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Welcome to Highlands Ranch & Littleton

Once little more than grazing land for cattle, Highlands Ranch has become an historic example of one of the nation’s most successful – and transformational – real estate developments. Now home to tens of thousands of people, Highlands Ranch provides incredible residential communities, idyllic open space, exemplary schools, destination retail centers and thriving businesses. Highlands Ranch is a true representation of the Denver metro area’s confident steps into the modern era.

Office Locations in the Community

9088 S Ridgeline Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.779.9501
Fax: 303.740.8328
Office Site

Fun Facts

  • Highlands Ranch is ranked as one of the most progressive master-planned communities in the country and lies just 12 miles south of the Denver metro area in Douglas County.
  • The community was completed in 2010, and is home to more  90,000 residents, occupying 36,700 homes.
  • 61 percent of the community is devoted to non-urban uses such as open space and recreation.
  • The community has constructed seven miles of wildlife-sensitive, natural-surface trails on portions of the 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness Area.
  • Highlands Ranch provides convenient access to all of Denver’s major attractions and business centers including Chatfield Recreation Area, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Coors Field, downtown Denver, Denver Tech Center, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Pepsi Center, and Park Meadows Mall.

Living in Highlands Ranch & Littleton

Like many parts of the Colorado Front Range, the first residents of Highlands Ranch were Native Americans. The area was populated by a number of nomadic tribes, including the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. The Stephen Harriman Long Expedition of 1820 entered the Highlands Ranch area at the beginning of July 1820. That was the first documented exploration of the Highlands Ranch area by European or United States explorers.¹

The Colorado Gold Rush brought people to Colorado in droves during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The city of Denver, located approximately 12 miles to the north, grew considerably during this time. However, Highlands Ranch remained a series of farms and ranches, and many residents would visit the town of Littleton, a few miles northward, when they needed to purchase clothing, supplies, or other items.

The Springer land was bought and sold several times throughout the 1920s and 1930s. In 1937 it was bought by Lawrence C. Phipps, Jr., who used it to raise cattle and hunt fox. After Phipps died in 1976, the land was bought by Marvin Davis, the owner of an oil company.

In 1978, Highlands Ranch was purchased by The Mission Viejo Company. As the suburbs of Denver expanded, the company desired to build a new planned suburb in northern Douglas County. Initial plans were drawn up, many of which are still being realized. These plans laid out several major streets and called for several schools and recreation centers, as well as a town center and public library. Large parcels of land were sold to private housing developers, such as Richmond Homes. As these developments appeared, they often carried their own names, creating a series of segmented neighborhoods throughout Highlands Ranch.

Since that time, the population of Highlands Ranch has grown greatly. In addition to residential and retail development, significant businesses such as Lucent Technologies, and Avaya Communication now call the area home.

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