Highlands Real Estate Informatiuon

Located just off I-470, right outside the loop the surrounds the capital and its suburban area, Highlands, Colorado, is located entirely within the borders of Douglas County, about 25 miles, or half an hour, south of Denver. It is an unincorporated community that is home to a population of more than 70,000, as of estimates from the 2000 census. Highland is one of the largest unincorporated communities, by population figures, in the United States. It is also a relatively well-to-do community, with the median household income levels for the town well above the state's average, at more than $99,000.

Before it was settled, the area that is now highland was inhabited by a number of Native American tribes, including the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho. The area's first explorers were Spanish, though it came to be in possession by the French. Highland was formally settled in 1859, when most of the settlers and residents lived on farms, planting crops or raising livestock. The first homes in the town were constructed in 1981.

Highland is home to more than 2,000 acres of open space, 70 miles of paved and natural trails, 16 local parks, three community parks and one regional park. There are four full-scale recreation centers, and two 18-hole golf courses in operation, Highlands Ranch Golf Club and South Suburban Golf Course.

Five high schools, five middle schools and 18 elementary schools, two of which are charter school academies, serve the children who attend public schools in town. Highlands Ranch Public Library serves residents, and shopping can be done at the Orchards Shopping Center. The town is home to the corporate headquarters of Lucent Technologies, and is the site of Shea Homes Colorado’s biggest master-planned community, operating more than 20,000 acres in a variety of development stages.