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NEW – Second Amended And Restated Declaration Of Restrictions And Protective Covenants

Categories: American Country Estates, Decor, Homeownership, New Construction, News, Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: March 12, 2017

We have updated our Restrictions and Protective Covenants! Our Second Amended And Restated Restrictions And Protective Covenants, were filed on March 10, 2017. Although our previous Restrictions and Protective Covenants were very good, we felt a need to tighten things up as we are selling more lots in the neighborhood.

The major changes are:
1,800 SF minimum home size, as well as a minimum two car garage.

We required that exterior wall construction be a minimum of 60% brick and stone.

If you purchase a lot from us, you must start construction within 36 months, and complete construction within 9 months of starting.

We provided additional clarity to the types of approved and not approved fencing.

We further defined the type and size of approved out buildings.

We added language to support a subdivision monument sign, at the corner of Carefree Lane and 1070 Road.

You can view a complete copy on our website, or by clicking on this link:

We’re underway!

Categories: American Country Estates, Homeownership, New Construction, News | Posted: August 11, 2016

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Release two has officially kicked-off this week with the pouring of our slabs on Monday. We are so excited to build these new floor plans. Our two new homes feature great interior details, and a fully finished bonus room above the garages. They are also going to be move in ready with allowances for blinds, front yard landscaping, and rear yard fencing. You really need to check out our standard features and compare our homes before you buy anywhere else. We are also including a full 10-year limited structural warranty from Residential Warranty Company.

Framing will begin this week and we can’t wait to get everyone who has shown interest out to the jobsite for a visit. Color selections start next week, and the exteriors will be the exterior color themes that you have selected on Facebook. The Satchwell will be based on a “grey” palate, and the Landry will feature brown/earth-tones. We will soon be posting our exterior stone selections as well as our interior flooring and granite. Jake is doing a great job, and we have our sights set on a four month completion. If we get some cooperation from the weather, we should have you ready to move in your new home for the holidays.

Please feel free to stop out anytime and visit our jobsite. We love all your feedback, so keep the ideas, and suggestions coming!

Best Regards, Donny

Rural Water, New Models, And Starting Release 2!

Categories: American Country Estates, Homeownership, News, Uncategorized | Posted: July 16, 2016

Lots of exciting news from American Country Estates. Its official, we now have rural water to the subdivision! We are soo excited to add this to our list of utilities.

Things have really been heating up, and not just the weather. We closed this month on our last remaining home in Release 1. So, Release 1 sold out in just 90 days after our first sale. We welcomed our third family to our growing community of homeowners. All are enjoying the subdivision with its beautiful setting off 1070 Road.

We started construction this week on two new homes, and both are new model for us. The Landry and the Satchwell plans. These are slightly larger homes featuring amazing amenities and bonus rooms above the garages. We cant wait for you to check out all the details on our website.

New Model Landry

New Model Landry

We have added great new features with these plans. These homes include a blinds allowance and rear yard fence. Our goal is to complete these homes with everything you will need to just move in! I’ll keep you posted on our progress. If you are interested in either floor plan, don’t wait too long. Interest has been high, and I’m sure they will sell before completion. One added bonus if you buy now, is that you can choose the colors, and finishes to make this truly your own custom designed home.

We say goodbye to a good friend Helmut Ogris, who is staying in Las Vegas to pursue other opportunities. We really want to thank Helmut for his contributions to our awesome community. We are really excited to welcome Jake Clanin to our Team. Jake will be the Project Manager for both the Landry and the Satchwell. Jake brings a strong local presence and a great reputation. We are really excited to work with Jake going forward.

So, much for a quick update…All the updates are on our website, including the floor plans, elevations, and standard features. So be sure to check it out. I hope you are having an amazing summer!


Happy Holidays from American Country Estates!

Categories: American Country Estates, News | Posted: December 18, 2015

Happy Holidays from American Country Estates! We have a contract on our first home at 11738 Carefree Lane, but we still have two homes remaining in our first release. These amazing homes are completed and ready for an immediate move in. We have extended our Fall Savings Promotion, and if you have been looking for a home you better act quick before they are gone. Interest rates remain low, and they would appear to be finally going up from today’s low rates. Please visit our website for full details on the remaining homes

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We have been busy improving the neighborhood. We recently paved another 815′ of Carefree lane providing paved access to all 22 lots in our first phase. We have made a decision to sell some of our lots to other builders who must still comply with our Restrictions and Protective Covenants (available on our website). We are hoping that by selling some lots, we can get more families into American Country Estates so that they too may enjoy our beautiful neighborhood.

