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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

  • Amanda Palmer
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Homer's Coffee House is a local favorite in Olathe. They serve a variety of coffee drinks, as well as tea, smoothies, and hot chocolate. Their menu also includes a selection of breakfast and lunch items, including bagels, sandwiches, and salads.
  • Amanda Palmer
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Ask Amanda a question about Olathe.
    Olathe, KS
    Located in the heart of Olathe, Revocup Coffee is a popular spot for coffee lovers. They roast their own coffee beans on-site, so you can be sure you're getting a fresh cup of coffee every time. In addition to their great coffee, they also offer a variety of pastries, sandwiches, and salads.
  • Amanda Palmer
    RE/MAX Heritage
    This winery is situated on a picturesque hilltop with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Their wines are handcrafted and aged in oak barrels for a rich and complex flavor. Their Chambourcin Reserve is a must-try, with notes of blackberry and a smooth finish.
  • Amanda Palmer
    RE/MAX Heritage
    This winery has a rustic feel, with a charming barn converted into a tasting room. They offer a variety of wines, from sweet whites to full-bodied reds. One standout is their Vignoles, a crisp and refreshing white with hints of tropical fruit.
  • Amanda Palmer
    RE/MAX Heritage
    This family-owned winery is a true gem, with a cozy tasting room and gorgeous outdoor patio perfect for sipping a glass of vino on a sunny day. Their wines are made with locally grown grapes and are full of flavor. One of my personal favorites is their Frontenac, a red wine with notes of black cherry and vanilla.
  • Jason Rains
    RE/MAX Elite Realtors
    Looking for something fun to do in the fall and in Olathe?! The KC Pumpkin Patch is a must for fall fun in Olathe! Slides, climbing, racing, games, and more...and of course pumpkins... you've never seen a pumpkin patch like this before! Food and beverages? They have it! While you can't take in your own, the KC Pumpkin Patch has food and drinks for both kids and adults. Over 21...try the spiked float!
  • Matthew Hargrave
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Built in 1857, the J. B. Mahaffie House was a crucial stopping point for the Westport Route of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails. The travelers' hunger, and other needs, were taken care of here. It's such a cool place to visit for those who love history!
  • If you are a fan of nature, then look no further. This is a 126-acre nature park with so many different things to do. Here you can find a variety of habitats such as prairies, streams, forests, and meadows. There are three miles of nature trails, live animal displays, interactive exhibits, a
    500-gallon aquarium, and a wildlife viewing room. This is also a good place to learn and gain knowledge on nature - and well, it's just plain fun!
  • Terry Prindle
    RE/MAX Heritage
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    Olathe, KS
    Find your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and some family and friends for Ugly Christmas Sweater Bingo!! This event will be Saturday, December 18th, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Red Crow Brewing Company, located at 1062 W. Santa Fe in Olathe. This fun event is free and you could win some awesome holiday-themed prizes.
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    Olathe, KS
    This park is a 1,283-acre park in Olathe with a 40-acre lake/marina and 30-acre dog, off-leash, area. There are ten picnic shelters and play areas as well. Heritage Park is also home to the 18 hole Heritage Park Golf Course. Hours vary by season.
  • Need a day off to relax and have fun? Stop by Stone Pillar and Vineyard and Winery on July 18, 2021, and see over 30 local Kansas City vendors, live music, food trucks, sip on some wine, slushies, and more! This winery has 20+ Kansas-grown wines, hard ciders, and wine slushies. If you are a beginner or an expert wine drinker they have something for you! If you can not make it on the 18th stop by on Fridays for tastings, live music, or food events that may be happening!
  • Kathy Batesel
    RE/MAX Launch
    In the summertime, families enjoy swimming, letting the kids romp on the playground equipment, or enjoy a lovely walking path that winds along a fountain-fed pond through the park setting. During colder weather, holiday displays create a festive environment as area residents step in to enjoy warmer events and indoor sports like basketball or exercise classes.

    Single-use passes for indoor events are around $8. Multi-pass, monthly, and family memberships are also available. There is no charge for enjoying the playground and walking parks. Event rentals are extremely affordable, starting at just $35 per hour! Wedding rates are higher and include several rooms, the patio, the kitchen areas, and lovely settings for photo opportunities.

    Take a look at some of the photos in our carousel to see some of the outdoor possibilities that are free to everyone. Starting in early May each year, a Saturday morning farmers market has weekly offerings of fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, plants, and more,

    If you happen to see a group of folks walking together with greyhounds, feel free to stop and visit! REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) is a non-profit group that holds monthly meet and greets for socializing and promoting adoptions of their well-behaved, hilarious foster pups.
  • Ask a Local Expert a question about Olathe.
    Olathe, KS
    Not a Victim Training Facility has now opened its doors in Olathe, providing a well rounded personal safety and firearms training for beginners to experts. The Facility uses instructors with Law Enforcement background in addition to USCCA/NRA Training Counselors. Training isn't limited to gun safety, but also includes First Aid, CPR, Simulation Classes, and much more. Check out the new facility in Olathe at 12755 S Mur-Len #B13, Olathe, Ks 66062.
  • Ask a Local Expert a question about Olathe.
    Olathe, KS
    Olathe is a suburb of Kansas City with a population of 135,986. Olathe is in Johnson County and is one of the best places to live in Kansas. Living in Olathe offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. The public schools in Olathe are highly rated. It is the fourth-most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas. Olathe has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers.
  • Matthew Hargrave
    RE/MAX Heritage
    The Ernie Miller Nature Center is a family-friendly place to enjoy the outdoors. Throw on your walking shoes, hike throughout the park, and educate yourself about the wilderness that surrounds you here. It is a great place for staying active and learning.
  • Gigi Perry
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    Heritage Park is a 1,238 acre park located at 16701 Lackman Road in Olathe. The park has many amenities for you and your family to enjoy. To reserve a shelter call 913-831-2259. See the link below for more details about the park.
  • The new Indian Creek Library is now open in Olathe! The new library is located at 16100 W. 135th Street, Olathe, KS 66062. This state-of-the art facility features a new modern design, commons area with Park Street Pastry Café, 230 seat community event space, interior courtyard with an 18 foot fireplace, quiet reading room, study/meeting rooms, audio/video recording studio, maker space, gaming room, children's reading garden, and an exterior courtyard with adjacent city park and playground. The library will be opening spring 2020!! This is a destination you will definitely want to check out!
  • In the month of August 2019, Olathe had 135 homes close escrow and change ownership, in the $300K+ price range There are 388 homes in the same price range available for sale. This ratio of homes sold over time is called the absorption rate. If the absorption rate continues at the same pace as August 2019, in this price range, then it would take 2.9 months to sell all of the homes for sale assuming that all homes would sell, and that no additional homes came on the market.

