J.C. Nichols developed the Mission Hills community in Johnson County, Kansas, in the 1920s as part of his extensive Country Club District plan. Before becoming a city, an Indian mission settled in the area in the 1830s—hence its eventual name.
In 1924, architect S. Herbert Hare constructed the city's two most famous landmarks: the reflective pool at the intersection of Ensley Lane, Overhill Road, and Mission Drive and the Verona Columns. These distinguished landmarks are on the city's official seal.
Today, Mission Hills is a welcoming, upscale community with multiple historic estate homes and resort-style country clubs. It is a top-level suburban area and one of the wealthiest municipalities in the county. Among the many neighborhoods in Kansas City, Mission Hills ranks among the highest in terms of safety and quality of life.
What to Love
- One of KC's most desired neighborhoods
- Esteemed country clubs
- Historic homes & estates
- Stunning architecture
- Upscale and exclusive
People & Lifestyle
Mission Hills residents enjoy a safe, family-friendly environment located within a serene suburban setting. Known for it's stately homes, beautiful fountains, sculptures, and carefully manicured gardens, Mission Hills has distinguished itself as 'America's first and foremost garden community.'
Located amongst the wooded hills and safe winding roads of the neighborhood are three of the most exclusive country clubs in Kansas City: Indian Hills, Mission Hills, and the official Kansas City Country Club. Mission Hills is also in close proximity to the Village Shopping Center in Prairie Village, Fairway shops, Brookside, and the Country Club Plaza.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
While there are no restaurants or shops immediately located in Mission Hills, the neighborhood is surrounded by some of the city's best such as the Country Club Plaza, Brookside, and Prairie Village, Corinth and Fairway shops & restaurants. Locals enjoy the privacy and seclusion of Mission Hills and don't mind traveling a short distance in exchange for the peace afforded by this exclusively residential suburb.
Things to Do
Mission Hills boasts several of the most exclusive and distinguished country clubs in the entire city.
Founded in 1896, the is named after the Country Club Plaza and is the third-oldest country club west of the Mississippi River. The Club was built on a strong love of golf and is even home to five-time British Open Champion, Tom Watson. The skills he learned at the Kansas City Country Club have helped him go on to win eight major championships.
The is a private, family-owned community residing in the heart of Kansas City. Mission Hills is home to multiple intimate dining venues, state-of-the-art fitness and wellness centers, private tennis courts, and swimming facilities. Members are privileged to enjoy a foundation of warm hospitality, enriching family experiences, a respect-driven environment, and access to all of the club's amenities.
The third major country club in Mission Hills is the , a private club and golf course. Founded in 1919, the Indian Hills Country Club is eager to welcome families and guests into their warm and inviting interior. Indian Hills is home to top-of-the-line facilities and the friendly staff is ready and willing to assist their clients with whatever they might need.
Besides the club's par-70 golf course, members can enjoy a game of pickleball or tennis on its year-round courts, spend an afternoon relaxing by the pool, or host an event in one of their available spaces—both large and small.
Community events, like the annual Street Fair or the Verona Columns Concert, attract hundereds of residents and families looking for a fun, casual neighborhood gathering .
Mission Hills is served by the Shawnee Mission School District, which comprises Shawnee Mission East High School, Indian Hills Middle School, and 7 elementary schools. There are also a few private schools in the area.
- Pembroke Hill School, Private, PK-12
- The Barstow School, Private, PK-12
- Bishop Miege High School, Private, 9-12
- Rockhurst High School, Private, 9-12
- St. Ann Catholic School, Private, K-8