Lot sales start at $25,900 and include paved access, electric, gas, and AT&T phone service. These lots are a minimum of .75 acres, they are build ready, and have rough building pads. If you have been looking to build a home in a beautiful country setting, only 10 minutes from Kickapoo and I40, look no further than American Country Estates.

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We wish all of you a happy holiday season, and a bright and successful New Year!

Donny DeMarie


Homes by DHR is a new home builder in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK. Contact or call 405-888-5430 for more information.

Fall Savings Event, LOT Sales, and the Paved Extension of Carefree Lane!

Categories: American Country Estates, News | Posted: October 8, 2015

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Our Fall Savings Event is in full swing are there are still three homes available for an immediate occupancy. We have reduced our prices, added security systems with paid monitoring through September 2018, and we will pay your standard closing costs! These are beautiful homes, with all the included amenities. Visit our website for complete details 

We are excited to announce the completion of Carefree Lane, which will now be paved throughout the planned first phase of development. In addition, we will be offering lot sales from $25,900. American Country Estates is the perfect location to buy, or build your new dream home.

We have beautiful .75 acre lots, paved streets, groomed lots and building pads, electric service (CVEC), gas service (ONG), and telephone (AT&T). We have protected your investment and community with our Restrictions And Protective Covenants. The lots will not last long, so act quickly to secure your favorite home site.

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a new home during our Fall Savings Event! It’s a great time to enjoy Shawnee’s newest community!

Homes by DHR is a new home builder in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK. Contact or call 405-888-5430 for more information.

June is National Homeownership Month!

Categories: News | Posted: June 4, 2015

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The United States Department of Agriculture celebrates National Homeownership Month every June, marking their ongoing mission of helping residents of America’s small towns and cities purchase homes in rural areas. Throughout the month of June, USDA celebrates events across America, demonstrating their commitment to providing access to affordable housing for low-and moderate-income rural residents.

“Owning a home is one of the best ways American families enter the middle class,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “USDA has helped provide homeownership for rural Americans for more than six decades. This year, we are marking the 50th anniversary of USDA’s Mutual Self-Help program, and are celebrating the 50,000th home built through it.”

Homeownership provides a strong foundation to help build household wealth, start a business or fund education through home equity. Since the creation of USDA’s single-family housing programs in 1949, USDA has helped more than 3 million rural residents access the American dream of homeownership. Since 2009, the USDA has invested more than $117 billion to support rural homeownership. In 2014 alone, USDA invested more than $19.9 billion to help nearly 140,000 rural families buy and maintain homes.

Rural Development programs that support rural homeownership include:

  • Direct home loans for low- and very-low-income applicants. Payment assistance is provided that can lower the loan interest rate to as low as one percent.
  • Loan guarantees for moderate-income families. The agency works with private-sector lenders to back the lenders’ loans.
  • Home repair loans and grants to help rural homeowners make improvements or repairs. (E,g, making homes accessible for people with disabilities, or removing hazards such as poor wiring or plumbing.)

To learn more about National Homeownership Month, please visit

Homes by DHR is a new home builder in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK. Contact or call 405-888-5430 for more information.

American Country Estates – Community Update!

Categories: American Country Estates, News | Posted: January 26, 2015

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January has been really busy at American Country Estates. The subdivision is beginning to take shape. We have paved the first 500’ of Carefree Lane, and should be pouring driveways, front porches, and rear patios next week. The paved road has made a huge difference, it really feels like a “community” now. The exterior of the homes have been painted, the garage doors are on, as well as our upgraded front entry doors.

Inside the homes, things are really taking shape. Our granite countertops are installed, and look amazing in the kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms! We expected our kitchens to “excite”, and they didn’t disappoint. Our decision to fully finish the laundry rooms has been a nice touch. They look awesome with the same custom cabinets and granite! The homes are fully painted inside, and we have started to install the door hardware, and cabinet knobs. We used all quality hardware, which you will notice right away.

Moving on….We started the flooring in the Magnolia this week, and should finish all three homes next week. Light fixtures are being installed, along with plugs and switches. Our gas meters are set and we should have gas service next week. Everything is moving towards a completion date of February 2nd, and we are planning a Grand Opening Celebration towards the end of February.

We have had a lot of interest in our first release homes, with many buyers anxious to see the homes completed. If you have been considering a home at American Country Estates, now would be the time to schedule a visit and reserve your home. I don’t expect them to last through the Grand Opening.

From the jobsite,


Homes by DHR is a new home builder in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK. Contact or call 405-888-5430 for more information.  

You’ll love living at American Country Estates!

