Communities of River Ridge features five homes featured during Parade

05/03/2014 12:00 AM

05/01/2014 1:05 PM

Those who haven’t yet visited the Communities of River Ridge during the Spring Parade of Homes still have time to tour the five homes being featured. The Parade continues through May 11.

Four of the River Ridge entries are in the Enclave of Sunset Hills and the fifth is just across Kenneth Road in High Point of River Ridge.

The Enclave of Sunset Hills is the last neighborhood being developed in River Ridge, a sprawling community in southeast Johnson County overlooking the Blue River Valley with nearly a 50-year history of delivering quality custom homes.

Spring is an excellent time to visit River Ridge, when the luxurious homes are surrounded by green grass and set against a backdrop of wild redbud trees blooming in the timber on the hills surrounding the Enclave of Sunset Hills.

Lettiann Betts, who markets River Ridge for Weichert, Realtors Graham-Welch LLC, said each season offers a different perspective as the trees change from spring buds to fully leafed out in the summer, then blaze with color in the fall and offer interesting sculptures against the gray winter sky.

“If homebuyers haven’t visited River Ridge for a few years or even a few months, it’s time to come back for another look,” Betts said. “This isn’t the typical Johnson County subdivision on flat prairie land. This is an entirely different animal.

“Many people who visit are surprised how close River Ridge is to everything you need: highways, shopping, restaurants. But it feels like it’s miles from the city. It’s peaceful here.”

Premium home sites are still available for those who want to become a part of this custom-built community. Many of the sites back to woods that overlook the new Aubrey Vineyard and others are large enough to accommodate in-ground pools. An ample number of walkout and daylight home sites also remain, but Betts doesn’t anticipate they will last long. Buyer traffic continues to be brisk as the clock ticks down to the end in this sprawling southeastern Johnson County community.

River Ridge includes several neighborhoods, but only three still have home sites available. The Enclave of Sunset Hills opened last fall with 45 estate-size home sites along cul-de-sac streets or backing to green space. Only seven home sites are available in High Point, where homes begin in the high $300,000s and fewer than a dozen remain in Sunset Hills, where homes start in the $450,000s.

The three completed homes featured on the Spring Parade are all in the Enclave of Sunset Hills, all of which are for sale.

One is a two-story plan, The Johanna, built by Tabernacle Homes. This custom design offers four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms with an optional fifth bedroom in the lower level. A 11/2-story plan, The Vista built by Wheeler Design, has four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. Wheeler Design also built the Bayview, a reverse 11/2-story plan with three bedrooms and three full and two half bathrooms.

Another Parade entry is the 11/2-story Danali Chalet by Tabernacle Homes, now under construction on a home site overlooking the valley. Betts highly praised the design which was adapted to fit the home site and elevation with abundant views.

“It has expansive floor-to-ceiling windows in the two-story great room to take advantage of the view,” she said. “A second-story loft also is oriented toward the windows.”

This home offers four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms in 3,400 square feet of finished living space. The buyer will have the option to finish the lower level to add another 1,300 square feet. The home is expected to be priced in the $600,000s.

Comerio Corporation’s Parade entry in High Point at River Ridge also is still under construction. This two-story Stratten plan boasts four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms in 2,700 square feet of living space and will be priced in the high $300,000s.

The Enclave of Sunset Hills continues River Ridge’s tradition of being a community of custom-built homes. Two new builders, Bickimer Construction and Taylored Homes, have joined the award-winning builder team that also includes Tabernacle Homes, Wheeler Design, James Engle Custom Homes, Krueger Homes and Comerio Corporation. Several have custom-built homes underway.

The Enclave of Sunset Hills is open to any builder who works in the Kansas City area with developer approval of home designs. The neighborhood is situated on one of the highest points in Overland Park, providing sweeping views over the Blue River Valley and numerous vantage points to observe the changing seasons.

Amenities at the Communities of River Ridge include a pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts, fishing ponds and playground. Students attend schools in the Blue Valley School District. River Ridge has some of the last available home sites in the attendance area of the original Blue Valley Elementary and Blue Valley High schools.

Residents have quick access to Interstate 435, U.S. 69 and Missouri 150. They are within minutes of an abundance of shopping and dining venues at 135th Street and State Line Road and along 151st Street.

For information, contact Lettiann Betts at 816-898-5477.

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