Douglas County Colorado Enjoys the Good Life

According to Forbes metro Denver suburb county, Douglas County ranks 8th on the wealth scale.  Residents have an average median income of $97,480 annually.

Douglas County has also been one of the fastest growing counties in the country of recent years.  People are attracted to this south metro Denver location because of the excellent school system, abundance of newer housing, planned communities, proximity to Denver Tech Center, Downtown Denver  and views of the Rocky Mountains.

Douglas County is known to be partial to preserving open space.  Seeing sprawling horse ranches, county parks and greenbelts is by design, not accident.

Neighborhoods Within Douglas County

Popular communities within Douglas County are Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Roxborough, Parker, Larkspur, Sedalia and Castle Rock the County Seat.

Each community has a different flavor.  For instance Highlands Ranch is a planned community with a variety of homes across many price ranges.  Highlands Ranch offers four outstanding indoor recreation centers with all types of sporting activities and exercise equipment.  These amenities are included in the monthly HOA dues.

Nearby Parker has a town center and many strip mall type stores, but it also offers rural living that is very attractive to horse owners and those who prefer larger lots.

Castle Rock has both and old downtown and a brand new shopping area.  It is home to a large Outlet Mall too.  Castle Rock has homes from very affordable up to luxury estates.

Roxborough is a unique community located in the foothills.  Housing in this area is also diverse in price range.  The famous Roxborough State Park is nearby, featuring red rock formations so spectacular, National Geographic named it America's Most Beautiful State Park. Golfers in the know will recognize the popular Arrowhead Golf Club.

The City of Lone Tree is also located in the northern part of Douglas County, adjacent to I-25.  This progressive community is fairly new as Cities go and has it's own Mayor and City council to govern.  Lone Tree is the most convenient to Downtown Denver thanks to the RTD Lightrail Station located at Lincoln St.  This future "GoBurb" community enjoys the convenience of suburban living with clean and reliable public transportation.

Price ranges of homes are

Douglas County 2009 2010 Change
New Listings 1,128 1,210 +7.3%
Sold 225 294 +30.7%
Median Sold Price* $265,000 $291,500 +10.0%
Average Sold Price* $314,557 #335,457 +6.6%
Percent of Sold Price to List Price* 96.6% 97.1% +0.5%
Total Days on Market 115 108 -5.9%
Active Listings NA 2,853 --
Pending Sales** NA 52 --

Photo Credits: Kristal Kraft taken of Parker home with a view of Pikes Peak in the distance.

Credits: Colorado County map and Statistics from Forbes.com