COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHTS

There are dozens of enclaves, subdivisions, and communities in total that feed into Cherry Creek High School.  Since 1955, Cherry Creek HS has enjoyed an almost endless legacy of change.  From the structures on campus to the students in the hallways, CCHS continues its metamorphosis even today almost uninterrupted.

Due to its location on the edge of Greenwood Village, and its proximity to Cherry Hills Village, some very expensive homes reside within the school’s boundaries.  That being said, the neighborhoods feeding CCHS come from all directions and all price ranges.  From the most modest to the most magnificent, all spectrums of the residential matrix are represented.  I have linked this snippet to a chart of average prices and to the history of school above. Take a moment to learn about this most unique of suburban institutions.

Welcome to Foxfield, Colorado! The Town of Foxfield is located in Arapahoe County approximately 10 miles SE of Denver near the intersection of Parker and Arapahoe RoadsFoxfield’s close proximity to downtown Denver and the Denver Tech Center, their large lot rural residential horse properties, mountain views, independent spirit, small town atmosphere, and a growing commercial district make it a desirable place to call home.  Here are the facts:  Incoroporated…………….1994  Population.………………….900  Total Area(sq mi.)……….1.25  Number of homes.……….280

Although small, Foxfield is an active market with anywhere from 5-10 active listings at any given time.  If you have a deeper interest, please follow this link to a history of sales activity over the last three years.

From 1891 to 1904, the first phase of the Highlands Ranch Mansion, originally called Castle Isabel, was built. Around that same time, property owner John Springer purchased additional land, bringing his total holdings to 23,000 acres. The acreage changed hands several more times until 1937, when Lawrence C. Phipps, Jr., son of a U.S. Senator from Colorado, bought it for cattle ranching.

After Phipps’ death, the property was owned briefly by Highland Ventures and then by Mission Viejo Company in 1978. In 1981, the Phil and Kaye Scott family led a group of “pioneer” homeowners to the Highlands Ranch we know today, where homes were built and districts were created.

A new era of ownership was heralded in August 1997 as Shea Homes purchased the property and began the vital community we enjoy today!

Today, Highlands Ranch is an unincorporated entity run by Metro Districts with a population exceeding 100,000.  A three year sales history and average price trend is accessible via this link and even more stories about Highlands Ranch can be found by clicking on the picture above.

The City of Cherry Hills Village sits near the western edge of Arapahoe County, which was the first county in Colorado. Residents of Cherry Hills Village chose to incorporate in 1945 due to concerns about adjacent development, including a proposal for a new regional airport near Cherry Hills Village. By incorporating, the City had the authority to establish an ordinance to regulate the lowest altitude at which airplanes could fly over the City. Ironically, Denver decided to locate its airport elsewhere, and Cherry Hills Village never passed an ordinance governing flight elevations.
After incorporating, the City’s first priority was to put essential city services into place. In the mean time, citizens volunteered their services as town treasurer, marshal, attorney, city clerk, and judge. The city clerk worked out of her home, court took place on a porch in a backyard, and police and road departments worked out of their personal vehicles.  For more on Cherry Hills Village click on this link & To Become a Fan. Or for Cherry Hills Market Data.

As many of you know, we’ve lived in Homestead for over 20 years now.  With this vehicle at my disposal, I thought it would only be relevant write about my neighborhood.  Enjoy my story about Homestead in the Willows: MyTownCryer Blog

Each month, I will Spotlight one Community.  Feel free to suggest one. I’m going to start with my beginnings in Denver and end in my current community.  That will take a few months.  By then, I hope I have some suggestions from you!

This month we will be focusing on the University of Denver Neighborhood.  DU is experiencing a continuing trend of gentrification.  From Victorians to Bungalows to Ranches to Neo-Hybrid-Millennium Styles, DU has it all.  Add a few Apartments, Duplexes and even some Luxury Condos & Townhomes, and this heterogeneous blend of improvements makes for an exciting environment.  With millions spent on campus in the last few years, DU is maturing into Little Cambridge, if you will.  Here’s what’s happened over the last couple of years marketwise. But, without leaving this page, here is a quick look: Highest Price: $950,000  Lowest Price: $171,000  Average Price: $363,000  Price Change Last 12 Months: -7.7%     For more, click above on “Here’s what’s happened….”.  A report like this can be created for your community too!

Don’t forget Observatory Park!

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