Lee’s Summit homes on display during twice-annual event

tporter@lsjournal.comSeptember 20, 2013 

  • 45 Number of homes in Lee’s Summit on display during the Fall Parade of Homes Sept. 28-Oct. 13.

For the past 55 years, Richard Mather Builders has participated in the twice-annual Parade of Homes.

After five decades plus, the housing tours still gets a rise out of owner Richard Mather.

The Fall Parade of Homes kicks off Sept 28 and of the 269 residences – the most since 2008 – from throughout the metro area entered, 45 of them are located in Lee’s Summit.

Richard Mather Builders has two homes in Lee’s Summit on display during the Parade. There are 78 builders total participating in the Kansas City Home Builders Association-sponsored event.

“The opportunity to be able to show something off to the public is a great opportunity for us,” Mather said Sept. 18 from inside one of the homes in the 2600 block of S.W. Heather Drive in the Highland Meadows subdivision. The other home Mather and company built for sale and on display at the Parade of Homes is in the 900 block of S.W. Perthshire Dr. “To be able to have this venue to show off our houses is a great opportunity.”

“We furnish the houses (on display in the Parade of Homes). People can see how the finished product is. They can see how the furniture sits in the house and that just helps an awful lot for people to visualize. We try to furnish it the way that they would, too.”

Realtor Travis Ruf of the Rob Ellerman Team of Reese and Nichols said the parade is a great way to show off property to potential homeowners.

“The Parade of Homes is an excellent time of year in both the spring and fall for us,” Ruf said. “It generates most of the traffic in a new construction community. Last year, we had well over 500 groups through on the spring parade, which is probably around 1,500 people or so that came through to see the models. We are excited to have this model available during the fall parade and we expect the same sort of traffic.”

The 2,442 square-foot, four-bedroom, single-family home on Heather Drive has a list price of more than $330,000, Mather said. He added the amenities close to the dwelling provides an added incentive for potential buyers.

“We are in a real good (buyer’s) market right now,” Mather said. “People have finally adjusted to the fact that the world is not going to go bad (economically). To us, this is the best location in Lee’s Summit; the best location in Kansas City. The access to transportation is fantastic. There are three great routes to get off (Interstate) 470, which can get you to any place in town.

“We feel it’s the best location. Plus the fact all of the amenities we have here. Shopping is here, and we have one of the finest parks in Longview Lake and a super golf course (Fred Arbanas Golf Course) right there. It’s an excellent course. We have the college (MCC-Longview) over here and the educational opportunities are excellent.”

In Ruf’s case, not only is location a big selling point, so is the model of the home.

“It’s only the third time we’ve built that model,” Ruf said of the home on Heather Drive. “It’s a brand new Cypress floor plan for us. We’ve been having great reviews for some of the features such as connecting the master closet to the utility room. It’s real popular with our two-story plans and so we just went up and incorporated that feature.”

The Fall Parade of Homes runs throughout the Kansas City metro area Sept. 28-Oct. 13 and will showcase 269 new homes – including 45 in Lee’s Summit – that will be free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.kcparadeofhomes.co

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