Villas of MariMack allows buyers to ‘age in place’

04/17/2014 9:42 AM

04/17/2014 9:42 AM

You can never have too much of a good thing, or at least that is the feeling at the Villas of MariMack, a maintenance-provided golf community in Kearney offering reasonably priced homes starting from the $170,000s.

The Villas of MariMack, as well as Jamestowne Village in Kearney, and both the Harbor Lake and Lake Meadows communities in Smithville, will have homes available to view during the Spring Parade of Homes beginning April 26. The homes in each community will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. daily.

During the tour, Porter Communities, the development company, will be working with mortgage lenders to offer 100 percent USDA financing, reduced mortgage insurance rates and free appraisals in these communities. In addition, Porter Communities is offering a guaranteed buy-out program to buyers with homes to sell.

“If a client wants to purchase one of our homes, we will buy their current home at a predetermined and agreed to price,” said developer Craig Porter. “By doing this, both homes will close simultaneously so the buyers don’t need to worry about two house payments. And, they only have to move once. Our agents will be on hand to explain the guidelines and answer any questions prospective buyers may have.”

One of the biggest draws to The Villas of MariMack is that they are traditional detached homes with very few of the challenges associated with homeownership. Additionally, Kearney property taxes are some of the lowest in the area, which makes living there very economical compared to other areas in Kansas City.

Exterior design features encompass low-maintenance vinyl siding with stone and stucco facades, decks, patios and in-ground sprinkler systems. The homeowner association operates the in-ground sprinkler system and pays for watering and lawn care during warm weather, as well as snow removal in the winter months.

Standard interior design elements in these luxury villas include custom-built cabinetry, wood floors, ceiling fans and gas fireplaces. The homes are also some of the first in the area to boast universal design concepts as standard features.

“These universal design concepts allow people to ‘age in place,’ which is very important to many homebuyers today, particularly empty-nesters and retirees,” said marketing agent Brad Brown of RE/MAX Advantage.

These features include wider doors, zero (no-step) entries through the front door and garage, wheelchair accessible pantries, and large no-step and wheelchair accessible tile showers in the master bathroom.

“These homes are designed so that homeowners will feel secure in the fact they will never need to move, unless they choose, should their accessibility needs change,” Brown said. “These are very important aspects in finding a home truly designed to meet their needs, desires and lifestyles.”

Dwellings by Design is offering a new version of the popular Micha floor plan here.

“This floor plan is very open and has a great kitchen,” Brown said. “The builder has even moved the microwave to the lower cabinets to be sure it is always accessible.”

Several versions of the Micha are currently under construction, each featuring finished walk-out basements, granite counter tops and numerous optional upgrades.

One villa, priced at $184,900, is situated on a spacious cul-de-sac. Two others back up to the scenic 10th hole of the adjacent Clear Creek Golf Club.

“These are the last golf course lots in this phase,” Brown said. “They have great views, large finished basements and are priced at only $229,900.”

Located east of Interstate 35, The Villas of MariMack is only a short drive to nearby hospitals, major sporting complexes and shopping districts in the metropolitan area.

Kearney’s small-town atmosphere allows residents to get to know their neighbors, but also provides a cornucopia of essential services that include restaurants, grocery stores, service stations, automotive repair and parts stores, doctor and dentist offices, banks, specialty shops and the award-winning Kearney School District.

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