Clock Tower in Highlands Ranch
WINNERTop 100 rank: 12
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Just 12 miles southeast of Denver, Highlands Ranch is a young unincorporated community -- only 27 years old this year. Settled by Native Americans long ago, it remained a series of farms and ranches until the 1980s brought suburban development.
The community is home to the Highlands Ranch Mansion, or "Castle Isabel," a turn-of-the-century, 22,000-square foot structure built by a wealthy resident in 1904.
Though the area is still unincorporated – you might not find it on a map – community is strong here. All Highlands Ranch residents must follow a community covenant that has firm guidelines on housing modification, fencing, and contribution to the local library and recreation centers.
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