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 value much better than similar age neighborhoods.
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.
While Cottonwood Canyon continues to grow as one of the area’s premier residential subdivisions, its next-door neighbor is also taking on a fresh new name and look.
The Golf Club of Kansas, ranked among Golfweek magazine’s “Best New Courses,” is now under new ownership and has been renamed Canyon Farms Golf Club. The club will be managed by Great Life Golf, KC.
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Established in 1985, the company manages 23 golf courses in both Kansas and Missouri. The company’s portfolio of upscale private courses in the Kansas City area also includes the Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence, and Staley Farms Golf Club and Fitness Center in Kansas City.
According to Jeff Miller, regional manager for Great Life Golf, KC, “One of the greatest benefits for our valued members is that they will have reciprocation privileges, with some restrictions, between these private courses. This allows them to enjoy a wide array of course landscapes and club amenities.”
Other advantages include professional managers at each location who have full access to Great Life Golf, KC’s guidance, support and other resources. Additionally, the firm takes great pride in promoting from within, fostering growth opportunities for its employees and stability for its members.
“The newly named Canyon Farms Golf Club is already an outstanding, world class golf course,” Miller said, “and we have the opportunity and resources to make numerous improvements that will not only enhance the golf experience here, but also become an even greater amenity for the residents in the adjacent Cottonwood Canyon development.”
Coming improvements include a new clubhouse, new and/or upgraded golf course maintenance equipment, new golf carts and a fully stocked pro shop, among others.
“We want our current and future members to know that excellent customer service and communication are our number one priorities,” explained Miller. “We have a variety of ways that we achieve this to ensure our members are fully informed about changes, and have an avenue to share their comments and suggestions. It is definitely a two-way system that benefits everyone.”
According to Cottonwood Canyon developer Steve Hughes, whether one enjoys golf or not, the natural beauty, ambiance and tranquility derived from living in or near a golf course community plays an integral role in choosing where to live.
“At Cottonwood Canyon, 85 percent of our only 125 total lots are golf amenity lots.” he said. “There is no expectation for any new golf course communities in the metro area, and Cottonwood Canyon is the leader in golf front lots in Johnson County.”
In terms of home values, prospective buyers should note that premiums for houses on golf courses will hold value better over the long run as the demand for golf front houses will continue to grow, while the supply remains stable.
“In other words,” Hughes explained, “any golf lot like the ones offered at Cottonwood Canyon should hold value better than a typical lot.”
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, JS Robinson Fine Homes, Don Julian Builders, Starr Homes, Reed Fuller Construction and Curtis Befort Construction.
Sales at Cottonwood Canyon have been at a brisk pace, and there are several other new spec homes that are both planned and under construction.
Prices: The Lake, from $600,000 to over $1 million; The Village, from $400,000 and up.
Location: One mile west of Interstate 435 on 95th Street/Prairie Star Parkway in Lenexa.
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