Year after year, Homestead in Centennial, Colorado remains one of the best selling and best buys in the south Denver Metro area. Homestead is sought for the quality of family life style, quality schools, children's activities such as the very popular swim teams, the enduring quality of construction by Sanford Homes, recreation facilities with pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, green belts and walking/jogging paths, lots of open space and a stream meandering through.
The headline in the August 1983 issue of Denver Magazine was "Best Buys in the Burbs". Homestead was chosen as a result of many interviews at that time with many appraisers and leading real estate brokers. It was noted that homes that sold in 1974 and 1975 for around $60,000 were selling for $175,000 in 1983. That's a great return on investment for Denver area real estate.
The publication, Metropolitan Accent, in February 1993 listed Homestead as the hottest selling subdivision in the south suburban metropolitan area. At the time of the article, it was noted that there were only four homes out of 1,700 on the market. At times, there were waiting lists to buy homes in the subdivision.
Today the demand remains strong for this New England/Colonial style neighborhood. Homestead has three separate neighborhoods of single family homes. They are Homestead in the Willows, Homestead Farm and Homestead Farm II. In addition to these, there are semi-custom homes at Homestead on the Parkway, patio homes in Homestead at Willows End, Homestead Village townhomes, Mill Creek townhomes, Sturbridge townhomes, Old Mill condominiums and patio homes in Hillcrest.
There is a small town, neighbor friendly atmosphere in Homestead. The Architectural Control Committees are strict with enforcement of covenants and this has helped to maintain the quality of the area and continued increases in home values. A homeowner will pay more per square foot to live in Homestead because of the quality of neighborhood.
Schools are a high priority and the neighborhoods are split between Cherry Creek and Littleton School districts. There are different feeder schools for each neighborhood. The Willows students go to Homestead Elementary, West Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. The Farm students go to Franklin Elementary, Isaac Newton Middle School and Arapahoe High School. Farm II students go to Franklin Elementary, Powell Middle School and Arapahoe High School.
Neighborhood babysitting co-ops in the neigborhoods are very popular and a great way for moms to meet others, yet get free time when needed. Information on the co-ops can be found in the monthly neighborhood newsletters.
Social Committees in each neighborhood plan various get-togethers and holiday parties. Popular are Easter egg hunts, the Memorial Day weekend pool openings, trike and bike parades for the Fourth of July and Labor Day festivities just to name a few. Tennis teams are organized and play in USTA with other neighborhoods.
Rather than moving away, many residents move up within the neighborhood, pop the tops or blow out the back to update and modernize the homes. These activities are always a sign of a strong and popular neighborhood. For value in Denver real estate, Homestead is hard to beat.