Community attracts record traffic during the Spring Parade

Information supplied by Better Homes and Gardens Kansas City

The reputation of its neighborhoods and the high-quality homes by award-winning builders were a couple reasons why Winterset Valley garnered so much attention during the annual Spring Parade by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.

“What first timers discover is an amenity package that includes three community pools, lighted tennis courts, six miles of trails, the community center plus over 200 acres of parkland,” said Susie Zammar-Gale, agent for Better Homes and Gardens. “This Parade generated the highest traffic with active home buyers that we’ve had since 2008.”

Winterset Valley, one of the five Winterset neighborhoods within the 1,200 acre community on the west side of Lee’s Summit, opened phase 30 with 53 executive homesites, over half of which have already been spoken for. The range of special features in each of these uniquely built, executive homes includes trending colors, shiplap, new style light fixtures and sliding barn doors, which are popular now in more expensive homes.

“We like to say Winterset has aged gracefully for the last 28 years,” Zammar-Gale said. “Anywhere you drive into one of our five neighborhoods, you are going to find beautiful, tree-lined streets and well-maintained homes.

“We have a lot of people who are moving within Winterset. They love the community and don’t want to leave it, but they would like a newer, updated house or they are in a different phase of their life. People are discovering or rediscovering us this spring.”

The Signature Builders Chateau recently earned American Dream Award runner-up by the Home Builders Association Parade of Homes awards. It is the reverse 1 ½ story dream home for people who are empty nesters or have older kids. The main level has incredible entertaining space and a big master suite plus an additional room that can be a bedroom or an office. It is priced at $489,900.

“We are very excited for Signature Homes,” Zammar-Gale said. “Their Chateau plan is a new, beautiful reverse plan with innovative design features. It has really received great reviews from our clients who have come through. We are really pleased that they received recognition.”

Clients love Winterset Valley, Zammar-Gale added, because of the community scale within the five complementary neighborhoods and the all-inclusive range of amenities. Winterset really stands out when folks look at other more typical subdivisions.

Attractive homesites remain available in Winterset Valley. With interest rates still amazingly low, new homes are being snapped off the market at a rapid rate. The history of success in the five Winterset neighborhoods over the last 28 years has made it an attractive stop for new home buyers.

“It has been outstanding the amount of people we have seen who are excited about buying new homes,” Zammar-Gale said.

What began in 1989 with an environmental vision has grown into “Winterset,” a national award-winning Master Planned community with nature and family at the forefront.

Each of the five neighborhoods of Winterset has direct access to walking trails leading to the “100-Acre Woods,” which is actually 150 acres of old-growth forest resting in the Cedar Creek Valley. The valleys with running creeks, waterfalls, exposed limestone rocks and forests with trees as old as 150 years gives you the feeling you are on the Ozark trails and only 20 minutes from the Country Club Plaza.

The success of Winterset over nearly three decades has led to the construction of over 1,000 executive homes in five distinct neighborhoods: the Valley, Summit, Park, Woods and Garden.

“At the current sales pace Phase 30 will be sold out within six months,” reported Kurt Lutz, onsite agent with Better Homes and Gardens along with Leslie Marshall and Zammar-Gale.

There are four furnished models and five specs currently available or under construction by six of the most experienced and respected builders in the market. To view some of the homes available in Phase 30, go to

“Winterset has always been a strong advocate of the parade, both because the exposure is beneficial to our sales success, and it provides an unpressured opportunity for families to view a range of life style choices in addition to current design ideas for their current home … some could view it as a public service,” said David Gale, President of Gale Communities.

Winterset Valley is located in the highly rated Lee’s Summit School District. Children attend Cedar Creek Elementary in the center of Winterset, Summit Lakes Middle School and Lee’s Summit West High School. Lee’s Summit West has earned a Silver Designation by U.S. News & World Reports, and the Blue Ribbon status as one of the 10 best high schools. With its well-rounded activities, including championship robotics, sports, broadcasting, music and theater programs, and top-notch academic performance, Lee’s Summit West is a top choice for many, knowing parents.

“Winterset has evolved wonderfully,” Gale said. “Numerous national awards and over 1,000 homes is a humble testament to the credibility of our environmental efforts over the years.”

Winterset Valley

Direction: Interstate 470 to View High Drive, south two miles, east (left) at the Third Street traffic light, go a half mile and enter Winterset Valley at Kessler Drive (first entrance). Follow the signs to the model homes and office.

Authorized builders: James Engle Custom Homes, JFE Construction, Pfeifer Homes, SAB Homes, Signature Builders, and Gale Home Builders.

Hours: Models open seven days, noon to 5 p.m.

Model office: 221 SW Roosevelt Ridge, Lee’s Summit, 64081

Contact: Better Homes and Gardens Realtors contact: Kurt Lutz 816-313-7674 Leslie Marshall 816-500-5087, and Susie Zammar-Gale 816-520-0409.