Best Places to Live: Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Lee’s Summit, a 64 square mile suburb of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, is home to roughly 100,000 residents – many of whom make the 20-25 minute daily commute to work in Kansas City. According to, Lee’s Summit is ranked #1 for best places to live in Jackson County. With its exceptional “livability” rankings, highly-rated public schools, and low crime rate, this small suburban city is an ideal community for families and homeowners of all ages.

Local Attractions

In fact, in 2018, this suburb of Kansas City, MO was recognized by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live in the United States. Located just 15 miles southeast of downtown KC, it offers all the perks of a big city, but with the small-town feel homeowners love. The city has been repeatedly recognized by national organizations as a rising star among the surrounding communities that make up the greater metropolitan area – and with good reason: Lee’s Summit features an abundance of parks and recreational amenities that attract visitors from across the metro, including:

  • Legacy Park, with its outdoor amphitheater and lake offers 692 acres of space for soccer, baseball, and other sporting events, a disc golf course, destination playground, and walking trail.
  • Longview Lake with a full-service marina that offers boat rentals, concessions, and all the extras you might need to enjoy a weekend on the water. There are also campgrounds, picnic shelters and of course Longview Lake Beach to enjoy.
  • Summit Waves opened in 2008 as Lee’s Summit’s first family aquatic center. The facility features water slides, a wave pool, and water playground for the kids.

The city is also known for its historic preservation efforts, with several locations listed in the National Register of Historic Places including the downtown business district, with a century-old Amtrak station and seasonal Farmer’s Market.

The Local Economy

Given the many features that make Lee’s Summit a great place to live, the city has experienced exponential growth in the past twenty years – and not just in population. The local economy has thrived and businesses is booming. In particular, the healthcare industry has taken center stage in Lee’s Summit, making it a nationally-recognized health care hub for medical treatment. The city features three, recently renovated hospital complexes (Lee’s Summit Medical Center, St. Luke’s East, and Truman Medical Center) and a 500,000 square foot medical plaza full of doctor’s offices and treatment centers that attract patients from across the Midwest.

Says Mayor Randy Rhoads, “… financially, we’re a triple-A-rated city,” pointing to the police, fire, parks and recreation, and public works departments. “There are not a whole lot of those around … four of our departments are nationally accredited. We’re one of only 10 cities in the United States that have four accredited departments.

Lee’s Summit Neighborhoods

It’s not surprising that Lee’s Summit has become a highly desirable location for homebuyers. New home construction in these surrounding communities has become a popular choice for both first-time buyers and seasoned homeowners alike.

Elevate Design + Build creates custom homes in highly sought-after Lee’s Summit neighborhoods. Our custom homes are specifically suited to the area and are designed to seamlessly integrate with the architectural styles and unique requirements of each community.

Please select from the following communities to learn more about our award-winning Elevate Design + Build homes in Lee’s Summit, MO: