The Kansas City area was not a national magnet for population growth at the height of the pandemic. The Northland, however, boomed as homebuyers – mostly from the metro area – sought more land and cheaper real estate.
“More people are actually (are) relocating from the south to the north, which is strange,” he said Chris Fosgate, a Realtor and broker with Keller Williams Kansas City North. “People in Johnson County don’t want to cross the river north, even go to the airport – it’s illegal. That stigma has changed now.”
Northland’s growth is evident in Benson Place, a 1,300-home subdivision Hunt Midwest is developing in Kansas City’s Shoal Creek Valley. It features townhouses and single-family residences between $550,000 and $675,000.
The fast-filling project features two community pools, a fishing lake, a playground and trails — amenities that have exploded in popularity during the pandemic as families look for ways to keep themselves occupied at home.
Some Listing Service data shows that Northland housing inventory increased 4% from last year, compared to 2.9% for the entire metro area, Fosgate said. A lot of activity is driven by building houses: Permits in 2020 and 2021 through prepandemic years.
Northland was slated for a housing boom about six years earlier, when Kansas City added sewer and utility infrastructure to the 13,000-acre Twin Creeks area, a stretch of farmland in Platte and Clay counties between Interstate 29 and US Highway 169. .