Highlands Ranch Luxury Homes

Luxury Homes Highlands Ranch COSo, what is a luxury home? Opinions can and do vary greatly on what might be considered luxury.  Is it granite counters, cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances?  A gated community/neighborhood? Maybe, but many homes in nearly all price ranges in Highlands Ranch may have these luxuries.  Of course this can get too complicated and so I will define Highlands Ranch luxury homes with a simple dollar figure.  We will use $700,000 and above to define Highlands Ranch luxury homes.  The average priced home in Highlands Ranch currently is about $340,000, so this number seems about right.

Where are all the luxury homes in Highlands Ranch? BackCountry, Falcon Hills, Highwoods?  Yes on all three of these wonderful neighborhoods and then some others as well.  Places like Weatherstone, Highlands Ranch Golf Club and Mansion Hills.  The majority of active homes in this price range will be in BackCountry, Highwoods and Falcon Hills.   Here is the most current list of luxury homes in Highlands Ranch.

Interestingly, all 3 of the top spots for Highlands Ranch luxury homes are located within gated subdivisions.  But isn’t that part of what luxury living is about?  Luxury living is not new to Highlands Ranch.  The proximity to the DTC, many new corporate headquarters in the area and of course excellent schools, lifestyle and shopping all make Highlands Ranch a target for luxury home buyers.

If you are considering a move to a Highlands Ranch luxury home or maybe sell your current home, please get in touch.  I would like to help.  Lets have a friendly conversation and determine if we are a good match to work together.

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South Metro Denver Real Estate Data by Zip Code | August 2011

 August 2011 – South Metro Denver real estate market statistics by zip code.

Little late posting this, but I had made & saved the chart, so I may as well as I know there are those out there that like to compare the numbers of home sales prices.

South Metro Denver area & suburbs real estate statistics for September – November 2011 coming right up.

South Metro Denver Real Estate Statistics August 2011

If you’re looking to sell or buy in Highlands Ranch or anywhere in the Denver area, contact me I would love to help.

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Denver Luxury Homes: What Can You Buy For $1,000,000 in Denver

When working with Denver real estate clients in the Denver luxury homes market many times folks will throw out the $1,000,000 mark and are curious to see what is available in different parts of the Denver metro area for $1 million. You will find that this will vary greatly throughout the Denver metro area depending on location and other factors.

Some Denver homes at this price point will include more land than others, some the price will reflect more the home itself. Mountain views can come into play and then of course neighborhoods can play a role as well. Closer to the city you will find the same home may cost more in many cases, thus at times giving you more bang for your buck in the suburbs.

Taking a closer glimpse here are homes for sale in other areas of Metro Denver.

Denver – Actually located within the city of Denver, you will see some very lovely Denver neighborhoods listed here often such as Washington Park, Bonnie Brae, Cherry Creek, Highlands, DU, City Park, University Hills, condos in LoDo & downtown and more.

Cherry Hills VillageHomes in Cherry Hills Village boasts a prestigious address.  For the most part, the $1,000,000 home will be toward the bottom of the price range in Cherry Hills Village.  Homes here are among some of the highest priced in the Denver metro area and offer true luxury real estate and neighborhoods.


Greenwood Village Greenwood Village homes around $1,000,000 will be a bit spread out with some homes in the Preserve or One Cherry Lane falling into this price range, others will be mixed in other neighborhoods and you may even find a luxury townhome here or there.


Highlands Ranch – In Highlands Ranch a $1 million dollar home will either be at the higher end of the pricing spectrum in neighborhoods like Weatherstone, The Hearth, Highlands Ranch Golf Course or Hillcrest – or more at the lower side in neighborhoods such at The Highwoods and Falcon Hills.  The Back Country offers a wide price range of homes and you will sometimes see homes around $1,000,000 here as well.  Many homes at $1 million and up are in areas with fantastic mountain views.


CentennialCentennial covers a wide area as it is spread far from east to west and will give you some variety in the $1,000,000 price range.


Lone Tree – The primary neighborhood you will find Lone Tree homes around $1,000,000 is Heritage Hills which is a gated pool community with a great location off of I25 & Lincoln.

LittletonLittleton covers a wide area as well address wide and at the $1 million price point you will find homes in areas such as Roxborough, Arrowhead, Ken Caryl, Willow Springs, Cherokee Ranch, Polo Club, and old Littleton.


Castle Pines North – In Castle Pines North you will generally find some homes around the $1 million price mark in Daniel’s Gate and The Ridge Golf Course Community.


Castle RockCastle Rock will be a wider range of area & type of home from luxury homes in Caste Pines to homes with ranch style acreage further south and east – and everything in between.


Parker – In Parker you will have several areas and neighborhoods to choose from with a wide range of styles – from luxury neighborhoods such as Pradera, Centennial Ranch and The Pinery to homes with more land and often times spectacular views.


Sedalia – In Sedalia you will find wide open space and the luxury home community tucked within the forest of Perry Park.


Additional communities in Metro Denver – If you are looking on the north, north west or north east side of Denver for a million dollar home, I don’t primarily cover these areas but have great, trusted real estate professionals that I work with all of the other Denver areas that I would be happy to refer you to, just give me a call.


There are many million dollar homes out there in the Denver metro area – give me a call and we will narrow down your search and find your dream home!


Highlands Ranch Real Estate Market Data January 2011

Highlands Ranch CO Homes Sold – Real Estate Market Statistics – January 2011

Highlands Ranch real estate market statistics

January is behind us already and there is a lot of questions about how the real estate market is doing in Highlands Ranch.  Well, I suppose that depends a lot on which market segment you may be curious about.  The bulk of activity remains in the sweet spot between $200 – $500k.  This is generally where the majority of homes in Highlands Ranch fall as far as price range.

Looking at the data, the largest segment for activity is the $200 -$300k price range. On the other hand, getting up above $600k is really tough, with no sales for January in Highlands Ranch CO.  Once we have some sales on the book, months of inventory in these upper price ranges can be calculated.  Interest rates are beginning to creep upwards making it tougher to finance the larger dollar amounts for many.

However, as a surprise to many and contrary to the constant media drumming about the languishing real estate market, the majority of Highlands Ranch homes inventory actually falls in the level of either a seller’s market or a balanced market.  Most of the homes have under 5 months inventory.  There are a lot of real estate markets that are struggling, even in Highlands Ranch at the upper price ranges, but the majority of the inventory is doing just fine.

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Day 33 Denver Parade of Homes 2010

Day 33 Denver Parade of Homes 2010

On Day 33 of 365 Things to Do in South Denver Suburbs I am planning out my route and enjoying opening day of the 2010 Denver Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver. There are plenty of homes in the south Denver suburbs to visit and view, but the entire tour will take you even further.

denver parade of homes guide 2010

Similar to last year, there is not one Parade of Homes community in the Denver area.  Only makes sense with the current real estate market.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago as it was announced, instead, the Denver Parade of Homes highlights properties throughout the Denver metro area for you to plan your route and visit as you see visit or your interests take you.  The prices of the area Denver homes on the parade range from $188,900 to $6.3 million this year and are located in:

Castle Rock, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Littleton, Denver, Greenwood Village, Golden, Loveland, Aurora, Longmont, Broomfield, Westminster, Thornton, Arvada, Morrison, Frederick ,Erie, Lafayette, Brighton, Commerce City, and Elizabeth

New this year however, the majority of the homes that are showcased are free admission – 57 of them! Can’t beat that – and all of us are looking for low cost and no cost activities.  There are 7 Dream Homes on the Parade of Homes Tour that requires a $5 one-time admission fee (there were 8, one is already now sold and off the tour) and are a beautiful sampling of the Denver luxury home real market.  Pay the $5 once, per person, and you are set to see all the Dream Homes.  You are welcome to contribute more if you like, the money collected here will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The dream homes, the 7 that are still available, are some wonderful Denver luxury homes to view and are located in: Golden, Littleton, Aurora, Greenwood Village, Lone Tree and Parker.

The Parade begins today, August 14th and runs daily through Labor Day with admission to the homes on the Parade from 11:00 am to 6:00 – pm. On the Parade Site they have a function that you can search and then build & map out your own tour which is really handy if you want to just visit homes close to where you are at throughout the entire tour.  You can also pick up an entire parade guide book at area American Furniture Warehouse stores that lists the entire tour and information about the homes as well.

If you remember in years past there have been events throughout the Parade of Homes showcasing different things on the weekends – that is not all lost even with the Parade spread all over Denver.  Instead, different events will occur at different locations throughout the event.  There is a special events page on the Parade site but the first of which will  be a kick-off BBQ today at 11:00 am at the home on tour in Lafayette in Coal Creek Village: 528 Jackson Street.  There are a variety of other events this weekend as well on a variety of topics such as Green Living, Financing Your Dream Home, and more.