Categories: News | Posted: October 13, 2014


Homes by DHR is pleased to announce that the first phase of construction at our community, American Country Estates, isnearing completion. We have three homes that will be ready for move in by mid-November… just in time for the holidays!

The single story homes at American Country Estates, located in Pottawatomie County near Shawnee, Oklahoma, are perfect for both first time and move up home buyers. Featuring unique designs, great value, a convenient location and superior quality, our homes are open and airy, set on spacious 3/4 acre homesites, and located close to I-40, shopping and other conveniences.

American Country Estates is fortunate to be in the desirable North Rock Creek School District, comprised of North Rock Creek Elementary School, North Rock Creek Middle School, and your choice of high school – Meeker, Shawnee, McLoud, Dale, Tecumseh or Prague.

American Country Estates is in the heart of everything.  We are only a few miles from the Shawnee Mall, and the new Shawnee Marketplace.Plus there is a great collection of antique stores and boutiques in the downtown Shawnee area.  And Shawnee boasts a great selection of local Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Asian and American eateries. For recreational pursuits, there are parks, trails, golf courses and lakes, as well as theatres, casinos and spas. There is something for everyone in Shawnee!

We have many Financing Options available as well. Since, American Country Estates is built in a designated rural area, our homes are eligible for No Money Down USDA Loans. Conventional loans are also available, including cash-out or debt consolidation. The interest rate can be fixed or adjustable, and have several options on repayment terms. FHA Loansare ideal for first time homebuyers, offering low down payments, low interest rates, and easier credit qualifying. VA Loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and are available to active, reservist and veterans of the armed forces. VA loans offer low or no down payment and do not require monthly mortgage insurance. The USDA Rural Development Loan Program is primarily used to help low to moderate income individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas. There are no down payment requirements. And the HUD NATIVE AMERICAN SECTION 184 is designed to assist members of Federally recognized tribes with low down payments of 2.25%.

It’s a great time to buy a new home, and we hope you will consider the great values at American Country Estates!

Homes by DHR is a new home builder in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK. Contact or call 405-888-5430 for more information. 

North Rock Creek awarded $1.32M grant for after-school program

Categories: News | Posted: September 26, 2014

Our new home subdivision, American Country Estates.

Our own North Rock Creek School district, the school district for our new home subdivision American Country Estates, has just been awarded a sizeable grant by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. North Rock Creek was one of 10 schools in the state to be awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to develop an educational and innovative after-school environment.

The money will go toward the creation of Kids Rock, an after-school program that will attempt to engage students, not just give them a place to hang out until their parents arrive. The grant money is given to state education departments by the U.S. Department of Education to promote educational programs for schools in need.

When School Superintendent Blake Moody heard the news that the grant had gone through, he was ecstatic. “It’s pretty significant for us,” he said. “We haven’t had anything like this ever.” In order to get funded and to receive the grant money, the program could not look anything like a typical homework, tutoring study hall, noted Superintendent Moody. “It has to incorporate innovative programs like STEM (Science, technology, engineering & math) programs, like robotics.”

There are many pieces to the Kids Rock puzzle. A big part of the program will involve participation from staff and community members. For example, a teacher with a particular talent or interest might be called upon to give instruction in that particular area.

Another part of the program is an affiliation with the CATCH Kids Club, a national program dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. Through the program, North Rock Creek will have access to various forms of exercise equipment and will be able to provide its students with healthy snacks.

North Rock Creek currently has some after-school programs already in place, but Superintendent Moody said he expects to see much wider school-wide participation after the Kids Rock program begins to take root. He hopes the program will give students an extra incentive to perform academically and give them a reason to be excited about attending school.

Read the article that appeared in The Shawnee News-Star here.

Homes by DHR is a new home builder in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK. Contact or call 405-888-5430 for more information.

The model homes are coming along nicely!

Categories: News | Posted: August 28, 2014

Construction on both our Magnolia and Cypress models is zipping along.  Both models have walls and a roof, and the framing has begun on the interiors. It won’t be long before the drywall is going up!

The Magnolia is framed and the roof is on!

The Magnolia is framed and the roof is on!

As these homes take shape, you can really begin to see how the rooms flow into one another… you can envision what it will feel like to sit on the front porch… you can imagine yourself living here!

The front exterior of our Cypress model.

The front exterior of our Cypress model.

We just love The Magnolia’s wide open floor plan!  And the bay of windows in the Cypress model’s dining room is spectacular!  We can’t wait for you to be able to tour these lovely homes.

Homes by DHR builds single family country homes in the Shawnee area, Pottawatomie County, OK.  Contact or call 405-888-5430.