When I first moved to Denver in ‘96, I was single and everyone told me I should live in Washington Park. I rented a basement apartment on S. Gaylord St. and loved every minute of it. I spent just about every day running back and forth between my rental and the park. The advice was spot on. Being single and living in Wash Park was a perfect match.
After three years of being there, I met my wife, got married, and wanted to get a home for us. The prices in Washington Park were not conducive to a newly married couple with little income; so Jennifer suggested the unthinkable… that we move out to the suburbs. More specifically, she wanted to check out Highlands Ranch because she had heard so many good things about young people moving there. I thought moving to suburbia would be a fate worse than death and I was just steps away from a minivan. I went to look at homes in Highlands Ranch with Jennifer kicking and screaming. We landed in Kentley Hills and she fell in love with a Ryland home there that backed to open space. Ryland was closing out the project and selling their model home at the end of the cul-de-sac. Good timing for them, bad for me because once Jennifer saw that house she was hooked. We looked at other homes, but Jennifer kept coming back to that Ryland home in Kentley Hills.
As you can imagine like any new husband wanting to please his wife I acquiesce. We bought that home and moved to a place I said I would never live. This is the part of the story where I eat crow. That house and moving to Highlands Ranch was the best decision we ever made together as a couple. I love living in Highlands Ranch. I love that everything is less than five minutes away from me like the dry cleaner, multiple grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, gas stations, hardware stores and yes, plenty of restaurants. I love the people in Highlands Ranch but after living there 15 years, I am convinced that no-one likes to cook. I base that on the number of restaurants and the fact that they are always packed. I have four different recreation centers to use as part of my HOA dues. All of them have indoor and outdoor pools, plus full fitness facilities. There are hundreds of miles of walking and biking trails and there are more athletic programs for my kids than I can schedule in a week. My neighbors are great and life is good. My wife was right and I was wrong (this might be the first time a husband has put that in print).
In short, if you are thinking about a community and a home I would check out Kentley Hills in Highlands Ranch.
Dan Polimino is an Owner/Broker with the Colorado Dream House Team, Keller Williams Realty DTC. Contact Dan at 303-522-1161, firstname.lastname@example.org, codreamhouse.com or coloradodreamhouse.com