Fountain Gate – 301 W. Westhoff Place

June 15th, 2016

California Split, 3 Car Garage located in Gardner, KS

Listing Details

301 W. Westhoff Place, Gardner, KS 66030

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MLS number: 1989953

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

Square Footage: 2,622

To see if this property is still available and arrange a private showings contact the Townley Homes Team at (913) 322-8301 or email

You will love the versatility in this beautiful California Split!

This is a wonderful opportunity to own a home that has space for everyone!  As you enter the home you are invited into a warm living room with soaring ceilings, tons of natural light, and a view all the way through the dining room to the kitchen.  This open floor plan will make everyone feel welcomed from the front door to the back. Friends or relatives who have difficulty with stairs will still feel included if they stop on the entry level and relax in front of the fireplace.  If entertaining in the fenced yard, the slight slope from the front to the back will allow them to enter the back yard and the walk out lower level. Whether you come in from the garage or front door, there are no steps!   The fenced back yard is large enough for a play set or trampoline and garden.  And if a pet is in the picture, the fence is already there to contain that energetic family pet!  The flat driveway is a great place for playing basketball!

There are two main living areas, the lower level walk-out and the main floor living room, allowing a separation for adults, children or for extended family visits!  Let the teenagers go down stairs while the adults stay on the main floor and kitchen/dining level!  And at the end of the day, the master suite level is there to remind you to relax!  A soaking tub as well as a shower and double vanity add the finishing touches to the spacious master bedroom.

With all this finished space, there is a sub-basement for storage, work out space or anything else you can dream up.

Soaring ceilings and Natural light welcome residents and guests alike!

Living Room







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If you need space, this is the house!

No matter what you need the space for; this house has it all without the feeling of having too much!  With the open floor plan and some defined spaces, everyone can have room to spread out and yet be together.  The dining area can hold a table which will seat ten to twelve people, or cozy enough for a smaller table.  Entertaining or just daily living, this house is the perfect combination.

Fountain Gate in Gardner, Kansas

This subdivision was built in the late 1990s and has remained one of the neighborhoods where homes are highly sought after due to its location and quality homes. Fountain Gate is situated between Sunflower Elementary & Gardner-Edgerton High School and in close but not too close proximity the Johnson County Kansas fairgrounds and the Gardner Water Park.  On the northwest side of Gardner, Kansas, it is also close to the Gardner Golf Course and Gardner Lake.  Being in the northwest quarter of Gardner, it is only about 3 miles straight down Center Street to I-35 which is close enough for a great entrance but far enough away to not hear the highway noise!

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Lake Chaparral – 94 W. Raintree Ridge Road

June 9th, 2016

94 W. Raintree Ridge

What’s it like to live at a lake?  That depends upon whether you like water or not!  It has been said that the two most calming of the elements are fire and water.  It is why there are fish tanks in doctor’s offices and lobbies of office buildings.  It is why people put water features or fountains in their yards.

Water is also one of the most dangerous and laziest of the elements.  It goes where it wants and takes out whatever it needs to on its way to where ever it wants to go.  Maybe that is one of the reasons we are drawn to it.

Water is also life.  We need it to grow our food, hydrate our body and keep ourselves clean.

And water is recreation.

So, what is it like to live at a lake, to wake up and stare at one of the most calming, dangerous, laziest, powerful, life giving elements?  Or to end the day by going for a motor boat or kayak ride?  Or even just sit on a dock and fish? For me, it is heaven on earth!

Unfortunately, there are a lot more inland homes than there are water front homes or even homes with water views.  And so, we put in swimming pools or water features and wish.

All that being said, there are several lakes within an hour to an hour and a half drive of the KC metro area.  Lake Chaparral in Linn County is one of those!  With three lakes within the gated subdivision, property owners have at their disposal a quiet no motor lake or two fishing lakes.

Situated on the smallest of the lakes is one of the most tranquil locations for a weekend getaway or every day haven.  Every element of this beautiful home accentuates the tranquility of the surroundings.  No other homes can be seen from the deck or the dock.  The sound of birds singing, deer wandering through the woods and the gobble of wild turkey replace the sound of trucks, honking horns, the ding of yet another email that has to be answered and the ringing of the phone.  The day or week slips away so you are able to regenerate for the next day or week.

