Homestead in the Willows in Cetennial, CO was developed in the mid 1970's by Tim Sanford of Sanford Homes. Tim once said that it was a "once in a life-time opportunity" for one to be able to develop such a large piece of contiguous ground. The area is one square mile bordered by Arapahoe Road on the north, Holly Street on the west, Dry Creek Road on the south and Quebec Street on the east.
There are 898 single family homes in Homestead in the Willows including the semi-custom homes named Homestead on the Parkway. The family friendly neighborhood offers open space greenbelts, recreational facilities, jogging and bike paths for the neighborhood’s exclusive use. There are two swimming pool and tennis court areas, one at the north end and one at the south end of the subdivision. Maintenance and operation is provided by the Homestead in the Willows Homeowner’s Association in which membership is included with the purchase of a Homestead home. The Association also helps to protect property values by establishing and maintaining high standards of architectural control, enforced through the Architectural Control Committee. Various events directed by the Social Committee are scheduled throughout the year. Gala celebrations are held during Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. Included are trike and bike parades, pool games and barbecues. The Tennis Committee organizes tennis tournaments and coordinates United States Tennis Association leagues. The kids especially enjoy the Homestead in the Willows swim team, the Hurricanes. Expenses are met by moderate annual dues. Homestead in the Willows is in the quality Cherry Creek School District.
The following sub areas round out the one square mile development: patio homes in Homestead at Willows End, Homestead Village townhomes, Mill Creek townhomes, Sturbridge townhomes, Old Mill condominiums, patio homes in Hillcrest and Homestead Office Park.