The building boom continues in Forest View, the woodland-view Rodrock Development community in Olathe at 119th Street and Clare Road. Four new model homes are now open for touring. Plans include a 11/2-story, a two-story and two reverse 11/2-stories.
Available inventory of two-story and 11/2-story homes offer move-in availability ranging from immediate to 120 days. In addition, new park-view home sites are opening soon. Home prices range from the mid $300,000s to $600,000s.
According to Darol Rodrock, company founder and owner, the woodland-view community just west of Kansas 7 and south of 119th Street is set to grow by 100 new homes by early spring 2014.
“New-home buyers continue to discover Forest View’s unique natural woodland home sites, ideal location, great schools and well-rounded community recreational amenities,” Rodrock said. “Buyers seeking the perfect balance between privacy and community, nature and easy commute, will find it here.”
The new two-story, 11/2-story and reverse 11/2-story homes by proven area builders Hilmann Home Building, James Engle Custom Homes, J. S. Robinson Fine Homes and Summit Custom Homes feature four to five bedrooms, three to 41/2 bathrooms and three-car garages.
“The diverse floor plans Forest View now offers are giving buyers a wide range of excellent choices,” said Tom Langhofer, general manager of Rodrock Development. “In addition, each builder’s individual portfolio of award-winning, proven and new plans give buyers even more options.”
Also now on the market is one of Forest View’s loaded former model homes. The Hawthorn II Expanded by James Engle Custom Homes features a dramatic two-story entry with a turned staircase, four bedrooms including a sumptuous master suite, 31/2 bathrooms and three-car garage.
The 30 new park- and woodland-view home sites that opened in December are the first of three planned phase releases. This first phase of new site offerings is near the five-acre Forest View outdoor recreation park and includes daylight and walkout sites backing to mature woodlands or homes association-maintained prairie preservation greenbelts. Some estate-size home sites in Forest View are open to outside builders.
Approximately 160 acres of Forest View’s mature woodland green belt have been set aside into perpetuity as a City of Olathe park and permanent home to area birds and wildlife. An additional five-acre homeowner recreational park features a pool and changing cabana, water play area with fountains, pergola-covered gas grill and picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds and walking paths with benches.
The award-winning Forest View community entrance, a man-made 50-foot high, three-tiered waterfall cascading over natural rock bluffs, welcomes visitors with the sound of rushing water along the winding Clare Road entryway, all the way to the top of the bluffs and the Forest View communities beyond.
“There’s nothing else like it, anywhere,” Langhofer said.
Forest View is surrounded by Johnson County parkland slated for a future large-scale park similar to Lenexa’s Shawnee Mission Park. Forest View is also adjacent to the Ernie Miller Nature Center, the first nature center in Johnson County.
Olathe USD 233’s Forest View Elementary School, located in the community, is a LEEDs Silver Certificate certified school designed to facilitate student comfort, safety and learning. The district’s new Mission Trail Middle School is just south of Forest View and Olathe North High School is minutes away. Voters recently approved a no-tax-increase bond proposal for district-wide technology and other upgrades, and to add a new high school, bringing to two the number of USD 233 high schools serving Forest View.
Amenities include the Rodrock Development Moms Council, a concept personally created by Rodrock decades ago to help new neighborhoods get off to a great start.
“Year-round events, like summer pool opening parties and December holiday horse-drawn hayrides, encourage neighborhood newcomers to get to know each other and have fun,” Langhofer said.
“New-home buyers also have the security of knowing our developer offers a 35-year track record of successful new-home community development,” he added.
The locally owned developer now numbers more than 80 new-home communities throughout Johnson County.
“More than 30,000 people come home to a Rodrock Development community every day,” Langhofer said. “It’s an astonishing, long-standing, track record.”
Forest View is exclusively marketed by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes. For information, visit the developer’s website at Rodrock.com or “better yet,” said Langhofer, “personally visit. With the new furnished models, new homes at or nearing move-in, existing loaded former models for sale and woodland- and park-view home sites opening, the best time to visit Forest View is right now.”
Welcome Center and furnished model homes are open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday.