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Old 06-24-2007, 03:52 PM
 
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Hi:

Considering Highland Ranch and/or Castle Rock. Which would be better for young family - schools, child friendly (things to do for children), friendly community, safe neighborhood, parks, etc..

Thank you.
Shayami
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:26 PM
 
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Both are great places for a young family. Schools are good all around, and both communities have ample amenities for children. Have you visited yet?
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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I personally would say that both are good places. The final decision would probably be based on where you would work so that you can reduce your commute time.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:06 PM
 
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Default Havent visited yet

Hi:

Thanks for your reply. We are set to visit in August.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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You should visit and evaluate both areas and include Parker.

The best way to determine whether a community/city is righ for you is personal....you buy for emotional reasons...

Castle Rock is a city and the county seat for Douglas County, Highlands Ranch is a subdivision in unincorporated Douglas County.

HR is closer to Denver, DTC, and has a distinct suburban feel...Castle Rock is closer to Colorado Springs and is more "small town/hometown" vibe.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Highlands Ranch has very nice trails and green belts and 2 rec centers that everybody raves about.
Which two would those be? All four of them have indoor fitness equipment, indoor & outdoor pools, and each have their uniqueness...to help stave off boredom.

Eastridge with its indoor track and rock climbing wall, or Southridge with the ceramics studio and lazy river, or Northridge - with its racquetball courts or Westridge with the "whale pool" and batting cages. Not bad for $118 per household per quarter.
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Old 06-28-2007, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Broomfield
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I personally hate Highlands Ranch because of all the sprawl. I think the people are rude and the city is so generic and lacking in a community feeling.

As for Castle Rock, we lived there for nearly three years and it's a nice place to raise a family. We moved back to the NW suburbs because the south suburbs are too Christian for us.

Castle Rock schools are good (stay away from South Elementary). Our children attended Academy Charter K-8 and we loved it there; Spanish is part of the curriculum. The community Star Lighting is a wonderful holiday event complete with Santa Claus, a chili dinner at the Fire House, fireworks, and of course the lighting of the Castle Rock Star. We lived in Founders but the Meadows is closer to the action and it has The Grange.

The town is really cute and growing, has a strong sense of community and is a good place for young children (not too much to do for older kids unless they like hanging out at the pool a lot). We moved there because we thought it was a "cheap" Boulder but - like I said - it was just too religious for us. Oh, another BIG negative for us was the unwillingness of the CR City Council to become part of the RTD district. So, you have to travel about ten miles north (to Lincoln) to catch the lightrail.
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