Growth, opportunity, abound in Stonebridge Park

08/23/2014 7:00 PM

08/24/2014 12:00 AM

While summer may be winding down, you’d never know it over at Stonebridge Park. The Darol Rodrock community, located at 165th Street and Black Bob Road, is experiencing a surge in new growth — all while sales and expansion plans in most developments are slowing down for the season.

“We currently have two furnished models open daily,” said Ed Stephenson, Rodrock Development marketing agent. “What’s more, we have six additional homes for sale that are finished or nearly finished. Seven more homes are in the beginning stages of construction for occupancy in two to three months, and six foundations are going in.”

It’s an incredible pace of growth that speaks to the overwhelming response Rodrock Development has had to this exceptional community. Of the 41 lots Stonebridge Park opened at the first of the year, only five are still available. A new phase, consisting of 71 lots, will open in mid-September to meet the continued demand.

“Sales in Stonebridge Park this year are double last year, and next year will be double this year,” Stephenson said. “Many homebuyers have done their research and are concerned about rising building costs and the uncertainty on how long current interest rates will hold.”

Luckily for interested homebuyers, for the first time in months Stonebridge Park has a wide variety of lots and homes from which to choose. The neighborhood’s models include a two-story plan by James Engle Custom Homes and a reverse 11/2-story by K.C. Builders & Design. The two-story is a spacious five bedrooms with an impressive open entry and more than 3,200 square feet, while the reverse ranch features a five-car garage and a striking vaulted great room with custom beams and two-story fireplace.

The remaining homes for sale offer a variety of plans (two-story, 11/2-story and reverse 11/2-story), all ranging in price from the mid-$300,00s to mid-$400,000s.

While Stonebridge Park is open to all approved builders, currently 11 well-known, respected companies are constructing homes in the neighborhood, including James Engle Custom Homes, K.C. Builders & Design, Summit Custom Homes, Hilmann Homes, D & M Homes, Wynne Homes, New Mark Homes, Gabriel Homes, First Choice Custom Homes and Fountain City Custom Homes.

These builders are committed to quality home building, as well as a strong relationship with Rodrock Development and the greater community as a whole. The James Engle Custom Homes’ Charity House in Stonebridge Park is a perfect example.

The home, the ever-popular Emery Expanded floor plan, has four bedrooms, a full office/optional fifth bedroom, upstairs loft and 31/2 bathrooms. A large gourmet kitchen features an expansive kitchen island, granite counter tops and walk-in pantry. A large dining area next to the kitchen boasts vaulted ceilings and arched transom windows.

“The home is ideal for gatherings, with a great room that has 12-foot soaring ceilings and a see-through fireplace that can also be enjoyed on the large covered patio,” said Jim Engle, owner of James Engle Custom Homes. “The first-floor master suite has a huge, gorgeous walk-in shower with fully tiled shower walls, floor and seat and three luxurious shower heads. If bathing is more your style, a large Jacuzzi tub, framed with trimmed columns, is at the ready along with his-and-her separate vanities.”

While these opulent extras — along with cost-saving blown-in insulation, low-emissivity windows, energy-saving air seal foam and caulk, and a 16-SEER heat pump with 80 percent variable speed furnace — are exciting, it all pales in comparison to what the sale of this house will mean. That’s because all proceeds from the sale of this incredible home will go directly to the Darol Rodrock Foundation, which strives to help area foster children.

“James Engle chooses to support local charities, giving back to the residents in our community who have so graciously embraced our organization,” Engle said. “This specific charity, which raises awareness and support for foster children, has touched our hearts. We simply wanted to be a part of it.”

It’s an extraordinary combination: an incredible home from one of Kansas City’s top builders in one of the best Rodrock Development communities, all for a most worthy cause.

“What a thrill for the homebuyer who scores this amazing home,” Stephenson agreed. “Talk about a home with heart! It’s in one of the fastest-growing communities and steeped with value protection.

“And our residents appreciate all the amenities the larger Stonebridge community offers, including a junior Olympic-size pool and water slide; zero-entry pools and changing cabanas; pergola-covered grills; picnic areas; hard-surface sport court; and well-equipped children’s playgrounds. And don’t forget Prairie Creek Elementary School, which won the Governor’s Award for three years now. There’s so much to love about Stonebridge Park.”

Stonebridge Park

Location: 165th and Black Bob Road, Olathe.

Prices: Homes from $350,000 to $400,000-plus.

Contact: Ed Stephenson and Julie Parman, Rodrock & Associates, Realtors, 913-768-4800, StonebridgePark@Rodrock.com

Web: Rodrock.com.

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