Welcome to Highlands Ranch
Although the present day Highlands Ranch community was founded in 1981, the first settlers built their lives in this area more than 100 years ago. Highlands Ranch was part of the Louisiana Purchase and has been a working ranch for over 100 years. The area south of the ranch is still wilderness where one can see an abundance of wildlife. Today’s Highlands Ranch is home to over 96,000 people and comprises a 22,000 acre master-planned community with parks, trails, open spaces, and recreation centers. From children’s programs to senior services, there is something for everyone wanting to enjoy an active lifestyle. The Highlands Ranch Community Association provides community events, architectural control, covenant enforcement, and ensures a wonderful quality of life while creating the sense of community. Highlands Ranch has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to live and is currently one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
Highlands Ranch has received national recognition for its great quality of life and amenities, along with being named by NerdWallet as one of the best places to raise families in Colorado, recognized nationally by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation. Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids. In August 2014, Douglas County ranked second in Movoto Real Estate’s 10 Best Counties in America list.