Like many other neighborhoods in Kansas City, J.C. Nichols developed Prairie Village in his native Johnson County after the Country Club Plaza became a monumental success. Established in 1941, Prairie Village went on to be recognized as the best-planned community in America by the National Association of Home Builders in 1949.
Since then, it has grown into a very desirable place to live thanks to its charming, tree-lined streets and friendly neighborhoods. Prairie Village is family-oriented with a strong community and an excellent school system. Working adults can easily commute to the Greater Kansas City Metro Area while enjoying residential suburban life in this peaceful community.
What to Love
- Great schools
- Charming & peaceful
- Strong community
People & Lifestyle
Thanks to Prairie Village's calm and laid-back status, its neighborhoods have a reputation for being family-oriented and kid-friendly. It’s a popular place to live for families, but also for young professionals and first time homebuyers looking for their first place to call home. Those who like to live away from the bustling nightlife of the midtown/downtown areas will appreciate the quieter picturesque neighborhoods, historic mid-century suburban feel, as well as safe streets for their kids to play on.
There are multiple parks, shops, and restaurants spread throughout the area and these provide a valued and frequented resource for the local residents. Overall, Prairie Village is a wonderful place to live with a great sense of community and easy access to the city.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Only minutes away from Kansas City, nestled within the is country-chic French bistro . This lauded neighborhood restaurant pairs decadent wines with an exceptional menu. The owners also run , an artisanal store selling gourmet goods and other prepared grab-and-go items, including crêpes, sandwiches, tapas, charcuterie, and more.
is a relaxed space for casual American cuisine and drinks, and one-of-a kind is an airy restaurant offering fresh and inventive artisanal dishes. The name "Caffetteria" was carefully selected to celebrate the owner's mission to cultivate a community landmark that would serve as a place for families and friends to gather over a delicious meal.
is another popular hub in Prairie Village that’s home to local shops, charming restaurants, and sought-after services. After spending a few hours shopping, grab lunch at a unique eatery featuring world-class pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. Or meet friends at for specialty brews featuring a small breakfast and lunch menu. Local favorites, and each offer regulars the perfect spot to grab a taco or some wings while watching their favorite sports teams.
Things to Do
One of the many appeals of Prairie Village is the numerous parks adorning the neighborhoods, allowing kids ample opportunity to stretch their legs and take in some fresh air. The parks also create outdoor gathering spots for events and special occasions.
has a wide grassy field, a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, and several BBQs. , named after former Mayor Austin Harmon, has a rentable pavilion and four tennis courts. Surrounded by woods and several trails, is a great place to go hiking.
If you enjoy jazz and live music, you'll want to mark the annual on your calendar. This festival unites thousands of people for a magical evening full of music, artistry, food, and drink. The festival has been dubbed a "destination jazz fest" in Kansas City.
In July, Prairie Village hosts a Fourth of July celebration known as . Aside from the fireworks display, there are food, crafts, and artisan vendors, a pie baking contest, spirit awards, and plenty of fun activities at this summer festival.
Prairie Village 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.
- St. Ann Catholic School, Private, K-8
- Kansas City Christian School, Private, K-12
- Global Montessori School, Private, 8wks - 12 yrs old
- Highlawn Montessori School, Private, 1-6
- The Pembroke Hill School, Private, PK-12