Highly affordable, Shawnee has growing notoriety for its spectacular residential real estate and family-oriented lifestyle.

Welcome to Shawnee

Recognized as one of the most family-friendly suburbs of Kansas City, Shawnee treats its residents to sprawling greenspace and affordable luxury homes
A mere 15 minutes away from the vivacious ambiance of Downtown Kansas City, the sweeping grasses and arbored subdivisions of Shawnee provide a welcome contrast to the always-busy, high energy of urban living. Highly affordable, Shawnee has growing notoriety for its spectacular residential real estate and family-oriented lifestyle.

First incorporated in 1856 under the name Shawneetown and later reincorporated in the 1920s under its present name, the city of Shawnee has a long, fascinating history woven into the tumultuous stories of the west and midwest throughout America’s development. The city is particularly known as the religious and political center of the Shawnee Native American Tribe.

Shawnee is brimming with new-build construction and expanding suburbs, resulting in a large market saturated in ultra-affordable custom and traditional single-family homes. In Shawnee, buyers can expect to find 3- to 5-bedroom houses that come loaded with modern amenities, spacious square footage, and contemporary design all for well under a million. A mix of wooded and open residential neighborhoods allows buyers to take their pick of privacy options.

What to Love

  • Short, convenient commutes into the city and surrounding areas
  • Enthralling local history and a commitment to the preservation of native stories
  • Well-rated public and private schools, wonderful educational opportunities

Local Lifestyle

Shawnee radiates a wholesome, quintessentially Mid-Western lifestyle. There’s an unmistakable small-town feel that pervades throughout the city, especially among the eclectic local shops and cafes Downtown. Community and neighborhood events help keep residents connected, while the close proximity of Kansas City allows for an exploration of adventure minutes away.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Shawnee’s retail and dining choices are well-spread throughout the city. Even still, a large amalgamation of irresistible eats and independent boutiques populates the Downtown District, also known as Old Shawnee. As with many cities in the Kansas City metropolitan areas, Shawnee is gaining distinction for its culinary and brewing prowess.

New establishments such as Servaes Brewing Company and Transport Brewery are pouring the finest craft beers with plenty of local flair. Effortlessly embodying the rustic-chic aesthetic, Drastic Measures is a speakeasy-themed, local haunt for inventive cocktails. Old Shawnee Pizza serves classic Italian comfort foods that all the locals rave about and even features a saloon-themed bar replete with new and classic cocktails.

An abundance of restaurants is also located along and around I-435, including those like Barley’s Kitchen + Tap, a hip brewpub set right next to the premier B&B movie theater. Down-to-earth good vibes come for free with the American breakfast and brunch fare at Eggtc, whose steady stream of regulars will happily testify to the deliciousness of every dish.

Things to Do

Shawnee’s relatively small size doesn’t lessen its magnitude of incredible local amenities and attractions, particularly as the engagement-driven community strives to host tons of neighborhood events. To kick-off the summer months, Shawnee presents the annual Old Shawnee Days Festival, During the event, rides, games, live performances, food vendors, and an enchanting parade are packed into a free, family-friendly weekend.

Another popular summer activity is the Movies in the Park series, held at Shawnee Mission Park. Shawnee Mission Park is in and of itself a boon to the city as a multi-use recreation area holding more than 1,600 acres of beauty. The park features an expansive`120-acre lake with a marina and swimming beach that both draw in the crowds. Additionally, Shawnee Mission Park contains miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, several play areas, an archery field, an off-leash dog park, and the city’s Theatre in the Park.

Primed and ready for baseball and softball athletes, the Mid-America Sports Complex is one of the best facilities of its kind in the entire Midwest. At 70-acres, the complex hosts national and regional tournaments, as well as local leagues.


Shawnee is home to a number of excellent schools, particularly those within its DeSoto Public School District. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Lexington Trails Middle School, 6-8, the #10 ranked best public middle school in the state
  • Mill Valley High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school ranked among the top 15 in the state
  • Clear Creek Elementary School, PK & K-5, highly rated public elementary school

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