Highlands Ranch, CO is a 22,000 master-planned community just 13 miles south of downtown Denver. The area offers a number of outdoor activities, great schools and easy access to the larger metropolitan areas of Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs. These are only a few reasons people like yourself have chosen to call Highlands Ranch home. Whether your move is long-distance or a relatively local move, there are things you want to know about your new city before arriving. Below are some tips about the area to help make the change as easy as possible for you.
HOW’S THE EDUCATION?
Douglas County School District, the third largest in Colorado, has been nationally recognized in various polls as one of the best in the nation. Highlands Ranch contains 23 of these top schools, providing excellent education for preschool to high school aged children. Options include neighborhood-zoned, charter or magnet schools so you can choose the type of education you’d like your child to receive.
Highlands Ranch being an unincorporated community means lower tax rates than other parts of Douglas County. This is just one reason many companies are either moving their headquarters to the area or opening branch offices. If you are joining the community because of a new job here – Welcome! If you’re coming here without a job lined up, there are a number of open opportunities in the more than 2,000 businesses that call this community home.
HIVE OF ACTIVITY
Colorado is often listed as one of the healthiest states with the most active residents. It’s no surprise when there are so many things to do in Highlands Ranch and similar communities. The Backcountry Wilderness Area alone has 26 miles of trails within its conserved 8,200 acres. In total, there are 19 parks and more than 60 miles of trails in the community for those that enjoy horseback riding, biking, running or hiking. Four of the area parks are even off-leash friendly so your best furry friend can get some exercise, too! If golf is more your style, there are two 18-hole courses here.
In addition to the outdoor activities, Highlands Ranch has four state-of-the-art recreational facilities – Northridge, Eastridge, Southridge, and Westridge Recreation Centers. Rock climbing walls, tennis and racquetball courts, batting cages and numerous pools are just some of the amenities you can enjoy. There is something for everyone in your family to enjoy at one of these rec centers.
RAY OF SUNSHINE
One of the things the locals enjoy about the area is the weather. With an average of 300 sunshine-filled days each year, you can take advantage of activities listed above or even just enjoy sitting outside in the fresh air. The elevation of Highlands Ranch, at 5,900 feet, allows the area residents to experience all four seasons without the extremes other cities may endure. Average temperatures in the spring are usually in the mid-50’s to mid-70’s, summer tends to be in the 80’s, fall is similar to spring with mid-50’s to mid-70’s, and winter regularly sees temperatures in the 40’s.
Yes, it does snow here. The average per year is 66 inches of snow, just slightly higher than Denver’s 61 inches. However, it’s not unusual for the snow to have melted off roadways by late morning or early afternoon. That’s just enough time to build a snowman or enjoy a snowball fight in the morning.
GENERAL MOVING TIPS
Now that you know a little more about the area, we’d love to offer some useful information to prepare for the move.
- As you pack your boxes, be sure to label which room they will need to be placed into once they arrive at your new home. This will help the unpacking move along faster.
- Keep some empty boxes set aside for moving day for those last-minute items like clothing or cleaning supplies.
- If your move is long-distance and you are driving, pack plenty of water and snacks, activities for the younger members of the family, changes of clothes and pillows and blankets for a more comfortable rest between stops.
- About a week before you move, submit your change of address to ensure you receive your mail as quickly as possible.
STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage in Highlands Ranch understands how stressful relocating to a new area can be. Let us take some of the hassle out of the process by storing extra boxes and furniture for you as you get settled in. Contact our friendly resident managers today to select the best unit to use during your transition.