This refreshing property also includes 3 additional lots full of mature trees.  The foliage in the summer helps buffer any noise that might intrude on your peaceful surroundings, and a great place for children to explore, birdwatchers to catch glimpses of some of the more timid species, and plenty of “dead fall” to feed a fire pit to complete the fire and water scenario.

If you would like more information about Lake Chaparral or 94 Raintree Ridge, please call (913) 322-5140 or visit our website at

94 W. Raintree

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Open House Etiquette for Buyers

April 26th, 2016

Open House

Open House Etiquette for Buyers.  You didn’t know you had rules when you went to open houses?  Well, there are some!

First, be polite.  The agent there is not there for you to practice your rude behavior.  If you are working with a Buyer’s Agent, just present your Open House Pass, or their business card.  And if you are working with a Buyer’s Agent, you should know their name!  They are helping you with a very large purchase. The less communicative you are, the more suspicious you look.

Second, sign in. You don’t have to leave all your contact information, but a phone number would be nice. You can always request not to be contactacted.  With the world gone crazy, if something should happen at the house, knowing who was there could be important.

Third, don’t be embarrassed if you are a neighbor. It isn’t a big secret that neighbors will show up to look inside! And most agents will welcome you because you might be just the person to help find the buyer!

Fourth, if the agent asks you to take off your shoes or wear booties, or if you just see the sign that says that, please do it.  This is someone else’s home and respect is the order of the day.

Whether you are in the market or just like to go to open houses or you always wondered what the inside of that house looked like, treat it as if it were your home, or better!  The Golden Rule is always appropriate – treat others the way you would want to be treated.

So, if you always wondered what the proper Open House Etiquette , here you have it. Happy House Hunting.

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Inspections and Appraisals — what is the difference?

April 21st, 2016

Inspections and Appraisals – what is the difference?  A lot!  The words and the part of the process are totally different.  This is the #1 source of confusion that buyers, and not just first time buyers, have.

The Inspection:

  1. Comes before the appraisal
  2. Inspectors are hired and paid for by the buyer
  3. Inspectors go through the entire home and inform the buyer about the house and it’s components. The inspector will point out how systems work, what maintenance items will need to be attended to, and if there are major defects in a home
  4. Inspectors give the report of their findings to the buyer
  5. Inspection reports are for the buyer NOT the lender

The Appraisal

  1. Comes after the inspection period
  2. Appraisers are hired by the lender, but the buyer is responsible for the cost.  This cost is part of the closing costs quoted by the lender
  3. Appraisers measure the home and look for certain items that are important to safety, security and saleability of the home.
  4. Appraisers do not report directly to the buyer.  The buyer is not invited to the appraisal.
  5. The appraiser works for the lender; their job is to give the lender an assessment of the value of the property that is the security for the loan the buyer is obtaining.  The appraisal is for the lender NOT the buyer.

Before you go looking for homes, make sure that the real estate agent you are working with sits down with you and goes through the whole process.  I am of the

Laura Vazquez -- Townley Homes Team

Laura Vazquez — Townley Homes Team

opinion that words matter because they mean things, which aids in communication.  Taking the time at the beginning to make sure everyone is using the same terminology will make the transaction a whole lot less confusing!  There is a big difference between inspections and appraisals, and your real estate agent should be able to explain that.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home this spring, please call our office  to schedule a time to talk through the whole process.  Suzie and Laura are here to make sure you understand and are comfortable with your decision.

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Buyers, Can you see beyond the clean up?

April 19th, 2016

Buyers, Can you see beyond the clean up? What about the paint and carpet?  Potential in the back yard? Do you have the time, the expertise, the creative spirit, etc., to make this your special place on the planet?  Or are you looking for a turn key, move in ready, home?

Recently I was fortunate enough to be working with a Buyer Client who had some specific needs for her new home, who could also see the potential and future enjoyment of a back yard that . . . well, it looked like a ton of work!

The MessThis buyer could see beyond the mess and was very excited about the covered deck that would over look what could be the coolest water feature in the area.

I also recently worked with a couple, one of whom could see past the clean up and one who didn’t immediately possess that ability or skill.  Mr. Buyer and his family had renovated several properties, but Mrs. Buyer had never really experienced that.  This was going to be their first home, and there was a little bit of angst.  They found the house that fit all of her needs, and he started talking about what each room and space could be! Soon, she could see it as well, the trepidation disappeared and she became a little cautiously excited!

