Gleason Glen, Hills of Forest Creek offer affordable homes

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The Irving is a popular two-story floor plan from Rodrock Homes with a formal dining room, breakfast area, large walk-in pantry in the kitchen and a great room well-suited for entertaining.
The Irving is a popular two-story floor plan from Rodrock Homes with a formal dining room, breakfast area, large walk-in pantry in the kitchen and a great room well-suited for entertaining. Submitted photo

It’s the much-anticipated Fall Parade of Homes — time to get serious about looking for that perfect new home.

And if the western suburbs are appealing, Rodrock Homes has sought-after communities showcasing homes with versatile floor plans, each offering the builder’s imaginative style and cutting-edge design components that serve as backdrops for today’s lifestyles, including families and empty-nesters. Gleason Glen in Lenexa and Hills of Forest Creek in Shawnee are two amenities-filled, genteel communities set in picturesque, rolling hills.

“We handpicked these two communities because of their convenient locations and beautiful settings,” said Brian Rodrock, president of Rodrock Homes. “They’ve proven popular with buyers — for example, Gleason Glen now has only 18 remaining home sites to build on.”

Gleason Glen boasts three new models for sale, including a reverse 1 1/2-story, and plenty of green spaces and parks with a dash of country charm. Hills of Forest Creek in Shawnee has a number of distinctive floor plans, including new two-story and reserve 1 1/2-story plans, in an active community with easy access to the acclaimed Johnson County trail system.

For Gery, the new vice president of Academic Affairs at Cleveland Chiropractic College, and Joyce Hochanadel, moving to Gleason Glen was like coming home. The couple, who relocated from Grand Prairie, Texas, to Johnson County in August, have two children, six grandkids and extended family in the Kansas City area, plenty of reasons to gather in their new reverse 1 1/2-story Rodrock residence.

Hochanadel was impressed with Rodrock’s customer service, attention to detail and reputation.

“It was important for us to buy a home from a respected builder,” he said. “Someone with a vested interest in our purchase. Someone we could trust with our investment. And we appreciate that Rodrock offers a 90-day and 12-month punch list; the company genuinely cares about customer satisfaction.”

Off the beaten path. Located in the award-winning De Soto School District, just off Kansas 7 Highway, Gleason Glen offers homes in a secluded area with convenient access to some of the Kansas City area’s most vibrant dining, shopping and entertainment, including the Legends Outlet Mall, brimming with stores and dining options, and world-class Kansas Speedway.

Gleason Glen offers floor plans that focus on informal open spaces for entertaining, gourmet kitchens and spacious master suites on beautiful sites offering stunning views of the lush surroundings.

“We have three new models for sale during the Fall Parade, including the Aspen reverse story-and-a-half, which features a large granite island in the kitchen, walk-in pantry, floor-to-ceiling stone-trimmed fireplace and cathedral ceiling in the great room,” said ReeceNichols agent and community manager Judy Zimmerman. “There’s also the Irving and the two-story Destin 3.5, all situated on a cul-de-sac.”

Gleason Glen’s community amenities include a park that hearkens back to a different time.

“What sets Gleason Glen apart are design integrity, community features like our park and proximity to excellent schools and shopping, restaurants and entertainment,” Zimmerman said. “And with prices beginning in the $300,000s, it’s a hidden jewel. Buyers can also bring approved builders.”

Convenience and value. Dorothy Mask, Hills of Forest Creek community manager and a ReeceNichols real estate agent, notes that buyers like purchasing a home to suit their individual needs.

“Rodrock knows every family’s lifestyle is unique and we have a variety of designs,” she said.

Hills of Forest Creek floor plans include well-appointed kitchens with large islands, seamless, open floor plans and spa-like master suites. Interior design elements include tone-on-tone wall colors, artisan tile and beautiful wood flooring that define tasteful living.

Located between Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway, just west of Woodland Drive and in the De Soto School District, Hills of Forest Creek awaits tour-goers anxious to find a family home in one of the area’s most popular suburbs.

“Coming home has never been more affordable or attractive,” Mask said. “With prices beginning in the mid-$300,000s, available sites are sure to go quickly during the Parade.”

Hills of Forest Creek has 15 homes in inventory in various stages of construction, with two homes move-in ready; one 45 days out; and several available in 90 days. Fifteen lots are available for custom building.

“We are excited that construction has started on our community pool, which is scheduled to open for the start of pool season next year,” Mask said.

Visit today. Parade attendance is brisk and interest is high in these signature Rodrock homes. If you’re in the market for a new home in one of the area’s premier communities, make plans to tour Rodrock’s 22 entries; find a detailed guide to its 10 communities inside the official Parade magazine.

Rodrock Homes

Parade Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

Prices: From $320,000 to more than $1 million,

Homes on Parade: Blue Valley School District/Overland Park: Colton, Summerwood/Summerwood Estates, Wilshire by the Lake, Wyngate

De Soto School District/Lenexa: Gleason Glen.

De Soto School District/Shawnee: Hills of Forest Creek, Ridgestone Meadows.

Olathe School District/Olathe: Cedar Creek—The Crossings at Southglen.

Spring Hill School District: Chapel Hill/Overland Park

Contact: 913-851-0347.