With the opening of school last week, the scene has changed at the Estates of Wolf Creek. Instead of children walking the trails to the swimming pool, playground and lake, they are following the trails to Wolf Creek Elementary School within the neighborhood. Teens are traveling a few blocks away to Spring Hill High School.
Although the convenience of nearby, highly rated Spring Hill district schools has made the Estates of Wolf Creek a popular choice for families, the abundance of ranch and reverse ranch floor plans has also drawn families with older children, empty-nesters and retirees to this master-planned community.
The affordability of the homes is another enticement. The two-story, ranch and reverse plans start in the low $300,000s and have all of the features that today’s homebuyers want: open first-floor designs, hardwood floors throughout the main living areas, island kitchens, walk-in pantries, granite counter tops, stainless appliances and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, including spacious master suites. All homes have a lawn sprinkler system and all ranch plans have finished lower levels.
“The quality of construction for the price is without compare,” said Lisa Rater with Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services, Kansas City Realty, who markets the community.
Those who want to see this quality will have the opportunity to visit three homes in the Estates of Wolf Creek during the Fall Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City Oct. 3-18. All three are currently for sale. They include:
▪ A two-story Austin plan with four bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms and a three-car garage, priced at $310,000.
▪ A Rosewood ranch plan with five bedrooms, three on the main floor and two on the lower level; three bathrooms; and a finished lower level, priced at $339,000.
▪ A Savannah two-story plan with four bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms, first-floor office and oversized covered deck for $369,000.
Those who can’t wait for the Parade of Homes may visit now to see available homes in various stages of construction as well as the newest phase of the Estates of Wolf Creek, which borders the lake and is appropriately named the Fountains at Wolf Creek. Seven of the 26 home sites in this phase back to the lake, 11 are daylight, three are walkout and the rest are level.
Current builders are Robert Garver Builders, Wolf Creek Homes LLC and Kelly Dunn Construction, but Wolf Creek is now open to other builders and home plans, pending developer approval.
Wolf Creek residents have high praise for the community and the builders. In fact, Bob Wright, who moved there a couple of years ago with his wife and family, couldn’t be happier.
“I’ve owned five homes and this is the best one yet,” he said. “I don’t plan on ever owning another home, but if I do decide at some point to move, it will be into another home in Wolf Creek. I love it here.”
Two things Wright loves about Wolf Creek are the quality of the homes and the proximity of the schools, which are in the highly acclaimed Spring Hill School District. Wolf Creek Elementary has an average class size of 21 students and more than 98 percent of the parents last year participated in the fall and winter parent-teacher conferences. The Spring Hill School District has earned 26 Standard of Excellence Awards and two Governor’s Achievement awards.
Unexpected benefits of living in Wolf Creek, Wright discovered, are the neighborhood itself and the residents. “You get to know your neighbors really quickly,” he said. “Some of them are retired and they are home during the day, which is nice because they look out for the neighborhood. We’ve had neighborhood picnics and people get together for game nights. This is where I want my kids to grow up. People really care about each other.”
Another resident, Jennifer Blann, echoed many of Wright’s comments. “This is our second time building with Mr. Garver,” she said. “We looked at Wolf Creek because we loved the location and then we really fell in love with our floor plan. When we discovered Robert Garver was the builder, we knew we’d found the right home.”
The Blann family enjoys having the elementary school in the neighborhood and makes extensive use of the pool, playground and lake. Two additional pools are proposed, as well as future shops.
Wolf Creek is only eight minutes from shopping on 151st street and the Olathe Medical Center, eight minutes from Garmin headquarters and 10 minutes from shopping at 119th and Strang Line Road. Hillsdale Lake, Heritage Park and Sycamore Ridge Golf Course are also nearby. The community is near access to U.S. 69 and U.S. 169 highways, allowing residents to quickly reach all parts of the metropolitan area.
Estates of Wolf Creek
Prices: Homes from the $300,000s and up.
Directions: From Overland Park, take Interstate 35 south to U.S. 69, south to 175th Street, west to Ridgeview Road, south to the entrance at 194th Street. From Olathe, take I-35 south to U.S. 169, south to 191st Street, east to Ridgeview Road, south to the entrance at 194th Street.
Hours: 12-5 p.m. daily and by appointment.
Contact: Lisa Rater with Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services, Kansas City Realty at 913-206-4600.