July 25, 2014

Reduced prices on remaining Raintree Lake Villas new homes

Those who have been waiting to make Raintree Lake Villas their new home shouldn’t wait any longer. Prices have been drastically reduced on the remaining new single-family villas and with fast-paced sales in today’s market, they may soon be sold.

Statistics from the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors show that existing homes are selling at a fast pace, so those who have an existing home to sell before making a move to maintenance-provided villa living can be confident in listing their home and planning their move.

A drive through Raintree Lake Villas reveals a charming enclave of detached and twin villas on spacious, well-kept home sites along quiet streets. Residents are strolling along the sidewalks, riding their bicycles or tending their flower beds. The community seems far from the hustle and bustle of city life but is just minutes from new Lee’s Summit shopping, services and restaurants along Missouri 150.

Eight-year resident Beverly Kratzer said the convenience of being near everything she needs is one of the major attributes of living at Raintree Lake Villas.

“Everything I need — banks, gas stations, a grocery store, dentist and restaurants — are nearby,” she said. “I could ride my bike to them if I wanted to.”

She also enjoys being able to walk to Raintree Lake, where residents enjoy boating, fishing and skiing. A trail around the lake adds to the outdoor recreational activities for bikers and hikers.

Kratzer is impressed with the way Raintree Lake Villas is maintained by the homes association that is responsible for exterior maintenance of the villas, including painting, sprinkler care, lawn care, snow removal and trash service.

“Everything is well maintained,” she noted.

Another eight-year resident, Joe Drbohlav, said the provided maintenance allows him to travel extensively, knowing his home will be well cared for while he is gone. And when he is home he enjoys camaraderie with his neighbors, playing cards weekly with the men’s group.

A tour of the villas reveals the quality of construction provided by builder and developer Ben Sharp. Prospective homeowners can select one of the three single-family villas that offer an array of popular interior and exterior features that Sharp said are often considered upgrades in other communities.

Sharp said the eye-catching exterior architectural details that instantly captivate prospective homebuyers consist of stucco with real stone accents, 40-year timberline roofs, vinyl-clad tilt-in Thermopane windows, courtyards with wrought-iron fences, patios and two-car garages.

Inside, the homes feature open floor plans encompassing 1,450 to 1,861 square feet with 11-foot or vaulted ceilings. Hardwood floors; ash, birch or oak stained cabinets; GE or Whirlpool ranges and cook-tops; and ample counter top spaces with tile back splashes highlight the kitchen.

Other interior features include spacious bedrooms, living room and hearth room; crown molding; wide baseboards; bull-nose drywall corners; full, unfinished basements that can be transformed into an office, family or game room; and energy-efficient components that include Lennox heat pumps with natural gas and 50-gallon natural gas water heaters.

The main-floor master suite features a large bathroom complete with a whirlpool tub, tiled shower with seat, double vanities and a large a walk-in closet with adjustable shelving. A second bedroom on the main floor has a full bathroom.

The villas are priced from the low to upper $200,000s.

“We believe our villas offer great value for the price,” Sharp said. “With construction costs escalating daily, these homes cannot be replaced at the prices listed. It’s a great time to buy.”

Located in Lee’s Summit near Missouri 150 and Missouri 291, Raintree Lake Villas offers homeowners a convenient location that is less than five minutes from downtown Lee’s Summit, and thanks to nearby highway access, residents can reach various points of interest throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area within 20 to 30 minutes.

“One of the benefits of buying a home at Raintree Lake Villas is that you work directly with the builder/developer,” Sharp said. “This allows us to provide homebuyers with options that suit their particular needs, desires and lifestyles.”

The monthly fee of 8 cents per square foot covers trash pickup and snow removal, exterior painting, lawn care and underground sprinkler and roof maintenance.

Annual homeowners association dues cover the use of Raintree Lake — the community’s namesake — with numerous outdoor recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing and swimming, the clubhouse, Olympic-size swimming pool with mushroom fountain and tube slide, kids’ playground and maintenance of the open green spaces, walking trails, sidewalks and community landscaping.

By purchasing within Raintree Lake Villas, homeowners not only enjoy these amenities, the community’s picturesque surroundings and the stylish homes, but also have the peace of mind that comes with working with an experienced builder. Sharp has built more than 1,000 homes in seven communities throughout Lee’s Summit and brings an unmatched expertise to the area.

“You can’t find a better value for your dollar,” Sharp said. “These homes are quality throughout.”

Raintree Lake Villas

Prices: Low to upper $200,000s.

Location: 4104 S.W. James Younger Drive, Lee’s Summit.

Directions: From Missouri 150, west to Raintree Lake Drive, south to the entrance at Cole Younger Drive. Turn right on Cole Younger Drive, right on James Younger and follow to the model at 4104 S.W. James Younger Drive.

Hours: 1-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday and by appointment.

Contact: 816-304-5134 or 816-516-2401.


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