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Thinking About Moving to Highlands Ranch?

Meet 8z Real Estate.  We know that you are ready and excited to buy a new home, but if you’re like many others, you may be wary about jumping into the real estate market. With 8z, you don’t have to worry. Our team is passionate about empowering homebuyers like you with the tools and resources to help make educated decisions. This city guide does just that – you get the lowdown on what to really expect in a new area. Now, get reading and then give us a call for some personalized tips.

Highlands Ranch Morning
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What’s it like to live in Highlands Ranch?

If you are looking for the quiet suburban life mixed with a little outdoors (open areas, creeks, foothills), Highlands Ranch is a great choice. Several of our realtors live here and love it – they agree that Highlands Ranch offers an amazing sense of community, a fabulous place to raise children and excellent schools. It’s really what you make of it!

You’ll be able to find friends and a good community to connect with if you put yourself out there. Everyone is friendly, and surely when you move in you’ll be invited to a block BBQ or your kids will make friends at the city pool. You’ll see your neighbors on the bike paths or hiking along the nature trails. Highlands Ranch is a suburban city, so at dusk most of the kids head in from playing and families start to unwind for the day ahead. Not much nightlife, but if you’re looking to “move up” to Highlands Ranch living, you probably left late nights at the club behind you long ago!


What types of homes are in Highlands Ranch?

Highlands Ranch has a diverse amount of neighborhoods, and is popular with first time homebuyers as well as for growing families or those looking to enjoy retirement. There is a mix of single-family homes, condos, golf course homes, gated communities with large estates and properties bordering open space.

Some of the original neighborhoods, including Mission Viejo, Bayfield, Northridge and Southridge, offer older (1980s) and smaller homes on small to medium lots. You’ll find a lot of older Richmond custom homes. With great prices these areas are popular for first time homebuyers looking to get into the market.

In newer gated neighborhoods like Highwoods and Back Country you’ll find large, sparkly-new homes made with beautiful architecture to match the backdrop of the mountains. Gleneagles Village is a popular adult 55+ community with patio homes and a maintenance free lifestyle.

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What’s unique about Highlands Ranch?

Folks who live closer to downtown Denver rarely, if ever, venture down south to Highlands Ranch. It definitely is a place that local residents have all to themselves, but that’s fine with us! We know that Highlands Ranch has been nationally recognized for the great quality of life and amenities. Our neighborhood was recognized nationally by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation. And we’re proud of the fact that in 2010 Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids.


Where are the good schools in Highlands Ranch?

Highlands Ranch is part of Douglas County, which has a 97.2 graduation rate and has some of the best schools in the Denver Metro area, not to mention in the nation.

•    Bear Canyon Elementary School | Grades K-6 | 9660 Salford Ln, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
•    Mountain Ridge Middle School | Grades 7-8 | 10590 Monte Vista Way, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
•    Mountain Vista High School | Grades 9-12 | 10585 Mountain Vista Ridge, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
•    Highlands Ranch High School | Grades 9-12 | 9375 Cresthill Ln, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130


stream in The Vistas at Park Meadows mall
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What are the best things to do in Highlands Ranch?

If you choose to move to the suburbs, you may as well move somewhere that has everything a suburbanite would want.

  • Need culture? Civic Green Park offers a Summer Film Series and “Culture On The Green” where local bands and talent entertain and food trucks arrive to serve a wide variety of snacks and dishes.
  • Need access to farm fresh produce? In summer/fall we love the local Farmers Market to get fresh, Colorado produce and artisan crafts.
  • Need regular access to outdoor activities? The most popular amenity in Highlands Ranch is the outdoor recreation system. Biking/running trails link neighborhoods connect residents together and provide a great way to exercise and enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty.
  • Need good restaurants and shopping? Nearby Park Meadows mall offers some of the best shopping options in the Denver metro area and over 50 restaurants. Yes, the restaurants are mainly national chains, but the regular live music and great happy hour specials are nothing to complain about.


Is Highlands Ranch right for me?

When you search for a home, we all know that your selection is about so much more than the yard and the number of rooms. It’s just as important to find a home in a great neighborhood with exceptional schools (even if you don’t have kids, due to the resale value). It’s also just as important to find a home in an area that has activities close by – from bike paths through open green space to top-of-the-line shopping. And if you have to commute to work, you want a place that’s convenient and close to your work. Highlands Ranch offers all of that and more. And then in the end, you’ll be able to find the home of your dreams for a price that doesn’t break your budget.


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