August 16, 2014

Cottonwood Canyon is ideal location for KC area home builders

Lenexa has been growing steadily for years now. From restaurants, retail shops and office space to the arts and events, this city in west Johnson County is fast becoming an ideal place to live.

An apt fit for Lenexa is Cottonwood Canyon, a premier residential subdivision located just one mile west of Interstate 435 on 95th Street/Prairie Star Parkway directly south of the Lenexa City Center development and adjacent to the picturesque fairways of the award-winning Golf Club of Kansas.

Here prospective buyers will find a unique, captivating and secluded setting that feels far from the big city.

The Cottonwood Canyon community encompasses two residential neighborhoods: The Lake, with homes ranging from $600,000 to over $1 million, and The Village, priced from $400,000 and up.

Each offers distinctive design plans from some of the Kansas City area’s premier builders, including Starr Homes LLC, Don Julian Builders, Reed Fuller Construction, B.L. Rieke Custom Homes and Befort Construction, to suit a wide variety of needs, desires and lifestyles.

Starr Homes is owned and operated by brothers Kit and Gerry Starr. Cottonwood Canyon has enjoyed a long relationship with the company, as they built the second home in the neighborhood which was awarded “Best Empty Nest” by Kansas City Homes & Gardens magazine in 2011.

According to company vice president Robert Osterlund, “Starr Homes is attracted to Cottonwood Canyon for the beauty and serenity of the area, (and) we like the fact that it is a breathtaking boutique neighborhood not found in other parts of Johnson County. We plan to build many homes in the community.”

Among the many reasons buyers choose Starr Homes is its commitment to green technology. All of its home designs encompass full compliance with Energy Star Version 2.5, an updated energy efficiency standard and guideline framework that exceeds typical building codes and grants the use of the Energy Star label.

One of the biggest benefits of complying with these guidelines is that, on average, an Energy Star-certified home is 40 percent more efficient than a home built only to city code.

Soon to be completed is Starr Homes’ upscale reverse 11/2-story model home highlighted by four-bedrooms, including a large master suite on the main floor, and four full and two half-bathrooms. Located in The Lake area, the home sits in a cozy cul-de-sac overlooking Cottonwood Canyon’s beautiful lake featuring a fountain that accentuates the surrounding natural beauty.

B.L. Rieke and Curtis Befort Construction are also building spec homes in the Village neighborhood.

Community amenities include spectacular views not found in many other Johnson County neighborhoods, highlighted by the dramatic Golf Club of Kansas which only a few years ago was ranked among Golfweek magazine’s “Best New Courses,” lakes, rolling hills, exposed rock walls and vast open green spaces.

As a maintenance-provided community, the $150 per month homeowner association dues cover snow removal and complete lawn care. Future development will include more walking trails, a pool and cabana, and picnic area, which will bestow an even greater sense of community and appeal.

Sales at Cottonwood Canyon have been at a brisk pace. New spec homes are both planned and under construction, and new lots are being placed under reservation every month.

Existing homeowners in the neighborhood already know what many are coming to realize — Cottonwood Canyon provides the best opportunity to build or buy a dream home, on a dream lot, in a dream community.

For information regarding Cottonwood Canyon, visit, or contact Angie Ripley or Nita Criswell at 913-492-4444 or at

Cottonwood Canyon

Prices: The Lake, from $600,000 to over $1 million; The Village, from $400,000 and up.

Location: One mile west of Interstate 435 on 95th Street/Prairie Star Parkway in Lenexa.

Hours: 12-5 p.m. Friday through Monday or by appointment.

Contact: Angie Ripley or Nita Criswell at 913-492-4444 or


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