From the tony highrises overlooking Country Club Plaza to posh, parklike new developments in Johnson County, Kansas City is home to a new breed of amenity-rich apartment communities.
Retirees and millenials make up the lion’s share of residents in newer communities, and developers are catering to their lifestyles by building resort-like communities with more amenities than the Beverly Wilshire.
While many apartment and condominium dwellers have the means to purchase a home, they choose to enjoy the spoils of maintenance-free living, on-site fitness and walkable neighborhoods. They also get a sense of community that’s rare to find in even the friendliest neighborhood of single-family homes, with pool parties, barbecues, big game parties, fitness classes and outdoor gatherings so residents can mix and mingle.
With so many new luxury apartments in the greater Kansas City area, it might be challenging to find your perfect home. We’ve put together this special advertising section as a guide to the grandest living spaces in Kansas City to check out yourself.
551 W. 44th St., KCMO. 816-406-2456. 44washington.com
This new apartment community is like no other on the North side of the Country Club Plaza/South Westport areas. It sits just far enough off the beaten path that it offers a quiet neighborhood setting perfect for pets and quiet strolls, but it’s close enough to all the best entertainment and fine dining in the city.
The unit types range from studios to three-bedroom apartments complete with a bark park and paw spa. 44 Washington is one of the few spaces in this urban setting that has incorporated lush greenspace with pet-friendly amenities. Known for its grand private pool, 44 Washington’s swim area features ping pong and cookout areas and is truly private without any public entrances. There is also a wellness center for on-property pampering massage therapy.
Villas at 44 Washington
551 W. 44th St., KCMO. 816-406-2456. 44washington.com/villas
When complete, the Villas at 44 Washington, which sits adjacent to 44 Washington, promises to be the most desirable housing near the Country Club Plaza. The property, set to open this fall, will feature expansive, one-of-a-kind two-story homes with three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and access to all of the amenities at 44 Washington, including private underground parking. Some home plans will include private yards. From the amenities to the spacious floor plans to the custom, blue cabinets, every single detail of this community is unique and unparalleled in quality.
4445 Madison Ave., KCMO. 816-399-3178. 45madison-prg.com
This midtown oasis of indulgences sits adjacent to the chic Country Club Plaza and is just minutes from work and play in the heart of the city.
The signature swimming pool area features an open-air kitchen and a fireside lounge offering everything you could want for a relaxing day at home or a picnic just steps from your apartment.
The state-of-the-art fitness center, climate-controlled parking garage, dry cleaning pick-up and delivery services, and flexible lease terms are what take this apartment community to the next level.
The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are beautifully appointed with fully equipped kitchens, high-end stainless steel appliances, custom maple cabinetry and granite countertops. The open-style living room features wood-style flooring and the bathrooms have a spa quality. You’ll also find in-unit washers and dryers and, for the speediest connection, Google Fiber.
10401 College Blvd., Overland Park. 913-557-8916. theapexatcityplace.com
The Apex is the newest development at CityPlace, a growing apartment community in Overland Park just off I-435 and I-35. The mixed-use luxury apartment community features three hundred and seventy “smart” apartment homes atop 18,400 square feet of retail space. Residents are afforded the ultimate convenience with control of their door locks, thermostat and lights via a smartphone app. For example, when a resident enters their apartment, they can issue a voice command like, “Alexa, turn the lights on.”
Gourmet kitchens, granite countertops, large walk-in closets, private balconies and in-home laundry elevate these spaces to the finest in high-end living.
The property includes an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, covered private cabanas, a bark park for your furry friends, a digital sports lounge with a sports simulator, a twenty-four-hour fitness center, a yoga studio and a beautifully landscaped natural greenspace that winds throughout the entire community linking to the Indian Trails.
Living at the Apex with its close proximity to highways means you are only twenty minutes away from any area in the greater Kansas City metro. You are just twenty minutes away downtown, twenty minutes away from the Legends, ten minutes to Leawood and just twenty steps away from on-site retail, which will include a liquor store, salon and other merchants opening within the next year.
The Peak at Sonoma
8900 Maurer Court, Lenexa. 913-379-1900. thepeakatsonoma.com
The Peak at Sonoma features 338 luxury apartments, including one- and two-bedroom floor plans and Oddo Development’s first premier penthouses. Located in the heart of Lenexa, residents enjoy beautiful views of Lenexa City Center to the west along with easy highway access. It is a short walking distance from Sonoma Plaza, also managed by Oddo Development, with incredible on-site dining, shopping and entertainment. A short drive will take you to the beautiful Shawnee Mission Park, where you can walk, hike, bike and play as well as enjoy the summertime Theater in the Park events.
The Peak captures a luxury lifestyle with in-home features that include latch security, black stainless steel appliances, expansive windows, dramatic ceiling heights and designer materials. Additionally, this community is pet friendly, even offering on-site pet spa amenities. The clubhouse holds a professional kitchen, coffee bar, bar and pub room, with the outdoor space featuring an infinity-edge pool along with barbeque stations and abundant greenspace.
This community explores the essence of extravagance with its smart-home technology and resident concierge while staying locally owned and professionally managed.
The Villas at Waterside
11501 W 81st Street. Lenexa. 913-601-6855. Thevillasatwaterside.com
Located in the ever-expanding city of Lenexa, where I-35 and Alternate 69 converge, the Villas at Waterside provides the benefits of suburban life with easy access to all the best hot spots. The Villas at Waterside are centrally located, whether you’re commuting downtown or heading south to Olathe. Just off 87th and Quivira, the property lends itself to easy access to Lenexa’s popular City Center and it’s a massive community center complex. It’s also just a quick jaunt away from historic Shawnee and its myriad museums, parks, breweries and dining.
The Villas at Waterside feature three beautiful courtyards, a zero-entry pool, massive sundeck with private cabanas, firepits, grilling stations, a bocce court, a bark park and a hammock garden. These fun amenities are set against a backdrop of three ponds, with a one-third of a mile walking trail. If the shorter trail doesn’t quench your hiking thirst, look no further than just down the road, where you’ll find the city’s best parks and bike trails inside the massive Shawnee Mission Park complex.
1125 Grand Ave., KCMO. 816-656-8500. thegrandkc.com
Located in the historic Traders building, The Grand’s closest neighbor to the south is the T-Mobile Center, placing it smack dab in the heart of downtown and within a short walking distance to all the excitement downtown Kansas City has to offer. Just a quick stroll will get you to the Power & Light District and a cornucopia of stores, restaurants, bars, entertainment spots and offices.
The twenty-one-story modernized tower boasts having the highest rooftop pool in the city and is a short KC streetcar ride to the Rivermarket, the Crossroads Art District, Crown Center and Union Station.
The Grand features spectacular views of downtown Kansas City and offers impeccable executive suites, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and penthouse floor plans.