A distinctive charm sets apart Stonebridge Village Carriage Houses

08/16/2014 7:00 PM

08/17/2014 12:00 AM

What frustrated Jeff and Sally Terrell about the Kansas City housing market was the sheer monotony of almost identical homes they encountered in development after development. The duo, who’ve called Chicago and several other cities home, found this “sea of Johnson County sameness” severely off-putting.

So they were thrilled when they stumbled upon Rodrock Development’s Stonebridge Village, nestled at 164th and Mur-Len Road. Residents since July of 2010, the Terrell family was attracted by the community’s ideal location and distinctive look.

“We loved that Johnson County is expanding out this way, full of new homes and businesses,” Jeff said. “And we love that this neighborhood offers a unique type of floor plan, in particular with the loft on the second floor and the rear entry. We really appreciate the different feel and different look that this provides. Many Kansas City builders offer more of a cookie-cutter appearance, but this definitely feels distinctive and refreshing.”

Designed by award-winning architects Nearing, Staats, Prelogar and Jones, each of the charming Carriage Houses boasts an inviting front porch and extremely open floor plan with absolutely no wasted space, all at the astonishing price point of $260,000 to $300,000.

The Terrells’ four-bedroom, 31/2-bathroom home features an expansive loft on the second floor. “We love this space,” Jeff said. “That was a real selling point for us. We use the loft as an upstairs living room, and that’s where we spend the majority of our time. This allows us to keep the first floor tidy and at the ready for entertaining visitors.”

Each of the 45 enchanting Carriage Houses is built to the exacting standards for which Darol Rodrock has long been known and includes vaulted ceilings, built-in workstations, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, stainless-steel appliances, and more. Available in both reverse 11/2 and classic 11/2 stories, the homes offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the larger Stonebridge community at an extremely affordable price.

“At this price point you get some of the features you’d only get in more expensive homes, such as the arched entryways and well-appointed kitchen,” Jeff agreed. “This home allowed us to get things that we never imagined finding at this price point and at this point in our lives.”

All the home plans include a master bedroom on the first floor — and a few plans even offer two bedrooms on the main level — which allow the homes to age gracefully alongside its occupants.

“The homes are situated in what I call a ‘micro-community’ within the beautiful Stonebridge development,” said Phillip Sanders, president of Darol Rodrock Homes. “All are designed so that the garage sits in the rear of the residence, which provide welcoming entries from the front and the rear of every home. They’re really attractive, and it’s an exciting concept for the community.”

“Some of the homes face a common area; a large and lush green space complete with a play area and picturesque gazebo,” Sanders continued. “It’s really an ideal gathering space for the neighborhood. And of course, the Carriage Houses are built to the highest thermal efficiency available. Stonebridge Village offers an incredible value with fully loaded, unique homes in a neighborhood with a small-town feel.”

And it’s this very sense of community that the Terrells value. “Phillip Sanders will stop by while we’re in the yard and ask how things are going,” Jeff said. “He’s not just talking about the building; he’s talking about our lives, and he really cares. And Jason Burgess is really good at getting emails out and bringing the larger Stonebridge community together. The investments that Rodrock has made — with the improved signage, trails, and landscaping — are fantastic. He’s really committed himself to building a strong community.”

Part of that sense of community is built around the amenities available to everyone in the larger Stonebridge neighborhoods, including Stonebridge Meadows, Stonebridge Trails and Stonebridge Park. In total, the community has four pools (all zero-entry, one Olympic-sized with a slide); changing cabanas; various playgrounds; basketball and volleyball areas; pergola-covered grills; picnic areas; several well-equipped children’s playgrounds; and two richly appointed clubhouses complete with workout facilities. Another bonus? The paved trails lead directly to Prairie Creek Elementary School, which has won the Governor’s Award an impressive three times.

“I’m really excited about the park-like setting that Darol is giving the neighborhood,” added Joe Stephenson, community manager. “Homebuyers have a great portfolio of floor plans to choose from, so there’s a perfect layout for anyone looking for an easy-to-care-for, low-maintenance home. We have a fully furnished model home at the ready for interested buyers. It’s rare to find such well-appointed homes in such a strong and upcoming neighborhood at such reasonable prices. Stonebridge Village has it all.”

Stonebridge Village

Location: 164th and Mur-Len Road, Olathe.

Prices: Homes from $268,000 to $298,000.

Contact: Joe Stephenson and Craig Hauser, Rodrock & Associates, Realtors, 913-782-9944, StonebridgeVillage@Rodrock.com

Web: Rodrock.com.

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