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They came back to the Ranch. But this time, to BackCountry.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 20, 2015


When Sadrian and David Alderson found out they were moving back from Arkansas to Colorado, choosing Highlands Ranch was a no-brainer.

“There was no question,” recalls Sadrian. “I love Highlands Ranch. The four state-of-the art rec centers, activities, safety, and the strong community feel make it a wonderful place to raise kids.”

And Sadrian’s hardly a newbie at evaluating communities. Although they are a young family, the Aldersons have lived in Louisiana, Illinois, Arkansas, and now twice in Highlands Ranch. But this time around, they discovered BackCountry and instantly fell in love with it. “Lured in,” Sadrian says, by the 8,200 acres of protected open space behind the community.

“We love to hike and mountain bike with the kids,” who are ages 6 and 1, explains Sadrian. “With small children it can be hard to drive the two hours into the mountains, but here we can just walk to a trailhead and hike as much as the kids can handle.”

After moving into their new home in August, Sadrian found even more confirmation of the smart decision they made. They love Stone Mountain Elementary, where their older daughter attends, citing its excellent instruction, administration, active parent support, and enriching curriculum.

“While other schools are cutting back, ours gets lots of support from BackCountry,” says Sadrian. “So they can provide lower student-teacher ratios and extras like choir, band, a STEM lab, and Creativity and Tinker Labs, which my daughter loves.”

Sadrian finds her connections growing, meeting other families at school, in the neighborhood, and at the Sundial House. “The Halloween party was fabulous,” she says. “We’ve also gone to the Sundial House for drinks. It makes a lovely date night to sit outside next to the roaring fire pit, looking out at the Backcountry.” Even closer to home are her neighbors, some of whom she describes as “almost instant best friends.” Out of every family on her block, only one came from in-state; the others moved here from Georgia, Texas, California, and Montreal, Canada. “It’s very friendly here,” she reveals. “Everyone’s excited to live in Colorado. It’s nice to have a team of people who are all discovering the area together.”

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But a simple day at home can be very sweet, too. The Aldersons live in the Somerset model from the Shadow Walk Collection, chosen for its open flow. Upstairs, the bedrooms open up to a loft, so there’s no place in the house where the girls are out of earshot. That’s important when you have little ones, and to keep everyone connected as the kids grow older.

The Aldersons are pleased with the quality of their home. While it can be daunting to buy a brand new home, she points out, “We’ve been so happy with Shea. They don’t skimp on quality.” In fact, Sadrian says that they hired a certified electrician to come double-check the work. She notes, “He said the work was flawless, couldn’t be better. We feel that Shea’s quality of construction is outstanding.”

That’s a good feeling, once you’ve put down roots and plan to stay a while. And with so much of Colorado to explore—starting with the wilderness just beyond BackCountry—the Aldersons plan on doing just that.

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