Knowing what your abilities are is important as you look for a home.  Can you see past the mess?  Can you see past the paint colors?  Can you see under the worn carpet? Can you see a vacant lot and imagine your dream house on it?  Then, do you also possess the skills to make those visions come true?  Or will you have to hire it done?  For me, I can see it, I can draw it, but I don’t have the skills to make all of those dreams and imaginings come true.  I have to have help.

Make sure that your are communicating with your realtor if you are looking for that Move In Ready in your colors and tastes, or can you see beyond the clean up that will be necessary to create your space?


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Neighborhood Parks and Trails in Gardner, Kansas

April 14th, 2016

Gardner Greenway entrance Gardner, KS


One of the things that draw people to a specific community or neighborhood are the parks, playgrounds and trails available for public use, the care and upkeep the facilities receive and the relative safety of those areas.  As a resident of Gardner, Kansas, I have always admired the way the Parks and Recreation Department cares for the recreational areas of the town.




Gardner Greenway Trail, Gardner, KsThere are currently several parks with either playground equipment and/or walking/jogging trails that are available and open to the public.  These parks are scattered throughout the town of Gardner, Kansas, and are located in both the older as well as the newer sections of town.  The Gardner Greenway, a 1.6 mile walking, jogging and biking trail connects Winwood Park in the northeast section of Gardner and Brookside Park in the central section Gardner.  A creek runs next to the trail and there are 2 parking areas, one off Madison Street and one off Shawnee Street. Bridges cross the creek at several points allowing walkers, runners, or bikers to vary their routes or access Winwood Park without having to travel the entire 1.6 miles. Dogs with their humans in tow are a frequent site on the Greenway, as are trash receptacles and benches.

If you would like information about subdivisions that back up to the Gardner Greenway or other Neighborhood Parks and Trails in Gardner, KS, please contact me.

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What if I Started Every Day . . .

April 12th, 2016

What if I started EVERY day with gratitude and a song reminding me how much I have to love about my life?  What if EVERYONE did this?  On an off over the years I have found a song that “sings” me to work, gets me ready mentally for my day, reminds me how much I really do enjoy being a realtor. There are times I my brain gets tired, my ability to motivate others and myself is spent, and I just need a break. That doesn’t mean that I don’t still love being a realtor or I no longer love my life and all the challenges as well as the gifts.

I recently found a song that not only brightens my day and makes me smile, but I noticed today as I drove in playing it (rather loudly) with the windows in my car down, people around me were also starting to smile.  At first they looked in my direction with a slight scowl and then as the music and then the words started to sink in (at the stop light) I detected a slight head bob and scowl turning to a smile.  What if I started every day making someone else smile?

Take Me Tubin'What would the world be like if instead of playing songs like, “Take This Job and Shove It,” on the Friday night drive home, radio stations played songs that reminded people that they have a happy life to go home to?  Instead of starting Monday mornings with songs and commentary that reminded people how far it was to the weekend and that they have 5 days of drudgery to go through before the next day off, they played songs that reminded people how blessed they were to have a job to fund the life outside of work?  What would our world look like?

I can’t change the world. I can change me.  I can make one person smile every morning. And I can play my happy song really loud!  So, this is my challenge:  What if I Started Every Day with I Love This Life?


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Federal Mandates on Private Residences . . . What????

March 18th, 2016

Federal Mandates on Private Residences . . . What??? Sitting at an open house for a new listing, an agent brought her clients through.  The home was built in 1974, had some updates and had been maintained extremely well.  The house had an old Zinsco electric panel with breakers (not fuses) which was original to the property. As the agent showed the client around, she pointed out both the good and bad about the house.

When she came upstairs she asked me about the electrical box.  I told her that it was original to the house and that I knew an inspector would recommend that it be replaced.  I also told her that we had priced the home accordingly.  A new breaker box would run probably somewhere between $800-1,000 and if it were my buyer I would make sure that they took into account that they would probably need to replace it.

Her response really scared me. She said that she had been told that there was a federal mandate to replace these breaker boxes.  That the seller’s were required per federal law to replace the breaker box.  As far as I know, we still have rights in this country, state and county.  Unless someone is doing work or having work performed, I didn’t think any government could tell a private citizen that they had to replace any component of their home!