The homes on the Parade throughout the Denver area are for sale (I believe as of this writing 2 are now sold).  The site has a good deal of information about the homes but if you are interested in a particular property and are not working with a Denver Realtor, just let me know and I would be more than happy to guide you through the process.   And if seeing the homes on the tour inspires you to find your next home, we can make your own little tour based on your specific interests and needs of your dream home.

If on top of the Denver Parade of Homes you are looking for more to do – well here you go.  I mentioned yesterday in my Day 32 post that this is clearly one of the most action packed weekends of the entire summer here in the south Denver suburbs.  On top of the Parade of Homes kick-off there is a ton going on.  Here is the list I posted yesterday as well with some of the activities occurring.  Feel free to post any others in the comments.

Littleton Western Welcome Week

Here’s just a sampling of events from Littleton’s WWW this weekend – full schedule here
– Saturday
– Horsehoe Rally in Cornerstone Park
– Goldpanning
– Stampede for Open Space
– Children’s Fishing Derby
– Old Towne Market
– Queen City Jazz

– Pancake Breakfast
– Kid Games of Old
– Stick Horse Stampede
– Rod & Custom Car Show
– Rubber Ducky Race

Lone Tree, CO
Taste of Lone Tree Saturday & Sunday
Big Screen On The Bluff – BlindSide – Saturday
Passport to Culture – Sunday

Highlands Ranch
Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games
Highlands Ranch Art Festival & Art Festival Wine Tasting
BackCountry on HorseBack Tour

Castle Rock
Fido Fest – Sunday at Festival Park

Englewood FunFest – Belleview Park

Pinery Art Show, Picnic & Fishing Derby – Saturday
Concerts in the Park – Sunday – O’Brien Park

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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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If you would like more information on the Denver area or more information on Highlands Ranch real estate, contact Steve at 720-849-6101.

Flickr + Video = Happy Denver Relocation Home Buyers

I have a Flickr account I use a litte, but here is a new way I am using it.    

I have some clients that are relocating to the Denver area.  They are very familiar with the area as they have lived here before.  I am very familiar with their needs & wants & what they like as I have worked with them before. 

At this point, they had flown into town on 2 separate occasions but had not yet found "the" house.  With their current home on the east coast Under Contract they didn't really plan to fly out here again until they move but most likely will buy something sight unseen.  With my very good understanding of what they are looking for, I knew this was do-able. 

2 very good possibilities have come about and I went ahead and brought my video camera with me to preview the homes.  The first time I brought my regular camera that does video clips.  That didn't work as well as I would have liked  – some of the clips didn't come out but I still had enough for what I needed plus I took some still shots too.  The second time I brought my not very much used yet Flip video camera with me.  I think prior to this my kids have used it more than I to film the puppy running around the house & yard. 

In both cases I kept my clips to under 90 seconds came home and got them on Flickr fast.  The reason I kept all of the clips under 90 seconds is so that I could just upload them individually without having to edit anything and cut it up into 90 second frames.  The Flip software let me compress them quickly to get them on Flickr. 

I was actually almost surprised at how easy it was and had I known I probably would have done it sooner.  And sure they are not professional stellar quality videos but it was exactly what the buyers needed to make a decision one way or another.  They had very specific questions about some of the features of the home that the available photos just didn't satisfy their curiosity.  I just created a Set in my Flickr account to load them too and emailed them the URL.  It was that easy. 

In both cases, these were brand new listing of homes that had just gone on the market that day.  Photos available were very limited.  I had my clients 2,000+ miles away watching videos within 4 hours of the listing becoming active. 

Homes in their range & location & desired features are still going fast – when things become available, we need to act rather quickly.  These 2 tools helped alleviated some of the stress that my buyers had of making quick decisions sight unseen.  Because now the sights were pretty much seen.

I know there are about a zillion other ways I can let people view the video – but this was easy for me and for my clients and it was fast.  I am sure I will look at other options too but in the meantime, this works.

Video on Flickr now has its place as part of my ever growing range of tools for full service.  And for the record, videoing a listing for a Denver relocation client is not what is new – but gone are the days of the big clunky camcorder and overnighting a CD.  Small & quick are where it is at.

By the way, if you are relocating to Denver, there are a bunch of photos on that Flickr account of the area to check out.

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