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Jefferson County Neighborhoods:
South Jeffco - Willow Springs & Willowbrook

…private natural serenity

West of the Dakota Hogback, South of Hwy 285 off Belleview

“We have incredible landscapes, such as the Hogback, and the massive outcroppings of sandstone, which run right through the center of our properties,” says Bea Wilhite, who has lived in Willowbrook since 1977. Willow Springs and Willowbrook are hidden from busy C-470 between the Dakota Hogback formation and the embedded rocks of the foothills south of Morrison, Colorado.

Willow Springs view

Custom home development on spacious lots began with Willowbrook in 1962. In the 1970s, Stan Harwood began developing his ranch property into custom homes and Willow Springs Country Willow Springs homeClub. By 1996, renamed Red Rocks Country Club’s 18-hole golf course, swimming pool and playground became the primary amenity for resident members. The combined 11 neighborhoods (separate homeowner associations) own 800 undeveloped private acres of community property abutted on three sides by Jefferson County Open Space, private Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space, a Denver Mountain Park and catch and release fishing in the community’s private Kingfisher Lake.

Willow Springs homeResidents and their guests can walk their dogs, hike, ride horses (boarded at a community stable), cross-country ski, snowshoe and watch wildlife along 15 miles of private trails. Resident Cindy Rutledge favors, most of all, the spectacular views of the foothills. Jill Parker relishes the private community property, which she describes as “a wild-life corridor.” They live with elk, mule deer, coyote, fox, red-tailed hawk, weasel, salamander, and both bald and golden eagles. Parker’s favorites are “a pair of great horned owls that hoot to each other near her home.

Willow Springs signWillowbrook resident Dotty Fritze says, “I love living here because the wildlife outnumber the people-life, the night skies are spectacular… the ecosystem is unique, fragile and most definitely challenging.” The community is enriched by extraordinary red and buff-colored rock landmarks named Lyons Hogback, Chief Colorow Cave, Chimney Rock, etc.

Willow Springs signChip Wernig, Bill Hyland, and Scott Bowman are community volunteers who have built 15 miles of private community trails, which were originally roads for herding cattle. Some water wells continue to serve older homes while most of the community is served by Willow Brook Water District with a nominal mil levy of 2.254.

Willowbrook signProtection of privacy and the ecosystem is the basis for residents forming the Hogback Conservancy Coalition (HCC). Its mission is to protect the rocky ridge, property values, quality of life, character of the Hogback Valley and to uphold the South Jefferson County Community Plan (SJCCP).” There is considerable opposition to a proposed relocation of Colorado Christian University from its present Lakewood campus at Alameda and Garrison.

Organized: 900 homes with potential build-out at 1200 is governed by 11 HOAs and a Master Board. Approximately 55% of homeowners are members of Red Rocks Country Club. HOA fees vary from $50 to $175 per month.

Traditions: Fourth of July celebration with name band performance; Easter brunch and egg hunt; Breakfast with Santa; Holiday Bazaar with proceeds donated to local charity; Volunteer clean up and maintenance of community property and trails.

Real estate values: $265,000 townhomes to $2 million single family homes.

Public Schools: Red Rocks Elementary, Carmody Middle and Bear Creek High School.

Amenities: Private club golf, tennis courts, horse stables, open areas, playground. Shopping within 5 to 10 miles; Easy commute to DTC.

Plus: Chatfield State Park and Lakewood’s Bear Creek Park within 7 miles.

Minus: Too many HOAs cause some confusion for road plowing and maintenance.

Photos provided by Walt Whatley and Red Rocks Country Club.

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