Building began in the Communities of River Ridge nearly a half-century ago, but you are running out of time if you want to build there. The final phase, Enclave of Sunset Hills, recently opened in this tranquil setting in south Johnson County.
Communities of River Ridge
The Enclave of Sunset Hills is on one of the highest points in Overland Park, just off Kenneth Road at 162nd Terrace. The rolling terrain guarantees that every home will have expansive views from all windows.
The Enclave of Sunset Hills has 50 estate-size home sites along cul-de-sac streets or backing to green space. Because of the topography, many of them are walk-out or day-light. Home sites start at $89,900.
The Enclave of Sunset Hills continues the Communities of River Ridge’s tradition of being a neighborhood of custom-built homes. When Bill Southerland began developing the 240 acres overlooking the Blue River valley in 1964, his intention was that the Communities of River Ridge would have homes as unique as the terrain. His son, Jack Southerland, who became the developer after Bill’s death, is following his father’s intention.
Lettiann Betts, who markets the Enclave of Sunset Hills for Weichert, Realtors Graham-Welch LLC, said numerous visitors toured the three homes featured on the Fall Parade of Homes earlier this month.
One of those featured homes is a two-story plan, The Johanna, built by Tabernacle Homes. This custom design offers four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. The modified open design on the main level circles from the entry, past the dramatic staircase and study to the family room and breakfast room that is open to the angled, island kitchen. The kitchen opens to a pantry area that includes a three-station computer desk and curves back around past the entry from the garage to the dining room off the main entrance.
This home has numerous architectural details, such as the cross-beamed ceiling in the family room, arches, curved walls, an abundance of granite and tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, and hardwood floors throughout the main level and on the stair landing. A covered deck off the kitchen provides outdoor living space, as does a curved patio off the lower level.
Another home featured during the Parade is a 11/2-story plan, The Vista, built by Wheeler Design. The open first floor includes a dining room, great room, breakfast room and island kitchen, as well as the master suite. The breakfast room opens to a covered deck.
The upper level offers three additional bedrooms, two bathrooms, a loft and media room. One of the unique features of this home is that it has two laundry rooms, one on the main level in the master suite and one on the upper level.
Wheeler Design also built the other Parade entry, the Bayview, a reverse 11/2-story plan with the master bedroom and one other bedroom and bathroom on the main level. Also on the main level are a great room, dining room, sunroom and half-bath.
The lower level has two additional bedrooms, 11/2 bathrooms, a recreation room, game room and bar.
Betts said homes in the Enclave of Sunset Hills start around $500,000. Other builders who have custom homes under construction include James Engle Custom Homes and Krueger Homes.
The Enclave of Sunset Hills is open to any builder who works in the Kansas City area with developer approval of home designs.
Homebuyers who want to live in the Communities of River Ridge also may still find home sites in High Point of River Ridge, where homes start in the low $300,000s, and in Sunset Hills of River Ridge, where homes prices start in the $400,000s.
Amenities at the Communities of River Ridge include a pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts, fishing ponds and playground. Students attend schools in the Blue Valley School District.
The Communities of River Ridge have quick access to Interstate 435, U.S. 69 and Missouri 150. They are within minutes of an abundance of shopping and dining venues at 135th and State Line Road and along 151st Street.
To reach the Communities of River Ridge, take the State Line exit from Interstate 435 and go south. Continue on State Line Road as it becomes Kenneth Road south of 135th Street to the entrance of the Enclave of Sunset Hills at 162nd Terrace.
For information, contact Lettiann Betts at 816-898-5477.