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Highlands Ranch is a large, planned community and is a place residents are proud to call home. It’s located in popular Douglas County and is just 12 miles south of Denver, making it close to the metro area's entertainment, businesses and shopping.
If you’re looking for a community with a family atmosphere and a great public school system, then you’ve found it. The Douglas County School District has achieved well above the state average in every grade and every subject matter covered on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP). Students involved in DCSD have one of the highest graduation rates in the state of Colorado. Most students involved in DCSD are involved in some kind of extracurricular activity.
There is no need to go looking for activities as there are plenty of choices in Highlands Ranch with all the community parks, walking trails, recreation centers, tennis courts, skate parks, baseball fields, golf courses and even parks just for dogs to run around off-leash. This is a community where neighbors gather to enjoy Easter egg hunts, summer concerts or Fourth of July fireworks. Sixty-one percent of the land is devoted to non-urban uses including open space and recreation. Located next to the foothills, mountain views are available and access to c-470 offers easy travel to the many world class ski areas.
The housing mix consists of single family homes, condos, and townhouses with prices ranging from $200,000 to over $1,500,000. There are about 29,000 homes in the community.
Highlands Ranch is an unincorporated area within Douglas County. Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District (HRMD) was formed to provide municipal services including water and sewage treatment, road construction, road landscaping and maintenance, and parks and trails development and maintenance.
A seven-member board of directors represents the citizens and manages these municipal services. While the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement to Highlands Ranch, the Metro District has established fire and emergency services through an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Littleton.
A five-member board of directors and a community manager govern the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA), which operates and maintains the community recreation centers and provides architectural control, covenant enforcement, community events, and recreation programs. All Highlands Ranch residents who are property owners are HRCA members.
New to the area is the Back Country development located in the extreme south part of Highlands Ranch and adjacent to an 8,200-acre open space known as the Backcountry Wilderness Area. Highlands Ranch Back Country homes start from the $300s to custom homes from $1.2 million. Most lots have great views of Colorado open space. This breathtaking, gated community is nestled in some of the last available land in Highlands Ranch.
Those who relocate to Highlands Ranch quickly feel right at home in a place where life runs at a more reasonable pace, and family and friends come to mean the same thing.