Olathe Real Estate Information

A city in, and the county seat of, Johnson County, Olathe, Kansas, is situated in the northeastern part of the state and is a large suburb of the Kansas City area. It is the fifth largest city in Kansas, with its population estimated to be almost 120,000 as of 2007. It is surrounded by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Overland Park to the east and Gardner to the southwest, and the U.S. Census Bureau named the city the 24th fast-growing in the country in 2008.

Olathe makes up an area of almost 55 square miles, most of it land. It was founded in 1857 by a man named Dr. John T. Barton. It is alleged that the name for the city arose when Mr. Barton asked a Shawnee interpreter how to say “beautiful” in their language, and the interpreter responded with “Olathe.” The city was a stop on the Oregon, California and Santa Fe trails.

Today, Olathe is a growing and developing city, with several commercial parks holding many companies and businesses. Companies like Honeywell, ALDI, Garmin and Farmers Insurance Group call Olathe home, and the U.S. Department of Transportation maintains an air route traffic control center here. For transport around the city, Johnson County Transit operates a bus system. Schools here include two districts students may attend, depending on where they live: Olathe School District and Blue Valley School District. Most attend Olathe schools, which include 33 elementary schools, eight junior high schools and four high schools. Olathe also is home to MidAmerica Nazarene University and the Kansas State School For the Deaf.

Olathe has two public lakes: the 172-acre Lake Olathe and the 45-acre Cedar Lake, both of which residents can enjoy during warmer spring and summer months. Museums here include the William J. Marra Museum of Deaf History & Deaf Culture, the Traditions Fire Company and Museum and the Ensor Park and Museum. Events held annually here include summer concert series, the Hidden Glen Arts Festival and Johnson County Old Settlers, over 100 years old and the city’s largest festival, held over three days after Labor Day. Other attractions here include the Buddy Rogers Playhouse, the Ernie Miller Nature Center and the Olathe Community Theatre Association.