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As the county seat of Johnson County, Olathe is a thriving community that is rich in Kansas history. Olathe, the fifth largest city in Kansas, is located just 20 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City. An easy drive from downtown on I-35, Olathe has great access to the many cultural advantages available to residents in a major metropolitan area.

Olathe, founded by Dr. John T. Barton in the spring of 1857, is a Shawnee word understood to mean "beautiful." This beautiful town functioned as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the California Trail. Back in the day, supplying travelers was the main source of income for local stores and businesses. A local landmark, the Mahaffie House, was a popular resupply point for wagons headed westward and is a registered historical site maintained by the City of Olathe.

Olathe continues to be an important asset to the Kansas City metro area. The city has a thriving business industry that is home to several large corporations, including the headquarters of Garmin. The Olathe School District has compiled many accolades, including receiving 17 National Blue Ribbon School Awards from the U.S. Department of Education and having ACT and SAT scores that are above average to the nation. In addition to public schools, Olathe is also the home to the Kansas School for the Deaf, MidAmerica Nazarene University. There are over 43 neighborhood and community parks in Olathe, hosting a variety of year-round events.

Olathe Area Insight

  • Angie Scherzer
    RE/MAX State Line
    The kids have their costumes ready and the family is all set to celebrate Halloween all over the greater Kansas City area. Here are a few events happening in Olathe:

    October 28th: Monster Mash at Olathe Family YMCA, 21400 W. 153rd Street, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. This indoor Halloween bash is fun for people of all ages. Come by for treats, moonwalk, crafts, mazes, costume contest and more. Cost is $3.

    October 29th: Haunted Swamp at Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The fun begins with pumpkin decorating and lifeguard trick-or-treating, followed by a pumpkin dive and open swim in the swamp. No costumes for this event. Cost is $15 per child and $10 per child for Olathe residents. No charge for parents.

    To view other Halloween and trick-or-treat events in other areas of Kansas City, go to the KC Parent website.
  • Deb Staley
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    The City of Olathe now holds their annual fireworks show at the College Boulevard Activity Complex, which is just west of Woodland and on, of course, College Boulevard. This is a great, new location because there is plenty of parking at the complex and at Olathe Northwest High School. We wanted to arrive early because we were worried about parking, but there were plenty of spots available. Getting out of the parking took a half hour though! The display was grand, and we had beautiful weather with no wind. Many people had arrived quite early and set up little picnics in the parking lot. Kids were playing ball. There was a food truck too. It was simply a beautiful evening and a wonderful Independence Day show!
  • Betty Simmons
    RE/MAX Best Associates
    It is so exciting to see how Olathe, KS has grown in the past 30 years...The newly opened Embassy Suites Convention Center hosted it's first Olathe Chamber Annual meeting on 1/29/16.

    Olathe has had it best economic development year in history...So happy to share in the celebration!
  • The farmers market in Olathe is one of the best places around to meet, shop for fresh produce, check out the great crafts and just enjoy the day. If you are in luck, a live band may be on site performing. You will find the Olathe Farmers Market at 1205 Kansas City Road (west Parking Lot) right next to the community center. Be sure to come early as the farm fresh eggs are quite popular and usually one of the first items to sell out. Open Saturdays (April 19 to October 25) at 7:30 am until sold and on Wednesdays (May 14 to September 24) 7:30 am until sold.

    Looking for a nice place to live? We also have some great housing at affordable prices located close to the market. These homes are within walking distance or just a short drive away. Thanks for stopping by! Have a Grate day, Dan
  • Betty Simmons
    RE/MAX Best Associates
    There are so many great things to say about Olathe, KS...it is a like living in a small town, but having over 130,000 people. You can walk into an area shop...or my bank and they call me by name, not a number. Olathe is over 150 years old and runs very deep in local history...home of the first cowboy boot factory, and Mahaffie Farmstead.

    The City of Olathe has a great mayor, Mike Copeland, city infrastructure, and amazing growth potential. It is one of the fasting growing cities in the US. It is home to Garmin International; Olathe Medical Center, the largest medical campus in the country; Farmer's Insurance headquarters; Executive Airport; and the K State Biotech Medical Park.

