Rural Douglas County

If you prefer the slower pace and open areas that small towns or rural areas provide, Douglas County may be the place for you. Rural Douglas County features some incredible landscapes surrounding the city of Lawrence. Carved by the corresponding Kansas River Valley and Wakarusa River Valley, the area unfolds with gentle rolling hills of trees surrounding the prairie and farm land and a sky that seems to go on forever. 

The smaller incorporated communities in Douglas County which offer an alternative to Lawrence are Eudora, Baldwin City and Lecompton. They are small towns with their own interesting features such as Blue Jacket Winery in Eudora, Baldwin City’s annual Maple Leaf Festival and Lecompton’s Territorial Days event each year in June. 

Clinton Lake State Park is located only four miles west of Lawrence, and the University of Kansas. The park is open year round and features swimming beaches, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, golf, and the Mutt Run Off-Leash Dog Park. 

To get a breath-taking view of the countryside and unique view of Lawrence, be sure to make plans for a picnic at Wells Overlook Park. The park features a tower at the top of a hill overlooking Lawrence to the north, and vistas of the county in every direction.

Lone Star Lake is a small country lake to the southwest of Lawrence offering fishing, boating and camping. Just northwest of Baldwin City is Douglas State Fishing Lake which provides hunting, fishing and limited camping. Other parks around the county include Black Jack Park which includes the Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve and Robert Hall Pearson Memorial Park.

No matter where you prefer to live in Douglas County, Stephens Real Estate is ready to help you find your perfect home. With office in Lawrence and Baldwin City, and a team of real estate professionals who are second to none, we’re your locally owned, independent real estate resource. Call us at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.

Discover Baldwin City

Baldwin City is third largest among the communities in Douglas County and part of the Lawrence, Kansas Metropolitan Area. It is a beautiful college town which still features hand-laid brick streets and wonderfully preserved historic homes, as well as high-quality construction in a number of new subdivisions.

Established in 1858 along the Santa Fe Trail Baldwin City is home to Baker University. The oldest university in Kansas, Baker is a private, liberal arts university that educates students through small classes, innovative instructors and rigorous coursework. Baker serves more than 2,000 students at its different campuses.

Every October since 1958, the Maple Leaf Festival has provided an opportunity to celebrate the changing of the colors. This event was inspired by Dr. Ivan Boyd, a biology professor at Baker who noted that the third weekend in October was the optimum time to view the changing colors of the maple leaves around the area, as well as the perfect time to celebrate the successful harvest.

Baldwin City’s Midland Railway offers scenic train rides through Eastern Kansas farmland by means of vintage railway equipment. Thomas the Tank Engine thrills young riders each year with rides in early summer. And you can participate in a murder mystery dinner theater aboard the Kansas Belle on summer weekends.

There is rich history in this area with the Black Jack Battlefield and Robert Hall Pearson Park nearby. Here John Brown, fierce opponent of slavery, led his militia against a pro-slavery force in The Battle of Black Jack, considered by many to have been the first battle of the American Civil War.

No matter where you prefer to live in Douglas County, Stephens Real Estate is ready to help you find your perfect home. With offices in Lawrence and Baldwin City, and a team of real estate professionals who are second to none, we’re your locally owned, independent real estate resource. Call us at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.

 

A Strong History

When Bob Stephens founded Stephens Real Estate in May of 1978, his vision was simple: Stay true to your independence, and true to your community. Almost 40 years later, from those humble beginnings in the old Douglas County Bank building on Kentucky Street with 28 sales associates and a small support staff, his vision remains intact. We’ve grown larger, to be sure, but we’ve never lost our independence or our commitment to Lawrence and the surrounding area. 

That commitment isn’t just in real estate. From day one to the present day, we’ve been dedicated to giving back to Douglas County through service and volunteerism. Our community involvement includes our support of United Way of Douglas County, The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club of Douglas County, Just Food, American Red Cross, Heartland Community Health Center, Go Red For Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Toys For Tots and many more. In addition, we are a community partner with Sunset Hill Elementary School. 

Moving Forward 

Like Bob Stephens, our current owners Pat McCandless and Chris Earl had a simple vision: Never lose sight of the values that have led to Stephens Real Estate’s success. We are still independent, still full service, and still linked to our community 

through roots that run decades deep. That means our agents and support team are committed to helping our clients live out their personal dreams right here in our hometown. Stephens Real Estate has been a strong part of the community, and is committed to remaining so for many years to come. 

Our integrity has made Stephens a respected independent company. We cherish our independence, but know full well that our success is a direct result of our dependence on the great people of Lawrence and Douglas County. That’s why we’re honored to serve our community and encourage all who live here to do the same.

We’re Different 

Stephens Real Estate is much more than a conglomeration of talented and knowledgeable Realtors. Our team, unlike some companies, includes experienced transaction coordinators, a marketing coordinator, and a relocation coordinator. We are positioned to give assistance where you need it, when you need it, without the hassle and headache of running around trying to find the right person to talk to. Working alongside our outstanding group of agents, this dedicated support staff will provide you with expert service and guidance through the entire buying or selling process - from start to finish. When you hire a Stephens Agent you get the skills and expertise of the entire Stephens Real Estate Team. 

