Cottonwood Canyon offers last premium golf course lots in Johnson County

04/20/2014 12:00 AM

04/17/2014 9:40 AM

When Kansas City entrepreneur and urban planner J. C. Nichols envisioned the city of Mission Hills in 1912, he paid particular attention to how the adjacent Mission Hills and Kansas City Country Clubs would add distinction and value to its residents. Over 100 years later, those homes have continued to hold their strong value.

Today, the residential community of Cottonwood Canyon, situated just one mile west of Interstate 435 on 95th Street/Prairie Star Parkway in Lenexa, possesses many of those same characteristics: a first-rate golf course, distinctive high quality homes and an accessible location. In fact, only a few years ago the neighboring Golf Club of Kansas was ranked among Golfweek magazine’s “Best New Courses.”

According to developer Steve Hughes, whether one enjoys golf or not, the natural beauty and ambiance derived from living in a golf course community plays an integral role in choosing where to live.

“Originally, golf courses were built as standalone facilities in a ‘core’ design,” he said. “In the 1960s, real estate developers started developing residential lots around new golf course designs that incorporated single or double fairways in order to create more frontage for home lots.

“There is no expectation for new golf course communities in the metro area at the present time,” Hughes said, “and Cottonwood Canyon is the only community left in Johnson County offering quality golf front lot options.”

At Cottonwood Canyon, an astounding 85 percent of its 125 total lots are amenity lots, each offering scenic views of the dramatic rolling hills, lakes and natural beauty of the Golf Club of Kansas.

“Cottonwood Canyon offers a unique, captivating and secluded setting that feels like it is far from the big city,” Hughes said. “Living here is about a feeling of serenity and belonging, and we are fortunate to be able to offer that in one of the most dramatically beautiful subdivisions in Johnson County.”

In terms of home values, prospective buyers should note that premiums for golf lots will hold value better over the long run as the demand for golf lots will continue to grow, while the supply remains stable, the developer said.

“In other words,” Hughes explained, “a golf lot like the ones offered at Cottonwood Canyon should hold value better than a typical lot.”

Here are some fun facts about master-planned golf communities in Kansas City:

•  First master plan with golf: Lake Quivira, 1931

•  First residential layout: Leawood South, 1969

•  First residential layout in Missouri: River Oaks, Grandview, 1973

•  Most golf lots on 18 holes: Falcon Ridge, Lenexa, 1997

•  Highest overall lot values: Hallbrook, Leawood, 1988

Cottonwood Canyon encompasses two residential neighborhoods: The Lake and The Village. Prospective buyers can find homes in The Lake ranging from $600,000 to over $1 million and homes in The Village from $400,000 and up.

Each offers distinctive design plans from some of the Kansas City area’s premier builders, including B.L. Rieke Custom Homes, Don Julian Builders, Starr Homes and Reed Fuller Construction. Currently, both B.L. Rieke and Reed Fuller Construction have spec homes at Cottonwood Canyon in the Village neighborhood.

Reed Fuller’s home features a reverse 11/2-story floor plan with three bedrooms and three bathrooms priced at $400,000. B.L. Rieke has a spec home in The Village priced at $529,900 as well as the model home in The Lake neighborhood, priced at $799,000. Both homes will be featured on the Spring Parade of Homes April 26 through May 11.

Starr Homes is also building an upscale reverse 11/2-story model home in The Lake area.

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


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