There are exceptions which include resale septic inspections in many counties.  That goes to public health, and I do understand that.  We don’t want raw sewage leaking into our water supplies.  And if someone is having their water heater, furnace or a/c replaced there are upgrades and changes that must be made due to government regulations and new codes.  On the septic inspection, the county may require that something be repaired or replaced, and it is still between buyer and seller to agree on who is going to do that.  The county government officials do not decide the who, just that it needs to be fixed.  Furnace and a/c changes come down to a government agency (non-elected) telling the technicians and manufacturers what they can & can’t install and manufacture.  Water heaters have to have expansion tanks on them according to many municipality codes if they are installed by a licensed plumber.  None of this means that a government official can come into your home and tell you that your water heater, furnace or a/c has to be replaced.  And they can’t tell you that an electrical panel has to be replaced.  They may require electricians to replace them if they do any work on the electrical system.  Buyers may ask sellers to replace them during the renegotiation after inspection period.  Sellers may decide that they want to replace them before putting the house on the market.

We are still in America.  We still have rights.  And as far as I know, there are no federal mandates to change your single pane windows to double pane, to change your wood burning fireplaces to gas log fireplaces, or to change your side by side refrigerator to one with the freezer on the bottom, or to change your electrical panel just because they want to.  And if the Federal Government knocks on my door to inspect my windows, fireplace, refrigerator or electrical panel, I don’t have to let them in.

Gardner Kansas Parks and Trails – Veterans Park

March 3rd, 2016

Veterans Memorial Gardner Kansas

Veterans Memorial Park in Gardner, Kansas (located at the corner of Center and Pawnee Streets) is truly one of the gems of our community. The center piece of the park is the memorial.  Four flags fly above the bricks engraved with service members names, ranks and era served.  Old Glory fly’s on the center pole with the POW/MIA flag underneath.  To the left is the Kansas State Flag and to the right is the City of Gardner flag.  Benches surround the memorial with the names of those who donated to make this memorial possible.


Veterans Park shelter

The entire park is about 5 acres with an exercise path, a shelter, playgrounds, a basketball court, parking area and restrooms.  What a wonderful way to honor those who have fought for our freedom through the years! If you are interested in making Gardner, Kansas, your home, and you would like to live close to this park,  check out these homes — all within a half a mile of this park.



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Is There a Market Shift Coming?

February 19th, 2016

Is there a Market Shift Coming?Is There a Market Shift Coming?  Yes!  Having just returned from the Keller Williams Family Reunion, and listening to Gary Keller talk about the current market and comparing it to historical data, I can with certainty tell you there is a shift coming.  We don’t know when because no one has a crystal ball, but we know it is coming.

So, what does this mean for current homeowners thinking about selling?  It means it is time to do that!  Inventory is low, interest rates are bouncing as the Federal Reserve tests the market to raise the rates, and qualified buyers are plentiful RIGHT NOW!  So, you ask, how do we know if there is a shift coming?

We know there is a shift coming because markets never remain the same — they always move.  Historically in housing, they move like a pendulum.  Right now we are in a Sellers Market.  One factor that is driving this Sellers Market is the price of rent which makes owning a home a lot more economical than renting.  Low interest rates now that have the real potential to rise before the end of the year are also driving buyers to make the jump into home ownership.  There are still a lot of former homeowners who got hit hard during the recession who are now bouncing back and looking for homes.  If you look at these  factors and realize that this too will pass, you can see why, if you are a homeowner thinking about selling, you need to do it NOW.

Now you are thinking, if the prices are still increasing, and spring is coming, why wouldn’t I wait a little longer before putting my house on the market?  This question says that you are trying to time the market.  I would counter that question with this one:  “How do you know when you are at the top (or bottom) of the market?”  The answer is, you only know when you have reached the top or bottom of the curve when it starts moving in the other direction.  And if you wait for that turn, you will be competing with all the other people who have tried to time the market creating higher inventories, the the pendulum swing in the opposite direction will move quickly.

Is there a shift coming?  Yes.  There is always a shift coming.  For better or worse, there is always a shift coming.  Spring is coming.  It is time to act!

If you would like more information about the current market, please call me at 913-322-8301 or email me at  You can also visit our webpage for a FREE comparative market analysis of your home.


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