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Old 01-18-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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Dude, our kids' activities were mostly in Castle Rock (20-30 minutes away from home), and some in Highlands Ranch. Of course the activity schedules aren't coordinated for efficient travel. My wife was on the road at least 4 hours a day.

There are two kids' soccer leagues and a lot of activities through the Castle Rock Rec. Center. Probably there are others we don't know about. Living outside Castle Rock you have to buy a non-resident membership, which is well worth it. A couple of years ago Castle Rock voters turned down a ballot measure to build a new Rec Center to serve the growing population. The current center is very crowded. I hope they will try again.

I moved to Castle Pines North, which is about 30 minutes from our old house and right in the middle of all our activities. It's hard to give up the big lot but it sure is convenient, especially since the kids can walk to school.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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Dude, our kids' activities were mostly in Castle Rock (20-30 minutes away from home), and some in Highlands Ranch. Of course the activity schedules aren't coordinated for efficient travel. My wife was on the road at least 4 hours a day.

There are two kids' soccer leagues and a lot of activities through the Castle Rock Rec. Center. Probably there are others we don't know about. Living outside Castle Rock you have to buy a non-resident membership, which is well worth it. A couple of years ago Castle Rock voters turned down a ballot measure to build a new Rec Center to serve the growing population. The current center is very crowded. I hope they will try again.

I moved to Castle Pines North, which is about 30 minutes from our old house and right in the middle of all our activities. It's hard to give up the big lot but it sure is convenient, especially since the kids can walk to school.
How is the recreation center in Castle Rock. I heard a few years ago there were serious overcrowding problems in 2002 when the pop was 22,000. I know they were planning on building a second rec center but I guess it got shot down and they instead expanded the one they have in town now? Witht the populataion in the 40000 range and expecte to go to 70000-80000 in a few years that sounds bad unless they build another one.

We are actually looking at home sin the North Castle Pines are and was wondering CastlePines had it's own recreation center?
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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Delta, CPN also had an election for a Rec Center and turned it down. The CR Rec Center was not expanded much but the town sure has, so the crowding is even worse. Highlands Ranch has good Rec Centers that are not over-crowded. Perhaps someone in HR can tell us if it's possible to get a non-resident membership. Southridge Rec Center in HR is fairly close to CPN.
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:42 AM
 
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Delta, CPN also had an election for a Rec Center and turned it down. The CR Rec Center was not expanded much but the town sure has, so the crowding is even worse. Highlands Ranch has good Rec Centers that are not over-crowded. Perhaps someone in HR can tell us if it's possible to get a non-resident membership. Southridge Rec Center in HR is fairly close to CPN.
Wow, thanks for the info. The rec cneter for my wife, I an our two kids is huge thing. It is actually a big enough deal that we wouln't move to a town if it is bad as your post hints it to be in the Pines and the Rock. Between this and voting not to be part of the Denver light rail. Castle Rock really seems to be making some really poor choices for new community especially one that is suppose to be the next Parker. And with the water issues down there we are now understanding why so many homes are on the market there at a low price.
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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The rec center for my wife, I and our two kids is huge thing. It is actually a big enough deal that we wouln't move to a town if it is bad as your post hints it to be....
In the sticky on HR, there is a discussion of the 4, yes, FOUR rec centers in HR. Go to that thread and use the Search This Thread tool with key words like rec or center or recreation to see the discussions of those places.
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:36 AM
 
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In the sticky on HR, there is a discussion of the 4, yes, FOUR rec centers in HR. Go to that thread and use the Search This Thread tool with key words like rec or center or recreation to see the discussions of those places.
Thanks. I will try that.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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Default Larkspur hiking/biking trails?

Hi,

I just moved to the Perry Park Ranch subdivsion in Larkspur. So far it's been great. Love the wildlife and natural setting. Does anyone know where hiking/biking trails can be accessed? Is there any access to Pike National Forest from any of the roads near Red Rock Dr?

Thanks,
David
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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Smile Investing in Larkspur : In Mountains -- how wise is it ?

Hello good Folks,

I am from Dallas and planning to move to COS area. I have affinity to live in mountains.I Liked Larkspur area while in my last 3-4 visits, hence planning to settle there.

I am currently researching on the following questions.

1] How wise is it now to buy/build house on mountain areas (Perry Park / Elk Park road / Mountain Ranch Road ...etc in actual mountain base hills ) in Larkspur ? Especially in the time of "deep-dive" behaviour of RealEstate industry nation-wide ?
2] Any knows issues for example road conditions in winters, power /heating gas unavailability .. and /or issues about other basic amenities year-round on the mountan areas? What would be the aspect of future growth of the Larkspur area ?
3] What is the expected appreciation in home / land values in the area ? Real estate market is going "uphill" or "downhill" in the area ?

Any word of advice would be really appreciated.

Regards,
Vinay
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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1] How wise is it now to buy/build house on mountain areas (Perry Park / Elk Park road / Mountain Ranch Road ...etc in actual mountain base hills ) in Larkspur ? Especially in the time of "deep-dive" behaviour of RealEstate industry nation-wide ?
2] Any knows issues for example road conditions in winters, power /heating gas unavailability .. and /or issues about other basic amenities year-round on the mountan areas? What would be the aspect of future growth of the Larkspur area ?
3] What is the expected appreciation in home / land values in the area ? Real estate market is going "uphill" or "downhill" in the area ?

Any word of advice would be really appreciated.

Regards,
Vinay [/SIZE]

Where are you going to work (in COS?) What line of work are you in?
Larkspur has a nice location for getting to jobs in both COS and Denver. I live near Monument and share this advantage too.

Questions 1 and 3 cannot be answered, only guessed at. (Be careful about reading responses from people writing what you want to read.) My guess is middle America (Colorado, Texas) won't get slammed as much as California.

Question 2: I have never heard of any problems with energy supply other than what might occur in an emergency (like a transformer going down). Roads are almost always open but like anywhere else where it is below freezing and/or it snows the roads can get icy and slippery. Larkspur isn't really that remote as implied in the question (...mountain areas...). It is ten minutes from both Monument and Castle Rock. Both towns have amenities and Monument (near Baptist Road or 15 minutes from Larkspur) is building malls, theaters, and even an indoor water park.
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Watch out for Monument Hill!!
It IS and can be a bear of a drive if you are not used to it!!

Larkspur is nice. I think if you want to be " out of the mainstream" , it would suit you just fine.
Of course, I don't think that anywhere one can walk downhill to a "main" road is considered "in the middle of nowhere".

If you want to be in the middle of COS and Denver....I would suggest Castle Rock. If you can't get out of there because of the weather, then you aren't going anywhere. JMO.

By the way, when I was growing up, Castle Rock was a 1 restaurant/bus stop town where no one wanted to live. If I would have known..........
Has anyone ever noticed how the "rock" looks like a boat/ship, not a castle??

I know that everyone says NOT to pay attention to the Renaissance Festival there every summer but, it is quite the draw!! I like it and have gone every summer since I don't know when!! Exept for this last summer (2007) when I decided to be stupid and move to Florida!!!!!!!!!!! AH WELL, Live and Learn!
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