Highlands Ranch, CO Real Estate News

By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
I just read a quick news story from The Denver Business Journal.  The numbers are out as far as Denver best-selling new home builder sales for the area for 2007. Stapleton topped the list with 411 new homes under construction last year.   Highlands Ranch was ranked 2nd with 386 new homes under construction for the year.  Highlands Ranch sales were primarily boosted by the 2007 Back Country release as well as continued sales in The Hearth as well as Tresana and other areas. Stapleton is a fascinating development and continues to be an area that will grow this year.  Its urban feel in a neighborhood setting, coupled with very close proximity to downtown Denver keeps its growth strong.  I wasn't surprised that Highlands Ranch was not #1.  Build-out is getting closer and closer and with so ...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
The Kentley Hills neighborhood is located in Highlands Ranch, CO - Douglas County.   Kentley Hills is the Southridge area of Highlands Ranch and is located off of Summit View Parkway between Wildcat Ridge Parkway and Fairview Parkway.    You can view a google map of Kentley Hills here.  The zip code for the Kentley Hills in 80126.   Kentley Hills does cover a bit more land than some of the other Highlands Ranch neighborhoods and it can be a little confusing.  There also is a small neighborhood pocket that appears to be a part of Kentley Hills on the map - when in fact, it is not - and that is the area of Lantern Hill - The Rustic Redwood & TimberChase Trail on the map and the attached streets of that are are all Lantern Hill.   The homes in Kentley Hills, Highlands Ranch are built by a ...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
Indigo Hills is a wonderful neighborhood located in Highlands Ranch, CO at the north-west intersection of Wildcat Reserve Parkway and Broadway, and has a variety of home sizes and features.  There are townhomes also available adjacent to to Indigo Hills, but the statistics here today are compiled based on the single family homes in Indigo Hills.  You can read more about the Indigo Hills here: Indigo Hills Neighborhood ~ Highlands Ranch The figures are reflecting the last 45 days of activity as of February 12, 2008. There are currently 8 active homes for sale in Indigo Hills.  The price range for the available single family homes for sale in Indigo Hills is $239,000 to $549,900.      The recent Sold & Under contract activity is as follows: Address   Original List Price Sold Price Days on...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
Weatherstone continues to be one of the most requested neighborhoods that I received requests about in regards to Highlands Ranch real estate.   I have many people on watch lists for new real estate listings just for Weatherstone, I have placed many families in Weatherstone and I am always answering questions about Weatherstone.  Its allure is a combination between its secondary HOA that manages shared land in the community along with its private community pool, its spacious lots, especially with the homes that are custom or semi-custom and its brand new state-of-the art & Green Eco-friendly neighborhood school, Stone Mountain Elementary.  So, with all that going for it - how are things in the Weatherstone neighborhood of Highlands Ranch? Here are the latest homes For Sale, Under Contra...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
The Highlands Ranch Run Series for 2008 will begin next week with the first event of the year with a Mardi Gras themed  "Fat Saturday" on Saturday February 16th.  There additional runs scheduled this year, some of which are triathlons that will span through October.  There is even a children's mini triathlon as part of the series now, and that one will take place on August 9th as a part of the Splash-Mash-Dash Triathlon.   The full list of events & start locations is as follows.  For full information about each of the events, click on the link of the race.  2/16 - Fat Saturday 5K Run/Walk - Westridge Rec Center  3/15 - St Patrick's Day 5K Run/Walk- Civic Green Park 4/12 - Heritage Adventure Run 5K/10K - Mountain Vista High School  5/3 - Cinco de May0 5K - Southridge Rec Center 6/7 - Tun...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Highlands Ranch Colorado - Market Report January 2008 MARKET REPORT <> HIGHLANDS RANCH CO 80130  The residential real estate market in Highlands Ranch (zip code 80130) picked up slightly in January, compared to December 2007. Homes sold              # sold                 Average days on MarketDecember 2007            24                                69.83January 2008               26                                79.04  The average sold price was lower in January than in December 2007. In 13 of the sold homes some concessions were given by sellers, which is why the average net sold price is lower than the average sold price.A good indicator of local market trends are the total new listings compared to total new sales.  When there are less new sold homes than new listings, it indicat...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO - HIGHLANDS RANCH REAL ESTATE & HOMES SALES NUMBERS FROM JANUARY 2008 REAL ESTATE MARKET ACTIVITY REPORT January is off to a good start for 2008.  While January closings somewhat reflect the activity of December (homes that go under contract typically close the following month), I find that overall the new year is bringing new buyers into this market.  And of course, many more people are out and about this January vs. when we were all buried in snow last year.  I personally have seen a rise in activity as far as showings on my own listings and also in the amount of buyers that I am now working with.  There have also been interesting developments of course this month - due to the fixed interest rate drops I am hearing from more & more folks that want to find their new...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
