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Parade Homes Under $250,000 Blend Affordability with High-End Features

This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in North Kansas City offers a master suite on the main floor, and custom cabinetry and a walk-in pantry in the kitchen for $249,000.
This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in North Kansas City offers a master suite on the main floor, and custom cabinetry and a walk-in pantry in the kitchen for $249,000. Submitted photo

Whether you’re a Millennial ready to invest in your first home or an empty nester who’s ready to trade in the family home for something more affordable and efficient, you can find several options under $250,000 during the 73rd Annual Spring Parade of Homes ( KCParadeofHomes.com), which starts April 28 and runs through May 13.

New construction options under $250,000 featured in the 2018 Parade of Homes include reverse 1-1/2-story homes, row houses in a New Urbanism setting, and maintenance-provided twin villas.

Walker Custom Homes, LLC is offering the Parade’s most affordable entry, a 1,550-square foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom attached villa priced at $182,900. Located at 4760 S. Union Ave. in the Voorheis Vale neighborhood in Independence, the townhome includes high-end features such as granite surfaces and hardwood flooring, a main-floor master suite and stone façade, all in a maintenance-provided community. Amenities include a neighborhood clubhouse and homeowner association (HOA).

“These homes cater to the $200,000 and below price point,” said Jason Walker, Walker Custom Homes owner and developer. “There’s just not a lot of inventory in that price range available in this market.”

Homebuyers seeking affordability in a more traditional neighborhood setting will need to pay over $200,000.

Dwight Friedley Building Co., LLC is offering a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, reverse 1-1/2-story home for $249,900. Located at 5026 N. White Ave. in the Woods of Maple Park in North Kansas City, the single-family home features an open floor plan with a master suite on the main floor with a walk-in closet and private bath with ceramic tile. The main level includes a second bedroom/office and laundry room, as well as a kitchen with granite, custom cabinetry, a walk-in pantry and breakfast bar, and a great room with a fireplace. The finished lower level offers two bedrooms and a rec room.

“I am seeing quite a few people in their 50s who raised kids in older homes, and now they want a brand-new home. They love living on one floor and never having to go downstairs if they don’t want to,” said Dwight Friedley, owner of Dwight Friedley Building Co. “I also see younger homebuyers as well as single moms looking for a nice new home.”

Mike Yancik, owner of Elevate Design + Build LLC, is seeing an uptick in single women with or without children seeking new construction in a “lower-maintenance,” New Urbanism environment. Elevate Design + Build is offering a 1,400-square foot row-house style model for $219,900. Located at 223 Jenny Lane in the Ramblewood at Jeter Farms subdivision in Raymore, the three-bedroom, 2-1/2-bathroom, two-story home features rear-loading garages and front porches that help create a sense of belonging, as well as smaller yards that require less upkeep. Features include granite, and tile backsplash and flooring, as well as a master bedroom walk-in closet.

“These floor plans lay out really well. They are only 20-feet wide, but you’d be surprised by how spacious they feel,” Yancik said. “We are finding that women and Millennials like the affordable price, lower maintenance and ability to keep up with the yard. These buyers don’t want to have to take care of the ‘McMansion’ of years past.”

Presented by the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA), the Spring Parade of Homes highlights the latest in home design, construction, and technology, plus provides buyers the chance to research the abundance of local builders. This year’s Parade offers 373 single-family homes, townhomes, and maintenance provided villas constructed by Kansas City metropolitan area builders across five counties on both sides of the State Line.

The Kansas City Parade of Homes is presented twice a year by the HBA and is the second largest in the United States. Since 1947, millions of greater Kansas City residents and visitors have enjoyed viewing the latest in-home innovations, styles and decorating, and this year’s Spring Parade will be no different as it showcases the area’s premier new homes, homebuilders and communities.

2018 Spring Parade of Homes

All homes will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. Free Parade guides are available for pickup at the KCHBA (I-435 & Holmes) and at all Parade homes during the dates of the event, April 28 through May 13. More information is available at KCParadeofHomes.com.

2018 Spring Parade of Homes

All homes will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. Free Parade guides are available for pickup at the KCHBA (I-435 & Holmes) and at all Parade homes during the dates of the event, April 28 through May 13. More information is available at KCParadeofHomes.com.

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