Rodrock Development communities on Parade: More than just houses

04/26/2014 12:00 AM

04/24/2014 12:53 PM

The welcome mats have been put out at some 377 new homes for the 52nd annual Spring Parade of Homes. The Parade is an exciting time of year, when developers and builders showcase the very best of their offerings, providing buyers an ideal time to explore communities, floor plans and find the home of their dreams.

Rodrock Development is thrilled to have model homes at the ready in seven of its prestigious communities, including Grey Oaks in Shawnee; Southwick on the Lake in Overland Park; and Grayson Place, The Hills of Forest View, Stonebridge Meadows, Stonebridge Village and Stonebridge Park in Olathe.

With a variety of floor plans and a broad range of price points, starting in the $260,000s, the model homes offer just a glimpse of what’s available in a Rodrock community. Whether homebuyers are looking for immediate move-in availability or scouting for a woodland view or acreage zoned for horses, Rodrock Development delivers.

However, the houses and home sites are merely a part of what it means to be in a Rodrock Development.

“For more than 35 years, homebuyers have resonated with the unique Rodrock Development ‘building better communities’ promise,” said Brenda Sanders, vice president of Rodrock & Associates, Realtors.

Darol Rodrock fulfills this promise in a number of ways, making his communities absolute standouts in the Kansas City area. First, as soon as the streets are placed, he begins immediate work on the infrastructure and amenities that he knows families want right away.

Zero-entry pools, changing cabanas, pergola-covered grills, picnic areas, well-equipped children’s playgrounds and richly appointed clubhouses, complete with workout facilities, are found in many Rodrock communities.

Knowing the importance of good schools, Rodrock sets aside ground for the building of award-winning elementary and middle schools. Fine finishes for the neighborhoods often include wrought-iron fencing, stone monuments, lush landscaping and more.

Another concept that Rodrock created was the unique Rodrock Development Moms Council as a way to help new neighborhoods get off to a great start. An abundance of family-friendly activities are planned thanks to the Council, including spring egg hunts, Memorial weekend pool-opening parties, July 4 bike-a-thons and pumpkin-carving contests, depending upon the community. In December, families adore the holiday hayride and caroling event, which features huge Belgian draft horses pulling wagons down luminary lit streets.

“Annual year-round events help new neighbors get to know each other and have fun,” Sanders said. “Newcomers tell us all the time that living in a Rodrock Development community is more like living in a small town, where neighbors look out for one another. In today’s fast-paced, electronic world, families are desiring a neighborhood where they can unplug and know their neighbors.”

More than 30,000 people come home to a Rodrock Development community in Johnson County every day, and Sanders strongly believes this is due, in large part, to Darol Rodrock’s Moms Council vision.

Mike Slaven has been selling real estate for Rodrock communities for an impressive 22 years, and he joined the team based entirely on how impressed he was with Rodrock’s community-building ideas.

“I was working for another developer and builders in the ’90s and when Darol came in with this notion — with brilliant ideas like the Mom’s Council and other community-building concepts — no one else was doing that at the time. No one took it as far as he did; as a concept of a way of life, something people could attach to that would create enduring value. And I saw that and knew right away I had to work for Darol, because I so believed in what he was doing.”

“People are always talking about how happy they are to live in a Rodrock community,” Slaven continued. “People get involved in the Mom’s Council, and they’re so thrilled to have that type of support. And so many of our homeowners will move from one Rodrock community to another, or move to one based on the fact that their friends or kids live in a Rodrock Development. The word of mouth is tremendous. They hear the Rodrock name and say, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve heard great things about your developments!’ ”

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