The Willow Run Lifestyle
History:Broomfield’s Willow Run was the first construction to break ground in the Big Dry Creek Open Space that sits on the Broomfield and Westminster boundaries. They finished building the spacious homes in the late 1990s. The Federal Pkwy road that runs through the open space was completed only a handful of years ago, opening up that entire area.
Housing: Homes in the Willow Run subdivision often start at 1,800 square feet. While there is no HOA, which residents find very convenient, the neighborhood is still subject to the Broomfield Municipal Code so you must follow those regulations! Home models vary: ranch, 2-story, finished basement, unfinished basement, large yards and medium sized yards. Most homes include 6 foot wood fences around the backyard. Willow Run home prices generally start in the high-$200’s and have sold for as high as $346,000 in 2014.
Restaurants and Shopping: A quaint little shopping center sits on the northeast side of Willow Run and the breakfast/lunch restaurant known as 3 Chicks Kitchen makes it really easy to take a quick bike or walk trip on a lazy Saturday morning with family or friends. Enjoy a malt on a balmy spring evening at the Sonic fast food restaurant also within walking distance. The shopping center at the northeast corner of 128th Ave & Zuni St (still a relatively easy walk or bike trip) includes a Safeway, McDonalds, liquor store, Subway and aromatherapy shop. There’s also a Walgreen’s on the south-west corner of 128th Ave & Zuni St – in case you need milk on Thanksgiving night to go with your leftover turkey sandwich!
Family Fitness:The entire Broomfield neighborhood sits on the north side of Big Dry Creek/Willow Run Open Space so there’s plenty of room to go walking/running close by. There is also a small park with playground equipment and a baseball field on the west side of the neighborhood – a short distance west of that are tennis courts in the Columbine Meadows neighborhood. The spacious Big Dry Creek Park is just a few minutes drive time to the east of Willow Run and includes an off leash dog park, picnic pavilions, playground and soccer and baseball fields. And the park that sits on the east side of the neighborhood includes playground equipment, an extremely large grassy area plus a small pond where a group of goslings were born last summer that the entire neighborhood got to watch grow up. There is substantial space for yards and parks and open areas in this Broomfield neighborhood! The Elemental Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school sits just off 128th Ave & Zuni St. as well.
According to a recent survey by qazzoo.com a whopping 42% of home buyers complained about a “lack of timely follow up by the real estate agent.” I can promise you, that will NEVER happen with me! I return phone calls and emails 7 days a week.
Schools: (Adams 12 5-star) Mountain View Elementary, Westlake Middle, Legacy High
Quirks: Willow Run is Broomfield’s “more bang for your buck” neighborhood. Plus there’s no HOA so you can feel free to park your camper, your boat, and your jet skis on your property and/or paint your house robin egg blue if that’s your preference.
Major street boundaries: 128th Ave/Midway Blvd to the north, Zuni St to the east, Dry Creek Open Space to the south.