    In general terms a market is considered balanced when the supply of homes equals 5.5 to 6.5 months of inventory compared to demand or absorption rate. The lower the month's supply of home is, the seller tends to see an advantage in price or terms. The higher the months supply of homes the more advantage there is to the buyer in terms of price or terms.

    Higher demand for Olathe homes in the $300K plus price range gives home sellers a slight advantage in negotiation of terms. Even with the expansion of new home communities in Olathe in the price range, the demand for homes continues to outstrip supply.

    New homes account for 230 of the 388 homes available for sale in the price range in Olathe. Notably Boulder Creek, Boulder Hills, Cedar Creek, Cedar Ridge Reserve, College Meadows, Forest Hills the Meadows, Foxfield Villas, Heather Ridge South, Huntford, Prairie Farms, and Stonebridge have new homes under construction and ready to purchase.
  • Heritage Park Dog Park entrance is located just south of 159th Street and Blackbob Road in Olathe. The off-leash dog park area at Heritage Park is 30-acres. The dog park features a large fenced in area, a looped walking path, water fountains, restrooms, and a small pond. There is plenty of room for your dog to run around, socialize and explore with other dogs. Along the looped walking path there are several benches and shady areas to escape the summer heat. The dog park at Heritage Park is free to the public... a fun summer spot for the family, and your dog will appreciate it too! The dog park is open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset. Weekly maintenance is scheduled every Tuesday from 5:00-9:00 a.m. from March 1 - October 31, and 7:30-9:00 a.m. from November 1 - February 28.
  • Barb Burns
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    Plan your next escape to Kill Creek Park in Olathe. Enjoy hiking or biking over 12 miles of beautiful landscape. The park is equipped with an Equestrian Trail as well. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch at one of the four shelters. Take a swim and soak up some sun at the swimming beach and marina. Bring the fishing poles for more fun and let the kids burn off energy at the playground.
    The park is tied into TimberRidge Adventure Center for more variety of activities to enjoy.
  • Barb Burns
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    TimberRidge Adventure Center in Olathe is an exciting outdoor adventure park filled with a variety of activities. Known for it's team building challenge courses, groups are tested mentally and physically in a non competitive environment. Half day and full day excursions are available for your next outing. This is a great place to take the office or organization on the next perfect weather day. School field trips and summer camp activities are a hit. It's also a great venue for a birthday party, family reunion, and wedding reception.
  • During December 2018 Olathe KS, in the $300,000+ price range had 71 homes sold/closed. There are 331 homes in the same price range available for sale. This ratio of homes sold over time is called the absorption rate. If the absorption rate continues at the same pace as December 2018 then it would take 4.7 months to sell all of the homes for sale assuming that all homes would sell, and that no additional homes came on the market.

    In general terms a market is considered balanced when the supply of homes equals 5.5 to 6.5 months of inventory compared to demand or absorption rate. The lower the month's supply of home is, the seller tends to see an advantage in price or terms. The higher the months supply of homes the more advantage there is to the buyer in terms of price or terms.

    Higher demand for Olathe homes in the $300K plus price range gives home sellers a slight advantage in negotiation of terms.
  • Deborah Staley
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    A neat park in the older part of Olathe, KS is Frisco Lake Park. It has a nice walking trail that's almost a mile long. Along the way, there are stops with fitness opportunities. There are also sand volleyball courts and a basketball court. For a fun family picnic, you can reserve the shelter house or the gazebo. Both shelters have electricity and a water fountain, but the only restrooms are the portable type.

    Railroad tracks are adjacent to the park, and it is cool to sit there and watch the trains. The wildlife doesn't seem to mind the trains! There are herons, Canada geese, and mallard ducks hanging out with each other. It is a truly peaceful spot in old Olathe.
  • Janet Fournier
    RE/MAX State Line
    I attended the kickoff celebration at Garmin Headquarters on Monday evening, March 5. This was an excellent event, with several female pilots sharing their experiences, both in flight and in the aviation industry in general. I learned to fly many years ago but haven't taken a plane up in a few years, after selling my last one. This event reminded me of how much I love to fly. I'm planning to dust off my wings and get back in the air!
  • Deborah Staley
    RE/MAX Realty Suburban
    During the months of April through August, Olathe has a Fourth Friday event in downtown Olathe on the square. Many food truck vendors are there with a wide variety of every type of food you can practically think of. The fire trucks are also there so that kids can get inside and get their photo taken. Children seem to have a wonderful time with the petting zoo and making giant soap bubbles. Dance music is playing, and there is a dance instructor to show everyone the classic line dance moves like the Macarena and the Electric Slide. It is just a nice, mellow evening in the old part of Olathe, and I highly recommend it!

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