The Lars homestead was the home of the Lars family for at least three generations.
A moisture farm, with sixty-three separate vaporators scattered on the property, the Lars farm was located on the Great Chott Salt Flat, on the outskirts of the Jundland Wastes, far removed from the closest city, Anchorhead. The homestead itself was mostly underground, to keep it cool, and always provided adequate room for the Lars family.
The homestead's most prominent feature was the main living pit, a crater housing a courtyard from which occupants could access the various rooms, lofts and areas of the homestead. It was accessed via the main entry dome, set to the side of the living pit, and opposite the vehicle utility pit. The dome was made from pourstone, and hand-built by Cliegg Lars. It featured an external security access keypad and message center, and was commonly surrounded by various apparatus such as dew condenser jugs and area sensors.
The crater walls were composed of hard packed soil, laced with magnetic ore, that served as insulation from the heat of Tatooine's twin suns, and from the chilly night-time temperatures. Funnel flowers grew around the rim of the crater. The center of the courtyard was given up to two GX-8 water vaporators, commonly serviced by a droid patch-in unit. The courtyard provided access to the family dining room and kitchen, a storage room and sleeping lofts. The crater rim was commonly surrounded by power distribution conduits and fusion generator supply tanks.
A tech dome was situated behind the entrance dome. The tech dome featured a hinged roof, allowing access to an elevator leading into the garage below. The garage had enough space to house the family vehicles, including Luke's X-34 landspeeder, the family V-35 Courier and Luke's T-16 Skyhopper. A vehicle recharge port was located next to the outer dome.
It was originally owned by Gredda and Lef Lars who passed it on to their son, Cliegg Lars, who lived there with his son, Owen, and for the last years of her life, his wife Shmi. After his father's death, Owen and his wife, Beru, inherited the farm. Shmi Skywalker was buried there in 22 BBY and later Cliegg himself. Before the onset of the Clone Wars, two tombstones could be seen outside the homestead: one for Edern Lars, Cliegg's brother, and the other for Shmi Skywalker. By the end of the Clone Wars, however, they were removed.
In 0 BBY, Owen purchased two droids, C-3PO and R2-D2 from Jawa traders, He did not recognize, or chose not to acknowledge, C-3PO as being the droid owned by Luke's father over 2 decades before. Nor did he know R2-D2 held the secret plans for an Imperial superweapon and was being hunted by the Empire. When Imperial stormtroopers traced the sale of the droids to the Lars home and did not find them there, the farm was burned down with its occupants, Owen and Beru, still inside. The droids were safe in the care of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker.
Sometime after the Battle of Yavin, Luke returned to the ruins of his childhood home and paid last respects to his slain aunt and uncle. Afterwards, he allowed the alien, Throgg, to take possession of the farm after he left Tatooine. This angered Huff Darklighter, the father of Luke's childhood friend Biggs, who wanted the property for himself. He convinced the Anchorhead Municipal Council to pass an anti-alien landowner tax. Unable to pay it, Throgg sold the farm to Jula Darklighter, Huff's brother.
In 8 ABY, Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo traveled to Tatooine to acquire the Alderaanian Moss painting, Killik Twilight which contained coded information about rebel agents deep under cover within the Imperial Remnant. While tracking down the painting, Leia and Chewbacca were caught in a sandstorm and found their way to the old Lars homestead, still owned by Jula Darklighter. While waiting for the storm to pass, Jula's wife, Silya gave Leia an old journal she had found buried in the sand near one of the moisture vaporators. The journal had been recorded by Leia's grandmother, Shmi, and gave Leia an understanding of her father's background which had shaped the man, and monster, he had become. After the storm passed, Jula and Silya helped locate Han, who had been lost in the desert during the storm.
After filming the Attack of the Clones in 2000, the Lars homestead scenery was left there and is still visited by the tourists in the Tunisian desert and in Matmata. Lucas also used this location in 2000 for the filming of the final scene in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.