Stars 2021: The Hills of Leawood

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There are myriad reasons why Saul Ellis and Mark Simpson are award-winning residential developers. With a community development resume that stands as a “Who’s Who” among developers, this team never fails to impress with its unparalleled portfolio of residential projects that span more than four decades, including Hallbrook Farms, The Estates of IronHorse, Whitehorse, WatersEdge, Coffee Creek Crossing and Lionsgate.

Currently immersed in The Hills of Leawood, Ellis and Simpson have yet another feather in their cap that stands as a strong testament to their expertise within the upscale residential market. This final new home community in Leawood is the newest luxury community from this dynamic team. Located at the corner of 151st and just east of Mission Road, this is the last new residential community in the City of Leawood. Essentially, these developers have saved the best for last and are ready to welcome you home.

If you want to live in the finest part of Leawood, this luxury community features estate-sized lots nestled among rolling hills and winding streets, centrally located to the award-winning Blue Valley schools, highways, dining, and shopping districts. At the same time, the setting is equally private and serene. You can easily get away while still remaining within arm’s reach of all of life’s essentials.

Residents and guests are welcomed to this tranquil community through a hardwood tree-lined boulevard at its entry point that is accented by five shimmering waterfalls. They are then greeted by an impressive and artistic waterfall feature that is 100 feet wide and accented by a one-of-a-kind blue heron sculpture.

As on-site real estate agents for the community, Danette Baker and Jayne Fincher of ReeceNichols assist prospective homeowners in selecting their perfect lot and home design. 

“There are 70 lots in this community which are divided into two sections, the Manors and the Estates,” noted Baker. “All of the homes are custom built and we have roughly 20 different builders here.”

Ellis and Simpson have further influenced this innovative community by creating an enhanced lifestyle with first-class amenities. Among these include two+ miles of paved walking/biking trails, a pool, an open air pavilion with fans, heaters, and a fireplace: walkout lots, wider lots, allowing for ample space between homes. The community backs up to Iron Woods Park on the north. Residents can enjoy private gated access to the amphitheater in the park, its Nature Center, and The Lodge Event Center. Home prices begin around $900,000 with square footages beginning around 3,800. The developers also anticipate the incorporation of 24 maintenance-provided villas to the west of the community in the future.

Unique to this idyllic setting are the rolling hills and the elevation of the land plan.

“This is the highest elevation in the city of Leawood and it offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes,” noted Baker.

Because all of the homes are custom built, each boasts its own unique personality spanning the spectrum, from New England charm to contemporary aesthetics. These homes are designed to capture all of the technological designs homeowners desire while still elevating the surrounding natural environment they appreciate.

The Hills of Leawood is not just an upscale luxury community; it is also a lifestyle, and one that is welcoming you to find your way home.

“What I really love about this development is how the personality of each homeowner is expressed in their individual homes,” reflected Baker.


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