Connie and Brett Blankenbiller had searched for a new home in and around Lenexa and Shawnee for several months, visiting countless communities. Then, they heard that Darol Rodrock had purchased the Greens of Chapel Creek in Shawnee, pulling the community out of foreclosure with plans to complete the development.
“That’s what drew us here,” said Brett Blankenbiller. “We knew Darol’s excellent reputation with the surrounding communities and community members, so we finally decided on the Greens of Chapel Creek for that reason — in conjunction with the fact that is was a ‘newer’ less-developed area. Once we decided on the Greens, we found Rodrock’s agents and subsequently our Hilmann Home, which we fell in love with immediately. Our experience with Bob Sloan and Hilmann Homes has been incredible, and we would recommend any one of them to friends in the market for a new home.”
While the Blankenbillers have only called the Greens of Chapel Creek home since June of 2014, there’s no hesitation when they’re asked what they love most about the community.
“We really appreciate the friendly people and the fresh look,” Blankenbiller said. “Anyone you see will wave or stop and talk to you. We also really like the fact that it’s kind of off the beaten path, yet has great access to quickly get anywhere you want to go.”
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The family also values that the neighborhood is so close to its church and the new Erfurt Park being built on the south side of 71st Street. And of course, Blankenbiller added, he loves living on the golf course at Shawnee Golf & Country Club.
The club not only offers gorgeous views to Greens residents, but also affordable club memberships for both individuals and families. The club boasts a 27-hole championship golf course designed by Lyndy Lindsey, four sets of tee boxes, an aqua driving range, three swimming pools (swimming, sports and a wading pool for small children), hard-surface tennis court, fitness center and luxurious club house with women’s and men’s locker rooms and dining facilities.
“But I think our absolute favorite part of the community is the quality of the homes being built, in conjunction with the fact that with Rodrock’s name on the development, we feel like our investment is safe, and as such, our future is sound,” Blankenbiller said.
Bob Sloan, a longtime Rodrock marketing agent, said that this protected value, alongside the unparalleled beauty of the community, has homebuyers flocking to the community.
“The high level of interest has led to the construction on the next phase of lots in the Greens of Chapel Creek,” said Sloan. “There will be 66 new lots in the first offering, of which over half will back to the golf course and/or ponds. It’s going to be a great spring and summer.”
The lots, which are due to open by April, range from 83 to 100 feet in width and provide for a variety of unique floor plans. Such careful preparation helps ensure that the community is anything but cookie-cutter in appearance. In addition, prospective buyers can work with the builder of their choice.
For those interested in more immediate housing options, there are a number of gorgeous spec homes anywhere from 30 to 90 days from completion.
“We have the Traveler Manor III by KC Building Co., priced at $510,000, which includes more than 600 square feet of basement finish with bath,” Sloan said. “The home backs to the golf green and has an excellent view up the fairway and beyond.”
Six other homes, including the Highland II by Hilmann Home Building and the Aspen III Five by James III Homes — both in a cul-de-sac location right across from the new city park — will be completed within the month.
However, Sloan added that homebuyers also have the rare opportunity of landing in Grey Oaks at 22607 W. 60th St., but only if they move fast. This beautiful community is ideally situated in the heart of Shawnee and is near capacity.
“We sold four homes in the month of January alone,” Sloan said of Grey Oaks. “We only have six lots/specs remaining until Grey Oaks is sold out. There’s still opportunity to purchase four homes that back to the city park and walking trail.”
Among the few remaining homes is the gorgeous Bradford III by James III Homes. Currently 30 to 45 days from completion and priced at $470,000, the home is nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac and backs to the park. This beauty is full of upgrades, including an outdoor living area with stone fireplace and a four-car garage. Meanwhile, the Chesapeake II by Hilmann Home Building is at foundation stage. This home also backs to park property, and priced at $409,950, this is the last reverse 11/2-story that will be built in Grey Oaks.
Whether homebuyers are tempted by the rolling golf course at the Greens of Chapel Creek or the established — and almost full — beauty of Grey Oaks, one thing remains clear: These communities are rare opportunities to enjoy the quality, protected value and splendor of a thoughtfully planned Rodrock community in Shawnee.
The Greens of Chapel Creek
Location: 24114 W. 68th St., Shawnee.
Prices: Homes from $400,000 to $600,000.
Contact: Bob Sloan or Brandilyn Thompson, Rodrock & Associates, Realtors, 913-422-2001, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 22607 W. 60th St.
Prices: Homes from $250,000 to $600,000.
Contact: Bob Sloan or Brandilyn Thompson, Rodrock & Associates, Realtors, 913-422-2001, email@example.com.