Shawnee, Kansas Real Estate and Community Information
Shawnee , Kansas Real Estate, Homes For Sale And Community Information
Shawnee is located in Johnson County, twenty minutes south of Kansas City. Shawnee is north of Lenexa and Olathe, west of Mission, Prairie Village, Merriam, Overland Park, and other Kansas City suburbs. It has a population of just over 60,000, and has a vibrant culture, natural beauty, and a rich history. Named after the Shawnee Indians, its location connected it to government-organized transportation routes before and after the Civil War. Shawnee soldiers served with Union forces at the Battle of Westport. The town evolved into an important agricultural locale in the 19th century through the early 20th century. Since then, Shawnee has grown into a lively suburb.
Shopping And Dining
Country Club Plaza has over 120 stores in an “architecturally classic” 15-block district twenty minutes from Shawnee, and includes premier stores like Anthropologie and Z Gallerie. The Legends at Village West has shopping, dining, and entertainment ten minutes north of Shawnee. Visitors can take an audio walking tour of state legends. Oak Park Mall is a 15-minute drive and includes brand-name shops and restaurants. Its flagship stores are Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and JC Penny. Shawnee has more than forty area restaurants. Local favorites include Barley’s Brewhaus, Hereford House, Paulo & Bill, and Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub.
Those who like to patronize their local businesses as much as possible have Main Street, which is full of specialty shops and restaurants unique to the area, such as the New 2 You Boutique, Furniture Revival, Daylight Donuts, and Tumbleweed Saloon Bar & Grill.
Parks And Recreation
Shawnee has a number of parks and athletic fields, including Garret Park, Gum Springs Park, Herman Laird Park, Listowel Park, Quivira Glenn, Stump Park, Shawnee Mission Park, Swarner Park, and more. With more than eighteen miles of bike lanes, Shawnee has the distinction of being the only city in the metro area to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists. Shawnee Mission Lake has fishing, biking, and hiking. The local course is Tomahawk Hills Golf Course. There are a pair of aquatic centers, Thomas A. Soetaert and Jim Allen. Shawnee has a number of popular events, including an annual parade, Duck Race, and Old Shawnee Days. Shawnee offers historic walking tours through Old Shawnee Town. Perhaps Shawnee’s most famous place is the 1950s All-Electric House at the Johnson County Museum of History, once a family home for 40 years. It features hidden televisions, electric curtain openers, funky appliances, and more.
Living
Money Magazine has named Shawnee 17th out of 100 Best Cities to Live for its home values, great schools, low unemployment, quality of life, and other factors. The Median Household income is approximately $85,000. Real estate costs are higher relative to the rest of the state, but affordable in relation to the country. Homes for sale are diverse. There are several active homeowners associations, including Goddard Heights, Forest Park, Shawnee Pioneers, Shawnee Village, Trail Springs, Autumn Park, Brittany Heights, Enchanted Lake, and more. Exclusive real estate in Shawnee includes areas in and around Holliday, Lake Quivira, Shawnee Mission, City Center, Nieman, and Merriam.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Shawnee is served by two award-wining school districts, Shawnee Mission and De Soto Mission. Brookwood Elementary, Shawnee Mission East High School, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, and Shawnee Mission South High School have all received outstanding GreatSchools ratings. The Kansas Green School Grant supports eco-iniatives, and several schools have received recognition for their environmental efforts. There are several private schools. Area universities include University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and a new Kansas State University campus.
Area hospitals include Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Saint Luke’s Health System, and the University of Kansas Hospital. Johnson County Transit (“The JO”) is the public transportation system. Shawnee is close to Kansas City International Airport. Interstates 435 and 70 and Routes 40, 69, 56, 50 are the city’s major corridors.
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