Drilling For Water In Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch waterIs there a water shortage in Highlands Ranch? Nope.  We have plenty.  There is however, a drought in Colorado going on now, the worst since 2002.  Winter isn’t over yet, but it is getting close. We need more snow, more rain, pretty much all the weather elements we like to complain about. But if we don’t get it or not enough of it then we need to prepare for the coming spring and summer seasons. How will Highlands Ranch do that? Underground water supply. That’s how. So drilling for water in Highlands Ranch will begin in March.

Centennial Water will be tapping into it’s huge groundwater supply to make sure there is plenty of available water.  Highlands Ranch happens to have an enormous amount, about the equivalent of taking 17,000 acre/feet a year for 100 years!  These are the reserves.  Highlands Ranch is also fortunate to be supplied with water from the South Platte River as well.  In fact, over the last 25 years, 90 percent of the water for the area has come from renewable river supplies and because of this the massive aquifers have been able to be recharged annually for the last 10 years! But every so often nature takes it’s toll and we face a drought.  It happens.

The possibility of low and drought levels of renewable water from winter runoff and spring rain makes it just good planning for Centennial Water to be proactive and tap the water supply that it available.  Drilling for water in Highlands Ranch  will begin this March in a couple locations in Highlands Ranch.  One just east of Broadway near Salford and the other near the Southridge Rec Center just off Valleybrook in The Hearth.  The drilling project will run 24/7 for up to 10 weeks.  A pain for nearby residents due to the noise and lights at night.  However, a quicker and less expensive solution than dragging it out for months.

Maybe we will get a ton of moisture still this winter.  Who knows.  In the end, it is great to know that Highlands Ranch has an abundant supply of water and Centennial Water is wise in the use and management of this valuable resource. If you would like more information about living in Highlands Ranch or maybe you would like to sell your home here, please get in touch with me.  I live here, work here and take interest in knowing about the community and the current real estate market.  I can help.


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New Children’s Hospital in Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch is sure getting a lot of new development lately and really coming into it’s own. There are so many new shops and restaurants, Highlands Ranch is no longer a bedroom community on the south side of Denver.
Children’s Hospital will now begin construction this June, 2012 on a new hospital facility in Highlands Ranch at the southwest section of C470 and Lucent Boulevard. This is incredible news for the community since 30 percent of the population is under 19. Additionally, this new hospital will bring in around 300 new jobs to the area.

Children's Hospital Highlands Ranch site

Site for new Children’s Hospital Highlands Ranch


According to the article in the Denver Post , Children’s Hospital will be consolidating services already in the area through the local clinics. However, with the hospital there will be expansion of inpatient, diagnostic and infusion services as well as urgent care and operating room facilities. They expect to serve around 80,000 patients in the first year of operation alone, 2014. Clinics in Littleton and Centennial will now be housed in the new Children’s Hospital while the facility in Parker will remain.

The building itself will be a four story, 175,000 square foot hospital expected to be completed by end of 2013. The land will have room for future expansion.

If you are interested in Highlands Ranch and living in this great community, please contact me. I have lived and work here for over 17 years, I can help.

Arrow Electronics Relocating Headquarters to Denver

I just read today that Arrow Electronics, a worldwide leader in computer and consumer electronics will move it’s corporate headquarters to Arapahoe County in mid November.  Arrow already has an operation here in the Inverness Business Park near Centennial Airport with around 1000 employees.  Now, Arrow Electronics will transform this location into it’s headquarters!

Why is this important of even news!  Jobs.  At least the potential for jobs over the next several years. Colorado could gain around 1250 jobs from this move.  In fact, Colorado is working to recruit other companies that supply Arrow Electronics to relocate here as well.  Things aren’t all doom and gloom.

And why shouldn’t these companies move here?  Colorado is business friendly, we benefit from an incredible climate that employees come to love very quickly.  Housing statistics in the area are stable and mixed with great schools and plenty of entertainment, companies stand the chance to have very happy, productive employees to drive the business into the future.

