In the Beginning: The First House



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. The Scotts and their infant daughter Sarah are coming down the steps of their soon-to-be new home.  Not only was the home new, but there was no exterior landscaping yet.  


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, 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 Scotts planted an apple tree in the backyard, and according to the current owners, Paul and Judy Steiner, the apple tree is still there and they are enjoying the fruits of the Scott's labors!

The Scotts returned to their first home, met up with the Steiners, and had a few laughs and good stories.  The Scotts lived in the home for 11 years, and moved on to another home in Highlands Ranch.  The Steiners purchased from the Scotts and are still in the home today..  Here both families enjoy the front steps!

And the Scotts reuinted on the steps with their daughter and son, who was NOT in the first picture!   They have been busy building a lovely family in Highlands Ranch all of these 40 years.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Highlands Ranch home to be sold, the Highlands Ranch Historical Society met up with the Scotts and the Steiners and presented this plaque to the house and it's occupants. 

Watch the 3 minute video presentation here. Happy Anniversary!



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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