One of the true benefits of being a locally owned and operated company is knowing the right community partners to help with your transaction. At Stephens we collaborate with local lenders, title insurance companies, appraisers and inspectors to provide you with the assistance you need. We value the experience of these local experts who provide an unbiased, objective analysis for our clients.

Stephens Real Estate, with offices in Lawrence and Baldwin City, is your locally owned, independent real estate resource. We’re committed to serving you when you’re ready to buy or sell. Call us at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.

 

Fall into Kansas Festival Fun

Fall weather is perfect for an outing to an area festival. These select events are sure to make this fall a memorable one!

Baldwin City’s Maple Leaf Festival has drawn crowds each October since 1958. Festivities include a parade, craft vendors, the 5k, and more. Youngsters will love the Kids Zone crafting area. History buffs will enjoy the Santa Fe Depot train rides as well as the local Black Jack Cabin tours. The 2016 Maple Leaf Festival is October 15-16.

Gary’s Berries offers fun for the whole family only 30 minutes from Lawrence. Fall treats such as apple cider slushies and pumpkin donuts can be enjoyed alongside favorites such as bratwurst and hamburgers. Family activities abound from a corn maze to pumpkin bowling. Animal lovers will enjoy pig races, the goat mountain, the petting zoo, and Bunnyville, a city built for rabbits. Gary’s Berries is open for the 2016 season the weekends of Sept. 23 – Oct. 30.

The Renaissance Festival in Kansas City takes place each weekend from September through mid-October. Themed weekends feature special events like the Highland Games, Steampunk Competition, and the grape stomp. Fun for all ages, this festival is a family outing located 30 minutes from Lawrence. The 2016 Renaissance Festival is held the weekends of Sept. 3 – Oct. 16.

The Louisburg Cider Mill is open year-round, but comes alive each fall as they open an extensive corn maze, pumpkin patch and other activities. Ciderfest is a two-weekend event with live music, great food and fall activities. Located about an hour from Lawrence, the 2016 Ciderfest is Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2.

For over 30 years Weston Missouri has been celebrating fall with Applefest, and people travel from miles around to experience live music, treats such as apple dumplings and pies, and a downtown parade. An hour away from Lawrence, the Weston Apple Festival is a perfect day trip. The 2016 Weston Applefest is Oct. 1-2.

Anderson County’s Cornstock, provides unique family fun such as the Corn Dog Doxie Derby - a Dachsund race. Festivities include carnival games, a rock wall, 5k run, petting zoo, free community breakfast, and outdoor concert. This unforgettable event is located one hour south of Lawrence. Cornstock 2016 is September 24. 

So what are you waiting for? With Lawrence as your launching point, these exciting events are right around the corner. 

Locally owned and operated since 1978, Stephens Real Estate is your local real estate resource. When you’re ready to buy or sell, call us at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

Why You Should Hire a Realtor®

For most Americans, a home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make. It’s a serious transaction, and proper representation, whether you’re a buyer or a seller, is critical. Realtor.com explains why working with a Realtor is your best option.

1. Realtors have loads of expertise. Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real estate has its own language, and your Realtor is trained to speak it fluently. Realtors will help you navigate the forms, reports, disclosures, and other documents, while avoiding delays or costly mistakes.

2. Online real estate listing sites mean you can find up-to-date home listings on your own, any time you want. But guess what? Realtors have access to even more listings. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A Realtor can help you find those hidden gems. And a good local Realtor is going to know the search area really well. Have your eye on a particular neighborhood, but it’s out of your price range? Your Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so he or she can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have missed.

3. Realtors have honed their negotiating skills. Any time you buy or sell a home, you’re going to encounter negotiations. In today’s competitive market you can expect lots of competition, all-cash offers, and bidding wars. You want a savvy negotiator on your side to seal the best deal. And a Realtor will help draw up a purchase agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that’s crucial to your particular needs.

4. Realtors make it their mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers—the list goes on—and they’re all in your Realtor’s network. Use them.

5. Every agent at Stephens Real Estate is a Realtor which means you get the benefit of working with a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors®, the largest trade group in the country. What difference does it make? Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

6. Realtors wear a lot of different hats. Sure, they’re salespeople, but they work hard to earn their commission. They’re constantly driving around, checking out listings for you. They’re researching comps to make sure you’re getting the best deal. And, of course, they’re working 

for you at nearly all hours of the day and night, whether you need more info on a home or just someone to talk to in order to feel at ease with the offer you just put in. 

If you’re wondering whether you should hire a Realtor to help buy or sell your home we’ve just shared a list of great reasons why your answer should be yes. We’re ready to help. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact us

 

Stephens Real Estate, Inc.
2701 W. Sixth Street
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-841-4500
Toll-Free: 1-800-875-4315