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If the call of a whip-poor-will in the evening is your idea of heaven, then the communities that make up North Johnson County, Kansas, will certainly draw your attention.

Though conveniently located within easy driving distance of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, North Johnson County is a world onto itself. Known for its wide open spaces and reverence for the great outdoors, North Johnson County is home to acres and acres of protected parkland. And while its many little cities are home to thousands of residents, great shopping, fantastic restaurants and a bevy of historic sites, the county is also shared by a host of wild inhabitants. White-tailed deer, great blue herons, red foxes, wild turkeys and even a bald eagle or two call the communities of Fairway, Mission, Mission Hills, Lenexa, Shawnee, Prairie Village and Leawood home.
Mission is a small town that’s grown up a lot since the 1930s when it got its first grocery store. Now the site of three shopping malls and more than a million square feet of office space, Mission has come a long way since its incorporation. With a population of 9,559 in 2003, Mission isn’t Kansas’s biggest city, but the folks here don’t seem to mind, treasuring the sense of community the little city provides.

Mission Hills is a picturesque town known for its fountains, urns and sculptures. It plays host to the annual Verona Columns Concert, a street fair and a ton of other community festivals. About 4,000 people living in Mission Hills, enjoying its gardens, parks and wooded hills.

With a front porch decorating contest and an Old Town Lighting festival, Lenexa is a city that promotes a strong sense of community. About 40,000 residents live here and while growth is on the rise, Lenexa hasn’t gotten too big for its annual pumpkin carving contest or its chili challenge. Prairie Village boasts a growing population of just over 23,000 within its 6.7-square-mile city limits. A fairly new city, Prairie Village was incorporated in 1951 and is recognized as a planned community, complete with parks, neighborhood shopping centers, rolling hills and small-town charm. With more than 55,000 residents, Shawnee is one of the larger towns in North Johnson County. It boasts a mix of single- and multi-family homes in a community that values its parks and outdoor spaces.

With a total of 14.7 square miles, Leawood packs a lot into relatively small confines. The city’s population has nearly doubled since the 1990 Census with more than 30,000 now living within its bounds. With a total of 423 acres of parkland spread over six parks, outdoor fun is the order of the day in Leawood. In addition to its parks, the city has a public aquatic center, 8.2 miles of walking trails, more than 300 recreation classes offered each year and its own nature center.

Shawnee History Comes Alive In Fairway, Kansas. Fairway may be one of Johnson County’s smallest cities, but it’s one of its biggest attractions. With about 4,000 residents, 1,800 or so homes and a municipal history that only dates back to 1949, the city itself is relatively new, but its roots run deep.Located on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Fairway is just minutes from downtown and Country Club Plaza. Fairway is home to Neale Peterson Park and the Shawnee Indian Mission. The mission was a training school for Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations from 1839 to 1862. It served as an early territorial capital, supply point for the Oregon and Santa Fe trails and as a camp for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The 12-acre site, listed as a National Historic Landmark, offers a variety of historic buildings, exhibits and more.
Also in Shawnee is the Shawnee Mission Park. It’s the largest park in Johnson County and the most frequented, too. It boasts 1,250 acres of land, including a 150-acre lake, ponds, forests, meadows and more. With trails for hiking and wildlife watching, the park is home to a variety of birds, deer, foxes and more. It is also the winter home to a few bald eagles.

A Shopping Mecca At Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas. Located near the communities that make up North Johnson County is one of the area’s biggest shopping attractions. The Oak Park Mall in Overland Park has been upgrading and updating its offerings for more than 25 years. With trendy stores such as Fossil, bebe and Abercrombie & Fitch meeting classic stores such as Nordstrom, Dillards and J.C. Penny, the mall is chock full of name brand anchors. Add to that 185 specialty shops and the Oak Park Mall offers a little of something for everyone. In addition, the mall is home to a variety of eateries including Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread and Mimi’s Café.

From the historic roots of Shawnee to hundreds of acres of protected parkland, the North Johnson County area is a destination in and of itself for folks coming to the greater Kansas City area. For those who call it home, it’s the tight-knit communities that make Johnson County so special. With their annual festivals, community contests and strong sense of environmental stewardship, the cities of North Johnson are truly special.

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by Tiffany Lewis, Kansas City Premier Apartments, Inc.

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