Rodrock & Associates, Realtors showcases the best Parade of Homes has to offer

04/26/2014 12:00 AM

04/24/2014 1:12 PM

Developers and builders throughout Kansas City are rolling out the proverbial red carpet today through May 11 for the 52nd annual Spring Parade of Homes. Some 377 new homes, spread throughout all eight metropolitan-area counties, are primed and ready so attendees can see the latest in home-building.

It’s an ideal time to explore the very best Rodrock Development has to offer, with model homes in a number of 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 price points, there’s truly something for everyone. And as with all Rodrock Developments, each community is thoughtfully planned, laden with amenities and built to the exacting standards for which Darol Rodrock has been renowned for more than 35 years.

With new inventory, new floor plans and quality builders, even the most discriminating buyer will be impressed by the Rodrock difference.

Importantly, all of the homes in Rodrock Developments are marketed by Rodrock & Associates, Realtors, agents with exceptional experience in selling new homes.

Bob Sloan, who helps families find their ideal homes in Grey Oaks, 22515 W. 60th Street, and The Greens of Chapel Creek, 7020 Barth Road, has been with Rodrock Development since 1991.

“What I love about working with Darol is that he does such an excellent job as a developer, thanks in part because he’s worn several hats in his life: school teacher, coach, builder and developer,” Sloan said. “This has made him appreciate all the facets of what makes a great community. His developments are family friendly, filled with quiet cul-de-sacs, pools and play areas; and all typically have schools adjacent to the community or very close. And he goes the extra mile, including so many nice features, including fountains, wrought-iron fencing and attractive monuments.”

More important, Sloan said, is the value Darol Rodrock offers. “His wise decision-making benefits homeowners. He’s well established and incredibly careful where he invests his name. Value protection is of the utmost importance to Darol.”

For this reason and so many more, Sloan said the past two years have been phenomenal in sales. “It was a struggle for awhile getting sufficient inventory, but we’re starting to get some houses up and far enough along to show buyers. The Greens of Chapel Creek definitely has some inventory, including three really nice story-and-a-half reverse homes by two different builders ranging from $420,000 to $480,000. I also have some gorgeous two-story homes. But it’s not going to last long, because people will want to move before school starts up in the fall.”

Mike Slaven couldn’t agree more. With 22 years experience helping build Rodrock Development, he knows just how quickly quality homes will sell. But he urges buyers to realize that they’re not just buying a home; they’re buying a community.

“I remember in 1990, I was working for another developer, and I saw what Darol was doing — truly building a community with care, providing something people could attach to that would create enduring value. I knew right away I had to work for Darol, because I so believed in what he was doing. I was absolutely enamored with his quality of work.”

And that quality is seen in several homes Slaven has on the Parade of Homes in Grayson Place, including a beautiful two-story at 12180 S. Brockway St., priced at $319,000, in the perennially popular Yorkshire II floor plan by Chris George Homes LLC.

“It has four spacious bedrooms, 31/2 baths, a three-car garage and a daylight lower level on a desirable cul-de-sac home site,” he said. “As well, we have a gorgeously furnished model home at 22021 W. 122nd St. priced at $379,950. Built by James III Homes Inc., it has an incredible five bedrooms, 41/2 baths, walkout lower level and a covered deck perfect for entertaining.”

Yet this only touches on a small portion of what is going on in the Darol Rodrock communities.

“Darol is also investing approximately $2 million in infrastructure and landscaping in Stonebridge,” said Ann Knickrehm, another of Darol’s long-term marketing agents of 25 years. “Our homeowners are very excited about his additional investment in our community.”

Sloan urges the community to get out and explore the Parade of Homes — whether they’re looking to buy this summer or next year.

“Getting out on the Parade is so important because it’s a way to educate yourself not only on floor plans but on neighborhoods,” he said. “Things have changed quite a bit in the last few years. It’s a great time for buyers to get out there. Visit and see why more than 30,000 people have chosen to live in a Rodrock community.”

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