Welcome to Leawood
Home to desired neighborhoods anchored by beautifully constructed homes, high-rated schools and plenty of shopping & dining destinations
The city of Leawood represents a large suburban area located in northeast Johnson County, Kansas approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City. Established in the 1920's by retired police officer Oscar G. Lee and subsequently incorporated in 1948, it is known as a premier residential community featuring an inviting mix of both elegant established neighborhoods and newer build communities, high-profile commercial developments, and a vast system of city parks, trails, and recreation facilities.
With over 60 subdivisions, the city encompasses the area just west of State Line Road, beginning at Somerset Drive (79th Street) on the north and extending to 155th Street at it's southernmost edge. Leawood continues to be a very sought after place to live due to it's picturesque tree-lined streets, family-friendly neighborhoods, excellent schools, and close proximity to numerous shops, restaurants, parks, and businesses.
What to Love
- Great schools
- Charming & peaceful
- Historic/contemporary mix
- Strong, community
- Kid-friendly & safe
People & Lifestyle
As the epitome of suburban life, Leawood's numerous neighborhoods cater to those seeking beautiful houses & peaceful streets, a strong community, and a city with many resources. While being very family-friendly, residents of all demographics flock to Leawood to enjoy the high quality of living that the city has to offer. Over the past 20 years Leawood has had one of the fastest growing populations in the State of Kansas.
There are multiple parks, shops, and restaurants spread throughout the area and these provide a valued and frequented resource for the local residents. Overall, Leawood is a wonderful place to live with 'the convenience of a big city and the peacefulness of a small town.'
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With literally too many options to choose from, Leawood offers numerous shopping & dining destinations of both local and national origin. For instance, with it's over 90 stores and restaurants, Town Center Plaza & Crossing offers an upscale, open-air shopping experience home to popular & luxury retailers to suit every need as well as many fantastic dining options like Bristol Seafood Grill, La Bodega Spanish Tapas, North Italia, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and Sushi House.
Neighboring Park Place offers even more retail & dining options, with unique boutiques like Ettiquette, Geno's Mens Clothiers, and Alysa Rene, and popular dining spots Pig & Finch and 801 Chophouse. In the summer, enjoy live concerts and outdoor games at Barkley Square, and watch the area magically transform into “The Ice at Park Place” (Johnson County’s only outdoor ice-skating rink) during the cold winter months.
Make sure to visit Mission Farms for Kansas City’s premier collection of locally owned restaurants, exclusive homes and well-appointed offices. Home to local favorites such as Rye, Martin City Brewery, and Blue Koi, there's many delectable delights to be had at this prime Leawood destination. And don't forget legendary Kansas City BBQ joint, Joe's KC, the place where 'smoke has the power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.'
Things to Do
One of the many appeals of Leawood is the numerous parks adorning the neighborhoods, allowing residents ample opportunity to stretch their legs and take in some fresh air. The parks also create outdoor gathering spots for events and special occasions. The Leawood parks system consists of six parks, one greenway, and an 8.2 mile trail system.
Gezer Park is a 10 acre park including a walking trail, public art, playground, Havdalah garden, ceremonial fire pit, and other amenities. Gezer Park is dedicated to Leawood’s sister city relationship with the Gezer Region of Israel. Leawood City Park and Tomahawk Park are connected by Tomahawk Creeek Trail, a 4.1 mile paved path meandering along Toamhawk Creek that is part of the county-wide trail system.
Leawood is served by two public school districts, Shawnee Mission & Blue Valley. There are also a few private schools in the area.
- Cure of Ars Catholicc School, Private, K-8
- Nativity Catholic School, Private, PK-8
- St. Michael the Archangel School, Private, K-8
- The Phoenix Montessori School, Private, Ages 2 1/2 - 6 yrs