About Highlands Ranch
Highlands Ranch is a 22,000-acre master-planned community located in the North-West portion of unincorporated Douglas County. Founded in 1981, the community has a population of approximately 97,000 in 29,000 single family homes and 3,289 apartments. Highlands Ranch is an upper-middle class community located 12 miles south of Denver along C-470 and approximately one mile west of Interstate 25 (I-25) This location provides easy access to transportation (Denver International Airport, regional light rail), the mountains, Denver, Boulder, Aurora and Colorado Springs metropolitan areas.
Working families in Highlands Ranch enjoy the ability to live and work in their community. Highlands Ranch was selected by BusinessWeek as one of its Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010. With uncongested commutes and access to an abundance of parks, trails, sports, entertainment and four recreation centers, Highlands Ranch provides the perfect environment for that important work-life balance.
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Dining and Shopping
Town Center – This 164,687 square foot mixed-use development in the heart of Highlands Ranch, a suburban community with more than 85,000 residents, consists of seven buildings surrounding a town square park. It is adjacent to the Civic Green amphitheater, library, and transportation center. Highlands Ranch Town Center offers easy access to Interstate 470 and a host of major arterials. Tenants include Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Office Max, Landsdowne Arms Bistro & Pub, Coldstone, and more.
Parks and Recreation
The Highlands Ranch Metro District owns and maintains an impressive network of outdoor recreation amenities including:
- 25 parks
- 70 miles of trails
- 2,500 acres of natural open space areas
Highlands Ranch is home to active people and a diverse wildlife population. Eighty-five percent of homes in Highlands Ranch are located within one-quarter mile of a park, open space area or trail. Our community has approximately 25 acres of park land per one thousand residents. In addition, our parks and open space system features:
- Two skate parks
- One inline hockey rink
- Four dog parks
- Four outdoor pickleball courts
- Eight lighted tennis courts
- Three lighted ball fields
- Two historic parks – Fly’n B Park, and Cheese Ranch Historic & Natural Area
- Three community gardens
- One equestrian area
Auto – C-470 runs east and west near the northern boundary of Highlands Ranch, with five full interchanges serving the community. C-470 connects with I-25 providing north and south access through Colorado’s Front Range business region, and with I-70, which runs east and west through the Rocky Mountains. U.S. 85, a north/south highway, generally borders the property on the west. E-470 permits travel around the east side of the Denver metro area providing easy access to Denver International Airport.
Bus – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides express bus service to downtown Denver and surrounding communities and offers two park-n-Ride facilities in Highlands Ranch with quick and easy access to light rail at Mineral and Santa Fe. With the passage of RTD’s FasTracks project, RTD will extend light rail to Lucent Blvd. in Highlands Ranch by 2016.
Air – Highlands Ranch is approximately 40 minutes from Denver International Airport and 20 minutes from Centennial Airport (one of the largest general aviation facilities).