After an incredibly busy 2013 with 42 new homes sold, Winterset Valley, one of the five neighborhoods of Winterset, is gearing up for a record-breaking 2014.
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The Reserve, with homes in the $450,000 to $1 million range, is half sold with 23 estate-sized lots overlooking Winterset’s private “Hundred Acre Wood.” Phase 30, with 52 home sites, is on schedule for new roads in August, has been designed for homes in the $350,000 to $600,000 price range.
Last fall Kansas City Homes & Gardens magazine selected Winterset Valley to host the 2013 Boulevard of Dreams Homes Tour with three $800,000-plus executive homes, all on sites backing to the “Hundred Acre Wood” along the Cedar Creek Valley. Award-winning builders SAB Construction, Starr Homes and MacDermott Homes showcased the latest in décor and design.
Half of the 5,300 people who toured during the Boulevard of Dreams and the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes came from Johnson County, some discovering Winterset for the first time. They were impressed that such an established and upscale new-home community existed within 15 minutes of the Plaza and Overland Park, on the west side of Lee’s Summit just south of Interstate 470.
During the past year Winterset Valley, one of the five neighborhoods of the master-planned, 1,200-acre Winterset Community, experienced sales activity reminiscent of 2005.
“In 2014 we expect to be ahead of market demand with a great selection of specs and a good range of beautiful home sites,” said Susie Zammar, one of the three Gale Team on-site Realtors. “Award-winning builders SAB Construction, Starr Homes, C & M Builders, James Engle Custom Homes and Signature Builders are all busy trying to replace specs that sold late last year.”
Home styles, including ranch, reverse 11/2-story, 11/2-story and two-story designs, with prices ranging from $350,000 to more than $1 million are available. Five new model homes by C & M Builders, Signature Builders and James Engle Custom Homes have been added to the selection.
The on-site Realtors credit the considerate and experienced planning of developer David Gale for this success. The original 1989 development goal when Gale Communities opened the 1,200-acre community was to respect the geology and natural, forested beauty of the land. Individual neighborhoods were oriented to preserve the native forest, natural creeks and streams with parks, trails, swimming pools and lakes spread throughout the 1,200 acres, creating an aesthetically pleasing community and a place that residents would be proud to call home.
“All of the treed, estate lots in the Reserve have incredible, private over-look views of the Hundred Acre Wood and those views will last forever,” said resident and Winterset Realtor Linda Lutz, who markets the community with her husband, Kurt, and Zammar. They are members of the highly respected Gale Team, part of Keller Williams Platinum Partners, trained and experienced to sell and buy homes on both sides of the state line.
The environmental design “Planning with Trees” resulted in Winterset being the only community in the four-state region to be awarded the national Global ReLeaf designation. With its thousands of tree plantings and hundreds of acres of parkland, two fishing lakes, butterfly gardens and pocket parks galore, Winterset Valley homeowners are never far from nature.
The Hundred Acre Wood, Winterset’s private park, offers over five miles of walking trails. When you add to that an abundance of amenities, including three distinct swimming pools, lighted tennis courts, playscapes, and a beautiful community center, you can’t find a more perfect place to call home, the marketing team said.
Winterset Valley is in the nationally respected Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and children attend neighboring Cedar Creek Elementary; Summit Lake Middle School; and Lee’s Summit West High School. The high school was recently awarded a Silver Designation by U.S. News & World Reports and Blue Ribbon status as one of the 10 best high schools in Missouri. With its well-rounded activities, including championship robotics, sports, broadcasting, music and theater programs, and top-notch academic performance, Lee’s Summit West is a top choice for many parents.
Conveniently located on the west side of Lee’s Summit with quick access to Interstate 470, Winterset is 15 minutes east of Overland Park and the Plaza. Less than a half-mile to the west is the 5,000-acre Longview Park with recreational activities including baseball, picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking and a large beach for swimming. Also nearby are Longview College and the Fred Arbanas Golf Course.
David Gale, president of Gale Communities, continues to build the community with aesthetics in mind, attention to detail, commitment to preserving the natural setting and strong, yet gentle governance, with the Winterset Community Association.
“We’re fortunate to have dedicated, caring Community staff, which along with the pride of the residents, keeps all of the Winterset neighborhoods looking beautiful,” Gale said.
Those who have been considering a move to Winterset shouldn’t hesitate, given the current sales activity.
“We are an experienced, full-service real estate team and can help with every step of the buying and selling process, from getting your current home ready to sell, marketing it and helping you find or build the home of your dreams,” Zammar said.
Lutz added, “We are experts at determining what buyers want in their home and then matching them with the builder who can provide that dream home.”