Street and Park Names in Highlands Ranch: In the Beginning 2


 In the Beginning

 Have you ever wondered:

1. Where the first houses built in Highland Ranch are located?

 2. What is the significance of that street name?? Or park name?

3. Why was this park named “Springer Park”?   and on and on???

 Well wonder no more!!

 Many Street and Park names in Highlands Ranch have very definite historical ties!!

 And many have no ties except perhaps to pizza and beer!!

(yes,  pizza and beer may have played a role in naming our local area!!)

Let’s have fun exploring the History and Meaning of Highlands Ranch Streets and Parks in this first of several episodes.


Mission Viejo     purchased the Phipps Ranch, also known as Highlands Ranch, from Marvin Davis in 1978, shortly after the 1976 death of Lawrence Phipps Jr.

Soon afterward, coming here from Mission Viejo in California, City Planner Jim Toepfer went to work planning and leading the initial development of HR.


Mission Viejo (MV) hired the Advertising Firm of Brock and Associates to assist in marketing. 

Unexpectedly one day, Kathi Brock, owner of the firm, was asked to help with street naming!!  

Here is what she had to say about that!!   Click HERE for the short video clip.

The first homes were built  starting in 1981 and sold by MV in what is today the subdivisions just to the north and south of Northridge Park and Rec Center. 

The first property Filing (Filing #1, Block 1) was located at what is now Northridge Park Rd and Jack Rabbit Place.  Models homes were located on Jack Rabbit Place.  Prairie Ridge Rd, the street adjoining to the east of Jack Rabbit, was Filing #1, Block 2. 

The model homes for the Bayfield subdivision  (pictured) were on Jack Rabbit, but the first home to be sold was just to the south, on the other side of the Northridge Recreation Center. This area was known by the subdivision name of “The Grove”.  These first homes built and sold in 1981 were priced in the $90,000s

Notice the antelope in this picture of the Billboard advertising the Grand Opening of Highlands Ranch. 

The first homes were priced from the $70’s $90’s and low $100’s. 

Interest rates at the time (1981) were high!  Around 18% or higher. 


The first official homeowner in the “new” Highlands Ranch was the  Scott Family (Phil and Kaye Scott and their infant daughter Sarah).  Their house, on Coyote St. just to the south of Northridge Rec Center, closed on Sept. 28, 1981 for $90,900.  It was located in HR Filing # 1, Block 8 and was a 3 bedroom 2 bath split level, with 1663 sq. ft.  located in the Groves subdivision.   According to the Scotts, there was a lottery and drawing for the winning homeowner.  Along with winning that lottery, they also received a full-grown steer, which was turned into steaks!   The Scotts enjoyed their new home and plenty of dinners!

Still Standing and lovely today, almost 40 years later, that first house is surrounded by large mature trees and a lush green landscape, quite a change from the stark and barren lot it was on that 1981 sale date so many years ago. 


The “New Town” of Highlands Ranch with “first residents” had  begun!


Article Date: 
Friday, August 7, 2020


I remember it. can not believe what we have built over the last 40 years!!!!! "Beautiful place to raise your family"!!! which was the theme in development of Highlands ranch. A Job well done!!!!!

I love hearing all of these stories about Ranch and how it began! Thank you so much for doing this during the time we are all confined to quarters!

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