Where It Is—Southeast Suburbs
Located in the heart of Lone Tree, RidgeGate is west and east of I-25, bounded on the north by Lincoln Avenue. It is a sprawling 3,500 acres that meanders east and west of I-25.The development of the community is planned to grow slowly over the next 20 plus years.
What Makes It Special—Walkability and Easy Access
RE/MAX Broker Associate Bonnie Emmett describes, “Some of my clients are not aware of RidgeGate. They are pleasantly surprised. They love that walkability and easy access to Lincoln Commons retail shopping, Lone Tree recreation center, Bluffs Regional Park, Sky Ridge hospital, Lone Tree Arts Center, Park Meadows Mall, I-25 and the Lincoln Light Rail station. I don't think people know how nice this area is and that it will keep growing over the next 20 plus years. So many people are looking for a new home with a smaller yard and want to be close to everything, and this is the perfect fit.”
The Homes—Townhouses, Patio Homes and Single Family
Emmett says, “On resale properties, there are townhouses, patio homes and homes. I had a townhouse this spring that sold in two days. The townhouses have 1,300 to 2,700 square feet and some have a three-car garage. Prices on townhouses range from $273,000 to $500,000. The patio homes and homes range from more than $500,000 to $1,000,000.
Why It’s Hot—New Urbanism
RidgeGate is a new urbanism community that offers a mix of residences, retail, office, cultural and recreational facilities. Environmental awareness is at the forefront of planning for the neighborhood; over 1,000 acres of parks, trails, natural habitat and open space keep RidgeGate connected to nature.
Not only is there access to shopping, dining and theater, but RidgeGate is conveniently located close to I-25 and the light rail station at Lincoln Avenue to provide residents easy access to downtown. RidgeGate is located a mile south of Park Meadows mall, which has some of Denver’s premier shopping opportunities.
Sky Ridge Hospital is a stone’s throw from the development as is the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, the Lone Tree Arts Center and the Lone Tree Recreation Center. The community offers 15 million square feet of retail and office space in West Village and the City Center. Restaurants, medical practices, big box retail and shops abound. “Cabela’s just opened in RidgeGate and is doing well,” states Emmett.
RidgeGate is the first all-solar neighborhood in Colorado. The concept is to keep the neighborhood dense and diverse for an easy walk to shopping, dining and entertaining. RidgeGate is also located in one of the wealthiest and healthiest region in the metropolitan area. Coventry Development Corporation is the master community developer and has chosen the slogan, “Building at the Speed of Need.” Coventry’s vision included merging the horizon of the open space with the urban density.
One of Colorado’s most popular trails is right in the heart of RidgeGate—the Bluffs. There is more than 1,000 acres of preserved open space, the two-mile Bluffs trail winds through the open space and presents spectacular vistas of the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Schweiger Ranch is a cultural destination located in the southeast quadrant of RidgeGate. It was historically restored to give visitors a glimpse of ranching life in the 1800s. Guided and self-guided tours are available weekends from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Who Lives Here—A Mix of People
“There is truly a big mix of people from single parents, young people in the apartments, families and retired empty nesters and a big range of young professionals and medical professionals in this high density urbanscape community, ” describes Emmett.
What You’ll Pay—From $270’s to $1,000,000
“The prices range from $273,000 for town houses up to $1,000,000 for custom homes,” says Emmett. The amenities in this sprawling development include shopping, dining, numerous services, cultural offerings, medical and dental and entertainment.
Douglas County Public School and library districts support RidgeGate. Acres Green and Eagle Ridge Elementary, Cresthill Middle School and Highlands Ranch High School serve the residents of RidgeGate.
Kathy Smith is a freelance writer, editor and chef who contributes to many local magazines.