The new Cottonwood Canyon model home from B.L. Rieke Custom Homes just won two awards during the Fall Parade of Homes— Pick of the Parade gold award and first place in Distinctive Plan and Design. Submitted photo
The new Cottonwood Canyon model home from B.L. Rieke Custom Homes just won two awards during the Fall Parade of Homes— Pick of the Parade gold award and first place in Distinctive Plan and Design. Submitted photo


New model’s Fall Parade awards join long list of accolades

Information provided by Cottonwood Canyon

October 06, 2017 09:00 AM

The Fall Parade of Homes awards are in from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, and B.L. Rieke Custom Homes won big at Cottonwood Canyon.

The renowned builder’s new model home, which was completed earlier this month, picked up two accolades: a Pick of the Parade gold award and first place in Distinctive Plan and Design.

Those awards join an already extensive list of Cottonwood Canyon’s previous industry honors, which include:

Starr Homes — American Dream First Place Award

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Befort Construction — American Dream First Place Award

Cottonwood Canyon — Gold Award for “Best New Community”

Starr Homes — Silver Award for ”Best Empty Nest”, Kansas City Homes & Gardens magazine

B.L. Rieke Custom Homes — Gold Award “Best Model Home $750,000 to $1 million”

The surrounding golf course was ranked by Golfweek magazine’s “6th Best New Private Course” when it opened and “Must Play Course in Kansas City” by Travel and Leisure Golf magazine

In addition to the community, home and golf course awards, Angie Ripley, Lead Marketing Agent, was honored in 2016 as a Kansas City Realtor Salesperson of the Year. The award, presented annually by the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR), recognizes individuals for their professional accomplishments, including sales volume; commitment to ethical real estate practices; community service; and involvement in local, state and national REALTOR® associations.

“There are over 5,000 licensed realtors in the Greater Kansas City area,” said Steve Hughes, developer, “so it is quite an honor to have the association choose Angie in recognition of her exemplary industry involvement, conduct, business experience and civic activity.”

Together, these accolades have attracted a great deal of buzz among prospective buyers who are taking notice of what residents here already know: Cottonwood Canyon is among the best places to live in Johnson County.

Ripley, who markets Cottonwood Canyon with Nita Criswell, said the community’s unmatched views and new model home have inundated the community with traffic from prospective buyers, even ahead of the typically large amounts of visitors that peruse the Parade circuit.

The B.L. Rieke model home is a reverse 1½-story floor plan that’s the first of its kind from the builder.

“This home has some new looks for us,” said Bruce Rieke, president of B.L. Rieke Custom Homes. “We’ve done a lot of what I call ‘Western style’ — this home has a few of those elements, but also new looks as well as grays, different ceiling and fireplace treatments, and better-quality product.”

The thoughtful floor plan is enhanced with high-end fixtures and finishes that add luxurious detail throughout the home. Rieke credited his wife, Toni, as the creative force behind the home’s fully furnished interior.

“Toni is an extremely talented designer,” Rieke said. “We bought all new furniture, and she’s putting her signature on the interior. We used to do a masterpiece home every two years, and this new model home is what we’re calling our masterpiece. We’re trying to push the limits as far as we can without breaking the bank.”

Additional highlights of the new home include a sumptuous master suite that’s tucked in a back corner of the home’s main level for added privacy. A gracefully curving staircase appears to float to the home’s lower level and is flanked by a large wall of windows that overlook the green fairways of Canyon Farms Golf Club.

“I’ve been building in Cottonwood Canyon since 2008 and that’s why I went there to begin with — the location, the beautiful golf course and everything else that came along with it,” he said.

The Fall Parade of Homes continues through Sunday, Oct. 8, and prospective buyers are encouraged to visit Cottonwood Canyon, tour the new model home and find out more about available homesites.

While exploring Cottonwood Canyon, visitors not only have a chance to immerse themselves in the community’s lush surroundings, which will soon explode with fall color. They can also experience the Cottonwood Canyon lifestyle, which includes the convenience of provided maintenance. The low homeowner association dues include snow removal, trash pick-up, and lawn maintenance, giving families more time to enjoy what they love in Cottonwood Canyon and the surrounding metro area.

Rather than choosing convenience over peaceful seclusion, homeowners can have both, thanks to a location that’s within minutes of several highways, as well as attractions and recreation. Now that Mill Creek Road is complete, the Lenexa Civic Center is a short walk away. The civic center is part of the larger Lenexa City Center, a mixed-use hub that includes the newly opened Lenexa Public Market, indoor aquatic center, fitness facilities, and a public art gallery.

The location, nearby amenities and serene surroundings — it all adds up to an incredible opportunity for buyers.

“Where else are you going to get golf, water, and be as close to the Lenexa City Center and all that’s going on there?” Rieke said. “Cottonwood Canyon is right in the middle of it.”

Cottonwood Canyon

Prices: $500,000s to over $1 million

Location: One mile west of Interstate 435 on 95th Street/Prairie Star Parkway in Lenexa

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday or by appointment.

Contact: Angie Ripley or Nita Criswell at 913-492-4444 or