A Taste of Overland Park, KS | Real Estate and Home Search
Overland Park is an impressive Johnson County city with an even more impressive resume. Not only does it consistently rank in the top 10 of CNN/Money and Money magazine’s 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States, recently Overland Park was named America’s smartest mid-sized city.
Uncover Overland Park, Kansas, and you’ll see why relocating here is such a smart move.
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Homes for Sale in Overland Park, KS
Size: 75 square miles
Major employers: : Sprint Corporation, Black & Veatch Engineers, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, YRC Worldwide: News, Investors, Media
You can’t be America’s smartest midsized city without an excellent school system to back it up. The four major schools districts in Overland Park are Blue Valley, Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill. There are also a dozen private schools in the area to choose from.
One of the many great things about living in Overland Park is that you can eat like a farmer and shop like a city slicker all within a 15-mile radius.
Start Saturday mornings off right when you step into the Farmers’ Market in downtown OP. Breathe easier when you buy local breads, meats, and cheeses at this huge outdoor affair. Mingle with dozens of vendors, sample a strawberry—or four—and boogie to the band-of-the-week’s beats while you browse each farmer’s seasonal selection.
Kansas City is known for its barbeque and one of the top three opened a location in Overland Park. From the cheesy corn bake to the brisket to the burnt ends topped with coleslaw on a French roll, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque on 95th and Metcalf does not disappoint.
If you prefer to wear the chef’s hat, sign up for one of the 450 cooking classes offered at The Culinary Center of Kansas City and whip up your own gourmet lunch.
The 21 and older crowd can unwind at local bars in the area. The Peanut, which was a speakeasy during prohibition, is always a good time. Then there’s The Other Place (no really, that’s what it’s called) which is for professional sports fans only. Due to the crazy amount of TVs, amateurs might get overwhelmed with options.
After you carb up, shop Overland Park’s downtown strip, which is packed with art galleries, consignment boutiques, yarn shops and yoga studios. Buy a red desert scarf from Egypt or a jungle necklace from Ecuador at Ten Thousand Villages and wear it with pride knowing you supported a fair trade retailer.
If you’ve had enough of the old town charm, check out the latest development, Prairiefire, at 135th and Nall. This sexy new shopping center has plenty of stores to keep you—and your family—occupied. Teach your children a smarter way to play with gadgets from Fat Brain Toys or test out an organic mattress at Rest Natural Home furniture store. There’s also a whole slew of stylish boutiques, collectively referred to as the Threshing Bee on the 2nd floor above Newport Grill and Paradise Diner.
After you’re done shopping at Prairiefire, make big—like, really, really big—plans to see the Tyrannosaurus rex at the Museum at Prairiefire. You can hang out with this not-so-little guy for free in the Great Hall and pay a little extra to dig up fossils and gain access to the other exhibits in the museum.
Practice your bowling swing at Pinstripes: Bowling, Bocce & Bistro. This place is set up for some seriously sophisticated fun. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a movie—at a mega theater? In that case, head to Cinetopia—but be warned: This theatre does not mess around when it comes to your movie-watching experience. Between the dine-in “movie parlors,” “living room” theaters and “cuddle couches,” we’re willing to bet you’ve never seen a movie like this before.
Or you can take a trip back in time and catch the latest indie flick at the Rio Fine Arts Theatre. You won’t miss a second of the movie at this one-screen cinema because there won’t be any newfangled distractions in sight.
Parks and Recreation
During the daytime hours, corral the kids and visit Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead where you can experience the charm of the farm any day of the week. Channel your inner country bumpkin and feed a goat, milk a cow, ride a pony or fish in the old-time pond.
Then jog a mile down the road to practice your headers and corner kicks at the Scheel’s Overland Park Soccer Complex. Featuring 12 beautifully designed, tournament quality fields, the complex offers all-weather turf and all-season play so David Beckhams in training can stay in the game year round.
Make time to stop and smell the roses at the 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Eco-nerds will rejoice when they catch sight of the hybrid trees, ecosystems and rare plant species. Hikers will be in heaven on the paved and wood chip trails that wind through the garden and across two 75-foot bridges that span Wolf Creek. Art lovers won’t want to leave the Monet Garden with its soft colors and Willow trees.
If you can’t get enough of the outdoors, listen for Music in the Park every Sunday during the summer. Grab your favorite blanket and human or animal friend and tap your toes to barbershop choruses and quartets.
Gentlemen’s tip: Offer to pay for your date and then act shocked when you discover the concert is always free.