Smithville,MO Homes for sale
Smithville Lake is a 7,200 acre Corps of Engineers recreational lake and park. Smithville Lake is a man-made reservoir on the Little Platte branch of the Platte River in Clay County, Missouri near Smithville. Smithville Lake provides the water supply for Smithville, and Plattsburg, Missouri. Smithville Lake also has more than 175 miles of shoreline. There are several recreational opportunities available at Smithville lake to the outdoor enthusiast that include: 2 swim beaches, 777 campsites, reservable shelters, 2 full service marinas including boat rentals, 1 sailboat only marina, 4 disc golf courses, great fishing whether from shore or by boat, 25 miles of walking/biking trails, 11 miles of single-track mountain biking trails and 26 miles of equestrian trails. Smithville Lake is also home to Kansas City Trapshooters Association and Smithville Lake offers public hunting that includes managed goose hunts as well as youth and ADA white-tail deer and wild turkey hunts. Smithville Lake has an aggressive 2,300 acre native grassland revitalization project. The Clay County Grassland Revitalization Project recreates prairie and savanna landscapes at Smithville Lake. Additionally, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property owned in conjunction with Smithville Lake represents an additional 19,000 acres
Smithville is a suburban community strategically located just 20 miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and also within commuting distance from St. Joseph, Missouri. Because of its location, Smithville is uniquely able to offer suburban living with all of the metropolitan amenities. Smithville has proven to be a very attractive location for home buyers employed in the Kansas City labor market. Quality of life is a prime consideration and source of pride for new home buyers and long-time residents of Smithville. The amenities, sense of community, and spacious land use that Smithville has to offer have resulted in sustained residential growth throughout the community over the last decade. Smithville’s 2010 Census population was 8,425 representing a growth rate of over 50% for the past decade. This results in a density of 1 person per 1.6 acres of land within the City. Smithville has 11 subdivisions, with available lots for new construction, within the corporate city limits that offer housing choices ranging from duplexes and single-family homes to breathtaking acreages. Additional subdivisions in the immediate area offer executive housing as well as rural/agricultural settings. Many of the popular subdivisions in Smithville are named because of their proximity to Smithville Lake. Greyhawke at the Lake, Harbortowne. Harborview, Harbor Lake and Rollins Landing are all within walking distance to Smithville Lake. Cedar Lake, Forest Oaks, and Hills of Shannon Wildflower and Diamond Crest are also popular subdivisions in Smithville.
Smithville is home to the only public golf complex in the Kansas City area. Paradise Point golf course is a two 18-hole championship golf courses, features a driving range and a 4 hole golf academy and is located on the shore of Smithville Lake. Smithville also has in close proximity another six public or private golf courses, and an additional 50+ public and private courses are easily accessible from Smithville throughout the metropolitan area.
The Smithville R-II School District is highly respected for its academic achievements some of which are listed below. Additionally, the Smithville School District currently enrolls 2400+ students which enables them to provide an excellent curriculum and educational environment and maintain a low 19-1 student to teacher ratio. Smithville schools continue to annually receive the Accreditation with Distinction in Performance, the highest Achievement recognition for school districts. Smithville School District has been named the sixth best school district in the area by the Kansas City Business Journal. Smithville High School was recognized as KCTV5’s “Cool School of the Year” for 2010. SHS continues to excel in academics and activities, our students competed in the State Championship Finals in boys soccer and baseball, girls basketball and the academic bowl. Engineering Curriculum through “Project Lead the Way” and the Robotics Program make Smithville High School an attractive choice for students who excel in math, science and technology.
Smithville was named for Humphrey and Nancy Smith who came west with their six sons and daughter from New York state in 1822 to find land and build a home. Settling along the Little Platte River, the Smith’s established Smith’s Mill, the first water-powered flour mill in Clay County. By the 1830s, a town site was laid out and Smith’s Mill became Smithville. In 1867, the town of Smithville was incorporated. Through the years, floods and fires changed the landscape of the city. In October 1979, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began impounding Smithville Lake, creating what is today a 7,200 acre lake with 175 miles of shoreline. Smithville Lake provides flood damage reduction, recreation opportunities, water supply and storage capabilities, as well as fish and wildlife management. Smithville experienced much growth in the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st Century, becoming one of Missouri’s fastest growing cities during that time. Smithville continues to grow economically and residentially today.