Q: What will be the responsibilities of the BackCountry Homeowners Association?
A: BackCountry is a unique community in Highlands Ranch with a large open space and trail system, private amenities and private roads. The Association will gradually take over ownership and maintenance of 707 acres of private open space, the private clubhouse and pool facility (“Sundial House”), the entry gate systems, gatehouse and roadways.
Q: What are the association assessments for BackCountry?
A: The monthly assessment for BackCountry is $265 per month. This will cover open space maintenance and irrigation costs, snow removal on private roads, Sundial House and pool facility operating costs, curb-side trash collection, long-term reserves and replacement accounts, administrative and management costs, and staffing assistance for association sponsored activities and programs. Some neighborhoods in BackCountry will have specialized services, for instance, townhomes with exterior maintenance responsibilities. These homes will have an additional assessment that is specifically based on the costs associated with those services.
Q: Have the fencing materials been selected for home sites and what will the height restrictions be?
A: In order to preserve the open space feel found at BackCountry, we’ve selected open rail fencing for this community. Materials are similar in look to those currently being used along the community’s perimeter and areas backing to open space. Height cannot exceed five feet.
Q: Explain the private streets to me. Will there be a guard at the entry gate?
A: BackCountry is a private, gated community. As such, the monthly assessments for the BackCountry Association include maintenance of these private roadways, along with snow removal. Additionally, with the intimate street layout throughout the community, there will be some areas within BackCountry that do not feature on-street parking. However, please remember, there will be ample designated street parking throughout the community. In-depth information on this topic will be available by contacting your sales representative. The gatehouse will be staffed during business hours ensuring that all visitors start at the Discovery Center and receive the required gate access card. Please see a Discovery Center representative for specific details about obtaining a gate access card and how the access system will function.
Q: You’ve said that BackCountry will have approximately 707 acres of open space. Acreage calculations are a mystery to me … help me understand what 707 acres of open space means. And, how big is the entire community of BackCountry?
A: Overall, BackCountry is approximately 1,100 acres. Of that, some 400 acres have been set aside for residential, while the balance of about 650 acres is open space. That includes the open space corridors and park areas within the community, as well as the 467 acres of private open space at the community’s southern border. To give you a sense of scale of the open space, a standard football field is a little larger than one acre, right around 1.2 acres. This means that the private open space in BackCountry is about the size of 560 football fields. Redstone Park, including the stadium site, is approximately 45 acres …. the private open space would be equal to about 15 Redstone Parks. Another way to think about the size of the community is in dimensions – Backcountry is 1.7 miles wide from east to west, and 1.3 miles wide from north to south.
Q: That’s a lot of open space – what is included in these areas?
A: The open space has two major components. The first area, of about 240 acres, includes the open space corridors surrounding the neighborhood enclaves, six neighborhood parks including park areas around the Sundial House (private clubhouse), and the Discovery Center (information center at entry). It also includes several miles of hard and soft surface trails, trail lighting and irrigation ponds. The second area is 467 acres of natural open space which is just south of the top ridge of the community. This natural open space was carved out of the larger Backcountry Wilderness Area several years ago, and set aside specifically for the private use of BackCountry homeowners. Referred to as South Rim, this open space area includes over 7 miles of hiking and biking trails and is a great place to hike, bird-watch, get in a serious run through hills and valleys, enjoy seasonal changes to the scrub oak and pines, or find a quiet place to watch for wildlife. BackCountry residents also have immediate access to the trails and open space areas within Highlands Ranch’s 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness Area.
Q: What is the Sundial House?
A: The Sundial House is a private facility, reserved for the exclusive use of BackCountry homeowners and their invited guests. The site for the Sundial House was carefully chosen for the outstanding views. It’s located at one of the highest points in the community, and from different vantage points, you can see Pikes Peak, Mount Evans, Longs Peak, downtown Denver and the BackCountry Wilderness Area. This approximately 12,000 square-foot facility includes fitness/cardio rooms, a movement studio, treatment and social gathering rooms, meeting and community rooms, as well as several unique spaces like the grand lobby and terrace, pub/bar area and a demonstration kitchen. The Sundial House also features outdoor decks and an open air grand terrace, perfect for watching Colorado’s magnificent sunrises and sunsets.