Welcome to Olathe
Step out of the enterprising frenzy of city living and into a nostalgic haven within minutes of metropolitan amenities
A mere 25 minutes southeast of Downtown Kansas City, Olathe presents an affordable, quieter option for anyone looking to live near a large city without all of the urban bustle. Attractive brick-lined streets are named after local historic figures, and here the 19th-century architecture melds together with a growth of new developments.
Incorporated in 1857, Olathe’s wholesome and family-friendly ambiance comes in part from the city’s extensive history. This history is preserved faithfully in architecture, museums, and through interactive exhibits like the Mahaffie
historic site. The city takes its name from the Shawnee Indian word for beautiful, an homage to the town’s sweeping wildflowers and other native flora.
Well-appointed homes come at enviable prices in Olathe, and it isn’t uncommon to be able to snag a large, single-family home with exemplary amenities for a fraction of the cost compared to nearby urban cities. Sought-after subdivisions contain custom new-builds and traditional styles, while adorable historic cottages and 19th-century homes are available closer to the Original Town center.
What to Love
- Upscale housing at incredible pricing
- Access to top-notch schools, both private and public
- Revitalized Downtown and growing suburbs
- Tournaments and practice at The Garmin Soccer Complex
Now among some of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Olathe has developed into an award-winning town for families, business people, and coastal transplants. It’s a strong community steeped in tradition, close to everything but still feeling worlds apart from the skyscrapers of Kansas City.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Residents of Olathe have a gold mine of convenience all around them, and there’s no shortage of locations for getting the essentials or making the most of the day. Olathe Station
serves as the city’s epicenter for entertainment and retail, harboring lifestyle services, shops, and grocers for your day-to-day needs. Here, too, is the AMC Dine-In Theater
, as well as popular, national chain restaurants including First Watch
for breakfast treats and Texas Roadhouse
for those familiar sizzling steaks.
Other shopping centers include the Olathe Commons area, where shops like Ulta
and Old Navy
are stocked with your beauty and fashion must-haves, while grocers such as Whole Foods
supply the best international and organic staples for your week. In the summer and spring months, locals can grab the freshest produce and local goods at the city’s Farmers Market
. The family-oriented gathering is held on Wednesdays and Fridays from April to October and frequently hosts live performances.
Things to Do
Olathe residents have the advantage of a city devoted to building up wonderful amenities, and the city is able to keep up with the influx of new locals through its slew of sports facilities, entertainment venues, and culturally enriching locations.
One of the crown jewels of Olathe, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
invites visitors and residents alike to take a step back in time and explore the world of early settlers. The realities of farmers and travelers of the 1860s come to life at Mahaffie, and as the only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail, this historic property offers a unique and meaningful way to connect with the past.
Olathe’s commitment to fostering an environment of social engagement is evidenced by the presence of the Olathe Community Center
, at which one can take up exercise courses, join a fitness group, or indulge in a leisurely swim in the indoor pool. The Olathe Civic Theatre
is an absolute joy to experience and produces five thrilling shows throughout its performance season. A day at the theater is perfectly complemented by a trip to the Stone Pillar
winery, Olathe’s very own prestigious, award-winning establishment complete with a refined tasting room.
Olathe is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Olathe North High School, 9-12, the #6 ranked best public high school in the state
- Olathe Northwest High School, 9-12, the #8 ranked best public high school in the state
- Regency Place Elementary School, PK & K-5, highly rated public elementary school among the top 20 in the state