Accomplished builder finishes first spec in idyllic Johnson County community

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A new speculative home from Mike Brown and Brown Midwest is available to tour at Cottonwood Canyon, an idyllic retreat in Johnson County celebrated for its enviable views and convenient location that Brown calls “second to none.”
A new speculative home from Mike Brown and Brown Midwest is available to tour at Cottonwood Canyon, an idyllic retreat in Johnson County celebrated for its enviable views and convenient location that Brown calls “second to none.”

Mike Brown, owner of Brown Midwest, has built more than 2,500 homes across the Kansas City metropolitan area, and as a result, has cultivated a reputation not only for quality-built homes, but also an impeccable attention to detail. Yet his newly built speculative home at Cottonwood Canyon takes that attention to detail to a whole new level.

“This home got my full and undivided attention, from the building permit stage to the final cleaning,” he said.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom floor plan resulted from a collaborative effort that included input from Brown, a local architect, designers and past Brown Midwest customers, creating a sort of hybrid home that seamlessly blends timeless design features with more cutting-edge additions.

The open floor plan exudes a feeling of spaciousness as soon as you walk in the front door. The main floor area is further enhanced by numerous windows that allow for an abundance of natural light, not to mention prime views of Cottonwood Canyon’s lush, picturesque surroundings.

One of Brown’s favorite features of the home? The kitchen, complete with tall upper cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances, granite countertops and a thoughtful layout that’s conducive to cooking, baking and entertaining. It’s a place that Brown, himself a baker, said he would “personally love to bake in.”

Additional interior features include a sumptuous master suite that offers direct access to a covered porch from the master bedroom. The master bathroom, which Brown described as “huge,” is a relaxing haven complete with built-in storage, dual sinks, a glass walk-in shower and jetted tub. The connected master closet includes a feature that exemplifies the level of thought that went into the floor plan.

“A laundry room is connected to the master closet, but is also accessible from the hallway,” Brown said. “When we came up with that design, I thought it was just the neatest thing.”

The home’s finished lower level includes a game room that’s pre-wired for surround sound, as well as a large space that Brown said was included to accommodate a pool table. Storage space is outfitted with pre-built shelves. And throughout the home, top-of-the-line finishes include several flooring types such as carpet, hardwood and tile – lots of tile.

“We blew the budget on tile floors,” Brown said with a laugh.

It might be tempting to spend all of your time inside such a thoughtfully built home, but outside, the incredible scenery and amenities of Cottonwood Canyon await. Golf enthusiasts will love the convenient access to Canyon Farms Golf Club, which winds through the neighborhood. The course offers outstanding views and 18 unique holes, the perfect combination for an unforgettable game of golf. And by next year, the course will get even better. Construction will begin soon on a new clubhouse, which the Canyon Farms team said will be “one of the finest clubhouses in Kansas City.” Expected completion is 2017.

The community’s prime Johnson County location envelops residents in secluded tranquility without sacrificing convenient access to highways, shops, services, dining and attractions like the newly built Lenexa Civic Center, which will soon be connected to Cottonwood Canyon.

“When it comes to convenience of access, Cottonwood Canyon is second to none,” Brown said. “It’s by far the most convenient community in Johnson County.”

That convenience extends to the community’s lifestyle. Homeowners enjoy provided maintenance and low homeowner association dues ($165/month) that include snow removal, trash and lawn maintenance.

Angie Ripley, who markets Cottonwood Canyon with Nita Criswell and Sue Edwards, said the community’s views and lifestyle have been a big draw for homeowners seeking an escape from the stress and demands of daily life.

“We’ve 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,” she said. “Consider for a moment your all-time favorite vacation spot. What if you could have that relaxed, calm and balanced feeling every day, here in Kansas City, close to work, family and friends? This is what we’re offering at Cottonwood Canyon.”

To learn more and create your own residential masterpiece with Brown Midwest, visit or contact the sales staff at 913-492-4444 or

Cottonwood Canyon

Prices: From the mid-$400,000s 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, Nita Criswell or Sue Edwards at 913-492-4444 or