If you’ve been thinking about buying or building a new home in western Johnson County, now is the perfect time to explore two of the area’s hottest-selling communities, Rodrock Homes’ Gleason Glen and Hills of Forest Creek. The neighborhoods continue to offer discerning buyers new homes and home sites in response to increased demand.
“The Kansas City area real estate market continues to be very strong, particularly in Lenexa and Shawnee where Gleason Glen and Hills of Forest Creek provide prospective buyers with popular floor plans, affordable pricing and prime location,” said Rosemary Vitale, ReeceNichols vice president of new homes, who cautions shoppers not to delay their decision.
The spring selling season was brisk and Vitale predicts the summer buying season will heat up, too, as buyers look to make a purchase before school opens in the fall.
“These communities have Rodrock Ready homes available for occupancy within 45 to 60 days,” she said, encouraging shoppers not to delay their decisions.”
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With prices ranging from the low $300,000s to $425,000, the communities boast an attractive mix of home sites, including cul-de-sac, walkout and daylight, and an inventory of gracious homes built with a craftsman’s attention to detail.
“Rodrock has a reputation of building beautiful homes where style meets function in distinctive communities with convenient access to shopping, dining and entertainment options,” said Judy Zimmerman, Gleason Glen community manager and ReeceNichols real estate agent. “Don’t wait — homes and home sites are selling fast in this desirable community.”
Hills of Forest Creek offers homes built by Rodrock and another respected area builder, Bickimer Homes.
“There are few communities in the area where you have such a terrific array of homes from which to choose,” said Hills of Forest Creek community manager and ReeceNichols real estate agent Rob Lacio. “Rodrock and Bickimer are committed to building outstanding residences with integrity.”
Close to award-winning schools. Proximity to an acclaimed school district is at the top of homebuyers’ checklists, too. Both communities have easy access to the DeSoto Unified School District, recently ranked as number two of the top 10 high-performing school districts in the Kansas City metro by the Kansas City Business Journal. Gleason Glen is a short three-minute drive to Mize Elementary School and Mill Creek Middle School and Hills of Forest Creek is also minutes away.
“People purchase here because they want to send their children through school, without moving,” Lacio said about Hills of Forest Creek.
Gleason Glen’s Zimmerman notes the powerful combination of affordable pricing, Rodrock’s design standards, community features and closeness to excellent schools helps to create buyer interest.
“This is really a hidden jewel,” she said.
Gleason Glen. Residents enjoy stunning, unobstructed sunsets over sweeping vistas, an ample community pool, plenty of green space for impromptu football games and a treed park in the community’s center hearkens back to a different time.
“Gleason Glen isn’t a mega community that generates traffic congestion,” said ReeceNichols agent and Gleason Glen community manager Anna Stasi. “It has a country flavor, yet the benefits of quick access to major thoroughfares for city or airport commutes or shopping, dining and entertainment options.”
Gleason Glen’s available 45 to 60 day inventory includes two reverse 11/2-story Dillons on a private walkout treed site and a walkout cul-de-sac site. The two-story Wakefield model is available for immediate purchase and eligible for a 50-percent-off the square footage price for a lower-level finish. Homes available for move-in in 120 to 150 days include the two-story Irving on a treed site with a first-floor flex room and the brand-new two-story, four-bedroom Destin 3.5, also situated on a wooded site; and JFE Construction’s Creekside III reverse 11/2-story set on a walkout cul-de-sac site.
“Plus our model row will be completed by the Fall Parade of Homes kickoff,” Zimmerman said. “We look forward to showing off our sparkling homes, including all-new designs, the Aspen reverse 11/2-story and the Destin 3.5 two-story,
Hills of Forest Creek. Beyond the innovative, well-built homes in Hills of Forest Creek, the primary reasons people choose the community is its convenient location and award-winning school district.
“We’re close to I-435, K-7 and K-10 highways, and a short commute to the airport and most city attractions, such as Sprint Center and the Country Club Plaza,” Lacio said.
Hills of Forest Creek beckons with a unique amenity: In-community access to Clear Creek Trail, which links homeowners directly to one of the city’s longest and most scenic trails, the 17-mile Mill Creek Streamway Trail. Walkers, joggers, bikers, hikers and even equestrian lovers enjoy the great outdoors nearly year-round on this unusual expanse of nature in the city.
“We also have a new community pool being built,” Lacio said.
Homes available for purchase within a 45- to 60-day timeframe include Rodrock’s two-story, four-bedroom Wakfefield with a spacious, open floor plan; the two-story Destin with a gourmet-inspired kitchen; and the two-story Monte Carlo with a walk-in kitchen pantry. Bickimer’s elegant two-story Keystone is also move-in ready.
Lacio notes the atmosphere in a Rodrock neighborhood is an invisible but very real amenity.
“Not only do our floor plans offer something for everyone, each community has a genuine neighborly feel — neighbors become friends for life,” he said. “You can’t put a price tag on that.”
Visit today. Make plans to tour Gleason Glen and Hills of Forest Creek today — premium communities, distinctive floor plans, appealing home sites, available inventory and desirable location.
Hours: 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Locations: Gleason Glen, 83rd and Gleason in Lenexa, just west of K-7. Hills of Forest Creek, Woodland Drive and 61st Street in Shawnee.
Contact: Gleason Glen, 913-333-2135; Hills of Forest Creek, 913-333-2137. Rodrock Homes, 913-851-0347.