Breathe the air, live the Colorado life in Castlewood Ranch



  • Profile on 8z broker Sandy Anderson.
  • Anderson farms Castlewood Ranch in Castle Rock.
  • Great hiking and great shopping are minutes away.
Sandy Anderson

Sandy Anderson

If you want the true Colorado experience, but still have the convenience of nearby retail and restaurants, there is no better place to live than Castlewood Ranch in Castle Rock, according to 8z broker Sandy Anderson.

“You feel like you can really breathe here,” said Anderson, who “farms,” or specializes in selling homes, in Castlewood Ranch.

It’s a community whose borders not only include highways (83 and 86, to be precise), but a state park, and a spectacular one at that.

“Castlewood Canyon is a world-class state park,” Anderson said.

“You can take these unbelievably scenic hikes with great rock outcropping in Castlewood Canyon State Park. There are multiple hiking and biking trails,” she said.

Another thing that sets Castlewood Ranch apart is the size of the yards.

“Except for the townhomes, the parcels are very large,” Anderson said.

“None of them are less than a quarter of an acre,” she said. “And a lot of yards back up to open space. You can step into your backyard and really feel like you are in Colorado. As I said before, you feel like you can truly breathe the air.”

As far as shopping for a home, there is something for everyone.

“There are townhomes from about 2,200 square feet that start from $225,000, with homes for $1 million or more on really big properties,” Anderson said.

The average price for a typical home, though, is in the $350,000 to $400,000 range, she said.

Young professionals with small children are drawn to Castlewood Ranch, she said.

“It’s a great place to raise a family,” Anderson said.

“It is very quiet and safe. And you have these great Douglas County schools.”

Like just about every place else in the Denver area, demand is far outstripping the supply of homes.

“Every listing I get receives multiple offers,” she said.

That has led to record home prices, she noted.

“Prices keep rising,” she said. “Homes prices are at record levels.”

The average days on market has been dropping, but that is somewhat skewed by new homes that are selling as soon as they are listed on the MLS, she said.

“There’s a lot of new home construction out here and the new homes are very popular with buyers,” she said.

As with resale homes, new homes are selling as fast as they hit the market.

“Buyers are somewhat frustrated, because the new home builders can’t deliver the homes as fast as they want, because they are dealing with the labor shortage,” Anderson said.

Homeowners tend to work to the north and the south of Castle Rock.

“You might have a situation where the wife works in Colorado Springs and the husband works in the Denver Tech Center,” Anderson said.

In Castlewood Ranch, you have all the benefits of being in nature quickly, but also with all of the urban amenities of great shopping and restaurants, she said.

“We have the Outlets at Castle Rock, a nice downtown in Castle Rock and we’re close to Park Meadows,” she pointed out.

“And you can make it to downtown Denver in 30 minutes, when there is no traffic,” she added.

Also, with light rail being extended to RidgeGate along Interstate 25, it will be easier than ever for someone to park there and take a train to downtown for work or a sporting events.

“I’m sure some people do that,” Anderson said. “It is an option and it’s not far away.”

She chose to farm Castlewood Ranch because that is where she lives.

“I love it,” Anderson said. “I wouldn’t live anywhere else.”

Anderson moved to Denver in the 1980s, after growing up in a small town in Southern Illinois with a population of 1,500.

She has two boys, 22 and 26, who are both professional motocross racers.

She became a Realtor in 2005, after a career as a RN.

“Nursing has a high burnout rate,” Anderson said. “But I think there are a lot of corollaries between being a nurse and being a Realtor.”

“When I was in real estate school, you would hear people say that nurses make the best Realtors. I think that is because nurses love to help people and that carries over when helping people buy and sell homes. The transition from being a nurse to being a Realtor went very smoothly for me.”

Also, nurses are very patient, which is an important trait when dealing with consumers who are stressed with what is often an emotional decision of buying and selling a home, she noted.

When not selling homes she loves to get outdoors, whether that means camping, gardening or riding her bike.

And, of course, hiking.

“This is perfect place to live if you want to take a hike. I feel so fortunate to live and work here.”

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John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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