Plum Creek in Gardner offers quality, value, location

04/19/2014 12:00 AM

04/17/2014 9:30 AM

Rausch Coleman Homes’ Plum Creek community in Gardner is selling homes at record speed with more than 15 new build-jobs over the past two months. The successful builder sold out of showcase homes in its other Gardner community, Willow Springs, and is excited about the opportunity to continue providing quality homes at affordable prices in the area.

Rausch Coleman builds ranch homes and popular two-story plans in Plum Creek that have three to four bedrooms and the option to finish the basement with an additional bedroom, full bathroom and recreation room. A new 11/2-story plan is in the development stage. Homes are priced starting in the $180,000s.

Plum Creek is in the Gardner Edgerton School District and is adjacent to the brand new Grand Star Elementary and a new middle school opening next year. That school is part of a voter-approved $72 million bond issue that includes the new elementary school, middle school and multipurpose activity center addition to the high school, as well as district-wide updates to technology.

Gardner Edgerton students achieved the prestigious State Standard of Excellence designation and since 2006 the schools have received 14 Governor’s Achievement Awards, ranking them among the top 5 percent of the schools in Kansas.

Gardner is a growing community of just over 19,000 residents in southern Johnson County and has excellent access to Interstate 35 for those who commute to jobs in Johnson County and the Kansas City area. Gardner is near the recently opened BNSF intermodal freight hub. The complex includes a $250 million rail-to-truck intermodal yard and an adjoining $500 million warehouse park. The intermodal freight hub is expected to create 7,000 jobs.

Rausch Coleman Homes, a family-owned and operated business, has been building homes for more than 55 years with the mission of “improving lives, one home at a time.” The commitment to its mission has enabled the company to be ranked 32nd of the nation’s Top 100 Builders by Builders Magazine and to expand to build homes in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

Rausch Coleman Homes, run by founder Buddy Coleman and grandson John Rausch, started building in Arkansas. The company’s early success led to its expansion into numerous cities in Arkansas, and into Tulsa and Oklahoma City in Oklahoma.

More than five years ago, Rausch Coleman Homes expanded into south Kansas City and now builds in three locations in Johnson County, including The Reserve in Lenexa, Plum Creek in Gardner and Whitetail in Olathe. The company also has four locations in Missouri: Sunrise Farms in Grandview and Barry Brooke, Line Creek and Bristol Park in Kansas City, North. Future expansion in the Northland and in Johnson County is expected.

The company’s philosophy is to make each meticulously constructed home affordable, offering the lowest price possible while including quality features such as 8-inch thick concrete basements; a 10-year waterproofing foundation warranty; a water-barrier house-wrap system; 30-year architectural shingles; brick, stone and stucco exterior features; engineered roof trusses; and double-pane, low-E vinyl windows.

Rausch Coleman Homes allows new homeowners, when building, to decide which features they want in their home. The company offers many quality features that allow buyers to build their home with the features that are important to them. Design choices can include hardwood flooring, granite counter tops, maple cabinetry, iron stair spindles, ceramic tiles, gas fireplace, finished basement, three-car garages and more.

Rausch Coleman also offers a limited lifetime warranty that covers the roof system, foundation wall system and structural load-bearing walls of the home. The company manages all warranty work for the homeowner.

Rausch Coleman values the relationships it has built throughout Kansas City and feels fortunate to receive multiple Realtor and buyer testimonies over the past years. The company is thankful and humbled to receive referrals from its current homeowners and see repeat Realtor business.

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