5 Reasons Why Highlands Ranch Is One of the Best Places to Live

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Ranked as one of the best places to live in America by Forbes, Business Week, and Money Magazine, Highlands Ranch is a top destination for people seeking a well-rounded lifestyle. Here are just five reasons why it’s easy to curate a balanced life here.


In the heart of one of south Colorado’s most beautiful regions, Highlands Ranch is a picturesque setting 365 days a year – no filter needed. Active locals are surrounded by over 26 public parks, adjacent to 15,000 acres of natural open spaces for exploring, more than 70 miles of trails for running, biking, and walking, and nearby Chatfield Reservoir for boating, paddleboading, horseback riding and more. The Highline Canal Trail winds for 71 miles and passes through many parks on both paved and natural path surfaces, and is known to be a marathon-level training ground for the most avid cyclists. Bluffs Regional Park attracts hikers to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and Castle Pines that can’t be beat. Highlands Ranch parks accommodate a wide range of sports, from skateboarding and inline hockey to pickleball, tennis, baseball, and equestrian. For those looking for an outdoor adrenaline rush or a scenic stroll with friends, the idyllic expanse of Highlands Ranch outranks anywhere else to live.


Ask any long-time resident of Highlands Ranch, and they will tell you the reason why they love where they live is the distinct village feeling: a tightly knit community where neighbors can bond while out for a sunset walk or at one of the many local events. This master-planned community is designed to foster a unique sense of connection and bring people together where they live, work, and play. Dwellers of Highlands Ranch apartments find that their neighborhoods are highly walkable, making it easy to be social, make new friends, and deepen their roots in the place they call home. In the summer, Civic Green Park is a landmark, tree-dotted gathering place with a large picnic pavilion and a bustling calendar of events, and Central Park is home to a maze and beer garden. The three regional dog parks make great meeting places for friends of the two- and four-legged variety.


It’s no accident that Highlands Ranch is home to a bright and ambitious student population. One of the top reasons why residents choose to live here is for the excellent – and diverse – school system. Brilliant futures are forged on the campuses of the many distinguished elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as schools for early learning and specialized academics. The STEM School of Highlands Ranch and SkyView Academy are public charter schools that have both been awarded the College Success Award by Great!Schools.org. Highlands Ranch residents praise local schools for being both academically rigorous and responsive to each student, with many local school campuses becoming vibrant communities for students, parents and neighbors alike.


Many Highlands Ranch locals are living the dream and walking (or biking) to work. With places to live like Chroma Apartments where your commute to work can involve a pair of sneakers or an e-bike instead of a car, people are choosing to skip the freeway and have more hours in the day for play. In a booming community that has attracted employers like UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado, and VISA USA, Highlands Ranch professionals need look no further than their own backyard for prime job opportunities. As Highlands Ranch continues to expand its commercial footprint, more people can expect to join the no-drive tribe. For those who don’t mind the drive (electric cars can be so much fun to take out for a spin!), Highlands Ranch offers a short commute to exciting employers like Lockheed Martin as well as many Denver-based businesses less than 15 miles north of home.


Highlands Ranch takes the Sunday Funday vibe and makes it a way of life. Adjacent to Central Park’s lush landscapes and maze, The Shops at Central Park are the natural next stop on a fun-filled day (or Monday night), to grab a Salted Caramel shake from the Shake Shack, visit Rock Bottom Brewery, or do some boutique window shopping. Residents of Lucent BLVD Apartments and Chroma Apartments can hit the links on a Thursday afternoon at Highlands Ranch Golf Club or The Links Golf Course, where the gorgeous fairways are eclipsed only by the panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Saturdays are for bird watching along the Highline Canal Bike trail or waterskiing at the Chatfield Reservoir. A typical Friday might involve a morning session at barre3, lunch with friends at Torchy’s Tacos, and a trip to the Denver Art Museum. With so many things to do and see in Highlands Ranch, the good vibes are endless.