Johnson County, Kansas is found near the southwestern part of the Kansas City metro region. The county has excellent communities that offer the best quality of life, having several nationally recognized schools, parks, libraries, and other
features of note.
There are over 544,000 people who call Johnson County home and for good reason. According to a study by The New York Times, this Kansas county is one of the easiest places to live in the country.
There’s also a number of cities in the county mentioned in CNN/Money Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Live and CBS News’ 25 Best Cities to Live In. It’s no surprise that many people from young professionals to families now choose to live in Johnson County.
Johnson County was created on August 25, 1855 by the Kansas Territorial Legislature. Historical records state that it was one of the first 33 counties in Kansas. It was named after the founder of the Shawnee Methodist Mission, Reverend Thomas Johnson. Since its creation, the county has thrived and developed into a mix of urban and rural areas.
While the county’s population grew in the 19th and 20th centuries, much of the rural areas and communities stayed the same. It was only during World War II when the county experienced significant and lasting change. Two major facilities were built during the 1940s to help in the war effort. The employment opportunity brought in laborers from other states.
By the end of World War II, suburban expansion ballooned, as well as the population which reached 143,000 by 1960. With the higher population came
more commercial and industrial growth. 1965 saw the existence of 102 manufacturing firms and 135 companies with almost 4,000 employees doing business in the area.
Real estate in Johnson County, KS
Johnson County real estate offers a wide range of single-family homes varying in price and architectural style. From simple fixer-uppers to grand sprawling estates, there’s something here for everyone.
The more modest homes come in Cape Cod or ranch-style architecture while luxury homes come in traditional, French country, Tudor, Georgian, and Tuscan styles. These houses usually have stone veneers or a brick or stucco exterior.
Many homes sit in spacious lots with accompanying ranches and outbuildings. There are also plenty of vacant lots and land for sale in the county.
Amenities and attractions in Johnson County, KS
- Johnson County has a wide variety of shopping malls, locally owned boutiques, farmers’ markets, and outdoor shopping districts. Downtown Overland Park, the county’s commercial/retail district, is a must-visit for shopping sprees. Stores here sell a wide array of merchandise from highend clothes to vintage records.
- Blue River is popular for recreational fishing, as well as fly fishing. The county also has 14 lakes, ponds, and many stream way access points dotting the area, providing plenty of opportunities for fishing.
- Go golfing at the Heritage Park Golf Course found in the Olathe, KS. The tree-lined, links-type holes and lakes of this course offer golfers some shady respite and gorgeous views while honing their game.
- The county is home to miles of biking, jogging, and hiking trails. Kill Creek Park, in particular, has a nice peaceful atmosphere that’s perfect for appreciating the beautiful outdoors. For those into horseback riding, the park also has long equestrian trails for scenic rides.
Want to know more about Johnson County and your real estate options in the area? Get in touch with us, the Dana Benjamin Team, today! Call us at 913-522- 4277 or send an email to dbenjamin(at)reecenichols(dotted)com.
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