One of the best-kept secrets spreading throughout the homebuying community is the Communities of River Ridge.
Located off Kenneth Road and 162nd Terrace in southern Johnson County near both 49/71 Highway and 69 Highway, the Communities of River Ridge is a peaceful 240-acre community tucked away in an enviable pocket of treed, gently rolling terrain that blends new construction with established neighborhoods.
Unlike many other residential communities in the area, the community encompassing three distinct neighborhoods — High Point Estates, Sunset Hills at River Ridge, and The Enclave of Sunset Hills — sits high up on a ridge overlooking the Blue Valley, offering spectacular views of stands of mature trees and gorgeous views for miles around.
Sales have been at a brisk pace and the remaining homesites and spec homes available in the final phase are expected to sell quickly.
According to Lettiann Southerland, who markets the community, River Ridge is a very unique place to build and live. “Although the community includes a significant amount of acreage, the neighborhoods are thoughtfully designed to be welcoming, not isolating,” she said. “The community has no through streets so it’s very private and peaceful here, the views and colors year-round are spectacular, and it feels like it’s miles from the city.”
Currently 18 lots remain for custom build jobs, four situated on expansive walk-out lots backing up to green space, woods and/or neighboring Aubrey Vineyards, the first vineyard established in Overland Park, giving residents coveted vineyard and tree views from their homes.
In The Enclave of Sunset Hills, Reed Fuller Construction has built The Craftsman, a gorgeous, reverse 1-1/2-story, four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,400 square foot home featuring a Butler’s pantry, computer room, spacious deck and lower level wet bar. Priced at $555,000, this home is move-in ready.
For prospective buyers considering a longer move-in timeline, three spec homes will be available within 45 days.
Comerio Corporation has built a striking 1-1/2-story, five-bedroom, four-bathroom, 3,329 square foot The Lago plan. Also located in The Enclave and priced at $644,000, it is highlighted by a 20-foot entryway ceiling, a free-standing master tub and a covered lanai with a fireplace.
Also here is The Monterrey by Wheeler Design Custom Homes, is a stunning two-story home with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and approximately 3,600 square foot home on a prime corner cul-de-sac homesite just shy of a half-acre. Priced at $625,000, it offers an open floor plan, fully appointed dream kitchen and a master bathroom featuring a huge tiled shower, soaking tub, his and hers sinks and built-in storage.
Wheeler Design is also offering The Bayview plan in Sunset Hills at River Ridge, a reverse 1-1/2-story home with four bedrooms, 4-1/2 bathrooms, and 3,800 square feet situated on a ¾-acre lot with a covered deck and patio, priced at $639,900.
“The beauty of living in River Ridge is that because every lot is different, the diversity goes beyond just the architectural home styles,” Southerland said. “Even the interior lots are different, making them great options for building a home with a side-entry garage and/or pool.”
For buyers interested in creating a custom-built home, the award-winning building team here includes Tabernacle Homes, Parkview Homes, KBC Homes, Koehler Building Company, Wheeler Design Custom Homes, Comerio Corporation, Braklow Custom Homes, Bickimer Construction, Taylored Homes, James Engle Custom Homes, John Stewart Custom Homes, Reed Fuller Construction, Willis Custom Homes, Redstone Homes, Woodbridge Custom Homes and Krueger Homes. Other builders are welcome with developer approval.
To get a flavor and flair for the wealth of floor plan and interior and exterior design, craftsmanship, and luxury options available, stop by the model home/sales office. Built by John Stewart Custom Homes, this reverse 1½-story, approximately 3,500 square foot home is perched on a quiet cul-de-sac location and features four bedrooms – two on the main floor and two on the lower level, octagonal ceilings in the foyer and over the breakfast area, and a suspended slab garage offering additional storage space below.
Community amenities include a swimming pool, playground, tennis courts, volleyball courts and fishing ponds. River Ridge is also within minutes of a wealth of retail, entertainment and dining options and services along 135th Street and 151st Street, and is served by the award-winning Blue Valley School District.
Although River Ridge has often been referred to as a best-kept secret, as the final phase continues, the secret won’t last long.
For more information, contact Lettiann Southerland, Lettiann & Associates Real Estate Services, at 913-333-0511.
Communities of River Ridge
Directions: From Interstate 435, south on State Line Road and continue south as it becomes Kenneth Road to community entrance at 162nd Terrace.
Hours: 12-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday or any time by appointment.
Contact: Lettiann Southerland Lettiann & Associates Real Estate Services, at 913-333-0511.