Even though Spring Hill, Kansas, is only about 30 miles from the urban jungle of Kansas City, it has retained its small town, rural atmosphere. However, that may not last for much longer.
Not that long ago, Spring Hill was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it dot on the map, but the town’s population has increased by more than 93 percent over the last decade.
Property values have skyrocketed right along with the influx of people and neither trend appears to be slowing down any time soon. In fact, the City of Spring Hill recently annexed 1,900 acres in anticipation of future growth and development.
There aren’t a lot of towns as small as Spring Hill that feature some of the most popular eateries in the country, such as Pizza Hut, Subway and Sonic. But wait, there’s more! This quaint rural community can also tickle your taste buds with local and ethnic favorites, like K & K Bar-B-Q, El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant and Taste of China.
Residents in Spring Hill can simply buzz up to suburban Kansas City and, in about 30 minutes, have an abundant selection of shops, stores and malls. Even so, there will probably be some times when you just don’t feel like driving that far or dealing with big city traffic.
It’s a good thing that one-stop shopping at The Great Mall of the Great Plains, with Toys R’ Us, Bath & Body Works Outlet and Big Day Boutique, is only about 8 miles away in Olathe.
Spring Hill’s loveliness and quality of life is enhanced considerably by its six city parks and close proximity to a number of active and passive recreational amenities, such as Sycamore Ridge golf course, Hillsdale Lake and the 1,200-acre Johnson County Regional Park.
The city’s governmental body also maintains the Spring Hill Aquatic Center, a huge outdoor water park that contains two diving boards, rental cabanas for parties, a concessions area, family changing room, zero-depth pool entry, and a family slide, drop slide and toddler slide.
Home to a little more than 5,000 happy residents, according to the 2010 census, Spring Hill is the fastest-growing community in all of Johnson and Miami counties.
Often this type of population boom comes with a corresponding boom in home prices; however, Spring Hill’s average home value is 42 percent below that county average.
The Spring Hill School District manages five schools: two elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school and one high school. In 2008 Prairie Creek Elementary School, serving grades K-5 in Spring Hill, accepted the Kansas “Governor’s Achievement Award” for earning scores in the top 5 percent in mathematics and reading on the state’s assessment tests.
Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital in Gardner (about 8 miles away) is the closest medical or health care facility to Spring Hill. The Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Hospital are each about 12 miles away.
There aren’t a lot of towns with 5,000 residents that have the wherewithal to provide public transportation, and Spring Hill is no exception. The good news is that as a stop along the Johnson County Transit Shuttle’s route, the townspeople who need a lift to Kansas City or other Johnson County destinations have that option.