    Olathe Schools are great and have many great programs structured for the students individual growth.
  • Betty Simmons
    RE/MAX Best Associates
    This is a well done insight of what Olathe, KS is all about...enjoy!
  • Betty Simmons
    RE/MAX Best Associates
    The City of Olathe is special in many ways including; economic development, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, and retaining the 5 Star Accreditation that takes months to qualify for. It has the largest weekly networking in the Kansas City Metro area. A great place to live!
  • Betty Simmons
    RE/MAX Best Associates
    Olathe was recently voted the 4th hardest working city in the nation!
  • Betty Simmons
    RE/MAX Best Associates
    The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced recently that Olathe North High School’s softball team, coached by Frank Barnes, is the No. 2 ranked Academic School Softball Team in the nation.
  • Frank and Miriel Brown
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    Take your family on a trip back in time at The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site in Olathe, the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail. Experience just what life was like along the trails going west during the 1860s. Visitors will get a taste of frontier life through an interactive museum, touring a farmhouse, taking a stagecoach ride, and MORE! This is an experience that is enjoyable for those both young and old! My granddaughters love this place!
  • Meleesa Grate
    RE/MAX Infinity
    The Midwest Balloon Fest is a fabulous annual late-summer event. If you've never taken advantage of this festival taking place so close to home, don't miss it! The evening glow takes place at 7:15 both evenings and is absolutely breathtaking. GREAT photo opportunities!! Who knows, maybe the RE/MAX balloon will be making an appearance....
  • Lisa Kopp
    RE/MAX Premier Realty
    This is such a fun annual summer event! After the balloons are inflated at 7:30 p.m., all the pilots then fire their burners at the same time making the Balloon Glows. This is my favorite part of the festival. The Hot Air Balloon Competitions are held early in the morning with dozens of pilots from all over the US participating.
  • Lisa Kopp
    RE/MAX Premier Realty
    The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & the Farm Historic Site welcomes visitors with experiences of 1860s farming, stagecoach travel and preserves the Mahaffie Story. Mahaffie is the only stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail. This site offers a unique experience for visitors both young and old alike! Visit the farmstead to learn about 1860s farming, stagecoach operations and our nation's expansion to the West.

    The Olathe Community Center and Stagecoach Park provides a valuable space for recreational, fitness, and community outreach programs. The 72,000 square foot facility is scheduled to open Mid 2014, with a ground breaking in Nov. 2012.
  • Frank and Miriel Brown
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    Ask Frank and Miriel a question about Olathe.
    Olathe, KS
    In 2008 Olathe was ranked as America’s 11th Best Place to Live, attaining this position based on the city’s growth and major employers. The small town charm and big city feel are perfectly embodied in this growing city. Olathe puts excellent schools, beautiful neighborhoods, shopping, arts, and entertainment at your fingertips. Gorgeous neighborhood and community parks, access to water, and bicycle and pedestrian trains encourage activity and enjoyment. Settle in and stay for a while, Olathe is the perfect place to call home!
  • Meleesa Grate
    RE/MAX Infinity
    I can't believe I've lived in South Johnson County this long and had no idea until this summer, this gem was so close to us. My 5 year old daughter and I have been twice and this weekend my husband tagged along for the third trip in just under two weeks. A lazy river, shallow play structure, raft water slide, clean and well stocked concession stand, TONS of seating. The staff is very professional and friendly. If you haven't checked it out, you should. Yes, we have a neighborhood pool, but Black Bob Bay provides a nice change up from the mundane neighborhood pool. $6 for ages 3 to 61, reduced rates for others.
  • If you enjoy sushi, then you will enjoy Sake Lounge. With their grand opening coming soon, you will find a place for everyone. The have family seating, a cyber café, private dining, and a bar with great Sake. Located at W 119th St and Strang Line Rd, in Olathe KS. Near AMC theaters and shopping.
  • Katie Willis
    RE/MAX Legacy
    The City of Olathe's newest addition is the incredible Black Bob Bay. Located in South Olathe you can enjoy the lazy river, diving well, Olympic sized pool, water slides and a huge water playground for the little ones. It is huge and very reasonable priced! It is the hot spot of Southern Johnson County on the perfect summer day!
  • Katie Willis
    RE/MAX Legacy
    Olathe is a great place for a family to call home! It is full of kids in an amazing school district. The Indian Creek Trail wraps its way more than 17 miles throughout the city, going by countless parks and through great neighborhoods. Families, joggers, and bikers alike love & treasure this trail! It is awesome!
  • Frank and Miriel Brown
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    Olathe is a fast growing community where you can get a lot home for your money. It boasts the award winning Olathe School District as well as lots of parks and recreational facilities.

    If you are a person that loves the internet Olathe is the place for you. It has recently been announced that they will be the next to get Google Fiber. This is a real feather in their cap as for as technology for the home user.

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