Winter Park Highlands: Prime Location With Large Lots, Single-Family Homes and Views of the Continental Divide + Winter Park Resort 

This well-established neighborhood tucked off Highway 40 just outside of blink-and-you-might-miss-it "downtown" Tabernash is a gold mine of single-family homes and vacant lots ready to be developed. You can really "get away from it all" in the Winter Park Highlands: homes in the neighborhood are designed to offer distance between neighbors and offer natural views, making that cabin-in-the-woods dream a reality. Lots full of healthy trees with views of the Continental Divide and Winter Park Resort are the norm, and a buffer of about two acres exists between most homes as lot sizes range from a little over an acre to three-acres plus. 

Locals and those familiar with the area refer to it simply as "The Highlands," but they are often referring to all of the subdivisions that sit to the east of Highway 40 in Tabernash. The official "Winter Park Highlands" takes up the lion's share of those subdivisions with its 420 spacious residential parcels but does not include all of the properties in the area. Grand Country Village (visible from Highway 40), Grandview Highlands, Grand Country Highlands and Alpine Park (just to the north of Indian Peaks Rentals) are all adjacent to the "official" Winter Park Highlands neighborhood. Winter Park Highlands is home to over one hundred full-time and almost two hundred part-time households. 


Centrally located between Winter Park and Granby, the Winter Park Highlands main entrance is about a mile and half outside of the "commercial" district of Tabernash to the east of Highway 40. Several of the homes and lots in the subdivision allow quick access to the highway while others sit at the top, secluded and away from it all, some of those at the highest a close to ten-minute drive off the beaten path.

The neighborhood is minutes from it all. From the main entrance sign, a quick 10-minutes brings you to Pole Creek Golf Coursethe 27-hole award-winning course and après-golf hot spot Bistro 28 at Pole Creek.  Drive just 20 minutes to the base of Winter Park Resort for winter and summer fun, Or head out on the 35-minute scenic cruise to Grand Lake, taking advantage of lakes, rivers, and world-class fishing along the way. Across the highway from the Fraser to Granby trail with easy access to Granby Ranch's trail system, biking and Nordic skiing are just around the corner. Close to it all but away from the action, it's easy to see why real estate in Winter Park Highlands is in such high demand. 


Being a member of the Winter Park Highlands Association is voluntary. WPHA exists to support community members by creating an area that is as safe from the threat of wildfires as possible, ensuring covenants and architectural guidelines are adhered to, and connecting homeowners with utility, trash, and plowing services. One of the biggest accomplishments of WPHA is earning the subdivision recognition as a National Fire Protection Association Firewire community

The fees for a developed lot are $250/year while owners of vacant lots pay $125/year. 


While being a member of the association is optional, the community is still governed by covenants. Whether an HOA member or not, approval by the Winter Park Highlands Architectural Committee is required to obtain a Grand County building permit. The covenants seek to maintain a community in which people care for their property well and take pride in the aesthetic of the community as a whole. Guidelines require homeowners to maintain their lots, be thoughtful with the parking of recreational vehicles, and keep properties free of trash and unlicensed or non-functioning vehicles.

If you're thinking of buying property or building in Winter Park Highlands, having a working knowledge of the building expectations will set you up for success. The covenants require building location, configuration, architectural design, materials and colors to adhere to the "natural mountain" theme, maximizing the privacy of surrounding dwellings and minimizing intrusion to others' views. Living areas are required to be at least 640 square feet or the main floor living area, exclusive of attached garages and enclosed or open porches, and a height limit of about 35 feet is in place. In keeping with the natural mountain theme, exterior siding is required to be of stone, stone veneers, brick, brick veneers, wood/log siding, glass, or stucco. 

Considering buying or building a home with passive income potential? Covenants allow for short-term rentals in WP Highlands, and one Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) per residence is permitted. 


The investment and commitment involved in purchasing a property requires a familiarity with and understanding of the utilities: water, sewer, electric, gas and phone/internet are just a few of the considerations involved in your decision to purchase a lot or home. 

All lots in the Winter Park Highlands require a well and septic system. Natural gas hookups and electricity are readily accessible. Community dumpsters are available for association members (with an additional fee), or a local trash company can be hired to pick up from the home.

Internet availability in the area varies due to the terrain of the development. In general, Comcast does not service the Highlands. Most houses in the lower section of the neighborhood have access to Century Link (some areas with fiber optic availability), and others use Grand County Internet, Slopeside Internet, Hughes Internet, and Verizon hot spots. 


We have extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of ownership in the Winter Park Highlands. From architectural guidelines to recommendations for snow removal, we'd love to connect you with information and resources that streamline searching for and owning property in the Highlands. Reach out today if you'd like to take a tour of the area, check out one of the currently listed properties, or get set up with listing alerts for the Winter Park Highlands!

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