Highlands Ranch Homes & Real Estate - Hillcrest   Hillcrest is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Highlands Ranch and by my client's past history, I am not the only one.  Over the years I have had numerous clients that have specifically wanted to purchase a home in Hillcrest.  With its more mature landscaping, larger sized lots, excellent location and stunning executive homes, its no wonder.      The Hillcrest neighborhood is located in Highlands Ranch, CO - Douglas County off of University Blvd between along White Bay Drive.  You can also enter the neighborhood on the other side of White Bay Drive off of Colorado Blvd as well.  Here is a google map of Hillcrest.  If trying a zip code Denver MLS search for Hillcrest, the zip code is 80126.    One of the reasons why Hillcrest has conti...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
The Hearth Highland Ranch Real Estate - Neighborhood MapThe Hearth, Highlands Ranch CO boundariesThe Heart is located in Southern portion of Highlands Ranch. You will get to the Hearth by heading south on S. Quebec St., which is one of the main roads (going North to South - kind of) in Highlands Ranch and taking a Right at MacArthur Ranch Road. At this intersection if you continued South, Quebec name changes to Monarch Blvd and once you go over a hill you are in Castle Pines.Coming from the East you would take Wildcat Reserve Parkway to MacArthur Road, turning East (away from the mountains).There are several conveniences nearby. Closest shopping center, which includes a grocery store and fast food restaurants (Subway etc.) and Starbucks are app. 1 mile away. The Southridge Recreation Ce...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
  A few months ago, my wife guest authored on my blog and posted a compilation of preschools in and around Highlands Ranch.  If you have not yet seen it, I would suggest you take a look. Preschools have their registration for the next year long before many are even thinking about next year.  If you are new to Highlands Ranch and interested in finding a preschool for your child, you need to look into this now, or you most likely will not find an open spot for the fall.  The Highlands Ranch preschools start having Open Houses and tours within the next few weeks and registrations quickly follow.  I remember when my now tweens were so little, and my wife got up at something crazy like 4:30 in the morning at the end of January to stand in line by 5am to get a spot.  I don't think every schoo...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
It is so cold here today in Denver.  What happened to the 48 Degrees we had on Tuesday?  Today's high only reached about 28 degrees, but to me it felt even colder than that.  The night time temps have plunged even lower.   This morning my garage door was frozen shut.  Apparently some of yesterday's snow melted off of our cars, and then froze the door shut.   That's all set now though, easy fix. Something not so easy to fix and much more serious is the threat of frozen pipes to Denver Homes.  There is no doubt in my mind that come the thaw, proably next week, the big story on the news will be the burst pipes all over town.  Sadly, its generally a feature story after an Arctic blast like this.  I can tell you from experience - this is not a fun thing to experience.  Yours truly was even a...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
The Hearth Highlands RanchThe Hearth Active listings Jan 17th 2008The Hearth Community in Highlands Ranch is a newer neighborhood of over 1000 homes. The first homes were built in 2003 and the builders are Shea Homes, Berkeley Homes and Ryland Homes. Currently Shea homes and Berkeley homes are at finishing lines with their new construction.  Below is a larger home in the Hearth of Highlands Ranch built by Shea homes. There are currently 36 single family (no townhomes or condominiums included) homes for sale in the Hearth. Five of those homes are new construction.  One is bank owned and 2 are short sales pending lender approval.The price range of the homes for sale in the Hearth is from $249,900 (short sale) to $ 749,900.The price per square foot varies from $144/sf to $197/sf for two st...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Highlands Ranch Homes for Sale - The Heart The Hearth Market Report - January 2007 Single Family Homes sales in the Heart neighborhood of Highlands Ranch, zip code 80130, saw an increase in 2007 compared to 2006. In 2006 total of 116 homes were sold for an average price of $355,699. In 2007 a total of 179 homes sold for an average of $399,323. In 2007 40% of the homes sold were new construction. The average price per square foot in 2006 was $159/sf and in 2007 there was an increase to $166/square foot. The average days on the market in 2006 was 49 days compared to 57 days on market in 2007. Currently (Jan 2007) there are 36 homes for sale in The Hearth, and in zip code 80130, Highlands Ranch,there are a total of 133 homes for sale. There are many buyers out there, so for sellers one of ...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
