Where It Is Located—Highlands Ranch
BackCountry, a luxury gated community, is bounded on the north by Wildcat Reserve Parkway, on the east by Skydance Drive, on the west by BackCountry Drive and on the south by its own private wilderness area.
What Makes It Special—Historic Wilderness Area
Resident Amy Erickson says she and husband Sean moved to BackCountry in 2013. “We picked BackCountry after touring the development, and the decision point came down to the gated community, the Sundial House and the adjacent wilderness areas,” she explains.
Mary Jones, broker with Kentwood Real Estate says, “The Sundial House is the community club house, which features an outdoor pool, Pike’s Pub and community and spa rooms.” Adds Amy, “The club has a huge fitness facility, a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes or private events and gathering areas where you can relax.”
In 1988, the BackCountry developer agreed with Douglas County, the Highlands Ranch Community Association and Sand Creek Cattle Company to preserve the land for open space, recreation, public facilities and wildlife habitat enhancement. That agreement produced the Backcountry Wilderness Area, which encompasses around 460 acres of open space.
The Homes—High-End Single Family
Cheryl Haflich, marketing director with Shea Homes, says, “The architecture of the homes is designed for Colorado mountain-style living with Colorado Craftsman, historic mansions and ranch-style villas that blend with the lay of the land.”
Why It’s Hot—Access to Everything
“Now this is where it gets interesting,” says Erickson. “There are five major grocery stores within a seven-minute drive. “We have tons of options for shopping, from the nearby Town Center to Park Meadows and Aspen Grove and easy access to downtown.”
There are numerous restaurants in nearby shopping areas as well as the Pike’s Pub in the Sundial House. “We love Rice Bistro in Aspen Grove; it has some of the best sushi in town. We often eat at Old Blinking Light in the Town Center and just ate at Parry’s Pizza. We don’t really drive more than 10 minutes to eat at great restaurants,” Erickson describes.
BackCountry residents love the Sundial House, which is built on the highest ridge in the development and features glorious views. “On Friday and Saturday nights, Pike’s Pub serves wonderful food, wine and also has live music,” Erickson says.
On the development of the Sundial House, Haflich describes, “There was a painstaking process to build the Sundial House so the vantage point from the pool and the outdoor amphitheater provided a panoramic view of the surrounding area with 360-degree views.”
Jones concurs, “It’s a great place to meet neighbors and they even host concerts in the outdoor amphitheater.”
“Living here is really experiencing resort-style living. The pool is lovely with the surrounding views. At such a high elevation, it feels like you’re in an airplane,” describes Erickson. Sealing the deal for the Erickson’s and a majority of BackCountry homeowners is the private 460-acre wilderness area that includes trails from that meander through the open space as well as a series of trails and parks within the development. Haflich says, “When the development is fully built out, there will be six parks within.”
With close proximity to E-470, homeowners find it easy to access the mountain communities, downtown and DIA. Erickson says the light rail at Aspen Grove “is faster than driving to get to downtown.”
Who Lives Here—All Walks of Life
“Young professionals, singles, empty nesters, families with children, couples and a variety of other individuals live in BackCountry so it provides a very fun and interesting lifestyle for all,” explains Jones.
What You Will Pay—Mid-Six to Seven Figures
“Homes range in price from the $500s to well over $1 million. A lot of the prices depend on the number of upgrades added on to the original build,” shares Jones.
Children in public schools attend Stone View Elementary, Ranch View Middle and ThunderRidge High, which are all the Douglas County School District. Private options are available through Arma Dei Academy, Cherry Hills Christian and Valor Christian High School.
Kathy Smith is a freelance writer and editor who has been published in local and national publications. She is a chef, mother of four and a fitness enthusiast.
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