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Highlands Ranch Mountain View Homes

Many people want to see the mountains from their homeHighlands Ranch Mountain Views

When my wife and I began our home search here in Highlands Ranch, we began as most people do with a wish list.  There were the criteria that the property had to have and then the list of what would be nice to have.  With our size family, we had to have at least four bedrooms and 2,400 square feet.  We wanted a large basement as a place for the kids to enjoy when we entertained guests. The other must have was a view of the mountains.  When we moved to Highlands Ranch, we rented for the first year to give us time to find the house that we really wanted and the rental was backing to open space with a wide open view of the front range.  Waking up to see the mountains every day was enough to get us hooked and mountain views were added to the must have list when we bought our home.

Mountain Views add value in Highlands Ranch

We quickly realized as most people do that we would have to pay extra to get a decent view of the mountains.  The builders and developers Read the rest of this entry »

Patriots Day In Highlands Ranch 2010

Do Something Special for a Service Professional on Patriots Day

Highlands Ranch Patriot Day

Highlands Ranch Patriot Day

September 11th brings up a ton of emotions for me each year as I remember the terrorist attacks in 2001.  I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing that morning.  It is as if that happened just yesterday.  Instead of focusing on the anger I feel towards our enemies, I choose to focus on the gratitude I have for those who serve me and my community on a daily basis.  Yes this included the police officer that writes me a ticket when I got caught speeding. I have a brother and cousin that are in law enforcement and can tell you that I know it is a tough job.  It is tough on both the individual and their families.

September 11th in Highlands Ranch

This year and for every year to come I plan to go out of my way to thank every police officer, nurse, fireman, and military person that puts themselves in harms way in order to make me safe.  It doesn’t take much effort to take a meal to a local fire department or pick up a gift card and give it to somebody in that specific occupation with a card of thanks.  If I don’t have enough time to show my gratitude then something is really wrong.  I’d like to ask anyone who reads my blog to join me in honoring those who serve this weekend and every September 11th from now on.

Here are a few locations where we can go to say thanks and/or drop off items of gratitude.

Highlands Ranch Stations -

Where are the fire stations that serve Highlands Ranch?

Fire station # 16 is located at 8119 Blakeland Drive off Santa Fe Drive.

Fire station # 17 is located at 9554 South University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch.

Fire Station # 18 is located at 401 Timbervale Trail near the intersection of S. Broadway and Lucent Boulevard.

City of Lone Tree Police Department –

9777 S Yosemite St Littleton, CO 80124 (303) 339-8150

Please come back and post a comment on the bottom of the blog and let me know how you spent your Patriots Day.

How To Search Douglas County Assessor Information

What did your neighbor really pay and how big is their house?Assessor at Douglas County

Douglas County keeps all of the information about your home and mine public on their website.  The website is actually pretty advanced as far as county websites go.  Just compare it to Adams County and you will get an idea of what I mean.  The Douglas County Assessor website is where I spend much of my investigative time when looking for real estate information that Metrolist does not offer.  ( Metrolist is the Denver MLS service where realtor’s Read the rest of this entry »

New Construction Homes in Parker Worth a Look

Parker New Homes vs Foreclosure Properties

Parker New Home Vs Repo

Parker New Home Vs Repo

So I get to meet a new client that is in a relocation from California today and set up to see about seven properties to get a feel for areas and price ranges.  He works in Inverness near DTC so we decided to stay within a 10 minute drive to the office. He wants to stay under the 300K range and isn’t looking for anything too big so I chose a few neighborhoods that would work.  We had never met before so we started at a neighborhood closest to his office.

Walnut Hills and Willow Creek in Cherry Creek School District

Our first stop was in Walnut Hills where the homes were built in the 1960′s and 70′s and range from 170K to 280K.  There are many bi-level, ranch and tri-level homes in this area.  The lot sizes are pretty big Read the rest of this entry »

Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree Sales Increase in 2010

Existing Home Sales In Highlands Ranch Increase 50% Over First Two Months of 2009Highland Ranch Home Sales

Great news for Real Estate in Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree so far this year.  In 2009 there were 110 closed sales from January to February. So far in January and February we have had 167 closed sales in the same time frame according to information in Metrolist. ( A Multiple Listing Service – MLS in the Denver Metro Area )  There are several factors that have contributed to the rapid increase in closed sales. The historically low interest rates combined with government incentives for first time home buyers and move up buyers has helped people get off the fence and into a home.  We have also had a relatively mild winter as far as snow goes which makes it easy for us to get out and look at homes.

The Average Sale Price Increased 8.9% over February 2009

Not only were there more sales in the area, but the average sale price also had an upward trend.  In 2010 the average sale price was $334,635 compared to  $307,185 in February of 2009.  One month does not make up a whole year Read the rest of this entry »

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