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Teri Leonard - Van Schaack Realty Papers, 1981-1990

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2011-03-14
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CollectorLeonard, Teri
TitleTeri Leonard - Van Schaack Realty Papers
Dates: 1981-1990
Size1.09 cubic ft. (1 box 15 x 12 x 10 in.)
Abstract:This collection includes floor plans and price lists of several home building companies and housing developments in Highlands Ranch, a suburb of Denver in extreme northwest Douglas County. Although Mission Viejo was the main developer of Highlands Ranch, it had several divisions which provided different floor plans and pricing options. Limited information is also included in the collection about the development of the Meadows, a subdivision in Castle Rock, and about Stroh Ranch, a subdivision near Parker.
Collection Number1994.030
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged alphabetically by subject or company.

Scope and Content

The collection contains price lists, floor plans, sales material and introductory material for various housing developments in Highlands Ranch. Also included in the collection are real estate listings for houses sold by Van Schaack Realty, agreements signed with Mission Viejo, Market Reports from Teri Leonard, Douglas County Guides and Information Packets. Maps of Highlands Ranch, Littleton and of specific subdivisions are also included in the collection, though the larger maps (one of Highlands Ranch and one of Subdivisions in Douglas County) have been removed to the maps collection because of their size and accessibility.

Biography / History

1867 - David Gregory, the first homesteader on Highlands Ranch property, filed for 80 acres. Between 1867 and 1910, 189 filings were made within the ranch.

1890 - John Springer and Johanne Welte began to acquire Ranch land, eventually acquiring a 23,200 acre spread for cattle.

1920 - Springer's Ranch, along with other landholdings, was purchased and consolidated in 1920 by oil and real estate magnate, Waite Phillips -- brother of Phillips Petroleum founders Frank and L. E. Phillips.

1926 - Phillips sold the holdings to Frank Kistler, president of Wolhurst Stock Farms, for $425,000. Kistler converted the ranch to dairy/Angus cattle, sheep, hogs and chickens.

1929 - The Arapahoe Hunt was organized on the Ranch by Lawrence C. Phipps, Jr.

1937 - Financial difficulties forced Kistler to sell the Ranch to Lawrence C. Phipps, Jr. the present Ranch holdings, totalling 22,009 acres, were assembled by Phipps. He sold several of the peripheral parcels and added lands from the East Ranch and Cheese Ranch between 1937 and 1976.

1976 - Lawrence C. Phipps, Jr., died at the Highlands Ranch Mansion.

1977 - The Ranch was sold to a group of Denver businessmen.

1978 January - Mission Viejo Company entered into a two-year option agreement leading to the acquisition of Highlands Ranch. Mission Viejo Company initiated a three phase planning program to formulate a development plan for Highlands Ranch.

1979 April - Mission Viejo Company filed its application with Douglas County for a New Communities Permit and zoning for a planned community development.

1979 September - The zoning application was approved.

1979 December - The purchase of Highlands Ranch was consummated.

1980 August 4 - Mission Viejo Company began construction on the site of the new town of Highlands Ranch.

1981 August 1 - Public grand opening of the New town of Highlands Ranch.

1981 September - First family moves into new town of Highlands Ranch.

1994 April - Development of 50 acre park on site of Big Dry Creek Cheese Ranch (1870's to 1938.)

1995 July 18 - Cheese Ranch dedication.

1997 March - Study completed on Highlands Ranch incorporation. Highlands Ranch first championship golf course to open 1998.

Access Terms

Castle Pines (Colo.)
Highlands Ranch (Colo.)
Land subdivision
Land use
Parker (Colo.)
Roxborough (Colo.)


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Teri Leonard - Van Schaack Realty Papers, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Local History Collection by Teri Leonard, a realtor for Van Schaack Realty

Processing Information

Processed by Shaun Boyd, October 2009.

Related Material

The Douglas County History Research Center has Ephemera files on various companies documented in the collection.

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