Welcome to Lenexa
This magnetic, growing town known as the “City of Festivals” has a reputation for celebrating every moment together as a tight-knit community
Lenexa’s plentiful swaths of greenspace — including more than 30 viridescent parks — are gracefully interwoven with the evolving city itself, which includes a revitalized Downtown District called Lenexa City Center. Encircled by the communities of Olathe, Shawnee, Overland Park, and De Soto, Lenexa sits conveniently at the convergence of I-435 and I-35.
Lenexa’s position as a critical waypoint for travelers is an integral part of the city’s history. Upon the city’s development in the 1860s, stipulations were made to ensure a depot remained in place for the new construction of railroads, so that the city might benefit. A rebuilt version of that depot still stands today in Lenexa’s Old Town district, the historic neighborhood is preserved and updated through new revitalization efforts.
As Lenexa has advanced into its new iteration — one that merges updated developments, subdivisions, and a thriving business sector with the town’s colorful history — it’s also continued working to accommodate a larger population desiring upscale housing. Stately new-builds and freshly constructed townhomes abound in Lenexa, with customizable features and lots tucked away in serene cul-de-sacs.
What to Love
- Quirky claim-to-fame as the birthplace of the Garmin tech company
- Under 20 minutes to Downtown Kansas City
- Opportunity to grow with the city as it continues to expand
- Highly affordable new homes
Lenexa’s dense suburban atmosphere allows for an active community with plenty of opportunities to get together; from festivals to movies at the City Center. The creation of the City Center has also fostered a new brand of Lenexa living, consisting of chic lofts, townhomes, and apartments within walking distance of popular restaurants and local shopping.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
The Lenexa City Center has replaced the city’s Downtown District, or rather, enhanced it. From the sprouting of mixed-use developments, residential real estate, and exciting commercial options, City Center continues to invite locals and visitors into its lively sphere. Among lifestyle facilities like Pure Barre
and business headquarters are an array of specialty shops such as Savoy Tea
and The One Bridal
, as well as grocers and buzzy restaurants.
Silo Modern Farmhouse
, for example, is right around the corner from the City Center and dishes up contemporary American cuisine from swanky digs overlooking a lush golf course. The restaurant is nestled on the grounds of the prestigious Canyon Farms Golf Club
and finds perfect harmony between creative recipes and rustic, farm-to-table authenticity.
is the city’s go-to for that iconic Kansas City Style barbecue. Slow-smoked in a signature Ozark Hickory haze, the restaurant’s cornucopia of premier meats — like the mouthwatering ribs — are enough to quench even the most insatiable hankering for comfort fare. Sides like the cheesy corn, savory baked beans, and thick, wedge-cut fries round out the menu for a hearty meal every time.
It’s easy to get active in Lenexa, both indoors and out, thanks to the spacious Sar Ko Park
and the newly built Lenexa Recreation Center
. At the former, 50 acres house walking trails, courts for several different sports, and even a historic barn museum. The Lenexa Recreation Center brags all the latest fitness tech and houses a family-friendly indoor pool in addition to several gyms.
The typical dining and shopping experience gets a facelift at the Lenexa Public Market
, an 11,000 square-foot facility that pairs a variety of local culinary geniuses with a common dining space and a rotation of vendors. The market rests in the new City Center and demonstrates Lenexa's continued commitment to enriching community living.
Lenexa is home to a number of excellent schools and is served by several school districts including Shawnee Mission USD, Olathe USD, and DeSoto USD. Some examples of top educational opportunities are:
- Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, 9-12, the #10 ranked best public high school in the state
- Roseland Elementary School, PK & K-6, highly rated public elementary
- Indian Hills Middle School, 7-8, highly rated public middle school among the top 20 in the state