Douglas County, Colorado was originally roamed by the Native American Indians. Based at the foothills, they were shielded from the big snows of the mountains, yet still high enough in altitude to be out of the extreme heat of the plains. Here the Indians chose to make this area their home. The tall native grasses provided food for the game they sought - buffalo, deer, elk, antelope, bobcats, coyotes, bear, mountain lion, fox, rabbit and all other types of wildlife which roamed the area then, and still do today. The gamble oak, towering pines and rock outcroppings provided shade, housing, and nuts for the Indians. The rolling hills, buttes and plateaus gave them the opportunity to see for miles and miles watching for upcoming storms or enemies entering their territory. This beautiful area was considered sacred, as was Pikes Peak which many traveled through this area to visit. Throughout Douglas County you may even catch a glimpse a Ute Indian Prayer Tree!
As Denver became a boom town to the north and the settlers began moving in, many were drawn to Douglas County due to the promise of gold. Douglas County was created in 1861. The homestead act of 1864 brought other pioneers to "claim their land" and some of these original homesteads are still in existence today. The gold mining was not a big success in Douglas County, but Rhyiolite, a reddish type of stone found in the towering Buttes and used for building was. Mining Rhyiolite became the main stay of the town of Castle Rock through this period. Rhyiolite can be seen in many of the historic buildings in the area. The Denver-Rio Grand Railway was put in to ship stone, cheese, and timber to growing Denver and continued southwards. The original train depot now houses the Castle Rock Museum.
As time went on and Ryhiolite went out of fashion, Douglas County became a sleepy ranching and farming community, full of wide open spaces, tremendous mountain views and easy access to Denver or Colorado Springs. When I moved to Castle Rock from Arvada in 1983, the population was approximately 3500 residents in Castle Rock. Today is exceeds 65,000 residents. This is only the town limits of Castle Rock and not including the rural areas or other municipalities. So you can imagine the growth the area has seen. This type of growth can be hard to manage, but Douglas County has had the vision through the years to retain the small town atmosphere, open spaces and yet bring the daily conveniences and commerical businesses in. Here are a list of some of the awards the area has received:
Castle Rock and Douglas County have continually won awards throughout the years. Castle Rock is consistently listed within the top 20 small cities to reside in the entire nation. Douglas County, due to the outdoor lifestyle here, consistently lands in one of the healthiest counties in the nation as well. Here are some other milestones which have been awarded through the recent past.
US News Listed Douglas County has not only the healthiest county in the state of Colorado, but in the Nation!
Biz Journal - Listed Castle Rock in the top 4 Cities in the Nation to Raise a Family
Forbes Magazine – Listed Douglas County within the Top 8 Wealthiest Counties in the Nation
Huffington Post – Listed Douglas County number 2 of the Top 10 Best Counties in America
CNN Magazine – Listed Castle Rock within the Top 4 Best Places to Live in America
Huffington Post – Listed Highlands Ranch as the number 2 for the Best Places for Young Families
Huffington Post – Listed Castle Rock within the top 5 Best Places for Young Families
Huffington Post – Listed Parker within the top 6 Best Places for Young Families
CNN Money Magazine – Listed Parker within the top 12 Best Places to Live
CNN Magazine – Listed Castle Rock within the top 16 Towns to Live In
Rated as the Healthiest County to live in for several years in a row.
Family Circle Magazine - Listed Castle Rock within the Top Best Places to Raise a Family
Pediatrics.About.com – Listed Colorado within the Top 5 Places to Raise a Family
Travel Magazine – Listed Denver as the 5th Healthiest City in America
Prevention Magazine – Listed Denver within the top 15 Happiest and Healthiest Cities
Golf Digest – Listed Colorado within the Top 6 States for Golf and Top Public Courses
Depending on your housing desires and your lifestyle, the northern border of Douglas County is located within the south suburban corridor of Denver. Here you will find plenty of shopping, entertainment, easy access to downtown or the mountains, and is very close to the Denver Technological Center, also known as DTC. This area encompasses Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and the northern portions of Parker on the eastern side of the county.
Just 10 minutes south is the municipality of Castle Pines. Castle Pines North is a lovely housing area ranging form townhomes to multi million dollar properties with lovely views of the mountains. Castle Pines now has their own commercial area for your daily needs. Castle Pines Village is a gated community with lot sizes ranging from 1/3rd of an acre to one acre sites. Castle Pines is nested in the towering pines with an old historical castle nearby, thus giving it it's name.
10 Minutes further to the south is the town of Castle Rock which offers all types of styles of living and neighborhoods. Castle Rock is the Douglas County Seat and the holds "the heart" of Douglas County. Here you can enjoy the old historical downtown area and celebrations combined with modern day living. It's a gem...
To the east of Castle Rock is Sedalia, and old ranching community and basically looks the same as it did 75 years ago. This area is comprised of small and larger acreage properties. Cattle ranches still operate on a daily basis as does many horse operations. Charming and Quaint...
South of Castle Rock is the town of Larkspur. Much of Larkspur is wooded and beautiful red rock outcroppings exist throughout the area. Called the Hidden Secret....
To the east of Castle Rock you will find the rural area of Franktown which adjoins with the town of Parker to the north. Franktown was once the stage coach stop out of Denver. It is the ultimate in privacy...
Parker is larger then Castle Rock and also offers many amenities and all types of life styles. Parker also has a historical downtown area. Parker enjoys a panoramic view of the Mountains!
I chose to live, work and play in Douglas County Colorado. Here I enjoy assisting home buyers and sellers. I list and sell all types of properties in the area. Here you may chose which ever life style you prefer. Whether it be in town with the ease of conveniences, rural acreage for privacy, horse property, golf course, townhomes/condos vacant land or custom building. You may find it all in Douglas County with the municipalities of Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Pines, Parker, Larkspur, Sedalia, Franktown and the neighboring areas in Elizabeth in Elbert County or Monument and Palmer Lake just to the south in northern El Paso County. Would you like more information? Please feel free to contact me! I am more than happy to assist. Here I am below with my horse, Buddy.....