-in closet. 2 addl west facing bedrooms, a secondary bath and large loft complete the upper level. The unfinished basement awaits your touch. This home offers terrific opportunity in the HR neighborhood. The coveted community of Highlands Ranch offers many activities, 4 rec centers w/ tennis courts, indoor & outdoor pools & gyms offering many classes. Abundant trail system (w/ 70+ miles of trails) & 26+ parks & dog parks. Close to Chatfield Reservoir, Aspen Grove, Light Rail, UC Health, Highlands Ranch Golf Club, shopping, restaurants and major highways. Walking distance to highly acclaimed Douglas County Schools. Come and experience everything the Highlands Ranch community has to offer!

901 Riddlewood Road, Highlands Ranch

Courtesy of Madison & Company Properties . stephanieismert@madisonprops.com,303-522-3552

6 Beds 3 Baths 9850256 MLS
Welcome to this stunning 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom home located in the desirable community of Highlands Ranch, CO. This spacious property boasts an open floor-plan with high ceilings, allowing for lots natural light and a sense of airiness throughout. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the warmth of central heating and the comfort of air conditioning, ensuring year-round comfort. The 3-car garage provides ample space for parking and storage. Outside, a private yard awaits, providing the perfect retreat to relax and entertain. Inside, the home features luxurious LVT flooring, adding both durability and style to the living spaces. The large kitchen with an island is a chef's dream, offering plenty of counter space and storage for meal preparation and entertaining. Unwind in the cozy living room or family room, both complete with a gas log fireplace, perfect for those chilly Colorado nights. The primary suite offers a peaceful sanctuary with its privacy and spaciousness. The attached bathroom includes modern fixtures and a relaxing atmosphere. With 3627 above ground finished square feet, there is plenty of room for the entire family to spread out and make memories. This home also boasts an unfinished basement, offering limitless possibilities for customization and additional living space. Located on a cul-de-sac, this property ensures a quiet, low-traffic environment for residents. The 0.23-acre lot provides ample space for outdoor activities and gardening. Close to shopping, entertainment, C-470 and Valor HS. Don't miss the opportunity to make this incredible house your home. Schedule a showing today and experience the best of Highlands Ranch living in this beautiful property.

9807 Clairton Lane, Highlands Ranch

Courtesy of Madison & Company Properties . susan.cary@Madisonprops.com,303-903-4114

3 Beds 3 Baths 4670398 MLS
Welcome to the home at 6432 Silver Mesa Dr., #D, Highlands Ranch, CO—a true gem in the sought-after Silver Mesa Village of the gated, Palomino Park community. This 3-bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom end-unit townhome-style condo redefines modern living w/ its unique blend of comfort, style, & functionality. As you approach, the charming front patio welcomes you, offering a serene space to enjoy the outdoors. Step inside, & you'll immediately notice the pride of ownership. Here you'll discover a main floor master suite that is nothing short of a sanctuary, complete w/ a walk-in closet & an updated en-suite bathroom—a personal retreat where relaxation knows no bounds. Enjoy leisurely evenings on your side deck, perfect for al fresco dining or simply unwinding in the fresh CO air. Venture upstairs, & you'll discover 2 bedrooms, both w/ walk-in closets, ceiling fans, & vaulted ceilings. There is a convenient shared bathroom. The upstairs hallway has a built-in desk area—ideal for work or study. For those seeking versatility, the basement offers a bonus room that can easily transform into an office, den, or workout area. For the DIY enthusiasts, there's an oversized storage area & workshop space. This home is more than just stylish—it's packed w/ recent renovations completed in the past 3 years. Upgrades include engineered hickory wood floors on the main level, fresh interior paint, new carpeting, & a newer furnace, heat pump, & a/c. Even the fireplace was thoughtfully renovated. Organization is a breeze thanks to the custom storage shelving in the basement. Finally, the 2-car garage offers room for storage and an extra vehicle or hot tub. The array of amenities include a community pool, the scenic Palomino Park, & a Community Center. Don't miss your chance to experience the epitome of Colorado living in this meticulously maintained condo. It's time to call 6432 Silver Mesa Dr., #D, your new home—a place where convenience, comfort, & style converge to create an idyllic lifestyle.

6432 Silver Mesa Drive Unit D, Highlands Ranch

Courtesy of eXp Realty, LLC . 303-919-2363

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