Considering buying a new home? If so, exploring what lies just outside its doorstep may be just as important as examining what’s on the inside.
Because purchasing a new home isn’t just about buying a house, it’s about creating a lifestyle within easy reach that lets you do what you want with your playtime and downtime.
Sure, many new-home communities include swimming pools and clubhouses just for that reason.
But if you want extra lifestyle options like a city park in the middle of your neighborhood, on-the-spot fishing, or even a nearby lake for boating, take a look at the following Rodrock Homes’ communities where rare amenities abound.
Gleason Glen. In keeping with Rodrock Homes’ emphasis on family lifestyle, the Lenexa community of Gleason Glen features a delightful amenity you wouldn’t expect to find in the middle of any neighborhood: a well kept, maintenance-provided city park.
Located just one mile west of Kansas 7 highway between 75th and 83rd Streets, both the neighborhood and its built-in park feel especially welcoming.
With a footpath encircling it, the treed park includes picnic-worthy green space, benches for relaxing, a shelter for gathering and a play structure with swings for neighborhood kids. Not far away, horses still graze in a neighboring field.
“Gleason Glen feels peaceful and secluded,” said Anna Stasi, community manager of Gleason Glen, who adds the community also includes a pool. “But the fact is, you’re just three minutes from major thoroughfares to get you anywhere in the city.”
Visit the website at gleasonglen.com.
Bristol Valley and Bristol Ridge. Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley also provide close-in living with a farther out feel. But what’s unique to these two Shawnee communities is the outdoor lifestyles they afford.
The communities’ rare rolling terrain located near Interstate 435 and 87th Street sit just next to Shawnee Mission Park, a Kansas City mecca for all kinds of outdoor activities including off-leash canine romps.
A trailhead for hiking on Mill Creek Streamway Park also starts nearby, with Lake Lenexa beckoning to swimmers, boaters, fishers and wildlife lovers just two miles beyond.
“If you like to hike, jog, swim, fish or boat, we’ve got it all right here,” said community manager Karen Campbell.
Visit the website at Bristolridgekc.com.
Chapel Hill. Another Rodrock Homes’ favorite, Overland Park’s Chapel Hill, features rare outdoor amenities too.
Located at 167th and Pflumm Road, the community sits adjacent to the multifaceted 1,300-acre Heritage Park complex.
There homeowners can fish, boat or swim in the complex’s 40-acre lake, golf at its 18-hole course or romp with pets through 30 acres of an off-leash park.
“Acreage-wise, Heritage Park is larger than New York City’s Central Park,” explained Bill Gerue, the broker/salesperson for Chapel Hill. The park also hosts baseball and lacrosse games and even allows equestrian riding.
And while Chapel Hill boasts its own pool and paved trail, it’s just a mile away from Overland Park’s Arboretum, where you can wander through nature at its very best. The website is chapelhillkc.com.
Summerwood and Summerwood Estates. Also in Overland Park and at 162nd and Quivira, Rodrock Homes’ Summerwood and Summerwood Estates neighborhoods are known for extra large home sites, abundant green space and easy access to Blue Valley Schools.
But more than that, they feature some of the area’s newest, most innovative amenities. Summerwood’s architecturally stunning and light-filled two-story clubhouse includes a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, plush leather seating and chic interior design. The result? A high-functioning, scenic space where community gatherings and private parties come to life.
Summerwood’s new pool goes beyond standard fare too, offering homeowners the privacy of individual cabanas. Accompanied by a soothing rock waterfall, the space is relaxing for adults and yet still all-out fun for kids.
Also unique to Summerwood and Estates is a stocked community pond where homeowners can fish.
“We see kids having fun fishing with parents or grandparents a lot,” said Summerwood community co-manager Angela Fitzgerald.
In addition, Summerwood includes typical Rodrock Homes’ amenities like a paved exercise trail, multisport courts and family picnic sites. The website is summerwoodop.com.
Wyngate. Just one mile east of Summerwood along 159th Street between Antioch and Switzer lies another Rodrock Homes’ Overland Park community, Wyngate.
Wyngate’s most distinctive amenity is its location adjacent to an award-winning Blue Valley School Campus. From its grounds Wyngate kids can walk to elementary, middle and high schools in a matter of minutes on the neighborhood’s paved trail.
In addition to a clubhouse, pool, play park, basketball court and sand volleyball court, Wyngate also features four sparkling new model homes. Showcasing the latest in interior designs, they’re ready for your touring seven days a week. The website is wyngatekc.com.
Love your lifestyle. So whether you love nature, golfing, fishing, sunbathing, or just spending time with family and friends, let Rodrock Homes’ help you live a lifestyle you love — with unique community amenities tailored just for you.
To get started, visit rodrockhomes.com or call 913-851-0347.
Contact: 913-851-0347, rodrockhomes.com,
Office: 9550 Dice Lane, Lenexa, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Prices: Beginning in the mid $300,000s.