It’s the first day of the Fall Parade of Homes, one of the best times to find that new home you’ve been dreaming of. But with the new home market heating up, hundreds of communities and homes fill the pages of the large Fall Parade Catalog. It’s enough to make any buyer ask: where do I begin? To help, we’ve rounded up seven must-see communities and listed each by their most winning distinctive quality. Here’s what makes each worthy of your first stops on Parade:
Longest, Most Innovative Model Row.
If you want to see the largest number of cutting-edge model homes in the shortest period of time, check out Summerwood’s brand new four-home model row located in Overland Park just off 161st and Quivira. “You won’t see these same homes anywhere else,” promises Community Manager Angela Fitzgerald.
Built by Rodrock Homes and interior-designed by Twigs Interiors, the four brand new models feature the latest in luxury, convenience, and design materials, each located next door to each other inside the sought-after Blue Valley school district.
While you’re there, don’t forget to check out models like the Chesapeake 2 with its grand staircase and 2-story great room. Prices begin in the mid 400s. summerwoodop.com.
Blue Valley Custom Estate.
If you’re interested in building a one-of-a-kind custom estate home in that same award-winning Blue Valley school district, you’ve probably already noticed that estate home site inventory is quickly dwindling.
Located just off the Summerwood neighborhood, Summerwood Estates offers you an exclusive enclave where you can build a one-of-a-kind dream home. Right now you can choose from custom home sites backing to water and green space. Homes with elaborate front elevations and side-entry garages start in the 700s and up. summerwoodop.com.
If you’ve ever envied those unhurried parents whose children walk to school, don’t miss Overland Park’s Wyngate, where kids walk or ride bikes to Blue Valley elementary and middle schools.
What’s more, Wyngate has three model homes for touring built by Rodrock Homes, including two KC H & G Magazine award-winners. Community Manager Andrea Sullivan also encourages visitors to explore an array of walkout and daylight homes for sale starting in the 430s. wyngatekc.com.
Nestled among rolling hills, be sure to check out Lenexa’s Bristol Ridge for its vibrant views. “Some of our homeowners can see Shawnee Mission Lake from their second floor,” says Karen Campbell, Community Manager. Plus, if you’re looking for a 1-½ story home, don’t miss Rodrock Homes’ newest model, the El Dorado. With easy access to highways, home prices at Bristol Ridge start in the low 420s. bristolridgekc.com.
Final New Homes in Leawood.
Searching for a brand new home in exclusive Leawood? Believe it or not, the popularity of the exclusive city means you have one choice: Wilshire at Leabrooke. “We’ve developed the last residential piece of ground available for building in the city of Leawood,” says Steve Ashner. The exclusive home site prices start in the 60s and homes in the 300s. wilshireatleabrooke.com.
“Variety is the spice of life,” says Corey Stewart, who encourages homebuyers to visit the Granite Falls community he manages in Shawnee to see exactly that. With over forty-five different floor plans to choose from, including Rodrock Homes’ popular Dillon Reverse 1 ½ story, Stewart says no two front elevations look the same. Prices begin in the 340s and go up to 600. granitefallskc.com
While the community isn’t actually located on either the Sycamore Ridge or Heritage Golf courses, Overland Park’s Chapel Hill couldn’t get much closer. Adjacent also to expansive Heritage Park, Chapel Hill might be perfect for you if peace–and perhaps putting–is in your plan.
While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Rodrock Homes’ relaxing Weston III 2-story, which features a covered deck just off the dining room. New home sites range from $68,500 to $107,900, with current homes available from $314,000 to $425,000. chapelhillkc.com
Mix, Match, and Customize.
And even if you still don’t find exactly what you want on Parade, you have another option: usually you can mix and match your favorite community with your favorite home.
“We can build just about any floor plan to the specifications of any community,” says Rodrock Homes CEO Brian Rodrock., “and customize your home to make it exactly like you’ve dreamed.”
Mark and Sarah Bloustine recently built their home starting from scratch with blueprints and a hand-chosen site. They say they’re more than pleased with their one hundred percent custom creation. “Rodrock Homes should easily be in the top of custom builders in Kansas City for the way they run their projects,” says Mark.