When Jeff and Laurel Sumpter’s family was relocating to the Kansas City area several years ago, their top priority was finding an excellent school district for their children. Their second priority was finding a community where it would be easy for the children to make friends.
They found both in their new home at 6520 N. National Drive in the resort-lifestyle community of The National in Parkville. Now, as their lifestyle has changed, they’ve moved to a new home and this home is available for $574,999.
“We were moving from out of state and we needed a great school district,” Laurel Sumpter said. “We were very pleased with the Park Hill district. We were moving a high school student and a middle schooler, so we wanted a community that had a place for them to hang out. With the clubhouse and pool close by and kids living up and down the street, they fit in and made friends quickly.”
In fact, the Sumpters’ home is close enough to the clubhouse and pool that the kids could walk or ride their bikes before they were old enough to drive.
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“They had the freedom to do this on their own and it was great for me, too,” Sumpter said.
Although the two-story home was finished when the Sumpters purchased it, they expanded it by finishing the walkout lower level. They created a media room with surround sound and ample seating; a recreation room with a tile floor and pool table; a snack kitchen with microwave, wet bar and wine refrigerator; a separate seating area; and half-bathroom.
“My husband’s job required him to entertain, so this area was perfect to provide a large area for entertaining that was separate from the other living space,” Sumpter said. “It also was great when the kids were teenagers. They could have friends over and with the walkout entrance, they could come and go without going through the rest of the house.”
Even with the lower level finished, the home still has plenty of storage on that level under the suspended three-car garage. “We had workout equipment in part of that area and still had ample storage,” Sumpter said. “If the kids had been younger, I would have painted a Hot Wheel course on the floor.”
The main level of this home flows easily from the dramatic two-story entry dominated by the sweeping split staircase past an office to the living room, dining room and island kitchen with breakfast area. The living room fireplace is flanked by built-ins and the floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the private back yard that is heavily treed.
The kitchen has designer cabinets and a large walk-in pantry. Just down the hall is the laundry with a sink, cabinets and folding counter. A half-bath also is found on the main level.
Visitors will be impressed by the rich detail of the home, built by Kevin Green Homes, that includes extensive crown molding and wainscoting.
“The privacy of this lot was one of the things that we really liked,” Sumpter said. “Most back yards at The National are open to each other, but this one is really private. The lot is large enough for us to have pets, but small enough that it is easy to maintain.”
On the upper level are four bedrooms, two of which are connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The third bedroom has a private bath.
The master suite includes a bathroom with tub and shower, as well as two separate vanities and opens to a spacious closet and linen closet.
Perhaps the best feature of the master suite is the private sitting room, its own separate space a couple of steps up from the master bedroom. It has a vaulted ceiling and three walls of windows overlooking the private back yard, giving it the ambiance of a tree house.
“I really loved that sitting room,” Sumpter said. “It is secluded, and is a great place to get away from everything, a perfect place to relax or to read.”
In addition to this special house and The National community, the Sumpters have enjoyed living in Parkville with its quaint downtown, restaurants that are a good place for meeting friends for lunch or dinner and English Landing Park, where they could stroll along the Missouri River.
They also liked being close to shopping at Zona Rosa and The Legends, being able to quickly travel to Sporting KC soccer games and the excellent highway access to take them to Kansas City and Johnson County.
Anyone interested in touring this special home, may call Edie Waters at 816-536-0635 to schedule a tour.
Location: 6520 N. National Drive, Parkville.
Contact: Edie Waters at 816-536-0635 with the Edie Waters Team of Keller Williams Northland at 816-536-0635.