This was the view from my back yard of my Highlands Ranch home this morning as the sun rose.  On days when clouds are increasing, but its still relatively clear - clear enough to see to the mountains, the reflection of the sunrise against the mountains is fantastic.     Denver winters are know for spirited warm ups just before a storm.  I say spirited because they are generally coupled with gusty winds.  Today seems to be one of those days.  It is predicted to get to a balmy 50 degrees today, followed by a sudden cold front moving in with snow tonight and very cold temps.  I know within a few hours my mountain view will begin to disappear and when it reappears, I will be greeted with a new view of the front range mountains blanketed in snow.   Would you like to find a Denver home with a...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
Happy New Year!  Welcome 2008!  But part of moving forward is to take a moment to look at the end of the year statistics for Highlands Ranch Homes and Lone Tree Homes.  Denver area Real Estate sales are notoriously lower during the holiday season and this year was no exception.  With that said, there were buyers out there - I had them, as did many other Denver REALTORS® that I know.  Yet for the most part, they weren't buying?  Why -  first - MANY sellers take their home off of the market during the holidays.  Also, many Denver home sellers will wait until January to list their homes in the first place.  So the buyers that were out there - many of them are waiting - for what - for MORE INVENTORY!! And I personally do see this happening in my own business.  Just in these first 11 days of...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Highlands Ranch Colorado Real Estate - Market Report December 2007REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT <> HIGHLANDS RANCH CO 80126 The residential real estate market in Highlands Ranch CO (zip code 80126) was going strong and holding similar numbers for homes sold as in November and October.Homes sold in:                          Average days on MarketDecember 2007           45                                77.58November 2007           42                                74.19October 2007              47                                61.13The sold prices ranged from a low of $204,900 to $2,210,000 in December. The average days on market increased 16 days from 2 months ago, however that is still better than a year ago December when the average days of the market was 95.31.  A good indicator of loca...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
MARKET REPORT <> HIGHLANDS RANCH CO 80130 The residential real estate market in Highlands Ranch (zip code 80130) was much slower in December, compared to the two previous months.Homes sold in:                          Average days on MarketDecember 2007           24                                69.83November 2007           41                                69.20October 2007              50                                62.56  In December of 2007 homes were selling faster than in 2006. However, the average price was just slightly lower than previous year. The average sold price was up, but the average net sold price was down, indicating that sellers were giving either down payment assistance or seller paid concessions/closing costs.There were 24 new residential home sales, and 19 new ...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Highlands Ranch CO Backcountry Trails Winter Closure of Wildcat Mountain Trail SystemFrom January 1st through April 1, 2008 the Wildcat Mountain Trail System, east of Monarch Blvd is closed. This land of 8,200 acres, the Backcountry Wilderness Area is a traditional winter habitat for around 400 elk. The closures allow the elk to winter in more natural state with the least amount of human interference possible. You can find more information about elk and other Colorado Wildlife from The Colorado Division of Wildlife website http://wildlife.state.co.us/ When driving on Monarch Blvd between Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines, take a look to the East and you may spot herds of elk strolling about in this area.    Copyright 2007.© Kenna and Co. Rita Burke. Denver CO real estate. All Rights Rese...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Highlands Ranch, CO has yet again a FREE Christmas Tree Recycling set up in several locations in Highlands Ranch. Compliments of Douglas County and The Metro District of Highlands Ranch, residents can drop off their "stripped-down" trees at the following locations: Redstone Park, Toepfer Park, Dad Clark Park and Highland Heritage Regional Park. It is requested that all ornaments, lights and decorations to be removed before dropping off the Christmas Tree.The last day to drop off the Christmas Tree is Jan. 13th, 2008. The trees are recycled at the sites and residents are free to take this mulch to use. The mulch is also used at the Highlands Ranch Community Parks.  
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Highlands Ranch Pets You are invited to explore a new recently launched community Pet Directory for Highlands Ranch, CO. www.HighlandsRanchPets.com is a FREE community site to Help reunite lost & found pets with their rightful owners.Lost a pet? Post photo of your pet and any additional information to get your pet back home.Found a pet? Post information about the found pet on HighlandsRanchPets.com and help the owners get their pets back.You can also register your pet and get your pet's photo posted on the site. Check out www.HighlandsRanchPets.com for more, including links and resources and a pet poll. Any feedback, comments, and suggestions are appreciated and welcomed. Lone Tree, Castle Rock, and Castle Pines pets community sites coming soon! Disclaimer: Kenna and Co. Blog does not g...
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