New Longview offers great schools, architecture and art

06/05/2014 1:24 PM

06/05/2014 1:24 PM

New Longview on the west side of Lee’s Summit is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Reminiscent of Brookside, Waldo and other classic Kansas City neighborhoods with four-sided architecture, this walkable neighborhood has what the marketing team said are the best schools in the state and 16 new home plans with open or traditional floor plans, large closets and the flexibility of personal design opportunities.

“Most of our 300 current residents were drawn here because New Longview has the look and feel of a traditional neighborhood, whether you are from Brookside, Baton Rouge or Boulder, Colo.,” said Leslie Marshall, who markets the community with her husband, Tucker. They were among the first New Longview residents, having relocated from Santa Barbara. “People also move here because of the excellent schools and the close-in convenient location.”

New Longview is 20 minutes from the Country Club Plaza and 10 minutes from Metcalf and Interstate 435. It is on the site of R.A. Long’s historic, 100-year-old country estate, Longview Farm, originally designed by George Kessler and Henry Hoit. The updated land plan by Gale Communities uses 12 of the original 50 structures in the award-winning master plan.

“Residents have a strong sense of community and if you have kids, it is centered on our cool neighborhood school, pool and park, but the arts and athletics are strong draws as well,” Leslie said. “Our developer and his team repurposed and restored the 100-year-old, 40,000-square-foot Longview Farm Show Horse Arena, added a 35,000-square-foot classroom addition and created a masterpiece.

“This spring we hosted a Wayside Waifs fundraiser and Longview College staged the eighth Flights of Fancy Kite Festival. This month we’ll host the 51st annual Tour of KC sprints and bike races and KC’s first Gran Fondo bike ride. Literally, there is something for everyone: kite festivals, community runs, block parties, community garden parties; the list is long.”

“We made uncommon efforts to preserve Mr. Long’s 100-year-old buildings and with our community partners, we’ve maintained the design in the award-winning elementary school,” said Dave Gale, president of Gale Communities and leader of the development team. “‘Dr. R’ aka Ryan Rostine, the school principal, and his staff have taken a special building and created a magical curriculum and experience for their students.”

Students continue their education in the highly rated Lee’s Summit School District at Summit Lakes Middle School and Lee’s Summit West High school, which was awarded a Silver Designation by U.S. News & World Reports.

New Longview has garnered a room full of awards for the restoration of Longview Farm’s historic structures and replication of classic Kansas City designs in its new homes and is known nationally for its advanced planning and four-sided architectural detail.

The 16 floor plans, ranging from 1,600- to 4,000-square-foot ranch, 11/2-story and two-story homes with a multitude of Kansas City’s historic elevations and color palettes explain why New Longview does not look or live like a conventional cookie-cutter “beige” subdivision.

The Marshalls said the home styles meet the needs of all walks of life, with prices from the $220,000s to the $800,000s. Two model homes, the Kensington and the Morningside models, recently sold. The newest plan, the Waldo ranch-style home, was one of the models featured on the Spring Parade of Homes. Three additional spec homes are under construction and will be completed within 60 days, or buyers may select a specific home site and unique plan for their custom-built home.

“The median price of our eight homes under construction is $406,000,” said Matt Faulkner, general manager of Gale Homes, the exclusive builder.

New Longview includes young couples just purchasing their first home, single parents, empty-nesters and inter-generational families of all combinations.

Leslie said the neighborhood design adds to the sense of community, with families strolling along the sidewalks and visiting on the porches or in the yards.

The Marshalls said another benefit of living in New Longview is the New Longview Commercial District which now has three restaurants, a coffee shop, dry cleaner, chiropractor and health care specialists, two banks, an insurance agency, gas station, drug store, financial planning services and 20,000 square feet of occupied offices.

Longview Chapel and Longview Community College are a short walk away with access to the recreation center, art gallery, theater, continuous learning opportunities and daycare.

Longview Lake Park, at 5,000 acres and just “over the fence” offers routes for walkers, runners and cyclists, as well as boating, fishing and swimming. For the golfers in the family, the Fred Arbanas “Scottish” Golf Course is just half a mile away.

As members of the Keller Williams Platinum-Gale Team, the Marshalls are ranked among the top 10 teams in the five-state region. They are experienced Realtors registered in Missouri and Kansas and are able to provide a full and sophisticated range of service for the new home and resale customer.

New Longview

Prices: 220,000s to the $800,000s.

Directions: Interstate 470 to View High Drive, south two miles, then continue south at the Third Street traffic light a half-mile to Longview Road; follow the signs to the model office at 940 SW Loula Drive.

Hours: 12-5 p.m. Friday through Monday.

Contact: Leslie and Tucker Marshall at 816-500-5087.

Web: NewLongview.com.

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