Dream home features water views, striking interior design

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Perched on a cul-de-sac location at Cottonwood Canyon that overlooks the water, this home, built by Starr Homes, is now available and priced at $979,900.
Perched on a cul-de-sac location at Cottonwood Canyon that overlooks the water, this home, built by Starr Homes, is now available and priced at $979,900. Submitted photo

As soon as you enter Cottonwood Canyon, it’s impossible not to revel in the lush, picturesque surroundings that make for some of the most beautiful views in Kansas City. As you explore the thoughtfully planned community, you’ll also be captivated by the stately homes, the work of an exemplary building team that prides itself on attention to detail and unmatched customer service.

One such home, a furnished model, is now available for sale. Perched on an enviable cul-de-sac location that overlooks the water, the Starr Homes-built home is priced at $979,900 and features an open layout that’s further enhanced by light, spa-like coloring accented by rich, warm woodwork. A main-level master suite stands ready as a relaxation-inducing haven complete with an oversized bathtub and a dream closet. A second main-level bedroom can easily be transformed into an office. Follow a dramatic, curved staircase to the home’s lower level, a light-filled space that includes a wine cellar and bar, perfect for entertaining.

As a further testament to the home’s captivating design and layout, Starr Homes received a 2015 Distinctive Plan and Design first place award during this year’s Fall Parade of Homes.

The home is an ideal representation of what makes Starr Homes such a renowned builder throughout the Kansas City area: a seamless blending of form, function and engineering. Kit Starr, who owns Starr Homes with his brother, Gerry, draws on his construction experience to ensure the quality, timeliness and satisfaction of all Starr Homes.

With dual engineering degrees from the University of Missouri, Gerry is involved in each home’s design process from start to finish. His passion is ensuring that the design, functionality and aesthetics of each home best serve a homeowner’s needs and preferences. As a result, Starr Homes has “developed a reputation for integrity, superior planning, quality construction/materials and saving clients money,” according to the company.

Cottonwood Canyon also features homes from Don Julian Builders, B.L. Rieke Custom Homes, Brown Midwest Homes, Curtis Befort Custom Homes and Prime Homes, giving prospective homeowners no shortage of designs to choose from, whether they opt for a speculative home or prefer to work with a builder on a custom-built residence. Home prices vary from $450,000 to over $1 million.

The community’s impressive homes and idyllic surroundings are further enhanced by a maintenance-provided lifestyle and low homeowner association dues ($150 monthly) that include snow removal, trash and complete lawn care. Future development will include a pool and neighborhood gathering area, completing the vacation-like retreat that’s just minutes from Interstate 435 and the flourishing Lenexa City Center mixed-use development and the new Civic Center.

“We have been so successful here at Cottonwood Canyon because the neighborhood is very attractive to buyers looking beyond a huge amount of square footage, for a relaxing, tranquil, beautiful way of life,” said Angie Ripley, who markets the community with Nita Criswell.

Prospective homeowners are encouraged to visit Cottonwood Canyon to see 23 new home sites, including eight premier golf and lake home sites. To experience all that Cottonwood Canyon has to offer, including the unparalleled views and vistas, visit or contact Angie Ripley or Nita Criswell at 913-492-4444 or at

Cottonwood Canyon

Prices: From $450,000 to over $1 million

Location: One mile west of Interstate 435 on 95th Street/Prairie Star Parkway in Lenexa

Hours: 12-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday or by appointment.

Contact: Angie Ripley or Nita Criswell at 913-492-4444 or