When Jim and Dineen Hill retired almost two years ago, they, like many baby boomers, were looking to downsize. And like many discerning homebuyers, they had a list of must-haves they were seeking to satisfy.
“We wanted a reverse ranch with all of our needs on one floor,” Dineen says. “We love the Lenexa area and didn’t want to get too far away from our present location. We wanted to be in a community of people our own age, but still wanted the family feel. We needed a place with a smaller yard to take care of but still have room for children and grandchildren to come and enjoy.”
After some serious searching, the Hills were very impressed with Arbor Lake, thanks to the wide variety of homes it offers and the friendly welcome the couple received while visiting the area.
“The Abbey II fit our criteria nicely with its homey feel,” Dineen says. “The high ceilings and the openness make it seem as if we didn’t downsize at all. We have everything we need on one level and still have a lower level for friends and family. We’ve heard many good things about Rodrock communities and are excited to be a part of one!”
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And the Hills couldn’t have picked a more exciting time to start this new chapter in their lives in Arbor Lake. Located at Prairie Star Parkway and Clare Road and nestled in the rolling hills of Lenexa around a pristine lake, this burgeoning Rodrock Development is making a big impression with homebuyers.
“The 2016 Spring Parade of Homes was amazing,” says longtime Rodrock Development marketing agent Ann Knickrehm. “We had hundreds of visitors each week and a great response to all of our model homes. Tour goers were truly in awe of this new community.”
The neighborhood is quickly expanding in response: The new model row has four of its five furnished models completed.
“We have homes priced from just under $400,000 to $460,000’s,” Ann continues. “With three 2-story plans with flex rooms (Rob Washam Homes); library (Reilly Homes); or control center (Darol Rodrock Homes) on the main level, these have been a huge hit! For buyers looking for main-floor living, James Engle has a beautifully appointed 1.5 story with a den/flex room and the master suite on the main level. The Ridgeview by Reilly Homes is a 2-story, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath plan that’s perfect in every way. And reverse 1.5-story buyers have been impressed with Darol Rodrock Homes’ Abbey II’s innovative layout.”
The builders and decorators alike have pulled out all of the stops to wow visitors, Roberta says. “With all of the new color and finish trends, Arbor Lake is the perfect stop to see it all. These model homes are show stoppers!”
All of Arbor Lake’s stellar builders have made a huge commitment, since in addition to putting in a furnished model, each is putting in three spec homes, for a total of five models and 15 specs ready for purchase.
Given the all-time low inventory in the housing market, this is truly an incredible selection of homes—by some of the top homebuilders in the area. And with close proximity to K-10, K-7 and 95th Street, Arbor Lake is within the Olathe School district and close to St. James Academy; so growing families are particularly keen on this newest Rodrock Development venture.
“If you’ve not driven through this wonderful community, you’re in for a surprise,” Roberta says. “Beautiful homes, beautiful streets, and an awesome lake that will be open for building in a future phase! The highway access, the schools, the shopping, the walking and biking…anything your heart’s desire is within minutes of this most fantastic community!”
And whether buyers need move-in ready homes or prefer to select their home site and build to their own exacting specifications, Arbor Lake can accommodate every need. A second plat has been recently added with plentiful daylight and walkout sites.
“Our third plat is underway and should be ready in the next couple of months,” Ann adds. “The community’s cabana and pool are getting underway. People who’ve visited have been amazed to see all that is happening in Arbor Lake in such a short time. This gently rolling hill community nestled in western Lenexa is quickly becoming the place to call home.”
Location: Prairie Star Parkway and Clare Road, Lenexa
Prices: Homes from upper $300,000 to mid $400,000
Contact: Ann Knickrehm or Roberta Kranz, Rodrock & Associates Realtors, 913-293-8181, firstname.lastname@example.org