Highlands Ranch is a 22,000-acre master-planned community founded in 1981. The homes range in age from ~1980 to ~2010 and some new builds. Highlands Ranch is located 12 miles south of Denver in Douglas County, offering a reasonable communte for Denver jobs and a very family friendly community. It boasts multiple recreational amenities including 75+ parks, multiple dog parks, golf courses, and 70+ miles of biking/walking trails.
Highlands Ranch has received national recognition for its great quality of life and amenities. It was recognized nationally by Forbes as one of the top places to move in the nation. In 2010, Business Week also named Highlands Ranch one of the best places to raise kids.