So congratulations to Arrow Electronics for their wise move and the decision to make Colorado their corporate home!

Golden Indian Gulch Fire Has Spread: Evacuations Underway in Golden Gate Canyon

Last night from my home in Highlands Ranch I could see a red glow as I looked upon the foothills, it was the Indian Gulch Fire near Golden.  I wasn’t able to get a picture, my camera with the zoom lens had a dead battery.

Today the winds have been brutal most of the day and the fire has now grown, causing evacuations in Golden Gate Canyon to about 100 homes from what I am hearing on the news and twitter streams.

Indian Gulch Fire Golden CO

I just shot this photo from my back deck around 4pm, now that the battery is charged, I am not super close, about 20 or 25 miles –  but close enough to see this with a decent zoom.  The smoke can be seen from all over the Denver metro area.  I suspect unless the winds die down pronto that tonight I will see the red glow once again.  It sounds like there are 2 additional fired this afternoon as well, one near Evergreen and the other near Conifer.

I wish safety for all and that the winds die down so all of these fires can be contained.

Trulia Expands To Denver And Opens DTC Office

San Francisco based Trulia announced today that they are opening a Denver office planing to hire 25 right now with 100 in the next year.  Here’s a short piece from the Denver Post. Trulia is a real estate web site company that provides consumers with information, real estate search and a Q & A forum.

I do have an association with Trulia, I have a profile and account on their site and blog and do occasionally answer questions on Trulia’s real estate Q & A forum.  I have also had the pleasure of meeting Trulia’s Rudy, also known as @trulia to those on twitter – very nice guy.

This is exciting news for the Denver area, another company ready to open its doors in Denver.  And exciting news for Trulia to expand in the real estate industry – much congratulations to them during this exciting time.  We are happy to have you here in the south Denver suburbs, you are going to love it!

Congrats to Trulia.  Rudy, if you decide to move down here, I have 2 babysitters for you. 🙂

If you are interested in the opportunities at Trulia, you can take a look on their web site. A few of the Denver  jobs are already posted.

Highlands Ranch CO Local Business On National News This Week

Thursday evening there was a piece on “World News Tonight With Diane Sawyer” – it had to do with businesses feeling that this holiday season would see an increase in business.  One of our favorite local Highlands Ranch businesses, Cornzapoppin was briefly mentioned and interviewed as they mentioned that things are looking good and they would even be hiring as we enter the holiday season.

We have written about Cornzapoppin before, its a great local business here in Highlands Ranch with a shop in Parker, CO as well.  Stop in and say hi to them, they are great people that make fabulous popcorn!!  I have written about Cornzapoppin before, here is just one of them:

Day 23 of 365 Things To Do in Denver Suburbs: Cornzapoppin

Here is the piece from the news.

Denver Parade of Homes Switches Things Up for 2010

denver parade of homesThe long running Denver Denver 2010 Parade of Homes won’t open to the public until August 15th, but you are definitely going to want to mark your calendar for this year’s event as they have changed things up a bit.

Instead of a gate admission ticket, most of the event  to this year’s Denver Parade of Homes will be free!  There will be a one-time $5 admission to the luxury high-end “Dream Homes”.  This is the 23rd year for the event  and the first time that  The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver has announced most of the homes as free.

Like last year, the Parade of Homes will be in different Denver neighborhoods but this time around it is not just Denver luxury homes.  This years Parade of Homes will include home prices ranging from 188,900 to $6.3 million.  Some of the areas included are in the Denver suburbs such as Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Arvada, Broonfield and will run from Aug 14 through Labor Day 2010.  There is also a Parade of Homes Facebook page where you can follow info as well at the Parade’s website.  As I write this, the website is still having info added so the full list of areas and homes is not yet posted. Updated 7/30: The site now has all the info as to the locations of the homes, events, hours, and much more.

There was an article today in the Denver Business Journal announcing the changes, you can read that here: Parade of Homes to offer free admission

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